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Meaning: prefecture

Reading ケン

Examples 秋田県(あきたけん) 秋田県(あきたけん) けん Akita prefecture

Catch Phrase: The ruler casts a beady eye from his castle over his prefecture.

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Meaning: one

Reading ひと(つ)

Examples 一つ(ひとつ) 一つ(ひとつ) ひと one (for counting)

イチ

一(いち) 一(いち) いち one

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Meaning: below Reading した Examples 下(した) 下(した) した below さ(がる) 下がる(さ 下がる(さがる) to go down カ 地下鉄(ちか 地下鉄(ちかてつ) tube Catch Phrase: Moles tunnel deep below the ground.
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Meaning: private/me

Reading わたし

Examples 私(わたし) 私(わたし) わたし me

Catch Phrase: A private crop just for me!

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Meaning: mouth Reading くち ぐち Examples 口(くち) 口(くち)mouth くち 入口(いりぐち) 入口(いりぐち) ぐち entrance コウ 人口(じんこう) 人口(じんこう) こう population Catch Phrase: Mouth open wide – say ‘aaa’!

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Meaning: age

Reading サイ

Examples 十五才(じゅうごさい) 十五才(じゅうごさい) さい 15 years old

Catch Phrase: We grow, we learn, and finally graduation age arrives.

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Meaning: three

Reading みっ(つ)

Examples 三つ(みっつ) 三つ(みっつ) みっ three (for counting)

サン

三(さん) 三(さん) さん three

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Meaning: mountain

Reading やま

Examples 山(やま) 山(やま) やま mountain

サン

ふじ山(ふじさん) ふじ山(ふじさん) さん Mt Fuji

Catch Phrase: The mountain ranges reach to the sky.

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Meaning: child Reading こ Examples 子ども(こ 子ども(こども) child 女の子(おんなのこ 女の子(おんなのこ) girl シ 男子(だんし 男子(だんし) boy Catch Phrase: Little chubby children love cuddles!
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Meaning: woman Reading おんな Examples 女の人(おんなのひと) 女の人(おんなのひと) おんな woman 女の子(おんなのこ) 女の子(おんなのこ) おんな girl ジョ 長女(ちょうじょ) 長女(ちょうじょ) じょ oldest daughter Catch Phrase: Cross-legged curvaceous woman.
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Meaning: small

Reading

Examples

さい(ちい ちいさい) ちい(さい) 小さい(ちいさい) small ショウ 小学校(しょうがっこう) 小学校(しょうがっこう) しょう primary school

Catch Phrase: Tightly squeezed into a small space.

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Meaning: above Reading あ(がる) Examples 上がる(あ 上がる(あがる) to go up うえ ジョウ 上(うえ) 上(うえ)on, above うえ 上手(じょうず) 上手(じょうず) じょう good at Catch Phrase: Squirrels scurry to branches high above the ground.
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Meaning: river

Reading かわ

Examples 川(かわ) 川(かわ) かわ river

がわ

テムズ川(テムズがわ) テムズ川(テムズがわ) がわ Thames river

Catch Phrase: The rushing river races by.

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Meaning: nine

Reading

Examples

九つ(ここの ここのつ) ここの(つ) 九つ(ここのつ) nine (for counting) キュウ 九(きゅう) 九(きゅう) きゅう nine ク 九時(く 九時(くじ) 9 o’clock

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Meaning: thousand

Reading セン

Examples 千(せん) 千(せん) せん thousand

ゼン

三千円(さんぜんえん) 三千円(さんぜんえん) ぜん three thousand yen

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Meaning: big Reading Examples

大きい(おお おおきい) おお(きい) 大きい(おおきい) big タイ 大会(たいかい) 大会(たいかい) たい assembly ダイ 大学(だいがく) 大学(だいがく) だい university Catch Phrase: Stretch your arms out and make yourself big.
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Meaning: ground

Reading つち

Examples 土(つち) 土(つち) つち ground

土曜日(ど 土曜日(どようび) Saturday

Catch Phrase: Plants grow in good ground.

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Meaning: ten thousand

Reading マン

Examples 万(まん) 万(まん) まん ten thousand

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Meaning: yen (Japanese currency)

Reading エン

Examples 百円(ひゃくえん) 百円(ひゃくえん) えん 100 yen

Catch Phrase: How many yen to the pound?

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Meaning: change

Reading カ

Examples 化学(か 化学(かがく) Chemistry

Catch Phrase: (In a Japanese tale) the sly fox changed into a man to deceive humankind.

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Meaning: fire

Reading ひ び

Examples 火(ひ 火(ひ)fire 花火(はなび 花火(はなび) fireworks

火曜日(か 火曜日(かようび) Tuesday

Catch Phrase: Flames leaping from the fierce fire.
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Meaning: moon Reading つき Examples 月(つき) 月(つき) つき moon ゲツ 月曜日(げつようび) 月曜日(げつようび) げつ Monday ガツ 一月(いちがつ) 一月(いちがつ) がつ January Catch Phrase: 2 clouds drifting past the moon.
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Meaning: district

Reading ク

Examples 北区(きたく 北区(きたく) North district

Catch Phrase: Many famous paintings hang on the

exhibition walls of the city’s art district.

