Welcome to Word Match

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Choose which words you want to appear in Word Match:

Kanshudo usefulness level provides an indication of how useful any Japanese word is for you to learn. Levels go from 1-12, with 1 being the most useful. Levels 1-5 include the 10,000 most useful words in Japanese, and can be studied directly from our Most useful words in Japanese collections. Read more about Kanshudo usefulness level in our comprehensive guide, How to prioritize Japanese words to study. Your default setting here can be changed from the ACCOUNT page.
Kanshudo classifies all kanji into seven rings, based on frequency and usage in the JLPT. The rings are used to create your Kanji Mastery Score and personalized Kanji Wheel . Use this option to select words containing only kanji in specific rings.
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.