Jisho

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4 strokes
Radical:
legs
Parts:
beginning, former time, origin
Kun:
もと
On:
ゲンガン
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
192 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 元 【ゲン】 unknown (e.g. in an equation), element (of a set), yuan (monetary unit of China), Yuan dynasty (China, 1271-1368), Yüan dynasty, Mongol dynasty
  • 原価 【ゲンカ】 cost price
  • 中元 【チュウゲン】 15th day of the 7th lunar month, (last day of) Bon lantern festival, mid-year gift, summer gift, Bon Festival gifts
  • 抗原 【コウゲン】 antigen
  • 元日 【ガンジツ】 New Year's Day
  • 元凶 【ゲンキョウ】 ringleader, main culprit, main cause, source

Kun reading compounds

  • 元 【もと】 origin, source, base, basis, foundation, root, cause, ingredient, material, (somebody's) side, (somebody's) location, original cost (or capital, principal, etc.), (plant) root, (tree) trunk, first section of a waka, counter for blades of grass, tree trunks, etc., and for falcons (in falconry), handle (chopsticks, brush, etc.), grip
  • 元 【もと】 former, ex-, past, one-time
  • 家元 【いえもと】 head of a school (of music, dance), head family of a school
  • 胸元 【むなもと】 breast, chest, pit of the stomach, solar plexus, epigastrium

Readings

Japanese names:
ちか、 はじめ、 はる、 ゆき、 よし
Chinese:
yuan2
Korean:
weon

Spanish

  • comienzo
  • principio
  • origen
  • jefe

Portuguese

  • começo
  • tempo anterior
  • origem

French

  • commencement
  • origine
  • ancien temps
68 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
117 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
106 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
328 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
275 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
106 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
121 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
60 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.10 Japanese for Busy People
137 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
137 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
245 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
141 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2428 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1226 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1690 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
59 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
1340 Morohashi
1929 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
343 New Nelson (John Haig)
59 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
63 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
408 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
89 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3057 2001 Kanji
0a4.5 The Kanji Dictionary
2-1-3 SKIP code
1021.1 Four corner code
24-21 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5143 Unicode hex code

7 strokes
Radical:
tree
Parts:
Variants:
come, due, next, cause, become
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N5
102 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 来 【ライ】 next (year, etc.), since (last month, etc.)
  • 来客 【ライキャク】 visitor, caller
  • 在来 【ザイライ】 pre-existing, already there, conventional
  • 再来 【サイライ】 return, coming back, second coming (e.g. of Christ), second advent, reincarnation

Kun reading compounds

  • 来る 【くる】 to come (spatially or temporally), to approach, to arrive, to come back, to do ... and come back, to come to be, to become, to get, to grow, to continue, to come from, to be caused by, to derive from, to come to (i.e. "when it comes to spinach ...")
  • 来る年 【くるとし】 the coming year
  • 来る 【きたる】 next (e.g. "next April"), forthcoming, coming, to come, to arrive, to be due to
  • 来るべき 【きたるべき】 expected to arrive (occur) in the near future
  • 来す 【きたす】 to cause, to induce, to bring about a result or state, to produce
  • 来す 【きたす】 to cause, to induce, to bring about a result or state, to produce
  • 来る 【きたる】 next (e.g. "next April"), forthcoming, coming, to come, to arrive, to be due to
  • 来るべき 【きたるべき】 expected to arrive (occur) in the near future
  • 来合わせる 【きあわせる】 to happen to come along
  • 来掛かる 【きかかる】 to happen to come
  • 不出来 【ふでき】 bad job, poor workmanship, bungle
  • 行ってき 【いってき】 bye, see ya (afterwards), have fun, get going, now
  • 来い 【こい】 come!, imperative form of the verb "kuru" ("to come"), expressing a command or strong request
  • 来し方 【きしかた】 the past

Readings

Japanese names:
くり、 くる、 ごろ、 さ
Chinese:
lai2
Korean:
rae

Spanish

  • venir
  • llegar
  • acercarse
  • aproximarse

Portuguese

  • Vir
  • devido
  • próximo
  • causa
  • tornar-se

French

  • venir
  • dû à
  • suivant
  • causer
  • devenir
147 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
237 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
217 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
113 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
202 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
25 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
62 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
538 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.5 Japanese for Busy People
69 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
69 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
133 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
36 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
4366 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2211 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2975 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1902 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
14489 Morohashi
3551 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2565 New Nelson (John Haig)
1884 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2029 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
27 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
153 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1464 2001 Kanji
0a7.6 The Kanji Dictionary
4-7-3 SKIP code
5090.0 Four corner code
45-72 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6765 Unicode hex code