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By default the Component Builder shows the most common Joyo kanji components (ie, components which are themselves Joyo kanji, or which are used in at least 3 other Joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

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Kanshudo Component Builder Help
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
  1. Draw it in the drawing area
  2. Type the name in the text area
  3. Look for it in the list
Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
  • Draw any of these components (one at a time) in the drawing area, and select it when you see it
  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.
Kanshudo Component Builder Drawing Help
The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
  • Draw a component in the center of the area, as large as you can
  • Try to draw the component as it appears in the kanji you're looking up
  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
  • Don't draw more than one component at a time
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Grammar detail: ずいぶん

ずいぶん - considerably
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ずいぶん modifies the meaning of a verb to convey the idea of 'considerably', in the same way as might be done in English.

The town has changed a great deal since then.
However, it can also be used in ways which can initially be confusing to an English speaker, because English would not use an adverb in the same situation. Consider the following example:

Many a story has been told about him.
At first it might look as though ずいぶん is modifying the noun phrase
. In fact, it is modifying the verb,
れられている. So a more literal translation would be 'many stories about him have considerably been told'.
The following example might be especially confusing. In English we would need to use the pronoun 'many' as the subject of the sentence. In Japanese, we can just modify the verb:

Many had died.
In fact, all of these examples illustrate how Japanese is more regular than English. In English, to convey the idea of doing a considerable amount of something, we need to remember various different forms depending on the vocabulary we use. Japanese can conveniently use ずいぶん to indicate the idea of a lot of something happening, whatever verb happens to express the something.
About 20% of the time you might encounter ずいぶん written with kanji as 随分, but this is becoming less and less common.
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Kanji used in this grammar

タ   おお many   
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ワ   はな to talk   はなし talking   
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ゴ   かた to talk, relate   かたらう to talk together, chat   
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ズイ    follow   
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ブン   ブ   フン   わける to divide, to distinguish   わかる to understand   わかれる to be divided   わかつ to share, distribute   
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チョウ   まち town   
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ジ   とき time, occasion   
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イ    (prefix) or   
ライ   く to come   きた to be forthcoming   きた to induce   
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ヘン   unusual   かえる to alter, change   かわる to change   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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シ   death   し die   
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