14 strokes
silk 糸 (糹)
practice, gloss, train, drill, polish, refine
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N2
788 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 練習 【レンシュウ】 practice, training, drill, (an) exercise, workout
  • 練達 【レンタツ】 expert(ise), skill, dexterity
  • 訓練 【クンレン】 training, drill, practice, discipline
  • 熟練 【ジュクレン】 skill, dexterity, proficiency

Kun reading compounds

  • 練る 【ねる】 to knead, to thicken into a paste (stirring over a flame), to polish (a plan, etc.), to refine, to elaborate, to work out, to train, to drill, to exercise, to gloss (silk), to soften, to degum, to tan (leather), to temper (steel), to walk in procession, to parade, to march
  • 練り 【ねり】 kneading, gloss, tempering, paste (e.g. bean paste, mustard paste), parading of portable shrines and floats at festivals
  • 練り直す 【ねりなおす】 to knead again, to rework, to revise, to polish


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • práctica
  • entrenamiento
  • ablandar
  • ejercitar


  • prática
  • brilho
  • treinar
  • exercitar
  • polir
  • refinar


  • pratiquer
  • lustrer
  • s'exercer
  • s'entraîner
  • perfectionner
  • peaufiner
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