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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 車 (くるま) – car
Henshall Mnemonic: chariot with two wheels
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #333 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

  •   [きしゃ]
    (n) train (steam)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうしゃじょう]
    (n) parking lot; parking place   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [ちゅうしゃ]
    (n) parking (e.g. car)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はっしゃ]
    (n) departure of a vehicle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れっしゃ]
    (n) train (ordinary)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [げしゃ]
    (n,vs) alighting; getting off   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きかんしゃ]
    (n) locomotive; engine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はぐるま]
    (n) gear; cog-wheel   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃこ]
    (n) garage; car shed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃしょう]
    (n) (train) conductor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃりん]
    (n) (car) wheel   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうしゃ]
    (n,vs) taking a train; entraining   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ていしゃ]
    (n,vs) stopping (e.g. train)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [かしゃ]
    (n) freight car; van   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がいしゃ]
    (n) foreign automobile   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がいせんしゃ]
    (n) (right-wing) propaganda truck   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゃくしゃ]
    (n) passenger car   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうきゅうしゃ]
    (n) ambulance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くうしゃ]
    (n) empty conveyance; free taxi   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいじどうしゃ]
    (n) light motor vehicle (lt 550cc)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みきりはっしゃ]
    starting a train before all the passengers are on board; making a snap decision; starting an action without considering objections to it any longer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ごうしゃ]
    (n) classifier for naming train cars   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よんりんしゃ]
    automobile; car   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くるまいす]
    (n) wheelchair   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃけん]
    (n) vehicle inspection   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃじく]
    (n) axle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃしゅ]
    (n) car make; car model   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃせん]
    (n) car track   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃそう]
    (n) car window   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃたい]
    (n) body (of car); frame   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃちゅう]
    (n-adv,n-t) in a train or vehicle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃどう]
    (n) roadway   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃない]
    (n) inside a carriage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃりょう]
    (n) (1) rolling stock; railroad cars; vehicles   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうぼうしゃ]
    (n) fire-engine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうしゃけん]
    (n) passenger ticket   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうようしゃ]
    (n) automobile   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんしゃ]
    (n) new car   [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.