13 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
tale, talk
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N5
134 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 話 【ワ】 counter for stories, episodes of TV series, etc.
  • 話題 【ワダイ】 topic, subject, much talked about, topical, in the news, hot
  • 懇話 【コンワ】 friendly talk, chat
  • 秘話 【ヒワ】 secret story, unknown episode

Kun reading compounds

  • 話す 【はなす】 to talk, to speak, to converse, to chat, to tell, to explain, to narrate, to mention, to describe, to discuss, to speak (a language)
  • 話 【はなし】 talk, speech, chat, conversation, topic, subject, discussions, negotiation, argument, rumor, talk, hearsay, tale, story, fable, circumstances, particulars
  • 話し合い 【はなしあい】 discussion, talk, tête-à-tête, conference
  • いい話 【いいはなし】 good story, heartwarming story, good prospect (e.g. marriage, business)
  • 固い話 【かたいはなし】 serious topic (of conversation)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cuento
  • charla
  • hablar
  • narrar


  • Conversar
  • falar uma língua
  • conto


  • parler
  • histoire
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221 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
133 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4358 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
180 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
86 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2.2 Japanese for Busy People
238 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
238 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
178 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1684 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1928 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1027 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1388 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
350 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35441 Morohashi
1527 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5608 New Nelson (John Haig)
344 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
368 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
125 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
229 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3077 2001 Kanji
7a6.8 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-6 SKIP code
0266.4 Four corner code
1-47-35 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8a71 Unicode hex code