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: Godan 五段(ごだん)'う' form verbs

Godan 五段(ごだん)'う' form verbs
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The most common five forms of godan verbs use each of the five Japanese vowel sounds (あ, い, う, え, お) - hence 'five' level - combined with whatever consonant begins the final sound of the plain form. Using
く (to write) as an example, the consonant is 'k' (from く):
Vowel soundFormExample
Godan exceptions
A small number of verbs ending in る are godan verbs even though their plain form appears to classify them as ichidan. (In other words,
る becomes
There is no rule which determines whether verbs ending in る are ichidan or godan, so it is best to memorize the exceptions below.
to enter
to run
to need
to return
to limit
to cut
to chatter
to know
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Kanji used in this grammar

ショ   か to write   
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ニュウ   い to enter   はい to enter   いれる to put in   
ソウ   はし run   
ヨウ   い to need   かなめ pivotal point   
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キ   かえ to return   かえ to send back, give back   
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ゲン   かぎ to limit, restrict   
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セツ   サイ   き to cut   きれる to break, to snap   
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しゃべ to chat   
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チ   し to know   
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