Kanshudo Component Builder
Draw a component:
Type a component or its name:
Choose from a list:
Change component list
By default the Component Builder shows the most common Joyo kanji components (ie, components which are themselves Joyo kanji, or which are used in at least 3 other Joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

For details of all components and their English names, see the Component collections.
Kanshudo Component Builder Help
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. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
  1. Draw it in the drawing area
  2. Type the name in the text area
  3. Look for it in the list
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:
  • Draw a component in the center of the area, as large as you can
  • 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
  • Don't draw more than one component at a time
Not finding your component?
If you believe you've drawn your component correctly but the system is not recognizing it, please:
Let us know!

Point of interest: What to Consider Before Choosing Japanese Online Lessons

What to Consider Before Choosing Japanese Online Lessons
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Spanish, English and French have dominated the list of most-studied languages for a very long time. This has led to the emergence of countless schools, tutors and online courses around the world offering language lessons. Over time other languages have begun to thrive, and the digital era has facilitated the creation of many online Japanese classes.
In the past it required a tremendous amount of effort to go to a language school or find a face-to-face tutor, as well as a considerable amount of money to pay for lessons. Luckily all of that has changed. You can learn learn Nihongo (Japanese) for fun and in the comfort of your own home with teachers who know exactly how challenging and exciting this language can be.
But, do you really know what you should put into consideration before choosing one? Let's find out.

What should I consider before choosing Japanese lessons online?

1. The purpose

The first thing you should always ask before learning a foreign language is: what is your reason for learning the language? Is it purely for fun, or to be a better sales executive? To enjoy your favorite anime, or to make ordering in a restaurant while on vacation a breeze? To see that amazing sight for yourself, or to meet people from an entirely different cultural background? Whatever your reason, you need to let that reason drive you.

2. The budget

Money used to be a limiting factor when studying a foreign language. Good advice for anyone wanting to learn Japanese online, is to always utilize the sites which offer free lessons and tools to get a flavor for the quality of the training. With Kanshudo.com, you can pay only a nominal membership fee and “Go Pro” to get the full array of services and online work books for a whopping $3/month!

3. The quality

Quality is one of the most essential factors to consider in any online foreign language course.
The brain trust at Kanshudo.com is very enthused to answer your questions and build a relationship with you (the new student) by offering a wealth of learning opportunities to qualify your goals and help you accomplish them. For any Japanese tutor you see online, you need to find out their experience level. An experienced teacher will be able to quickly deduce the problem areas of his/her students and focus on them till they get it just right.

4. Participation level

You need an online class that gets you involved. Features such as study points, challenges, quizzes and games are ways to get more deeply engaged in the lessons. The more you are encouraged to explore, speak and write the language, the better you will be able to learn kanji and the Japanese language.
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