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

stroke order illustration  
English:
life
genuine
birth
On-Yomi:
セイ
ショウ
Kun-Yomi:
い.きる
い.かす
い.ける
う.まれる
う.まれ
うまれ
う.む
お.う
は.える
は.やす

なま
なま-
な.る
な.す
む.す
-う
あさ
いき
いく
いけ
うぶ
うまい

おい
ぎゅう
くるみ
ごせ

じょう
すぎ

そう
ちる
なば
にう
にゅう


もう
よい
りゅう
Bushu (Radical) Info: 生 (うまれる) – life
Henshall Mnemonic: growing plant is a symbol of life
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #29 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

  •   [いっしょうけんめい]
    (adj-na,n-adv,n) very hard; with utmost effort; with all one's might   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうこうせい]
    (n) senior high school student   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • きる   [いきる]
    (v1) to live; to exist   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいかつ]
    (n,vs) living; life (one's daily existence); livelihood   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいさん]
    (n,vs) production; manufacture   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だいがくせい]
    (n) college student   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [いっしょう]
    (n-adv,n-t) whole life; a lifetime; all through life; one existence; a generation; an age; the whole world; the era   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しばふ]
    (n) lawn   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じんせい]
    (n) (human) life (i.e. conception to death)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なま]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) (1) draft (beer); (2) raw; unprocessed   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いきもの]
    (n) living thing; animal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • じる   [しょうじる]
    (v1) to produce; to yield; to result from; to arise; to be generated   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • まれ   [うまれ]
    (n) birth; birth-place   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • む   [うむ]
    (v5m) to give birth; to deliver; to produce   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうがい]
    (n-adv,n-t) one's lifetime (i.e., one's existence until death)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あいにく]
    (adj-na,adv,n) (uk) unfortunately; Sorry, but ..   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きじ]
    (n) (1) cloth; material; texture; (2) ones true character; (3) unglazed pottery   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいぶつ]
    (n) living things; creature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいめい]
    (n) life; existence   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

    JLPT N1 Words

      Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

      •   [いちねんせい]
        (n) (1) annual (plant); (2) first-year university or high-school student (esp. US); freshman   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [えいせいてき]
        (adj-na) hygienic; sanitary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [おうじょう]
        (n,vs) death; submission; at wit's end   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      • え   [めばえ]
        (n) bud; sprout   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [かいしゃこうせいほう]
        (n) Corporate Rehabilitation Law   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [かいせい]
        (n) resurrection; resuscitation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [きせい]
        (n,vs) parasitism; parasite   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [きせいちゅう]
        (n) parasite   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [きしかいせい]
        (n) revival of the dead; recovering from a hopeless situation; resuscitation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [きょうせい]
        (n) symbiosis; paragenesis   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [げんせい]
        (n) spontaneous generation; primeval; primitive   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [こうしゅうえいせい]
        sanitation; public health   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [こうせい]
        (n) public welfare; Welfare Ministry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [こうせいしょう]
        Ministry of Health and Welfare   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [こうせいねんきん]
        welfare pension   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [こうせいぶっしつ]
        (n) antibiotics   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [こうせい]
        (n,vs) rehabilitation; regeneration; rebirth; resuscitation; reorganization   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [こくみんそうせいさん]
        (n) gross national product; GNP; gross domestic product; GDP   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [しせいかつ]
        (n) one's private life   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [じゅくせい]
        (n) private-school student   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [しょくせいかつ]
        (n) eating habits   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [しんせい]
        (n) rebirth; new birth; nascent   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [しんせいじ]
        (n) newborn baby   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      •   [じんせいかん]
        (n) view of life   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      • 々しい   [なまなましい]
        (adj) lively; green; fresh; raw   [K] [D] [Jisho]
      Find more details for at jisho.org, Yookoso! or WWWJDIC

      Acknowledgments

      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.