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

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
十 (じゅう) – cross
目 (め) – eye
Henshall Mnemonic: ten eyes fixed directly on corner
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #246 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  • ぐ   [すぐ]
    (adj-na,adv,n) immediately; soon; easily; right (near); honest; upright   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ぐ   [まっすぐ]
    (adj-na,adv,n) straight (ahead); direct; upright; erect; honest; frank   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  • す   [なおす]
    (v5s,vt) to cure; to heal; to fix; to correct; to repair   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [なおる]
    (v5r,vi) to be cured; to heal; to get mended; to get well; to be repaired; to be fixed   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [じき]
    (adj-na,adv,n) direct; in person; soon; at once; just; near by; honesty; frankness; simplicity; cheerfulness; correctness; being straight; night duty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ちに   [ただちに]
    (adv) at once; immediately; directly; in person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • に   [じかに]
    (adv) (uk) directly; in person; headlong   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょうじき]
    (adj-na,adv,n) honesty; integrity; frankness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくせつ]
    (adj-na,n-adv) direct; immediate; personal; firsthand   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [ちょっかく]
    (n) right angle   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょっけい]
    (n) diameter   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すなお]
    (adj-na,n) obedient; meek; docile; unaffected   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくご]
    (n-adv,n-t) immediately following   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すいちょく]
    (adj-na,n) vertical; perpendicular   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくせん]
    (n) straight line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [なかなおり]
    (n,vs) reconciliation; make peace with   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくぜん]
    (n-adv,n-t) just before   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくつう]
    (n) direct communication   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [みなおす]
    (v5s) to look again; to get a better opinion of   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  • し   [でなおし]
    (n) adjustment; touch up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [そっちょく]
    (adj-na,n) frankness; candour; openheartedness   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょっかん]
    (n) intuition; instinct; insight; hunch   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくめん]
    (n,vs) confrontation   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • す   [もちなおす]
    (v5s) to recover; to rally; to improve; to pick up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょく]
    (adj-na,adv,n) direct; in person; soon; at once; just; near by; honesty; frankness; simplicity; cheerfulness; correctness; being straight; night duty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • やりし   [やりなおし]
    (n) redoing   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • やりす   [やりなおす]
    (v5s) to do over again; to redo; to start over; to remake; to resume; to recommence   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [ひらきなおる]
    (v5r) to become defiant; to turn upon; to become serious   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [なおし]
    (n) correction; repair   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • に   [じきに]
    (adv) immediately; readily; directly   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくえい]
    (n) direct management   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [もちなおす]
    (v5s) to recover; to rally; to improve; to pick up   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょっか]
    (n,vs) directly under; price cut; fall perpendicularly   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうちょく]
    (n) rigor   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょっかつ]
    (n) direct control   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [かきなおす]
    (v5s) to write out; to make a fair copy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • し   [てなおし]
    (n) later adjustment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょっかん]
    (n) intuition; instinct; insight; hunch   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくきゅう]
    (n) straight ball (pitch)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょっけい]
    (n) direct descent; direct line   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とうちょく]
    (n,vs) on duty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくげき]
    (n) direct hit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょっこう]
    (n) through; non-stop   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくし]
    (n,vs) looking someone in the eyes; taking a straight look at something   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょくしん]
    (n,vs) going right on; going straight ahead   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • り   [たちなおり]
    (n) recovery; restoration   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [たちなおる]
    (v5r) to regain one's footing; to recover; (of the market) to improve   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • す   [おもいなおす]
    (v5s,vt) to re-think; to think back upon; to change one's mind   [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.