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

stroke order illustration  
take along
Bushu (Radical) Info:
辷 (しんにゅう, すべ.る, すべ.らす) – road; glide; skate; slip; fail in exams; (kokuji)
込 (-こ.む, こ.む, こ.み, -こ.み, こ.める, こみ, ごめ) – crowded; mixture; in bulk; included; (kokuji)
Henshall Mnemonic: accompanied by row of moving vehicles
Levels: JLPT N3 | JLPT 2 (old) | Grade 4
Frequency: #30 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N4 Words

  • れる   [つれる]
    (v1) to lead; to take (a person)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんらく]
    (n,vs) junction; communication; contact; connection; coordination   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

  •   [かんれん]
    (n) relation; connection; relevance   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れ   [つれ]
    (n,vs) companion; company   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんそう]
    (n,vs) association (of ideas); suggestion   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんぞく]
    (n,vs) serial; consecutive; continuity; occurring in succession; continuing   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [いちれん]
    (n) a series; a chain; a ream (of paper)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくれん]
    (n) U.N.; United Nations   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • なる   [つらなる]
    (v5r) to extend; to stretch out; to stand in a row   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ねる   [つらねる]
    (v1) to link; to join; to put together   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんきゅう]
    (n) consecutive holidays   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんたい]
    (n) solidarity   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんちゅう]
    (n) colleagues; company; a lot   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんじつ]
    (n-adv,n-t) every day; prolonged   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんぽう]
    (n) commonwealth; federation of states   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんめい]
    (n) league; union; alliance   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [ソれん]
    (n) (former) Soviet Union; USSR   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぐれんたい]
    (n) gang of young toughs   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [けいだんれん]
    (n) (abbr) Federation of Economic Organizations   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こくさいれんごう]
    United Nations   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じょうれん]
    (n) regular customer   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れん]
    (n) party; company; group   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れてく   [つれていく]
    (v5k-s) to take someone (of lower status) along   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • れてる   [つれてくる]
    (vk) to bring someone along   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • る   [つれさる]
    (v5r) to take away   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんかん]
    (n) connection; relation; linkage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんけい]
    (n) connection; linking   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • プレー   [れんけいプレー]
    (n) good teamwork play (baseball)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんけい]
    (n) cooperation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんけつ]
    (n,vs) concatenation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんこう]
    (n,vs) taking (a suspect to the police)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんごうかい]
    association; federation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんさ]
    (n) chain; connection   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんざ]
    (n,vs) implicated (involved) in (a crime)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんさい]
    (n,vs) serialization; serial story   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんさく]
    (n) planting a field with the same crop each year; repeated cultivation; collaborative literary work; story made up by several writers working on it in turn   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんしょう]
    (n,vs) consecutive victories; series of victories   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんせん]
    (n) series of battles   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんだ]
    (n) barrage   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんたい]
    (n) regiment   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [れんとう]
    (n) pitching in consecutive games   [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.