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How to learn Japanese
Our comprehensive study guide to getting started learning Japanese.
Blog: How to prioritize Japanese vocabulary effectively (2017-06-12)
We are delighted to announce a key new component to the Kanshudo system: a simple and effective way to prioritize your vocabulary studies....
Blog: Your Japanese Mastery Level vs Your Kanji Mastery Score (2019-11-18)
In this post we're going to dive a little deeper into the relationship between your kanji mastery score and your Japanese mastery level....
Complete guide to writing Japanese
Kanshudo's comprehensive guide explains how kanji are drawn. We show you what strokes are used to draw kanji, and how to determine the order. With lots of examples, and links to our drawing tools so you can practice on your own, this is the best way to learn how to actually write Japanese kanji.
How to create flashcards from word lists
Kanshudo includes a sophisticated spaced repetition flashcard system, and you can import flashcards automatically from word lists and various dictionary programs. Use this how to guide for detailed instructions.
How to guides
Our selection of comprehensive guides covers how to use Kanshudo as well as how to study Japanese.
How to improve your word mastery
Most word-related activities on Kanshudo will improve your word mastery, including Word Quiz, flashcards based on words, and games such as Word Match. Your word mastery is based partly on the actual words you know, and partly on knowledge we can infer - for example, if you reach a high level in the Word Quiz, the odds are good that you know more basic words well, and we can infer that. So if you already have quite a bit of word knowledge, the best way to tell the system that would be to do the Quiz, or study flashcards just below or around the level you are comfortable with.
How to master Japanese kanji
Our comprehensive guide to studying and mastering Japanese kanji.
How to prioritize Japanese words to study
Which Japanese words should you learn? How many do you need to know? Our guide will show you how to decide what Japanese words to study to give you the best chance of success, and explain our 'usefulness' categorization of words.
How to read kanji
Our comprehensive guide to reading Japanese kanji introduces Chinese (on) and Japanese (kun) readings of kanji, gives you rules of thumb for determining how a word you encounter is read, and shows you how to use Kanshudo's search syntax for finding words that use a specific kanji reading.
How to use Kanji Builder to build your kanji knowledge
This how to guide introduces Kanji Builder - a fun and challenging game that will help cement your knowledge of kanji.
How to use spaced repetition flashcards to study Japanese
Our how to guide introduces you to one of the most powerful memorization techniques: spaced repetition flashcards.
How to use the component builder to look up kanji
The component builder is a very fast way to look up kanji. Select one or more components visually or (unique to Kanshudo) by typing their names. Our how to guide provides detailed instructions.
How to use the Kanji Wheel to guide your Japanese studies
A detailed how to guide introducing the Kanshudo Kanji Wheel.
Kanshudo Challenge: the most effective way to learn kanji and words
Read our detailed how to guide on the Kanshudo Challenge - the most effective way we've found for studying kanji.
Read real Japanese with Kanshudo and Satori Reader
This how to guide introduces the Kanshudo Reading Corner, where you can read a selection of graded texts, fully annotated and linked to kanji and words for easy study. Plus, we introduce our partnership with Satori Reader.
Understanding inflections and conjugations
Our comprehensive guide shows you how to use Kanshudo's tools for learning inflections and conjugations, and how to combine them together to create complex word forms.
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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.
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.