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Random JLPT Level 2 (old system) Kanji  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

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decimal point
Bushu (Radical) Info:
卜 (ぼくのと) – divining rod
火 (ひ) – fire
Henshall Mnemonic: mark left after occupation by fire
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #165 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [てん]
    (n,n-suf) spot; mark; point; dot   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [けってん]
    (n) faults; defect; weakness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようてん]
    (n) gist; main point   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [くとうてん]
    (n) punctuation marks   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいてん]
    (n,vs) marking; grading; looking over   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゃくてん]
    (n) weak point; weakness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうてん]
    (n) terminus; last stop (e.g train)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅうてん]
    (n) important point; lay stress on; colon; emphasis   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうてん]
    (n) focus; point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちてん]
    (n) site; point on a map   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうてん]
    (n) top; summit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • く   [つく]
    (v5k) (1) to catch fire; (2) to be lit, e.g. electricity comes on   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ける   [つける]
    (v1) (uk) to turn on; to switch on; to light up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんすう]
    (n) marks; points; score; runs; number of items; credits   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まんてん]
    (n) perfect score   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れいてん]
    (n) zero; no marks   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [かんてん]
    (n) point of view   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きてん]
    (n) starting point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんてん]
    (n) origin (coordinates); starting point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんてん]
    (n,vs) subtract; give a demerit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [してん]
    (n) opinion; point of view; visual point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんか]
    (n,vs) ignition; lighting; set fire to   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんけん]
    (n,vs) inspection; examination; checking   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくてん]
    (n) score; points made; marks obtained; runs   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [いってん]
    (n) speck; dot; point; only a little; particle; only one   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おてん]
    (n) stain; blot; flaw; disgrace   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かてん]
    (n,vs) addition of points; scoring   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょてん]
    (n) (mil) position; base; point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けっしょうてん]
    (n) winning point (goal); finishing line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんじてん]
    (n) the present point (i.e. in history)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がてん]
    (n,vs) consent; assent; understanding; agreement; comprehension; grasp   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいじゅうてん]
    very important point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じてん]
    (n) point in time; occasion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じてん]
    (n) runner-up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しってん]
    (n) run charged to the pitcher   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • に   [じゅうてんてきに]
    mainly   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうすうてん]
    (n) decimal point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せってん]
    (n) (1) tangent point; point of contact; (2) single bit IO point; (3) (electrical) contact   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうてん]
    (n) point at issue   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だてん]
    (n) runs batted in; RBI   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [ともす]
    (v5s) to light; to turn on   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんこ]
    (n) roll-call; muster   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんさ]
    (n) point spread   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんざい]
    (n,vs) dotted with   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんじ]
    (n) Braille   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんてき]
    (n) falling drop of water; raindrops; intravenous drip   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんめつ]
    (n) switching on and off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てんやく]
    (n) translating into Braille   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうてん]
    (n) deadlock; tie; draw   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.