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Meaning: bull

Reading うし

Examples 牛(うし) 牛(うし) うし bull

ギュウ

牛肉(ぎゅうにく) 牛肉(ぎゅうにく) ぎゅうにく beef

Catch Phrase: Watch out for the bull’s sharp horn!

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Meaning: seven

Reading なな(つ)

Examples 七つ(な 七つ(ななつ) seven (for counting)

シチ

七(しち) 七(しち) しち seven

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Meaning: dog

Reading いぬ

Examples 犬(いぬ) 犬(いぬ) いぬ dog

Catch Phrase: The happy dog jumps up and wags its tail.

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Meaning: origin

Reading ゲン

Examples 元気(げんき) 元気(げんき) げん healthy

Catch Phrase: Meet the original genki-man!

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Meaning: five

Reading いつ(つ)

Examples 五つ(いつつ) 五つ(いつつ) いつ five (for counting)

五(ご 五(ご) five

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Meaning: noon

Reading ゴ

Examples 午前(ご 午前(ごぜん) morning 午後(ご 午後(ごご) afternoon

Catch Phrase: Dong! The clock strikes noon.

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Meaning: public

Reading コウ

Examples 公園(こうえん) 公園(こうえん) こう park

Catch Phrase: Matters become public when the private barrier is broken.

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Meaning: now Reading いま Examples 今(いま) 今(いま) いま now コン 今週(こんしゅう) 今週(こんしゅう) こん this week <irreg.>今日(きょう) 今日(きょう) today Catch Phrase: “I wonder what time it is now?”
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Meaning: hand

Reading て

Examples 手(て 手(て)hand <irreg.>上手(じょうず) 上手(じょうず) good at 下手(へた) poor at

Catch Phrase: A skeleton’s bony hand.
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Meaning: few

Reading

Examples

少ない(すく すくない) すく(ない) 少ない(すくない) few ショウ 少年(しょうねん) 少年(しょうねん) しょう boy

Catch Phrase: Few sheep were fenced off for the poor farmer.
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Meaning: heart

Reading こころ

Examples 心(こころ) 心(こころ) こころ heart

シン

安心(あんしん) 安心(あんしん) しん relief

Catch Phrase: A healthy pulsating heart.

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Meaning: water

Reading みず

Examples 水(みず) 水(みず) みず water

スイ

水曜日(すいようび) 水曜日(すいようび) すい Wednesday

Catch Phrase: Water splashing down a fast stream.

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Meaning: ten

Reading とお

Examples 十(とお) 十(とお) とお ten (for counting)

ジュウ

十(じゅう) 十(じゅう) じゅう ten

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Meaning: to cut Reading き(る) Examples 切る(き 切る(きる) to cut 切手(きって) 切手(きって) きっ stamp セツ 大切(たいせつ) 大切(たいせつ) せつ important Catch Phrase: Sharp scissors or a knife cut cleanly.
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Meaning: middle

Reading なか

Examples 中(なか) 中(なか) なか middle, inside

チュウ

中学校(ちゅうがっこう) 中学校(ちゅうがっこう) ちゅう Junior high school

Catch Phrase: Hammer a stake through the middle of the block.
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Meaning: heaven

Reading テン

Examples 天気(てんき) 天気(てんき) てん weather

Catch Phrase: Raise your arms and look towards heaven.

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Meaning: inside

Reading ナイ

Examples 家内(かない) 家内(かない) ない my wife

Catch Phrase: “I’m not stuck inside 4 walls – there’s only 3!”

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Meaning: sun
Reading か ひ び ニチ ジツ Examples 三日(みっか)the 3rd 三日(みっか 日(ひ 日(ひ)day, sun 火曜日(かようび 火曜日(かようび)Tuesday 日曜日(にちようび)Sunday 日曜日(にちようび) にちようび) 休日(きゅうじつ) 休日(きゅうじつ)holiday じつ <irreg..> 日本(にほん) 日本(にほん)Japan Catch Phrase: We love it when the sun shines.

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Meaning: father Reading ちち フ Examples 父(ちち) 父(ちち)my father ちち 父母(ふ 父母(ふぼ) parents <irreg.>お父さん お父さん (おとうさん) someone else’s father Catch Phrase: Father has bushy eyebrows and a big mouth and nose.
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Meaning: text

Reading ブン

Examples 文化(ぶんか) 文化(ぶんか) ぶん culture 文学(ぶんがく) 文学(ぶんがく) ぶん literature

Catch Phrase: Delicate sweeping brushstrokes in an

ancient Chinese text.
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Meaning: part Reading フン Examples 二分(にふん) 二分(にふん) ふん two minutes プン 一分(いっぷん) 一分(いっぷん) ぷん one minute ブン 半分(はんぶん) 半分(はんぶん)half ぶん

Catch Phrase: With a knife, divide the carrot into 2 parts.

