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<Operation of the Control Panel>
- Column for Search
Option of the column to search.
- All mode
Search from all the columns.
- Limited mode
In Japanese word, search from the column of "Kanji" and "Reading".
In English word, search from the column of "Meaning".
- Japanese Word
Kanji (Chinese characters), Hiragana, Katakana, and Romaji are accepted. In Romaji, it is automatically changed into Hiragana.
- English Word
English words are accepted.
- Grade Filter
Filtering of the grade.
Input examples: 5 1-6 -6
- Stroke Filter
Filtering of the stroke counts. The stroke counts is one of the keys to search the unknown Kanji.
Input examples: 8 10-11 12-
- Radical Filter
Filtering of the radical (Bushu). The radical is one of the keys to search the unknown Kanji. The two type's radical filters can be used in this dictionary.
This mode considers the Kanji to be the aggregation of multiple radicals. If the component of the same shape is included, the same group will be searched even if it is not a true radical. The Kanji to search is narrowed down by choosing two or more radical components.
For example, if you want to search the Kanji of 橋. The Kanji of 橋 can be separated into five types of components, 木, ノ, 大, 口, and 冂, as follows.
Usually, if you select 2-4 components, you can find the target Kanji easily.
The relation of the radicals in this mode is "AND" combination.
- If you select only 口, and search... results are around 800. It's difficult to find the target Kanji.
- If you select only 木, and search... results are around 400. It's difficult to find the target Kanji.
- If you select 口 and 木, and search... results are around 70. The target Kanji will be found, but not easily.
- If you select 口, 木 and 大, and search... results are 2. The target Kanji will be found easily.
This mode is the search method by the true radical. Each Kanji has only one true radical. For example, the true radical of 橋 is 木. This mode selects the true radical of the Kanji and extracts all applicable Kanji. Therefore, search results may increase in case of a major radical. In such a case, you need to use together with the stroke filter. The relation of the radicals in this mode is "OR" combination.
There are too many Kanji (Chinese characters) and the total is unknown.
The Ministry of Education of Japan classified the Kanji and defined significance.
The grade used in this dictionary corresponds as follows.
- Jouyou (Joyo) Kanji
1945 characters, grade 1-7 / Jouyou Kanji is the group often used in daily life. These Kanji are learned during nine years of the compulsory education in Japan.
- Kyouiku (Kyoiku) Kanji
1006 characters, grade 1-6 / In Japan, these are learned in elementary
school (six years).
- Jouyou Kanji other than the Kyouiku Kanji
939 characters, grade 7 / In Japan, these are learned in junior high
school (three years).
- Jinmei Kanji
895 characters, grade 8 / Jinmei kanji is the kanji (except the Jouyou kanji) which can be used for names.
*The characters which can be used for a name in Japan are Hiragana, Katakana,
Jouyou Kanji, and Jinmei Kanji.
- The Kanji group except Jouyou Kanji or Jinmei Kanji
The total of the Kanji is unknown. grade 9 / This is a Kanji group which is not common. Some Kanji of this group are sometimes used in daily life. But many Kanji are not used.
- *All the Kanji lists is available contents included in this dictionary.
- Kanji & Stroke
The numerical value displayed on the column of the Stroke is the total stroke counts of each Kanji.
Button displays the enlarging image of the Kanji by Kyoukasho font.
Button displays the stroke order of the Kanji by Kyoukasho font.
*The meaning of "Kyoukasho (Kyokasho)" is a textbook (schoolbook). Kyoukasho font is used in the Japanese schoolbook. This is the best font to study the shape of the Kanji.
- About stroke order
The image of the stroke order is attached to the kanji of the Grade 1-6. This stroke order was announced by the Ministry of Education of Japan as guidance.
Each Kanji has a radical (Bushu). It decides to which group the Kanji belongs.
The Kanji with the same radical often has a common point in a meaning.
Not only the meaning in On-yomi reading but the meaning in Kun-yomi reading is included.
For example, the meaning of 悪(アク) in On-yomi is "wickedness/evil". But 悪い(わるい) in Kun-yomi reading has various meanings such as "bad, wrong, sick, harmful, sorry, etc.".
Reading is written in Katakana and Hiragana. Katakana (ア,イ,ウ...) notation implies "On-yomi". Hiragana (あ,い,う...) notation implies "Kun-yomi". The right side of "・" of Kun'yomi implies "Okurigana" (declensional kana ending).
Special marks' meaning.
" * " This mark means a minor reading compared with other reading.
［ ］This mark means that is used only for names.
【 】This mark means that is not used in daily life.
- Example(Reading) / Meaning
These are examples of idioms (Jukugo) or phrases using each reading.
Special marks' meaning.
☆ This mark is a sign to urge user's attention and means a note.
＝ This mark means a synonym.
⇔ This mark means an antonym.
- Irregular reading / Meaning
When the Kanji combines with the specific Kanji or specific Okurigana, it may become completely different reading (pronunciation). These are words of such irregular reading.
- Sort button
and buttons sort by the grade, the stroke count or radical of Kanji.
- Sound button
button plays back pronunciation. Though there are many dialects in Japanese, the accent and intonation of this dictionary are Tokyo Style which is the most standard pronunciation in Japan.
*Audio files are the WAVE file format. Please listen to these sounds in the environment which can play WAVE files.