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

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 長 (ながい) – long
Henshall Mnemonic: long haired old man with stick is very senior
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #12 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • い   [ながい]
    (adj) long; lengthy   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [かちょう]
    (n) section manager; section chief   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうちょう]
    (n) principal; headmaster   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゃちょう]
    (n) company president; manager; director   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぶちょう]
    (n) head of a section or department   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [ぎちょう]
    (n) chairman   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんちょう]
    (n) height (of body); stature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいちょう]
    (n,vs) growth; grow to adulthood   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうき]
    (n-adv,n-t) long time period   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [えんちょう]
    (n,vs) extension; elongation; prolongation; lengthening   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいちょう]
    (n) growth; increment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • く   [ながびく]
    (v5k) to be prolonged; to drag on   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうしょ]
    (n) (1) strong point; merit; (2) advantage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうじょ]
    (n) eldest daughter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうたん]
    (n) (1) length; (2) long and short; advantages and disadvantages; pluses and minuses; strong and weak points; merits and demerits   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうなん]
    (n) eldest son   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうほうけい]
    (n) rectangle; oblong   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくちょう]
    (n) forte; merit   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [おさ]
    (n) chief; head   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうかん]
    (n) chief; (government) secretary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [のどか]
    (adj-na) tranquil; calm; quiet   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうだい]
    (adj-na,n) very long; great length   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうへん]
    (n) long (e.g. novel, film)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねんちょう]
    (adj-na,n) seniority   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • 調   [トちょうちょう]
    G major   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いいんちょう]
    (n) committee chairman   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちょう]
    (n) medical director; chief physician   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いんちょう]
    (n) director   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えきちょう]
    (n) station master   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えんちょう]
    (n) kindergarten principal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おきなわかいはつちょうちょうかん]
    Director General of Okinawa Development Agency   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいちょう]
    (n) president (of a society); chairman   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がくちょう]
    (n) university president   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんぼうちょうかん]
    Chief Cabinet Secretary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんちょう]
    (n) superintendent priest; chief abbot   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かんちょう]
    (n) superintendent; director; curator; chief librarian   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きちょう]
    (n) pilot   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゅうせいちょう]
    (n,vs) rapid growth   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょくちょう]
    (n) bureau director; office chief   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [くちょう]
    (n) ward headman   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かかりちょう]
    (n) chief clerk   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいざいせいちょうりつ]
    rate of economic growth   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくむちょうかん]
    Secretary of State   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ざちょう]
    (n) chairman   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいちょう]
    (n) the longest; the oldest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [ほそながい]
    (adj) long and narrow   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しちょう]
    (n) mayor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [してんちょう]
    (n) branch manager; manager of a branch office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じちょう]
    (n) vice-; assistant director; vice-director   [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.