Kanshudo Component Builder
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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.

For details of all components and their English names, see the Component collections.
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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If you believe you've drawn your component correctly but the system is not recognizing it, please:
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Grammar detail: ~ずに(は)いられない

~ずに(は)いられない - cannot help but ...
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verb negative stem + ず
cannot help but ~
The ず negative form of a verb is an archaic form which simply uses ず instead of the modern ない. In this construction, the ず negative is combined with the negative potential form of いる (to be / to exist), which means 'cannot be'. So the construction literally means 'without doing ~, I cannot exist' - in other words, 'I cannot help but do ~'.

Alcohol dependence is an illness with which one cannot help but drink alcohol.
Japanese contains several subtly different ways of expressing 'must do ~', 'have to do ~', 'feel obliged to do ~', 'cannot help but do ~' etc (as does English!).
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Kanji used in this grammar

イ   エ    reliant   
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ソン   ゾン    suppose   
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ショウ    symptoms   
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シュ   さけ    さか- sake   
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イン   の to drink   
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ヘイ   ビョウ   やまい illness   や to fall ill   
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キ   ケ    spirit   
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