17 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
apologize, thank, refuse
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N1
1028 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 謝罪 【シャザイ】 apology
  • 謝意 【シャイ】 gratitude, thanks
  • 慰謝 【イシャ】 consolation
  • 代謝 【タイシャ】 metabolism, renewal, regeneration, replacing the old with the new

Kun reading compounds

  • 謝る 【あやまる】 to apologize, to apologise, to refuse, to decline, to be unable to bear, to be defeated (by), to be at a loss


Japanese names:
さ、 ざ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • disculparse
  • agradecer
  • rehusar


  • pedir desculpas
  • agradecer
  • recusar


  • excuses
  • remerciements
  • refus
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765 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1767 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
901 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
923 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
947 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1708 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2048 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1079 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1465 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1258 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35827 Morohashi
1620 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5687 New Nelson (John Haig)
1250 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1339 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
819 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3048 2001 Kanji
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