Kanshudo Component Builder
Draw a component:
Type a component or its name:
Choose from a list:
Change component list
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
Not finding your component?
If you believe you've drawn your component correctly but the system is not recognizing it, please:
Let us know!

Japanese Grammar by JLPT level

Finding grammar by JLPT level

You can use the following search syntax to find grammar points to study:
You can also restrict your search based on your own mastery score. For example, to find all grammar points in JLPT5 that you don't know at all (mastery level 0), use:
To find all grammar points in JLPT5 you know well (mastery level 4), use:

Differences between usefulness and JLPT rating

In general, Kanshudo's usefulness rating corresponds directly with a JLPT level. Kanshudo's usefulness scores go *up* from 1, whereas JLTP counts down from 5 to 1. So a grammar point with a JLTP level of 5 will have a Kanshudo usefulness level of 1 (i.e. most useful / easiest). Usefulness 5 corresponds to JLPT 1 (the most difficult JLPT level).
There are a few additional differences between our usefulness lists and the JLPT:
  • The JLPT lists only include specific constructions. Kanshudo's grammar library includes a number of articles that provide background and more general information. These are classified based on when you would be expected to know them, even though they do not appear in the JLPT lists.
  • Usefulness level 6 includes grammar points that are not required for the JLPT.
For comparison, here are quick links to all grammar points by usefulness level: