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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:
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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:
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  • 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: 10分

10分 - じっぷん or じゅっぷん?
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Traditionally, multiples of 10 minutes were all pronounced じっぷん, not what you might expect, じゅっぷん. The historical reason for this is that 10 minutes is written with kanji as 十分, and while the character 十 counts じっ as an official reading, it does not have じゅっ. In other words, that kanji combination can't officially be read as じゅっぷん.
This is in fact still true today: the official Japanese government document
is the primary arbiter of what are considered 'standard' readings for Joyo kanji. For 十, it has four: ジュウ, シュウ, ジッ and と, which interestingly does not include とお, the reading used in the very common word
Increasingly, 十 is not written in kanji, but using numerals - 10 or 10. This is perhaps partly to distinguish '10 minutes' from じゅうぶん (enough), which is also written in kanji as 十分. More likely it is just that numerals are more concise than kanji for writing numbers, and are gradually taking over.
Whatever the reason, the word じゅっぷん is increasingly common in daily use, and is certainly not considered incorrect. It is even encountered in many modern textbooks. It's safe to say that it's gradually becoming the standard, and very possibly a near future edition of the 常用漢字表 may reflect that.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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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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ジョウ   つね usual, normal   とこ- endless, unchanging   
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ヨウ   もちいる to use   
カン    Chinese   
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ジ   character   あざ village section   
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ヒョウ   おもて surface, front   あらわ to show, to present   あらわれる to be present, to appear   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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