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
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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
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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: archaic / classical / historical forms

archaic / classical / historical forms
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Japanese is an evolving language, and you will regularly encounter many forms that are no longer in common use. Sometimes they are used in a modern context to evoke a sense of history (as Latin might be quoted in modern English), and sometimes they are used for period authenticity, such as in modern samurai dramas or
じだいしょうせつ
時代小説
(period novels).
〜まする
The modern ます form actually descended from a slightly longer form, まする, which fell out of use about 100 years ago.
negative forms
Several negative forms have fallen out of use entirely or evolved.
せよ
き and し forms of い adjectives
が classical possive
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Kanji used in this grammar

ジ   とき time, occasion   
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タイ   ダイ   かえる to replace, to exchange   かわる to be exchanged   よ the world   しろ substitute   
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ショウ   こ-    お-    ちいさい small   
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セツ   ゼイ   と to explain, persuade   
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