13 strokes
mouth, opening
sigh, lament, moan, grieve, sigh of admiration
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1584 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 嘆 【タン】 sigh, grief, lamentation
  • 嘆願 【タンガン】 entreaty, appeal, petition
  • 詠嘆 【エイタン】 exclamation, admiration
  • 慨嘆 【ガイタン】 deploring, lamentation, regret, complaint

Kun reading compounds

  • 嘆く 【なげく】 to lament, to grieve, to regret, to deplore
  • 嘆かわしい 【なげかわしい】 lamentable, deplorable, regrettable, sad, wretched


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • deplorar
  • lamentar
  • suspirar
  • gemir
  • afligirse


  • suspiro
  • lamento
  • pesar


  • se lamenter
  • soupirer
  • gémir
  • peine
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1246 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1313 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1436 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
310 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
773 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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577 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1593 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
4138P Morohashi
630 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
872 New Nelson (John Haig)
1579 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1702 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1612 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3763 2001 Kanji
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