Kanji radicals


   Think of radicals as building blocks for kanji. It is important to know kanji radicals because it helps you understand how to write the kanji. It can also assist you with the meaning or pronunciation of the character.

   There are 214 traditional radicals, some of which by themself are a kanji. Below the radicals are arranged by stroke count. Becide them is their meaning.



-1-


One

Verticle stroke

Dot

Diagonal stroke

No. 2 (in a series)

Vertical stroke with hook


-2-


Two

Lid, Top

Human, person

Legs

Enter

Eight

Enclose

Cover

Water drops, Ice

Table, Enclosure

Container

Knife, Sword

Power

Wrap

Spoon

Box, Conceal

Ten

Oracle

Stamp, Seal

Cliff

Private

Again, Hand


-3-


Mouth

Border

Earth

Man, Samurai

Follow

Go slowly

Evening

Large, Big

Woman

Child, Son

Roof

Inch

Small

Lame

Corpse

Sprout

Mountain

River

Work, Craft

Self, Snake

Cloth

Dry

Young, Slight

Slanting roof, Canopy

Move

Folded hands

Javelin

Bow

Pig's head

Light rays

Step


-4-


Heart

Spear

Door, Weapon

Hand

Branch

Folding chair

Literature

Shape, Dipper

Ax

Direction

Not

Sun

Moon

Tree, Wood

Lack

Stop

Death

Lance shaft

Mother

Compare

Hair

Family

Air, Breath

Water

Fire

Claw, Nail

Father

Mix

Left sided, Form

One sided, Sheet

Fang

Cow

Dog

Tile


-5-


Mysterious

Jewel

Melon

Sweet

Life, Be born

Use

Rice paddy

Head count

Sickness

Tent, Start

White

Skin, Hide

Bowl, Dish

Eye

Halberd

Arrow

Stone

Show, Announce

Grain

Hole

Stand


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