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Meaning: direction

Reading かた

Examples 食べ方(たべかた) 食べ方(たべかた) かた way of eating

ホウ

地方(ちほう) 地方(ちほう) ほう region

Catch Phrase: Set off confidently in the right direction.

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Meaning: tree

Reading き

Examples 木(き 木(き) tree

モク

木曜日(もくようび) 木曜日(もくようび) もく Thursday

Catch Phrase: Bare branches hanging down from the tree.

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Meaning: person Reading ひと Examples 人(ひと) 人(ひと) ひと person ジン 人口(じんこう) 人口(じんこう) じん population ニン 何人(なんにん) 何人(なんにん) にん how many people? Catch Phrase: A person has two legs to stand on.
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Meaning: friend

Reading とも

Examples 友達(ともだち) 友達(ともだち) とも friend

ユウ

友人(ゆうじん) 友人(ゆうじん) ゆう friend

Catch Phrase: Shake hands and make a friend.

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Meaning: six

Reading むっ(つ)

Examples 六つ(むっつ) 六つ(むっつ) むっ six (for counting)

ロク

六(ろく) 六(ろく) ろく six

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Meaning: outside

Reading そと

Examples 外(そと) 外(そと) そと outside

ガイ

外国語(がいこくご) 外国語(がいこくご) がい foreign language

Catch Phrase: Step outside to gaze at the bright moon.

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Meaning: old

Reading ふる(い)

Examples 古い(ふるい) 古い(ふるい) ふる old

Catch Phrase: When 10 people pass on the same gossip it becomes old news.

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Meaning: number

Reading ゴウ

Examples 番号(ばんごう) 番号(ばんごう) ごう number

Catch Phrase: Room service for room number 5!

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Meaning: left

Reading ひだり

Examples 左(ひだり) 左(ひだり) ひだり left 左手(ひだりて) 左手(ひだりて) ひだり left hand

Catch Phrase: Hold your rulers still with your left hand (if you write with your right!)
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Meaning: city

Reading し

Examples 市(し 市(し) city 京都市(きょうとし 京都市(きょうとし) Kyoto city

Catch Phrase: Ancient European cities had majestic

gateways.
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Meaning: four

Reading よん

Examples 四番(よんばん) 四番(よんばん) よん number four

四時(よ 四時(よじ) four o’clock

よっ(つ)

四つ(よっつ) 四つ(よっつ) よっ four (counting things)

四(し) 四(し four
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Meaning: to copy

Reading シャ

Examples 写真(しゃしん) 写真(しゃしん) しゃ photo

Catch Phrase: The camera copies your friend’s park bench pose on its lens.

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Meaning: exit Reading だ(す) Examples 出す(だ 出す(だす) to put out で(る) 出る(で 出る(でる) to leave 出口(で 出口(でぐち) exit Catch Phrase: Exit best foot forward!
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Meaning: block

Reading チョウ

Examples 二丁目(にちょうめ) 二丁目(にちょうめ) ちょう two blocks

Catch Phrase: I live one block up the street from you.

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Meaning: to be born/to be alive Reading Examples

生まれる(う う(まれる) 生まれる(うまれる) to be born なま セイ 生の(なまの)raw 生の(なまの) なまの) 学生(がくせい) 学生(がくせい) せい student Catch Phrase: The birth of a new shoot on a plant proves it’s alive.
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Meaning: platform Reading タイ Examples 台風(たいふう) 台風(たいふう) たい typhoon ダイ 台所(だいどころ)kitchen 台所(だいどころ) だいどころ) 一台(いちだい) 一台(いちだい) だい counter suffix for machine Catch Phrase: Sitting up on the platform, you can get a good view.
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Meaning: rice field

Reading た

Examples 田んぼ(た 田んぼ(たんぼ) rice field

Catch Phrase: From above, the rice fields are like patchwork.

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Meaning: winter

Reading ふゆ

Examples 冬(ふゆ) 冬(ふゆ) ふゆ winter 冬休み(ふゆやすみ) 冬休み(ふゆやすみ) ふゆ winter holidays

Catch Phrase: Wrap up in winter with scarf and gloves.

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Meaning: white

Reading しろ(い)

Examples 白い(しろい) 白い(しろい) しろ white

Catch Phrase: The sharp white light of a desert sun.

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Meaning: half

Reading ハン

Examples 半分(はんぶん) 半分(はんぶん) はん half 半年(はんとし) 半年(はんとし) はん half year

Catch Phrase: 3 logs chop- chop- chopped in half.

