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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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Components

龍 means 'dragon' and is a variant of

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Strokes : 16    Radical number: 212    Frequency: 1200   Usefulness: 6    Challenge set: 1    Grade: 10   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 13 words   Used in 43 words   Used in 1127 names   Component in 34 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jinmeiyō (人名用)
On
   リュウ
Kun
   たつ dragon
On    リョウ   ロウ
Name    りゅ
The right side of this kanji (described as 'serpent' in the mnemonic) does not exist as an independent kanji - it only appears in this kanji, and this kanji is actually itself a radical, despite its complex form. In the simplified form, , it has been modified to something closer to .
 stand   month; moon  
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 dragon  
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龍 is not used in the most common form of any of the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese.
Across all words in Japanese, 龍 is used 34 times, read 2 ways.
リュウ : 29 words FIND ALL
noun
1. dragon (esp. a Chinese dragon)  (see also: ドラゴン)
2. naga; semi-divine human-cobra chimera in Hindu and Buddhist mythology
(click the word to view an additional 2 readings, 1 meaning and 2 forms, examples and links)
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リョウ : 5 words FIND ALL
noun
1. blue dragon  (see also: 青竜)
2. Azure Dragon (god said to rule over the eastern heavens)  (see also: 青竜)
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Cascading kanji view

リュウ   たつ dragon   
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リツ   リュウ   た to stand   たてる to build   
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ガツ   ゲツ   つき month; moon   
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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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