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

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like something

Bushu (Radical) Info: 女 (おんな) – woman
Henshall Mnemonic: woman likes child--what a fine thing
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 4
Frequency: #423 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • き   [すき]
    (adj-na,n) liking; fondness; love   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • き   [だいすき]
    (adj-na,n) very likeable; like very much   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • み   [このみ]
    (n) liking; taste; choice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • む   [このむ]
    (v5m) to like; to prefer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かっこう]
    (adj-no,adj-na,n) shape; form; posture; suitability; moderateness (in price); appearance; manner   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • い   [すききらい]
    (n) likes and dislikes; taste   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • き   [すきずき]
    (n) matter of taste   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ゆうこう]
    (n) friendship   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • き   [ものずき]
    (adj-na,n) (idle) curiosity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ましい   [このましい]
    (adj) nice; likeable; desirable   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうい]
    (n) good will; favor; courtesy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうきょう]
    (n) prosperous conditions; healthy economy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [りょうこう]
    (adj-na,n) favorable; satisfactory   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [こうちょう]
    (adj-na,n) favourable; promising; satisfactory; in good shape   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうひょう]
    (n) popularity; favorable reputation   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [ぜっこう]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) best; ideal; perfect   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • んで   [このんで]
    (n) by (from) choice; by (for) preference; of one's own accord; of one's (own) free will; on purpose; deliberately; intentionally   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうかん]
    (n) good feeling; good will; favourable impression   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうきしん]
    (n) curiosity; inquisitiveness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうき]
    (n) good opportunity; chance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうけいき]
    (n) good times; boom; (wave of) prosperity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしゅ]
    (n,vs) good fielding (baseball)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうしょく]
    (adj-na,n) lust; sensuality; lewdness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうせいせき]
    (n) good results   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうてん]
    (n) fine weather   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうてん]
    (n,vs) changing for the better   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうつごう]
    (adj-na,n) convenient; favorable; expedient; expedience   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうとう]
    (n) good (nice) pitching   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうぶつ]
    (n) favorite dish; favorite food   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [どうこう]
    (n) similar tastes   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あいこう]
    (n,vs) love; adoration   [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.