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Kanji Information Sheet for 意  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
心 (シン, こころ, -ごころ, りっしんべん) – heart; mind; spirit
攸 (ユウ, ところ) – distant, far; adverbial prefix; relaxed; at ease; place
音 (おと) – sound
Henshall Mnemonic: a thought is a sound from the heart
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #99 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [いみ]
    (n,vs) meaning; significance   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [いけん]
    (n) opinion; view   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうい]
    (n,vs) caution; being careful; attention (heed); warning; advice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようい]
    (n,vs) preparation   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [いがい]
    (adj-na,n) unexpected; surprising   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いし]
    (n) will; volition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いし]
    (n) intention; purpose   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いしき]
    (n,vs) consciousness; senses   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくい]
    (adj-na,n) pride; triumph; prosperity; one's strong point; one's forte; one's specialty; customer; client   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいい]
    (n) respect; honour   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [いぎ]
    (n) meaning; significance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いじわる]
    (adj-na,n) malicious; ill-tempered; unkind   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なまいき]
    (adj-na,n) impertinent; saucy; cheeky; conceit; audacious; brazen   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [けつい]
    (n) decision; determination   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • む   [いきごむ]
    (v5m) to be enthusiastic about   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いこう]
    (n) intention; idea; inclination   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いと]
    (n) intention; aim; design   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いじ]
    (n) disposition; spirit; willpower; obstinacy; backbone; appetite   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごうい]
    (n) agreement; consent; mutual understanding   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むいみ]
    (adj-na,n) nonsense; no meaning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いよく]
    (n) will; desire; ambition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうい]
    (n) good will; favor; courtesy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねつい]
    (n) zeal; enthusiasm   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうい]
    (n,vs) agreement; consent; same meaning; same opinion; approval   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふい]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) sudden; abrupt; unexpected; unforeseen   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [こうい]
    (n) kindness; favor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふようい]
    (adj-na,n) unpreparedness; carelessness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうすういけん]
    (n) minority opinion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いき]
    (n) spirit; heart; disposition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にんい]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) any; arbitrary; optional; pleasure; discretion; free will   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • み   [いきごみ]
    (n) ardor; enthusiasm   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • んだ   [いきさかんだ]
    be in high spirits   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しつい]
    (n) disappointment; despair; adversity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいい]
    (n-adv,n) sincerity; good faith   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いくじ]
    (n) self-respect; self-confidence; guts; backbone   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようちゅうい]
    (n) attention (care) required; needs special attention   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [びいしき]
    (n) sense of beauty; aesthetic sense   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いしけってい]
    (n) decision-making   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いしひょうじ]
    (n) declaration of intention   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふちゅうい]
    (adj-na,n) carelessness; inattention; thoughtlessness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そうい]
    (n) original idea; originality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [ちゅういぶかい]
    (adj-na) careful   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いしきてき]
    (adj-na) consciously; deliberately   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅういほう]
    (n) storm warning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いしょう]
    (n) design   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [もんだいいしき]
    awareness of the issues   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうい]
    (n) condolence; sympathy; mourning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いとてき]
    (adj-na) intentional; on purpose   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じい]
    (n) intention to resign   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いひょう]
    (n) surprise; something unexpected   [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.