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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: | (ぼう) – rod
Henshall Mnemonic: Chinese arrow pierces middle of target
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #11 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [なか]
    (n) inside; middle; among   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [ちゅうがっこう]
    (n) junior high school; middle school; lower secondary school   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まんなか]
    (n) middle; centre; mid-way   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とちゅう]
    (n-adv,n-t) on the way; en route; midway   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せなか]
    (n) back (of body)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [なかなか]
    (adv) (1) (uk) very; considerably; easily; readily; fairly; quite; highly; rather; (2) by no means (with negative verb)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうちゅう]
    (n,vs) concentration; focusing the mind   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいちゅう]
    (n-adv,n) in the middle of; height of; in course of; midst   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうおう]
    (n) centre; central; center; middle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むちゅう]
    (adj-na,n) daze; (in a) trance; ecstasy; delirium; engrossment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうがく]
    (n) middle school; junior high school   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねんじゅう]
    (n-adv,n) whole year; always; everyday   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よのなか]
    (n) society; the world; the times   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうこ]
    (n-t) (1) used; second-hand; old; (2) Middle Ages   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうし]
    (n,vs) suspension; stoppage; discontinuance; interruption   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねっちゅう]
    (n) nuts!; enthusiasm; zeal; mania   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうしん]
    (n) center; core; heart; pivot; emphasis; balance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よなか]
    (n-adv,n-t) midnight; dead of night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [にっちゅう]
    (n-adv,n-t) (1) daytime; during the day; (2) Sino-Japanese   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [ちゅうと]
    (n) in the middle; half-way   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうねん]
    (n) middle-aged   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くうちゅう]
    (n) sky; air   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうかん]
    (n-adv,n) middle; midway; interim   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんちゅう]
    (n) and Company; Messrs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なかゆび]
    (n) middle finger   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

    Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

    •   [かんちゅう]
      (n-adv,n-t) mid-winter; cold season   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちちゅう]
      (n) underground; subterranean   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちちゅうかい]
      Mediterranean Sea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しゃちゅう]
      (n-adv,n-t) in a train or vehicle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちゅうぜつ]
      (n,vs) interruption; abortion; discontinuance; suspension; abeyance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちゅうぜん]
      (n) front of center field   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しちゅう]
      (n) in the city   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いちにちじゅう]
      (n) throughout the day   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [おはなしちゅう]
      (n) busy (phone)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しょちゅう]
      (n) mid-summer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちゅうそつ]
      (n) junior high school or middle school graduate   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しょちゅうみまい]
      summer greeting card   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [せんちゅう]
      (n) during the war   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • い   [しょちゅうみまい]
      summer greeting card   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • 退   [ちゅうたい]
      (n) leaving school during a term   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ちゅうたい]
      (n) company, battery, troop   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [なまちゅうけい]
      (n) (on TV) "live" broadcast   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しょくちゅうどく]
      (n) food poisoning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ほうちゅう]
      (n) visit to China   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いちねんじゅう]
      (n-adv,n-t) all year round   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しんちゅう]
      (n) in one's heart; true motives; mind   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [なかにわ]
      (n) courtyard; quadrangle; middle court   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • でも   [なかでも]
      (adv) among; above all   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しゅうちゅうごうう]
      local downpour; severe rain fall   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [まよなか]
      (n-adv,n-t) dead of night; midnight   [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.