12 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
part of speech, words, poetry
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
1636 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 詞 【シ】 words, writing, lyrics, ci (form of Chinese poetry), independent word
  • 詞華集 【シカシュウ】 anthology (of poems), florilegium
  • 作詞 【サクシ】 (writing) song lyrics
  • 固有名詞 【コユウメイシ】 proper noun

Kun reading compounds

  • 言葉 【ことば】 language, dialect, word, phrase, expression, term, speech, (manner of) speaking, (use of) language, words, remark, statement, comment, learning to speak, language acquisition
  • 詞書き 【ことばがき】 foreword to a collection of poems, preface, explanatory notes, captions
  • 枕詞 【まくらことば】 pillow word, decorative word used prefixally in classical Japanese literature, preface, introduction
  • 花言葉 【はなことば】 language of flowers (e.g. the use of red roses to signify love), floriography


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • parte de oración
  • palabras
  • poesía


  • parte de discurso
  • palavras
  • poesia


  • partie du discours
  • mots
  • poésie
799 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
890 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
879 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1624 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4335 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
807 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
900 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1665 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
843 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
862 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1205 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1671 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1897 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1007 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1363 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1883 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35394 Morohashi
1503 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5582 New Nelson (John Haig)
1865 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2009 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
946 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3049 2001 Kanji
7a5.15 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-5 SKIP code
0762.0 Four corner code
1-27-76 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8a5e Unicode hex code