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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

  •   [まんなか]
    (n) middle; centre; mid-way   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうがっこう]
    (n) junior high school; middle school; lower secondary school   [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

  •   [さいちゅう]
    (n-adv,n) in the middle of; height of; in course of; midst   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうちゅう]
    (n,vs) concentration; focusing the mind   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よのなか]
    (n) society; the world; the times   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうおう]
    (n) centre; central; center; middle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうがく]
    (n) middle school; junior high school   [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]
  •   [ちゅうしん]
    (n) center; core; heart; pivot; emphasis; balance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [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]
  •   [にっちゅう]
    (n-adv,n-t) (1) daytime; during the day; (2) Sino-Japanese   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねっちゅう]
    (n) nuts!; enthusiasm; zeal; mania   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねんじゅう]
    (n-adv,n) whole year; always; everyday   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むちゅう]
    (adj-na,n) daze; (in a) trance; ecstasy; delirium; engrossment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [よなか]
    (n-adv,n-t) midnight; dead of night   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [くうちゅう]
    (n) sky; air   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おんちゅう]
    (n) and Company; Messrs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうかん]
    (n-adv,n) middle; midway; interim   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なかゆび]
    (n) middle finger   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうじゅん]
    (n-adv,n-t) second third of a month   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [なかみ]
    (n) contents; interior; substance; filling; (sword) blade   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

    Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

    •   [おちゅうげん]
      (n) Bon Festival gifts   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [おはなしちゅう]
      (n) busy (phone)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • アル   [アルちゅう]
      (n) alcoholism   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いちにちじゅう]
      (n) throughout the day   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [いちねんじゅう]
      (n-adv,n-t) all year round   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ひとばんじゅう]
      all night long; all through the night   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [うちゅうかん]
      (n) between right and center fielders (baseball)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かちゅう]
      (n) vortex   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かいちゅうでんとう]
      electric torch; flashlight   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かいちゅう]
      (n) in the sea   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [かんちゅう]
      (n-adv,n-t) mid-winter; cold season   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [あいだじゅう]
      during   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [きゅうちゅう]
      (n) imperial court   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [きょうちゅう]
      (n) one's heart; one's mind; one's intentions   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [ごくちゅう]
      (n) during imprisonment; while in jail   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [さんちゅう]
      (n) among the mountains   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しちゅう]
      (n) in the city   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しゃちゅう]
      (n-adv,n-t) in a train or vehicle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しゅちゅう]
      (n) in one's hands; in one's control   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しゅうちゅうごうう]
      local downpour; severe rain fall   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しょちゅう]
      (n) mid-summer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しょちゅうみまい]
      summer greeting card   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    • い   [しょちゅうみまい]
      summer greeting card   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [じょちゅう]
      (n) (obs) maid   [K] [D] [Jisho]
    •   [しょうちゅう]
      (n) in the hand; (something) easily manipulated   [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.