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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 手 (て) – hand
Henshall Mnemonic: hand with fingers spread
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #60 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • い   [おてあらい]
    toilet; restroom; lavatory; bathroom (US)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [へた]
    (adj-na,n) unskillful; poor; awkward   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [て]
    (n) hand   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てがみ]
    (n) letter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうず]
    (adj-na,n) skill; skillful; dexterity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きって]
    (n) stamp (postage); merchandise certificate   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [うんてんしゅ]
    (n) driver; chauffeur   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てぶくろ]
    (n) glove   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • う   [てつだう]
    (v5u) to help; to assist; to take part in   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [あくしゅ]
    (n,vs) handshake   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かしゅ]
    (n) singer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にがて]
    (adj-na,n) poor (at); weak (in); dislike (of)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てま]
    (n) time; labour   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅじゅつ]
    (n) surgical operation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅだん]
    (n) means; way; measure   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [てつだい]
    (n) help; helper; assistant   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てじな]
    (n) sleight of hand; conjuring trick; magic; juggling   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょしゅ]
    (n) helper; helpmeet; assistant; tutor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せんしゅ]
    (n) (1) player (in game); (2) team   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あいて]
    (n) (1) companion; partner; company; (2) other party; addressee   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はくしゅ]
    (n) clapping hands; applause   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • いさん   [おてつだいさん]
    (n) maid   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [てくび]
    (n) wrist   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [てぬぐい]
    (n) (hand) towel   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [てあらい]
    (n) restroom; lavatory; hand-washing   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

    Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

    • い   [おてつだい]
      (n,vs) maid; help   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いって]
      (n) move (in game); method; single-handed; monopoly   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いちばんて]
      first player; first worker   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [みぎて]
      (n) right hand   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [よこて]
      (n) (1) side; beside; (2) feature of a sword blade   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [おうて]
      (n) checkmate; check   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [したて]
      (n) humble position; inferior   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • げ   [したてなげ]
      (baseball) an underhand throw; (sumo) an underarm throw   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [がいやしゅ]
      (n) outfielder   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [きしゅ]
      (n) standard-bearer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [きしゅ]
      (n) horseman; rider   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [さかて]
      (n) an underhand or backhand grip   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [からて]
      (n) karate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [きめて]
      (n) a person who decides; deciding factor; clincher; trump card; winning move   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ごて]
      (n) (1) losing the initiative (in Go); (2) rear guard; (3) white player (shogi)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かたりて]
      (n) speaker; narrator; reciter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ひだりて]
      (n) left hand   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [さんるいしゅ]
      (n) third baseman   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [やまて]
      (n) hilly (residential) section of a city; uptown   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [して]
      (n) protagonist; hero; leading part   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しめいてはい]
      (n) search for a named suspect   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [わかて]
      (n) young person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • がける   [てがける]
      (v1) to make; to do; to produce; to work on   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • ごろ   [てごろ]
      (adj-na,n) moderate; handy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • ごわい   [てごわい]
      (adj) difficult; tough; stubborn; redoubtable   [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.