Study index

Kanshudo offers several powerful ways to study. Scroll down for details.

My personalized Kanji Wheel and Kanji Mastery Score

The most powerful tool available for visualizing your kanji knowledge and intelligently guiding your Japanese studies.

Textbook Companion

Use Kanshudo with your favorite textbook! Now you can get all the power of Kanshudo's kanji wheel, study games and flashcards while studying with your existing textbook.

Beginner Lessons

Twenty lessons suitable for absolute beginners, introducing the first 100 kanji, about 200 basic words, and 50 key grammar points.

Intermediate Lessons

Our comprehensive step-by-step series of Japanese lessons: the 53 Stages of the Kanshudo. Follow our structured program all the way to your first 1000 kanji, having fun along the way! Designed for learners with basic knowledge of Japanese.

Reading Corner

Kanshudo's Reading Corner provides a selection of graded readings based on real world texts. Plus, we have partnered with Satori Reader, the leading online reading-focused Japanese site - read the how to guide to find out how to synchronize your kanji mastery data and customize your Satori Reader experience.

Quick Study

Quick Study lets you use any spare five minutes for study. Study your favorites, cards you're finding difficult or have recently forgotten, or learned/unlearned cards from any of your existing flashcard sets.


Learn and review kanji, words, example sentences and grammar points as flashcards. Create flashcards from your favorites, from Collections, from lessons, or from your own kanji or word lists.


Wherever you see kanji, words, example sentences, or grammar points anywhere in Kanshudo, you can tag them as your favorites. You can use your favorites for Quick Study, or to create Flashcards. Review your favorites any time here.

Kanji and Word Collections

We have gathered together a number of useful kanji and word collections. Quickly and easily study, browse or download kanji and words grouped in various ways, including by JLPT level, by usefulness, by frequency, by textbook, and by theme.

Daily Kanji Email

Study a kanji a day, completely free, from the comfort of your email in-box!

Random Kanji

View a kanji selected randomly from the entire Kanshudo database!

Kanji Quiz

Practice our kanji quiz. When you are ready, score your kanji ability with the full quiz.

Word Quiz

Take our word quiz to build or test your vocabulary.

Drawing Practice

Use our drawing practice system to learn hiragana, katakana, and the most common components.
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.