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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 言 (ことば) – say
Henshall Mnemonic: investigate by talking around
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 3
Frequency: #87 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  • 調べる   [しらべる]
    (v1,vt) to investigate; to check up   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  • 調   [きょうちょう]
    (n,vs) emphasis; stress; stressed point   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [じゅんちょう]
    (adj-na,n) favourable; doing well; O.K.; all right   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうさ]
    (n,vs) investigation; examination; inquiry; survey   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうし]
    (n) tune; tone; key; pitch; time; rhythm; vein; mood; way; manner; style; knack; condition; state of health; strain; impetus; spur of the moment; trend   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  • 調   [ちょうせい]
    (n,vs) regulation; adjustment; tuning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうせつ]
    (n,vs) regulation; adjustment; control   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうみりょう]
    (n) condiment; seasoning   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • 調べ   [したしらべ]
    (n) preliminary investigation; preparation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [きょうちょう]
    (n,vs) (1) cooperation; conciliation; harmony; (2) firm (market) tone   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [こうちょう]
    (adj-na,n) favourable; promising; satisfactory; in good shape   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [たんちょう]
    (adj-na,n) monotony; monotone; dullness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調べ   [しらべ]
    (n,n-suf) preparation; investigation; inspection   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょういん]
    (n) signature; sign; sealing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうてい]
    (n) arbitration; conciliation; mediation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうり]
    (n,vs) cooking   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうわ]
    (n) harmony   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [どうちょう]
    (n,vs) sympathy; agree with; alignment; tuning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ふちょう]
    (adj-na,n) bad condition; not to work out (i.e. a deal); disagreement; break-off; disorder; slump; out of form   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • 調   [トちょうちょう]
    G major   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [えいようしっちょう]
    (n) malnutrition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [かいちょう]
    (adj-na,n) harmony; excellent condition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [きちょう]
    (n) basis; keynote   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [くうちょう]
    (n) (abbr) air conditioning   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [けんちょう]
    (adj-na,n) bullish; firm (market)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [くちょう]
    (n) tone; expression   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [こくせいちょうさ]
    (n) (national) census   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [しじょうちょうさ]
    market research   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [じったいちょうさ]
    factual investigation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調べ   [とりしらべ]
    (n) investigation (e.g. by police or prosecutors); examination; inquiry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調べ   [とりしらべ]
    (n) investigation (e.g. by police or prosecutors); examination; inquiry   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [うわっちょうし]
    (adj-na,n) flippant; frivolous; shallow   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [しきちょう]
    (n) color tone   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [たいちょう]
    (n) physical condition   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [たんちょう]
    (n) minor key (music)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調う   [ととのう]
    (v5u) to be prepared; to be in order; to be put in order; to be arranged   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうきょう]
    (n,vs) training (animals); breaking (animals)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうざい]
    (n) compounding medicine   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうしょ]
    (n) protocol; preliminary memo   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうたつ]
    (n) supply; provision; raising   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ちょうちょう]
    (n) major key (music)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ていちょう]
    (adj-na,n) inactive; slow; sluggish; slack; low tone; undertone; dullness; (market) weakness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ふくちょう]
    (n) demodulation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [ほちょう]
    (n) pace; step; cadence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
Find more details for 調 at, Yookoso! or WWWJDIC


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.