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.
Kanshudo Component Builder Drawing Help
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
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弟 means 'younger brother'

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Strokes : 7    Frequency: 725   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Challenge set: 8    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 14    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 21 words   Used in 87 words   Used in 71 names   Component in 16 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ダイ   テイ   デ
   おとうと younger brother
⿱   () eight  ⿹   mourn   () katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from  
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 elder brother; brother  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 弟 is used 7 times, read 4 ways. 1 words use a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 弟 is used 66 times, read 4 ways. 1 words use a non-standard reading.
テイ : 27 words FIND ALL
young(er) people; children
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ダイ : 17 words FIND ALL
1. siblings; brothers and sisters  (see also: ご兄弟)
2. brothers
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デ : 14 words FIND ALL
pupil; disciple; adherent; follower; apprentice; young person; teacher's student-helper
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おとうと : 7 words FIND ALL
1. younger brother; little brother; kid brother  (humble)
2. pupil; apprentice  (archaic; this meaning is restricted to reading てい)
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Part of a non-standard reading: 1 word. FIND ALL
cousin (male)  (see also: 従姉妹; often written with kana only)
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Henshall: 194 (originally: 177)  Joy o' Kanji : 177  Key to Kanji: 768 

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ダイ   テイ   デ   おとうと younger brother   
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
チョウ    mourning   とむら to mourn, condole   
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キュウ   ゆみ a bow   
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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.