5 strokes
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N5
29 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 生 【セイ】 life, living, I, me, myself
  • 生徒 【セイト】 pupil
  • 先生 【センセイ】 teacher, master, doctor, with names of teachers, etc. as an honorific, previous existence
  • 学生 【ガクセイ】 student (esp. a university student)
  • 生 【セイ】 life, living, I, me, myself
  • 生じる 【ショウジル】 to produce, to yield, to cause, to result from, to arise, to be generated
  • 一生 【イッショウ】 whole life, a lifetime, all through life, one existence, a generation, an age, the whole world, the era, (the only, the greatest, etc.) of one's life
  • 出生 【シュッショウ】 birth

Kun reading compounds

  • 生きる 【いきる】 to live, to exist, to make a living, to subsist, to be in effect, to be in use, to function, to come to life, to be enlivened, to be safe (in baseball, go, etc.)
  • 生きる道 【いきるみち】 way of life
  • 生かす 【いかす】 to make (the best) use of, to leverage (skills, attributes, experience, etc.), to capitalise on (experience, etc), to let live, to keep alive, to revive, to resuscitate
  • 生ける 【いける】 to arrange (flowers), to plant, living, live
  • 生ける屍 【いけるしかばね】 living corpse
  • 生まれる 【うまれる】 to be born
  • 生まれる 【うまれる】 to be born
  • 生まれ 【うまれ】 birth, birthplace, born in (country, month, imperial era, zodiac year, etc.)
  • 生まれる 【うまれる】 to be born
  • 生まれ 【うまれ】 birth, birthplace, born in (country, month, imperial era, zodiac year, etc.)
  • 生まれる 【うまれる】 to be born
  • 産む 【うむ】 to give birth, to deliver, to produce
  • 生う 【おう】 to grow, to spring up, to cut (teeth)
  • 生える 【はえる】 to grow, to spring up, to sprout, to cut (teeth)
  • 生やす 【はやす】 to grow, to cultivate, to wear a beard
  • 生 【き】 pure, undiluted, raw, crude
  • 生地 【きじ】 cloth, fabric, material, texture, one's true character, unglazed pottery, uncooked dough, batter
  • 共生 【きょうせい】 symbiosis, paragenesis, union
  • 生 【なま】 raw, uncooked, fresh, natural, as it is, unedited, unprocessed, unprotected (i.e. not wearing a condom), live (i.e. not recorded), inexperienced, unpolished, green, crude, impudence, sauciness, unpasteurized beer, draft beer, draught beer, just a little, somehow, vaguely, partially, somewhat, half-, semi-, irresponsibly, half-baked, cash, tipsiness
  • 生り 【なまり】 boiled and half-dried bonito
  • お生 【おなま】 impudence, sauciness
  • 現生 【げんなま】 real money, cash
  • 生る 【なる】 to bear fruit
  • 生す 【なす】 to have a child
  • 生す 【むす】 to grow (of moss, etc.)


Japanese names:
あさ、 いき、 いく、 いけ、 うぶ、 うまい、 え、 おい、 ぎゅう、 くるみ、 ごせ、 さ、 じょう、 すぎ、 そ、 そう、 ちる、 なば、 にう、 にゅう、 ふ、 み、 もう、 よい、 りゅう


  • vida
  • nacimiento
  • vivir
  • existir
  • nacer
  • dar a luz
  • puro
  • crudo


  • vida
  • genuína
  • nascimento


  • vie
  • naissance
  • authentique
  • cru
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