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

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Bushu (Radical) Info:
ノ (てん) – kana-no
干 (はす) – dry
Henshall Mnemonic: person visits well every year
Levels: JLPT N5 | JLPT 4 (old) | Grade 1
Frequency: #6 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [おととし]
    (n-adv,n-t) year before last   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょねん]
    (n-adv,n-t) last year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ことし]
    (n-adv,n-t) this year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さらいねん]
    (n-adv,n-t) year after next   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [とし]
    (n-adv,n) year; age   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まいとし]
    (n-t) every year; yearly; annually   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まいねん]
    (n-t) every year; yearly; annually   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [まんねんひつ]
    (n) fountain pen   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [らいねん]
    (n-adv,n-t) next year   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [しょうねん]
    (n) boys; juveniles   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいねん]
    (n) youth; young man   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねんかん]
    (n-t) year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [としつき]
    (n) months and years   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねんげつ]
    (n) months and years   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [としうえ]
    (n) older; senior   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねんだい]
    (n) age; era; period; date   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねんじゅう]
    (n-adv,n) whole year; always; everyday   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねんれい]
    (n) age; years   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [いっさくねん]
    (n-adv,n-t) year before last   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [がくねん]
    (n) year in school; grade in school   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいねんがっぴ]
    (n) birth date   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せいしょうねん]
    (n) youth; young person   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゅうねん]
    (n) middle-aged   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねんど]
    (n,n-suf) year; fiscal year; school year; term   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [がんねん]
    (n-adv,n-t) first year (of a specific reign)   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [おとしだま]
    (n) New Year's present   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いっしゅうねん]
    (n) one full year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちねんせい]
    (n) (1) annual (plant); (2) first-year university or high-school student (esp. US); freshman   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いちねんじゅう]
    (n-adv,n-t) all year round   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [うるうどし]
    (n) (uk) leap year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [えつねん]
    (n,vs) ring out the old year; hibernation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [おうねん]
    (adj-no,n) former; one-time; years ago   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かいけいねんど]
    fiscal year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きんがしんねん]
    (int) Happy New Year!   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きんねん]
    (n-adv,n-t) recent years   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうねん]
    (n) light year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうせいねんきん]
    welfare pension   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうねんき]
    (n) menopause; change of life   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こうがくねん]
    (n) upper grade or classes (in schools)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくみんねんきん]
    national pension; government pension system   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こんねんど]
    (n-adv,n-t) this year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいねんしょう]
    (adj-no) youngest   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくねん]
    (n-adv,n-t) last year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくねんど]
    (n-adv) previous fiscal year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さくねんらい]
    (n-adv) since last year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じゃくねん]
    (n) youth   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しゅうねん]
    (n) whole year; anniversary   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しょねん]
    (n-adv,n-t) first year; early years (of a reign or era)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しんねん]
    (n-adv,n-t) New Year   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [すうおくねん]
    several hundreds of million of years   [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.