10 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
scribe, account, narrative
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N3
149 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 記 【キ】 account, history, chronicle, annals, record, notice, note, as follows, Kojiki (earliest historical record of Japan, compiled in 712 CE), Records of Ancient Matters
  • 記憶 【キオク】 memory, recollection, remembrance, memory, storage
  • 手記 【シュキ】 note, memorandum, memo, memoirs, personal account
  • 左記 【サキ】 undermentioned (statement), the following, at left

Kun reading compounds

  • 記す 【しるす】 to write down, to note down, to jot down, to take a note of, to mention, to describe, to give an account of, to inscribe, to mark, to brand, to remember, to engrave (in one's mind)


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • crónica
  • narración
  • memorizar
  • anotar
  • consignar por escrito


  • escriba
  • contar
  • narrativa
  • narrar


  • inscrire
  • compte-rendu
  • narration
180 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
105 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
95 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
147 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4318 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
301 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
895 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1149 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
371 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
372 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
633 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1660 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1843 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
974 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1321 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
535 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35244 Morohashi
1453 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5563 New Nelson (John Haig)
529 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
568 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
209 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
190 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3056 2001 Kanji
7a3.5 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-3 SKIP code
0761.7 Four corner code
1-21-13 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8a18 Unicode hex code