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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.
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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: Kanji terminology

Kanji terminology
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This article introduces the Japanese words for key terms related to kanji and kanji usage. Terms are listed in あかさ (gojūon) order.
かんじ
漢字
Kanji - literally, a Chinese character. In Chinese, the same term is read/pronounced Hanzi.
かんたいじ
簡体字
A simplified modern form of a kanji. This term is the general term; In Japan, simplified kanji are more commonly known as 新字体
きゅうじたい
旧字体
A traditional (as opposed to simplified) form of a kanji.
ごじゅうおん
五十音
The gojūon (fifty sounds) is an ordering system for the sounds (phonemes) of Japanese. It is typically used to order hiragana and katakana. The order is sometimes casually referred to as あかさ order.
しんじたい
新字体
Japanese modern (typically simplified) forms of traditional kanji.
じんめいよう
人名用
The Jinmeiyō kanji are a set of 862 kanji allowed for use in names, but not designated part of the Jōyō kanji. For a full list, see our Jinmeiyō collection.
じょうよう
常用
The Jōyō kanji are the 2136 'daily use' kanji designated by the Japanese government for use in official documents. Generally Japanese media also restrict kanji usage to kanji in the Jōyō set, together with Jinmeiyō for names. For a full list, see our Jōyō collection.
はんたいじ
繁体字
A traditional form of a kanji (in contrast to a simplified form). In Japanese, traditional forms are usually known as 旧字体 to contrast with modern 新字体.
ひょうがいじ
表外字
Hyōgaiji, literally ('characters outside the chart') refers to all kanji which are not Jōyō or Jinmeiyō. By some estimates there are as many as 50,000 characters, including many variants and unused characters.
ぶしゅ
部首
A kanji's radical - one of the 214 key components used to identify the kanji in standard dictionaries. The Japanese radicals are based on the
こうき
康熙
ぶしゅ
部首
, known in English as the Kangxi radicals, after the first dictionary in which they were compiled.
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Kanji used in this grammar

カン    Chinese   
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ジ   character   あざ village section   
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カン    simplicity   
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タイ   テイ   からだ body   
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シン   あたらしい    あら    にい- new   
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キュウ    former, old   
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ゴ   いつ-    いつ five   
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ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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オン   イン   sound   おと    ね    
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ジン   ニン   ひと man   
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メイ   ミョウ   な name   
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ヨウ   もちいる to use   
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ジョウ   つね usual, normal   とこ- endless, unchanging   
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ハン    luxuriant, thickly growing   
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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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ガイ   ゲ   そと outside   ほか other   はず to remove, mislead   はずれる to come off, to miss   
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ブ   part
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シュ   くび neck; head   
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コウ    peace, composure   
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キ    bright, splendid, prosperous, sunny   
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