My intermediate lessons

In this graded series of lessons we will take you step-by-step through to about 1000 kanji. This lesson series is designed for students who have already mastered the basics - hiragana, katakana, and basic grammar. (If you are just beginning your studies, start with our Beginner Lessons.)
We call this the '53 stages of the Kanshudo', after the famous series of ukiyo-e by Hiroshige. As with the ukiyo-e series, there are actually 55 stages! Each stage contains 18 kanji, and the full series of lessons contains all kanji required for levels N5 to N2 of the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test), the standard indicator of Japanese ability used by universities and employers.
Lessons 1-5 recap the first 100 kanji introduced in the Beginner Lessons, but with more complex vocabulary and grammar.
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Change component list
By default the component builder shows the most common components (themselves joyo kanji, or used in at least 3 other joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Help with the component builder
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of.
For any components you recognize, if you know the English meaning or name, start typing it in the text area. Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Alternatively, count the strokes of the component, and scan the list to find it visually.
To find the kanji :
  • Notice that it is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫.
  • 氵 艹 口 all have three strokes, so you could look in the list in the 3 stroke section. 夫 has four strokes.
  • Alternatively, you could start typing 'water' (氵), 'grass' (艹), 'mouth' (口) or 'husband' (夫) in the search area, and the components will be highlighted in yellow.
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.