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Meaning: level/flat Reading ヘイ Examples 平和(へいわ) 平和(へいわ) へい peace 平気(へいき) 平気(へいき) へい calm Catch Phrase: On a still day, the sunlight and boats lie flat on the water, and the clouds hang level above.
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Meaning: mother Reading はは Examples 母(はは) 母(はは) はは my mother ボ 父母(ふぼ 父母(ふぼ)parents <irreg.>お母さん お母さん (おかあさん) someone else’s mother Catch Phrase: A mother can breast feed her baby.

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Meaning: north

Reading きた

Examples 北(きた) 北(きた) きた north

ホク

北海道(ほっかいどう) 北海道(ほっかいどう) ほっ Hokkaidoo

Catch Phrase: Sit together to keep warm at the north pole.

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Meaning: root Reading ホン Examples 本屋(ほんや)book shop 本屋(ほんや) ほんや) 日本(にほん) 日本(にほん)Japan ほん ポン 一本(いっぽん) 一本(いっぽん) ぽん one long, thin thing ボン 三本(さんぼん) 三本(さんぼん) ぼん three long, thin things Catch Phrase: A big tree’s roots are strong and firm.
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Meaning: two

Reading ふた(つ)

Examples 二つ(ふたつ) 二つ(ふたつ) ふた two (for counting)

二(に 二(に) two

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Meaning: eye

Reading め

Examples 目(め 目(め) eye(s)

Catch Phrase: Big, staring eye.

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Meaning: right

Reading みぎ

Examples 右(みぎ) 右(みぎ) みぎ right 右手(みぎて) 右手(みぎて) みぎ right hand

Catch Phrase: In India they always eat with the right hand.

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Meaning: safe

Reading やす(い)

Examples 安い(やすい) 安い(やすい) やす cheap

アン

安心(あんしん) 安心(あんしん) あん relief

Catch Phrase: A woman should always feel safe under her own roof.
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Meaning: to meet Reading あ(う) カイ Examples 会う(あう) 会う(あう)to meet 会館(かいかん) 会館(かいかん) かい meeting hall 会社(かいしゃ) 会社(かいしゃ) かい company Catch Phrase: Meet a friend and relax together in a sheltered place.
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Meaning: spirit

Reading キ

Examples 天気(てんき 天気(てんき) weather 気持ち(き 気持ち(きもち) feeling

Catch Phrase: Your spirits drift like clouds in the air.

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Meaning: to rest Reading やす(む) Examples 休む(やすむ) 休む(やすむ) やす to rest 夏休み(なつやすみ) 夏休み(なつやすみ) やす summer holidays キュウ 休日(きゅうじつ) 休日(きゅうじつ) きゅう holiday Catch Phrase: It’s relaxing to rest in the shade of a tree.
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Meaning: to like

Reading す(き)

Examples 好き(す 好き(すき) to like

Catch Phrase: We all like to see a woman and her child together.

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Meaning: to go

Reading い(く)

Examples 行く(い 行く(いく) to go

コウ

銀行(ぎんこう) 銀行(ぎんこう) こう bank

Catch Phrase: At the crossroads, go straight on.

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Meaning: west

Reading にし

Examples 西(にし) 西(にし) にし west

Catch Phrase: The bird takes refuge in its nest in the west.

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Meaning: letter

Reading ジ

Examples 漢字(かんじ 漢字(かんじ) kanji

Catch Phrase: Clever children start to learn their letters at home.

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Meaning: to enter Reading はい(る) Examples 入る(はいる) 入る(はいる) はい to enter イ(れる) 入れる(いれる) 入れる(いれる) いれ to put 入口(いりぐち) 入口(いりぐち) いり entrance Catch Phrase: Cautiously enter a low, dark cave.
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Meaning: temple

Reading てら

Examples お寺(おてら) お寺(おてら) てら temple

Catch Phrase: The priest blesses the sacred ground of the temple.

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Meaning: ear

Reading みみ

Examples 耳(みみ) 耳(みみ) みみ ear

Catch Phrase: Big ears hear best of all!

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Meaning: oneself

Reading ジ

Examples 自分(じ 自分(じぶん) self

Catch Phrase: Always love oneself! (Give yourself a hug every day!)

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Meaning: province

Reading シュウ

Examples 九州(きゅうしゅう) 九州(きゅうしゅう) しゅう Kyuushuu ビクトリア州(ビクトリア しゅう) しゅう)Victoria state

Catch Phrase: Island provinces divided by narrow straits of water.
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Meaning: to become

Reading な(る)

Examples 成る(な 成る(なる) to become

セイ

成人(せいじん) 成人(せいじん) せい adult

Catch Phrase: “Son, you’ll soon become a man like me!”

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Meaning: to precede

Reading セン

Examples 先生(せんせい) 先生(せんせい) せん teacher 先月(せんげつ) 先月(せんげつ) せん last month

Catch Phrase: Rush ahead and precede the pack!

