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

stroke order illustration  
first sign of Chinese zodiac
sign of the rat



Bushu (Radical) Info: 子 (こ) – child
Henshall Mnemonic: long-armed child in swaddling clothes
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #72 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

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [ようす]
    (n) aspect; state; appearance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [でんし]
    (n) (1) electron; (2) (esp. as a prefix) electronic; electronics   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ふたご]
    (n) twins; a twin   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おうじ]
    (n) prince   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょし]
    (n) woman; girl   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かし]
    (n) pastry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まいご]
    (n) lost (stray) child   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だんし]
    (n) youth; young man   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうし]
    (n) tune; tone; key; pitch; time; rhythm; vein; mood; way; manner; style; knack; condition; state of health; strain; impetus; spur of the moment; trend   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [でし]
    (n) pupil; disciple; adherent; follower; apprentice; young person; teacher's student-helper   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうじ]
    (n) paper sliding door   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はんこ]
    (n) seal (used for signature)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はしご]
    (n) ladder; stairs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんす]
    (n) folding fan   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すえっこ]
    (n) youngest child   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しそん]
    (n) descendants; posterity; offspring   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねじ]
    (n) (uk) screw; helix; spiral   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

    Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

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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.