14 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N5
618 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 読書 【ドクショ】 reading (books)
  • 読者 【ドクシャ】 reader
  • 積ん読 【ツンドク】 buying books and not reading them, stockpiling books, tsundoku, books bought but not read
  • 必読 【ヒツドク】 must-read, required reading
  • 読書 【ドクショ】 reading (books)
  • 読本 【トクホン】 reading-book, reader, guidebook, manual, textbook (esp. a pre-war elementary school Japanese language textbook)
  • 読点 【トウテン】 comma
  • 句読 【クトウ】 breaks and pauses (in a sentence), punctuation, way of reading (esp. kanbun)
  • 吏読 【リト】 Idu (archaic writing system that uses Chinese characters to represent the Korean language)

Kun reading compounds

  • 読む 【よむ】 to read, to recite (e.g. a sutra), to chant, to predict, to guess, to forecast, to read (someone's thoughts), to see (e.g. into someone's heart), to divine, to pronounce, to read (e.g. a kanji), to decipher, to read (a meter, graph, music, etc.), to tell (the time), to count, to estimate, to read (a kanji) with its native Japanese reading


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
du2, dou4
dog, du


  • leer


  • leia


  • lire
123 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
206 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
189 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
484 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4375 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
55 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
88 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2142 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.10 Japanese for Busy People
244 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
244 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
180 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1689 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1943 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1038 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1401 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
354 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35580P Morohashi
1541 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5629 New Nelson (John Haig)
348 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
372 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
323 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
233 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3057 2001 Kanji
7a7.9 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-7 SKIP code
0461.2 Four corner code
1-38-41 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8aad Unicode hex code