14 strokes
hear, ask, listen
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N5
319 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 聞香 【ブンコウ】 smelling incense, savoring incense, distinguishing incense by smell, incense-smelling party
  • 聞知 【ブンチ】 learn of
  • スポーツ新聞 【スポーツシンブン】 sports newspaper
  • 壁新聞 【カベシンブン】 wall newspaper, wall poster
  • 聞香 【ブンコウ】 smelling incense, savoring incense, distinguishing incense by smell, incense-smelling party
  • 聞法 【モンボウ】 hearing the teachings of Buddha
  • 奏聞 【ソウモン】 reporting to the Emperor
  • 声聞 【ショウモン】 sravaka (disciple of Buddha), adherent of Hinayana Buddhism

Kun reading compounds

  • 聞く 【きく】 to hear, to listen (e.g. to music), to ask, to enquire, to query, to learn of, to hear about, to follow (advice), to comply with, to smell (esp. incense), to sample fragrance
  • 聞くだけ野暮 【きくだけやぼ】 asking would be rude, tasteless question
  • 聞こえる 【きこえる】 to be heard, to be audible, to be said to be, to be reputed


wen2, wen4


  • preguntar
  • escuchar
  • rumor
  • reputación
  • oír


  • escutar
  • perguntar
  • escuta


  • entendre
  • écouter
  • demander
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4959 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
109 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
80 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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64 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
64 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
179 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1584 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
4127 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2097 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2840 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1640 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
29104 Morohashi
3326 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4732 New Nelson (John Haig)
1626 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1754 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
184 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
234 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3854 2001 Kanji
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3-8-6 SKIP code
7712.1 Four corner code
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42-25 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
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