Kanshudo Component Builder
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Kanshudo Component Builder Help
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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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  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
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作 means 'make'

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Strokes : 7    Frequency: 67   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Challenge set: 2    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 7    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 170 words   Used in 741 words   Used in 1598 names   Component in 2 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   サク   サ
   つく to make
Kun    つく   -づく
Name    くり   さか   さっ   づくり   とも   なお   はぎ   まさか
⿰   () man   although  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 作 is used 42 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations).
Across all words in Japanese, 作 is used 726 times, read 3 ways (with 5 variations).
サク : 345 words FIND ALL
work (e.g. book, film, composition, etc.); opus; performance; production
サ : 265 words FIND ALL
work; operation; manufacturing; fatigue duty
サク (read as さっ) : 23 words FIND ALL
author; writer; novelist; artist
つく : 54 words FIND ALL
'ru' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to make; to produce; to manufacture; to build; to construct  (造る usu. for large-scale building, manufacturing, etc. 創る usu. for creating)
2. to prepare (food); to brew (alcohol)
(click the word to view an additional 11 meanings and 3 forms, examples and links)
つく (read as づく) : 36 words FIND ALL
handmade; homegrown; hand-crafted; homemade
(click the word to view an additional 3 forms, examples and links)
つく (read as つくり) : 1 word FIND ALL
goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni)  (often written with kana only)
(click the word to view an additional 1 form, examples and links)
づくる: 1 word. FIND ALL
becoming haggard
はぎ: 1 word. FIND ALL
1. fletcher; arrow maker
2. fletching; arrow-making
(click the word to view an additional 1 form, examples and links)
Henshall: 141 (originally: 127)  Joy o' Kanji : 127  Key to Kanji: 383 

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サク   サ   つく to make   
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ながらも although   -なが while   
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ジン   ニン   ひと man   
ニ   ふた    ふた two   
ジン   ニン   ひと man   
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