17 strokes
listen, headstrong, naughty, careful inquiry
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
781 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 聴講 【チョウコウ】 lecture attendance, auditing
  • 聴覚 【チョウカク】 the sense of hearing
  • 難聴 【ナンチョウ】 hardness of hearing, bradyacusia, deafness, hearing loss, having poor reception (radio, etc.)
  • 愛聴 【アイチョウ】 loving listening to something, loving to listen to something

Kun reading compounds

  • 聞く 【きく】 to hear, to listen (e.g. to music), to ask, to enquire, to query, to hear about, to hear of, to learn of, to follow (advice, order, etc.), to obey, to listen to, to comply with, to hear (e.g. a plea), to grant (a request), to accept (e.g. an argument), to give consideration to, to smell (esp. incense), to sample (a fragrance), to taste (alcohol), to try
  • 許す 【ゆるす】 to permit, to allow, to approve, to consent to, to forgive, to pardon, to excuse, to tolerate, to exempt (someone) from, to remit, to release, to let off, to acknowledge, to admit, to trust, to confide in, to let one's guard down, to give up (points in a game, distance in a race, etc.), to yield


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • escuchar


  • escutar
  • teimoso
  • investigação cuidadosa
  • desobediente


  • écouter
  • têtu
  • vilain
  • sans même demander
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