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Meaning: many

Reading おお(い)

Examples 多い(おおい) 多い(おおい) おお many

Catch Phrase: Aagh! Two moons is one too many!

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Meaning: earth

Reading チ

Examples 地下鉄(ち 地下鉄(ちかてつ) tube 地図(ち 地図(ちず) map

Catch Phrase: Moles dig up the plants and tunnel deep into the earth.
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Meaning: same Reading おな(じ) Examples 同じ(おなじ) 同じ(おなじ) おな same ドウ 同時(どうじ) 同時(どうじ) どう same time Catch Phrase: All the board members had the same opinion – as though speaking with one mouth.
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Meaning: meat

Reading ニク

Examples 牛肉(ぎゅうにく) 牛肉(ぎゅうにく) にく beef 豚肉(ぶたにく) 豚肉(ぶたにく) にく pork

Catch Phrase: A bodyguard has big meaty muscles.

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Meaning: eight

Reading やっ(つ)

Examples 八つ(やっつ) 八つ(やっつ) やっ eight (for counting)

ハチ

八(はち) 八(はち) はち eight

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Meaning: year

Reading とし

Examples 今年(ことし) 今年(ことし) とし this year

ネン

来年(らいねん) 来年(らいねん) ねん next year

Catch Phrase: The harvest is brought in every year.

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Meaning: hundred

Reading ヒャク

Examples 百(ひゃく) 百(ひゃく) ひゃく one hundred

ビャク

三百(さんびゃく) 三百(さんびゃく) びゃく three hundred

ピャク

六百(ろっぴゃく) 六百(ろっぴゃく) ぴゃく six hundred

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Meaning: every

Reading マイ

Examples 毎日(まいにち) 毎日(まいにち) まい every day 毎週(まいしゅう) 毎週(まいしゅう) まい every week

Catch Phrase: Every baby is born from a mother.

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Meaning: name

Reading な

Examples 名前(な 名前(なまえ) name

メイ

有名(ゆうめい) 有名(ゆうめい) めい famous

Catch Phrase: Shout out your friend’s name, lost in the dark.
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Meaning: to exist

Reading ユウ

Examples 有名(ゆうめい) 有名(ゆうめい) ゆう famous

Catch Phrase: Does there exist a person so famous he could eclipse the moon?

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Meaning: society

Reading シャ

Examples 社会(しゃかい) 社会(しゃかい) しゃ society 会社(かいしゃ) 会社(かいしゃ) しゃ company

Catch Phrase: Society’s guardian angel protecting its ground.
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Meaning: wheel/cart

Reading くるま

Examples 車(くるま) くるま) car

シャ

電車(でんしゃ) 電車(でんしゃ) しゃ train

Catch Phrase: Without its 2 wheels, a wooden cart would be a box!
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Meaning: to dwell

Reading す(む)

Examples 住む(す 住む(すむ) to live

ジュウ

住所(じゅうしょ) 住所(じゅうしょ) じゅう address

Catch Phrase: The patriarch commands all those who dwell within his home.
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Meaning: map

Reading ズ

Examples 地図(ちず 地図(ちず) map

図書館(と 図書館(としょかん) library

Catch Phrase: Use a map to find out which streets the houses are on.
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Meaning: red

Reading あか(い)

Examples 赤い(あかい) 赤い(あかい) あか red 赤ちゃん(あかちゃん) 赤ちゃん(あかちゃん) あか baby

Catch Phrase: The scorching red flames quickly burn through the logs.
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Meaning: village

Reading むら

Examples 村(むら) 村(むら) むら village

Catch Phrase: One house on the corner by a tree – what a tiny village!

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Meaning: body

Reading からだ

Examples 体(からだ) 体(からだ) からだ body

Catch Phrase: A person’s body can’t rest comfortably against the root of a tree (remember – it’s more relaxing to rest in the shade of a tree).

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Meaning: town

Reading まち

Examples 町(まち) 町(まち) まち town

Catch Phrase: A village with more houses makes a town (no room for trees!)

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Meaning: man Reading おとこ Examples 男の人(おとこのひと) 男の人(おとこのひと) おとこ man ダン ナン 男子(だんし)boy 男子(だんし) だんし) 長男(ちょうなん) 長男(ちょうなん) なん oldest son Catch Phrase: A man uses his strength to pull a plough across the fields – who needs a tractor?
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Meaning: to sell Reading う(る) Examples 売る(う 売る(うる) to sell バイ 売店(ばいてん) 売店(ばいてん) ばい kiosk Catch Phrase: Market sellers sell apples cheaply.

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Meaning: to come

Reading く(る)

Examples 来る(く 来る(くる) to come

ライ

来月(らいげつ) 来月(らいげつ) らい next month

Catch Phrase: Roads come together to meet at the crossroads.
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Meaning: rain

Reading あめ

Examples 雨(あめ) 雨(あめ) あめ rain

Catch Phrase: Driving rain falls from a cloudy sky.

