Jisho

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9 strokes
Radical:
sign 示 (礻)
Parts:
ancestor, pioneer, founder
On:
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
1226 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 祖 【ソ】 ancestor, forefather, progenitor, originator, pioneer, inventor, founder, grandfather
  • 祖国 【ソコク】 motherland, fatherland, native country
  • 元祖 【ガンソ】 originator, pioneer, inventor, founder, progenitor, primogenitor, founder of a family line
  • 教祖 【キョウソ】 founder of a religious sect

Readings

Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
zu3
Korean:
jo

Spanish

  • antepasado
  • pionero
  • fundador

Portuguese

  • antecessor
  • pioneiro
  • fundador

French

  • ancêtre
  • pionnier
  • fondateur
657 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
758 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
736 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1325 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3243 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
540 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
772 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
850 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
622 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
632 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
824 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1423 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1145 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
617 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
823 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1795 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
24664P Morohashi
914 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4083 New Nelson (John Haig)
1779 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1918 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
701 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
673 2001 Kanji
4e5.4 The Kanji Dictionary
1-4-5 SKIP code
3721.0 Four corner code
1-33-36 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7956 Unicode hex code

14 strokes
Radical:
speech 言 (訁)
Parts:
word, speech, language
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N5
301 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 語 【ゴ】 word, language, speech
  • 語学 【ゴガク】 study of foreign languages, linguistics
  • 標語 【ヒョウゴ】 motto, slogan, catchword
  • 造語 【ゾウゴ】 coined word, coinage, neologism

Kun reading compounds

  • 語る 【かたる】 to talk about, to speak of, to tell, to narrate, to recite, to chant, to indicate, to show
  • 語るに落ちる 【かたるにおちる】 to let slip a secret, to let the cat out of the bag
  • 語らう 【かたらう】 to talk, to tell, to recite, to pledge, to conspire with

Readings

Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
yu3, yu4
Korean:
eo

Spanish

  • palabra
  • discurso
  • lenguaje
  • hablar
  • conversar
  • narrar

Portuguese

  • palavra
  • discurso
  • língua

French

  • langage
  • mot
  • raconter
209 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
124 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
112 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
274 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4374 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
231 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
87 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2136 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.1 Japanese for Busy People
67 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
67 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
154 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1685 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1944 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1040 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1402 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
353 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35533 Morohashi
1543 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5628 New Nelson (John Haig)
347 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
371 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
211 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
231 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3077 2001 Kanji
7a7.6 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-7 SKIP code
0166.1 Four corner code
1-24-76 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8a9e Unicode hex code