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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
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  • 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)
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前 means 'before'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 31   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Challenge set: 2    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 2    Beginner lesson: 6   Begins 345 words   Used in 664 words   Used in 3573 names   Component in 15 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ゼン
Kun
   まえ before
Name    さき   さと   まい
⿱   () grass   the body part and the sword  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 前 is used 51 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 前 is used 634 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
ゼン : 426 words FIND ALL
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
morning; a.m.
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まえ : 203 words FIND ALL
noun
1. name; full name  (see also: 名字, )
2. given name; first name
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さき: 5 words. FIND ALL
noun, 'no' adjective, noun (suffix), prefix
1. previous; prior; former; first; earlier; some time ago; preceding
2. point (e.g. pencil); tip; end; nozzle
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Henshall: 177 (originally: 159)  Joy o' Kanji : 159  Key to Kanji: 643 

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ゼン   まえ before   
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the body part and the sword
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ニク body part   
トウ   かたな sword   
grass   
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.
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