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Meaning: England

Reading エイ

Examples 英国(えいこく) 英国(えいこく) えい United Kingdom 英語(えいご) 英語(えいご) えい English

Catch Phrase: Happy to be in England’s green and pleasant lands!
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Meaning: picture

Reading ガ

Examples 映画(えいが 映画(えいが) film

Catch Phrase: A preparatory grid will help you proportion your picture.

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Meaning: to learn

Reading まな(ぶ)

Examples 学ぶ(まなぶ) 学ぶ(まなぶ) まな to learn

ガク

学校(がっこう) 学校(がっこう) がっ school

Catch Phrase: Learning begins in the cradle.

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Meaning: capital Reading キョウ Examples 京都(きょうと) 京都(きょうと) きょう Kyoto 東京(とうきょう) 東京(とうきょう) きょう Tokyo Catch Phrase: Entrance gate to the ancient Japanese capital.

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Meaning: gold/metal Reading かね Examples お金(おかね) お金(おかね) かね money キン 金曜日(きんようび) 金曜日(きんようび) きん Friday Catch Phrase: Plant your metal, give it shelter and care, and it may just sprout a plant of golden jewels!
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Meaning: sky Reading そら から Examples 空(そら) 空(そら)sky そら 空手(からて) 空手(からて) から karate クウ 空気(くうき) 空気(くうき) くう air Catch Phrase: It’s blissful to lie back and watch a gentle breeze blow the clouds across the sky.
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Meaning: country

Reading くに

Examples 国(くに) 国(くに) くに country

コク

国語(こくご) 国語(こくご) こく Japanese

Catch Phrase: The old king ruled his country with pomp and circumstance.
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Meaning: thing

Reading こと

Examples 事(こと) 事(こと) こと thing

家事(かじ 家事(かじ) housework

Catch Phrase: My mobile doesn’t stop ringing – so many things to do!
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Meaning: place Reading ところ ショ Examples 所(ところ) 所(ところ)place ところ 場所(ばしょ) 場所(ばしょ) しょ place 住所(じゅうしょ) 住所(じゅうしょ) しょ address Catch Phrase: Point out the place where the shoot-out took place. (notice the saloon-style door)
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Meaning: blue

Reading あお(い)

Examples 青い(あおい) 青い(あおい) あお blue

Catch Phrase: Tall plants glow in the blue light of the moon.

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Meaning: to know

Reading し(る)

Examples 知る(し 知る(しる) to know

Catch Phrase: Shout out what you know – you might be right on target!

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Meaning: long

Reading なが(い)

Examples 長い(ながい) 長い(ながい) なが long

チョウ

社長(しゃちょう) 社長(しゃちょう) ちょう company president

Catch Phrase: In olden times, Japanese ladies had long robes and even longer hair!
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Meaning: shop

Reading みせ

Examples 店(みせ) 店(みせ) みせ shop

テン

売店(ばいてん) 売店(ばいてん) てん kiosk

Catch Phrase: “Come buy my fruit!” (the shopkeeper’s cry)

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Meaning: east

Reading ひがし

Examples 東(ひがし) 東(ひがし) ひがし east

トウ

東京(とうきょう) 東京(とうきょう) とう Tokyo

Catch Phrase: In the east, the sun rises behind the trees.

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Meaning: object Reading もの Examples 買い物(かいもの) 買い物(かいもの) もの shopping 着物(きもの) 着物(きもの)kimono もの ブツ 物理(ぶつり) 物理(ぶつり) ぶつ Physics Catch Phrase: Load the bull up for market with bundles of objects.
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Meaning: harmony

Reading ワ

Examples 平和(へいわ 平和(へいわ) peace 和食(わ 和食(わしょく) Japanese food

Catch Phrase: Dancing in harmony hand in hand at the harvest festival.
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Meaning: to reflect

Reading エイ

Examples 映画(えいが) 映画(えいが) えい film

Catch Phrase: “I’m so great I reflect more light than the sun!”

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Meaning: sound

Reading おと

Examples 音(おと) 音(おと) おと sound

オン

音楽(おんがく) 音楽(おんがく) おん music

Catch Phrase: The sound of the drum gets your feet a-tapping!
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Meaning: sea

Reading うみ

Examples 海(うみ) 海(うみ) うみ sea

カイ

北海道(ほっかいどう) 北海道(ほっかいどう) かい Hokkaidoo

Catch Phrase: Do mermaid families live under the sea?

