My grammar mastery


The Kanshudo usefulness level shows you how useful a grammar point is for you to learn. Grammar points in our system are rated from 1-6, where 1 is the most useful.

JLPT level

Grammar points are also rated by JLPT level, based largely on two lists, Tanos ⇗, and Wikibooks ⇗.

Differences between usefulness and JLPT rating

In general, usefulness level 1 corresponds to JLPT 5 (ie most useful / easiest), and usefulness 5 corresponds to JLPT 1 (the most difficult JLPT level).
There are a few key differences between our usefulness lists and the JLPT:
  • Usefulness starts at 1 and goes up (1 is easiest, 6 is the most difficult).
  • The JLPT lists only include specific constructions. Our 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.
Change component list
By default the component builder shows the most common components (themselves joyo kanji, or used in at least 3 other joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Help with the component builder
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.
For any components you recognize, if you know the English meaning or name, start typing it in the text area. Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Alternatively, count the strokes of the component, and scan the list to find it visually.
To find the kanji :
  • Notice that it is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫.
  • 氵 艹 口 all have three strokes, so you could look in the list in the 3 stroke section. 夫 has four strokes.
  • Alternatively, you could start typing 'water' (氵), 'grass' (艹), 'mouth' (口) or 'husband' (夫) in the search area, and the components will be highlighted in yellow.
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.