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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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  • 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
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当 means 'hit'

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Strokes : 6    Frequency: 68   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Challenge set: 1    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 7    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 175 words   Used in 507 words   Used in 414 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   てる   たる to hit
Kun   たり   あ   まさ   まさにべし
Name    たい
⿱   () small   () yo = to yell / say hi  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 当 is used 38 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 当 is used 475 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations).
トウ : 279 words FIND ALL
1. truth; reality; actuality; fact
2. proper; right; correct; official
(click the word to view an additional 3 readings, 1 meaning and 5 forms, examples and links)
トウ (read as どう) : 3 words FIND ALL
shigandang; stone tablet placed at a three-way street intersection (or dead end) to ward off evil spirits
(click the word to view an additional 2 readings and 1 form, examples and links)
てる : 153 words FIND ALL
1. hit
2. success
(click the word to view an additional 7 meanings and 4 forms, examples and links)
てる (read as あて) : 39 words FIND ALL
1. salary; pay; compensation; allowance (e.g. housing allowance); benefit; bonus  (esp. 手当)
2. medical care; treatment  (esp. 手当て)
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まさ : 1 word FIND ALL
1. exactly; surely; certainly  (esp. 正に when in kanji; often written with kana only)
2. right then; just then; at that moment  (often written with kana only)
(click the word to view an additional 2 meanings and 3 forms, examples and links)
Henshall: 200 (originally: 183)  Joy o' Kanji : 183  Key to Kanji: 802 

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トウ   あてる    あたる to hit   
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yo = to yell / say hi
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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.