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

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No Kun-yomi readings found for this kanji
Bushu (Radical) Info: 牛 (うし) – cow
Henshall Mnemonic: special bull sent to temple
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 4
Frequency: #234 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  •   [とくべつ]
    (adj-na,adv,n) special   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • に   [とくに]
    (adv) particularly; especially   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とっきゅう]
    (n) limited express (train, faster than an express)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [どくとく]
    (adj-na,n) peculiarity; uniqueness; characteristic   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくちょう]
    (n) feature; characteristic   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [とくしゅ]
    (adj-na,n) special; unique   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくしょく]
    (n) characteristic; feature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくちょう]
    (n) forte; merit   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくてい]
    (adj-na,n,vs) specific; special; particular   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくばい]
    (n,vs) special sale   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [とくさん]
    (n) specialty; special product   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくしゅう]
    (n) feature (e.g. newspaper); special edition; report   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくゆう]
    (adj-na,adj-no,n) characteristic (of); peculiar (to)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくぎ]
    (n) special skill   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とっきょ]
    (n) special permission; patent   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とっけん]
    (n) privilege; special right   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  • 使   [とくし]
    (n) special envoy   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくしつ]
    (n) characteristic; special quality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくしゃ]
    (n) amnesty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくしゅほうじん]
    semigovernmental corporation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくじゅ]
    (n) emergency demands; special procurement (particularly in time of war)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくせい]
    (n) special characteristic; special quality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくせい]
    (n) special make; deluxe   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくせつ]
    (n,vs) setting up specially; special installation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちょうとっきゅう]
    (n) super express   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくせん]
    (n) specially selected; choice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくそう]
    (n) special investigation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくだい]
    (n) extra-large   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくだん]
    (n-adv,n-t) special   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくてん]
    (n) special favor; privilege   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくはいん]
    (n) correspondent   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくひつ]
    (n) special mention   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくべつく]
    (n) special ward   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくやく]
    (n) special contract   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくれい]
    (n) special case; exception   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とくい]
    (adj-na,n) unique; singular   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とっきょちょう]
    Patent Office   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とっくん]
    (n) special training; intensive training; crash course   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とっこうやく]
    (n) specific medicine; wonder drug; silver bullet   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とっこうたい]
    (n) suicide squad   [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.