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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.
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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: verb stem

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JLPT:
verb stem - base part of a verb
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The term 'verb stem', also known as 'masu stem', in Japanese grammar refers to the base part of the verb, and is used in many different constructions.
The easiest way to identify the stem of a verb is to remove the 'masu/ます' when the verb is in its masu/ます form. The part of the verb that remains is the verb stem.
For example:
dictionary formmasu formstem
たべる (eat)たべますたべ
いく (go)いきますいき
よむ (read)よみますよみ
たべ、いき、よみ are all examples of the verb stem.
In Japanese, the verb stem is known as the
れんようけい
連用形
(which means 'continuative form').
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Kanji used in this grammar

レン   つれる to take, to lead   つらねる to line up   つらなる to extend   
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ヨウ   もちいる to use   
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ケイ   ギョウ   shape   かたち    かた    
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