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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Grammar detail: い and な adjectives

い and な adjectives
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An adjective directly modifies the noun that follows it, as in English. In Japanese, adjectives take one of two forms:
  • い adjectives - end in い, and are immediately followed by the noun.
  • な adjectives - are followed by な and then the noun.

Using い adjectives

い adjectives can be conjugated to express is / is not, and was / was not by removing the い and replacing it with くない (not), かった (was), or くなかった (was not). So for example:
  • あかい red
  • あかくない not red
  • あかかった was red
  • あかくなかった was not red

Using な adjectives

な adjectives are not modified, and to express is / is not, was / was not, the verb です and its variations are used. So for example:
Plain formPolite formMeaning
a quiet day
not a quiet day
was a quiet day
was not a quiet day

な adjective exceptions

Some な adjectives end in い - so although they look like い adjectives, they behave like な adjectives. These exceptions are easy to spot when they are written in kanji, but some common ones often appear in hiragana and just have to be memorized, such as:
  • きれい attractive
  • きら
    い hated

い adjective exception - いい

いい is a little different from other い adjectives, for historical linguistic reasons - originally it was よい, and that form is still how it is read when written with its kanji (良い). As a result いい is conjugated as follows:
  • いい good
  • よくない not good
  • よかった was good
  • よくなかった was not good
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Kanji used in this grammar

セイ   ジョウ   しず quiet, still   しずまる to become still   しずめる to becalm, to quell   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
ケン   ゲン   いや disagreeable   きら to dislike   
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リョウ   よ good   
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