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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:
  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.
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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: excuses, apologies, and attracting attention

excuses, apologies, and attracting attention
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Japanese has various ways to apologize, to excuse oneself, and to attract attention. Here are a few of the more common expressions and the situations in which they might be used.
To say 'Excuse me ...' as a prelude to asking a question, the simplest expression is すみません, which can be joined with a reason / question using が:
すみません
としょかん
図書館
どこです
Excuse me, but where is the library?
A somewhat politer expression which can be used interchangeably is
しつれい
失礼
です(が)- literally 'I'm being rude (but)' ...
しつれい
失礼
ですこの
せき
いています

Excuse me, is this seat taken?
To apologize, either for an actual mistake or error, or as a polite refusal, the most common expression is
もうしわけ
申し訳
ありません(が):
もう
わけ
ありません
こんや
今夜
とめできません
I'm sorry I can't put you up tonight.
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Kanji used in this grammar

シツ   うしな to lose   
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ライ   レイ    thanks, salutation   
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シン   もう to say   
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ヤク   translate; reason   わけ reason, explanation   
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ト   ズ   はか to map, plan   
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ショ   か to write   
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カン    building   やかた castle, mansion   
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セキ    seat   
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クウ   から empty   あ to be empty   あける to empty, vacate   そら sky   
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コン   キン   いま now   
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ヤ   よる    よ night   
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