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Meaning: behind/after Reading うし(ろ) Examples 後ろ(うしろ) 後ろ(うしろ) うし behind あと ゴ 後で(あとで)later 後で(あとで) あとで) 午後(ごご 午後(ごご) afternoon Catch Phrase: Turn your back to the road behind you and never step back.
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Meaning: to think

Reading おも(う)

Examples 思う(おもう) 思う(おもう) おも to think 思い出す(おもいだす) 思い出す(おもいだす) おも to recall

Catch Phrase: If you think with your brain and your heart, you will surely find the answer!
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Meaning: to hold

Reading も(つ)

Examples 持つ(も 持つ(もつ) to hold, to have 気持ち(きも 気持ち(きもち) feeling

Catch Phrase: “Hey! I need an extra hand to hold my can to water the plants!”
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Meaning: room

Reading シツ

Examples 教室(きょうしつ) 教室(きょうしつ) しつ classroom

Catch Phrase: Fill your room with plants to create a relaxing atmosphere.

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Meaning: spring

Reading はる

Examples 春(はる) 春(はる) はる spring

Catch Phrase: Plants shoot up quickly in the spring sun.

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Meaning: autumn

Reading あき

Examples 秋(あき) 秋(あき) あき autumn

Catch Phrase: In autumn the leaves turn red as fire and fall from the tree.

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Meaning: to eat Reading たべ(る) Examples 食べる(たべる) べる(た to eat 食べ物(た 食べ物(たべもの) food ショク 朝食(ちょうしょく) 朝食(ちょうしょく) しょく breakfast Catch Phrase: Use chopsticks to eat your rice.
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Meaning: god

Reading かみ

Examples 神(かみ) 神(かみ) かみ god

ジン

神社(じんじゃ) 神社(じんじゃ) じん shrine

Catch Phrase: Angels and lightening – messengers of the gods?
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Meaning: in front/ago Reading まえ Examples 前(まえ) 前(まえ)in front まえ 一年前(いちねんまえ) 一年前(いちねんまえ) まえ one year ago ゼン 午前(ごぜん) 午前(ごぜん) ぜん morning Catch Phrase: “You’ll need my carving knife to cut that big slab of meat in front of you.
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Meaning: to wait

Reading ま(つ)

Examples 待つ(ま 待つ(まつ) to wait

Catch Phrase: Waiting forever for his girlfriend by a roadside bush.

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Meaning: step

Reading ダン

Examples 階段(かいだん) 階段(かいだん) だん staircase

Catch Phrase: Use your hand to pull yourself up the stepladder.

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Meaning: garden Reading にわ Examples 庭(にわ) 庭(にわ) にわ garden テイ 家庭(かてい) 家庭(かてい) てい household Catch Phrase: Between my house and my fence,

flower-lined pathways meander through my garden.
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Meaning: wind

Reading かぜ

Examples 風(かぜ) 風(かぜ) かぜ wind

フウ

台風(たいふう) 台風(たいふう) ふう typhoon

Catch Phrase: The wind fills the sails of the yacht.

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Meaning: daytime

Reading ひる

Examples 昼間(ひるま) 昼間(ひるま) ひる day time

チュウ

昼食(ちゅうしょく) 昼食(ちゅうしょく) ちゅう lunch

Catch Phrase: The best daytimes are when the sun shines through the clouds.
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Meaning: south

Reading みなみ

Examples 南(みなみ) 南(みなみ) みなみ south

Catch Phrase: In the sultry south, in a humid greenhouse, the plants grow very tall indeed!

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Meaning: roof

Reading や

Examples 本屋(ほんや 本屋(ほんや) book shop

Catch Phrase: The ancient Greeks relaxed on the ground under the roofs of their colonnades.

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Meaning: institution

Reading イン

Examples 病院(びょういん) 病院(びょういん) びょういん hospital

Catch Phrase: A hospital is a large institution built to make you ‘genki’ again!

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Meaning: house

Reading いえ

Examples 家(いえ) 家(いえ) いえ house

家族(か 家族(かぞく) family

Catch Phrase: “This house looks like a pigsty!”

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Meaning: summer

Reading なつ

Examples 夏(なつ) 夏(なつ) なつ summer

Catch Phrase: Cool off in summer with a big handful of ice cream.

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Meaning: to return

Reading かえる

Examples 帰る(かえる) 帰る(かえる) かえ to return

Catch Phrase: The witch’s cat waits at the door for her return.

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Meaning: time Reading とき ジ Examples 時(とき) 時(とき)time とき 時間(じ 時間(じかん) time 一時(いちじ 一時(いちじ) 1 o’clock Catch Phrase: If your watch has stopped, tell the time by looking at the sun’s shadows on the ground.
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Meaning: paper

Reading かみ

Examples 手紙(てがみ) 手紙(てがみ) がみ letter

Catch Phrase: The paper in your book was once just bundles of thread.

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Meaning: to write

Reading か(く)

Examples 書く(か 書く(かく) to write

ショ

図書館(としょかん) 図書館(としょかん) しょかん library

Catch Phrase: Hold your brush upright to write beautiful kanji.
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Meaning: truth

Reading シン

Examples 写真(しゃしん) 写真(しゃしん) しん photograph

Catch Phrase: The light of truth perceived by an all-seeing eye.

