19 strokes
speech 言 (訁)
discriminating, know, write
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
496 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 識 【シキ】 acquaintanceship, vijnana, consciousness, written by...
  • 識者 【シキシャ】 well-informed person, thinking person, intelligent person
  • 光学式文字認識 【コウガクシキモジニンシキ】 optical character recognition, OCR
  • 目的意識 【モクテキイシキ】 sense of purpose

Kun reading compounds

  • 知る 【しる】 to be aware of, to know, to be conscious of, to cognize, to cognise, to notice, to feel, to understand, to comprehend, to grasp, to remember, to be acquainted with (a procedure), to experience, to go through, to learn, to be acquainted with (a person), to get to know, to concern
  • 記す 【しるす】 to write down, to note, to jot down, to remember
  • 記す 【しるす】 to write down, to note, to jot down, to remember


Japanese names:
さと、 さとる
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
shi4, zhi4
sig, ji


  • discernir
  • distinguir
  • símbolo


  • discriminação
  • saber
  • escrever


  • discernement
  • connaissance
  • écrire
627 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
725 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
698 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
617 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4438 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
486 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
911 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
2810 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
681 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
694 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
512 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1709 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2070 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1086 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1477 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
493 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
35974 Morohashi
1639 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5704 New Nelson (John Haig)
482 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
521 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
416 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
824 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3059 2001 Kanji
7a12.6 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-12 SKIP code
0365.0 Four corner code
1-28-17 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8b58 Unicode hex code