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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 言 (ことば) – say
Henshall Mnemonic: five mouths speak many words
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #301 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [えいご]
    (n) the English language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ご]
    (n,n-suf) language; word   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [げんご]
    (n) language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [かたる]
    (v5r) to talk; to tell; to recite   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごがく]
    (n) language study   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくご]
    (n) national language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たんご]
    (n) word; vocabulary; (usually) single-character word   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ものがたり]
    (n) tale; story; legend   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [けいご]
    (n) honorific; term of respect   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅご]
    (n) (gram) subject   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅくご]
    (n) idiom; idiomatic phrase; kanji compound   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [ものがたる]
    (v5r) to tell; to indicate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ようご]
    (n) term; terminology   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [かんご]
    (n) Chinese word; Sino-Japanese word   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごく]
    (n) words; phrases   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごげん]
    (n) word root; word derivation; etymology   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごい]
    (n) vocabulary; glossary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひょうご]
    (n) motto; slogan; catchword   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶんご]
    (n) written language; literary language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りゃくご]
    (n) abbreviation; acronym   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • スワヒリ   [スワヒリご]
    Swahili (language); Kiswahili   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • フランス   [フランスご]
    (n) French language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ラテン   [ラテンご]
    (n) Latin   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いんご]
    (n) (1) secret language; jargon; cant; (2) humbug   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がいこくご]
    (n) foreign language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がいらいご]
    (n) borrowed word; foreign origin word   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きご]
    (n) seasonal word (in haiku)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうつうご]
    (n) common term; common (Japanese) language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こご]
    (n) obsolete word; old proverb; ancient (Japanese) language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • らう   [かたらう]
    (v5u) to talk; to tell; to recite; to pledge; to conspire with   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [かたり]
    (n) talking   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かたりくち]
    (n) way of reciting; way of telling a story   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かたりて]
    (n) speaker; narrator; reciter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごき]
    (n) tone; manner of speaking   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうご]
    (n) colloquial language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくごじてん]
    Japanese-language dictionary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しご]
    (n) dead language; obsolete word   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しご]
    (n) whispering; secret talk   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゅつご]
    (n) technical term   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんご]
    (n) new word   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぞうご]
    (n) coined word   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぞくご]
    (n) colloquialism; colloquial language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうぎご]
    (n) synonym   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にほんご]
    (n) Japanese language   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ひょうじゅんご]
    (n) (obs) standard (Japanese) language   [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.