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Meaning: sick

Reading ビョウ

Examples 病院(びょういん) 病院(びょういん) びょう hospital 病気(びょうき) 病気(びょうき) びょう sick

Catch Phrase: Sick beds lined up in the hospital ward.

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Meaning: to try

Reading ベン

Examples 勉強(べんきょう) 勉強(べんきょう) べん study

Catch Phrase: To succeed at rugby, strength isn’t enough – you need to try hard.

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Meaning: travel

Reading リョ

Examples 旅行(りょこう) 旅行(りょこう) りょ travel 旅館(りょかん) 旅館(りょかん) りょ Japanese inn

Catch Phrase: The travel group set off, following the tour leader’s flag.
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Meaning: materials

Reading リョウ

Examples 料理(りょうり) 料理(りょうり) りょう cooking 料金(りょうきん) 料金(りょうきん) りょう fee

Catch Phrase: Fill your measuring cup with plentiful harvest materials.
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Meaning: to teach

Reading

Examples

教える(おし おしえる) おし(える) 教える(おしえる) to teach キョウ 教会(きょうかい) 教会(きょうかい) きょう church

Catch Phrase: Teach Children maths symbols and make them study their sums.
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Meaning: strong

Reading つよ(い)

Examples 強い(つよい) 強い(つよい) つよ strong

キョウ

勉強(べんきょう) 勉強(べんきょう) きょう study

Catch Phrase: Strong biceps and a bow and arrow are no match for a nasty insect!
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Meaning: fish

Reading さかな

Examples 魚屋(さかなや 魚屋(さかなや) fish shop

ギョ

金魚(きんぎょ) 金魚(きんぎょ) ぎょ gold fish

Catch Phrase: Top and tail and scale your fish before eating it!
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Meaning: black

Reading くろ(い)

Examples 黒い(くろい) 黒い(くろい) くろ black

Catch Phrase: The fields and ground were sooty black after the raging fire.

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Meaning: week Reading シュウ Examples 今週(こんしゅう) 今週(こんしゅう)this week しゅう 先週(せんしゅう) 先週(せんしゅう)last week しゅう 一週間(いっしゅうかん) 一週間(いっしゅうかん) しゅう for one week Catch Phrase: A stride around the park every week will keep you in good shape.

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Meaning: snow

Reading ゆき

Examples 雪(ゆき) 雪(ゆき) ゆき snow

Catch Phrase: Snow falls as hard as rain and piles up and up.

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Meaning: family

Reading ゾク

Examples 家族(かぞく) 家族(かぞく) ぞく family

Catch Phrase: All the family together – big and small!

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Meaning: bird

Reading とり

Examples 鳥肉(とりにく) 鳥肉(とりにく) とり chicken

Catch Phrase: The hungry bird ruffles up its wing and tail feathers.

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Meaning: metropolis

Reading ト

Examples 京都(きょうと 京都(きょうと) Kyoto

Catch Phrase: He ran away at dawn to the metropolis to seek his fortune.

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Meaning: to move Reading うご(く) ドウ Examples 動く(うごく)to 動く(うごく) move うごく) 動物(どうぶつ) 動物(どうぶつ) どう animal 自動車(じどうしゃ) 自動車(じどうしゃ) どう automobile Catch Phrase: It takes all your strength to move a heavy pile of packages.
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Meaning: pig

Reading ぶた

Examples 豚肉(ぶたにく) 豚肉(ぶたにく) ぶた pork

Catch Phrase: A slab of pork meat from the rump of a pig.

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Meaning: department/part

Reading ブ

Examples 部分(ぶ 部分(ぶぶん) part <irreg.>部屋(へや) 部屋(へや) room

Catch Phrase: The big boss’ department is partway up the skyscraper.
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Meaning: reason

Reading リ

Examples 料理(りょうり 料理(りょうり) cooking

Catch Phrase: The king ruled with reason: he decreed that all roads should run at right angles!

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Meaning: to drink

Reading の(む)

Examples 飲む(の 飲む(のむ) to drink 飲み物(の 飲み物(のみもの) drink

Catch Phrase: A drink will wash down the food he’s stuffed into his gaping mouth.
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Meaning: storey

Reading かい

Examples 階段(かいだん) 階段(かいだん) かい stairs

Catch Phrase: Let’s take the stairs to the top storey of the skyscraper – good exercise!

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Meaning: interval/between

Reading あいだ

Examples 間(あいだ) 間(あいだ) あいだ between

カン

時間(じかん) 時間(じかん) かん time

Catch Phrase: Calculate an interval by the sun’s passage between two gateposts.
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Meaning: location

Reading ば

Examples 場所(ば 場所(ばしょ) place

ジョウ

会場(かいじょう) 会場(かいじょう) じょう meeting place

Catch Phrase: The best location to plant your seedlings is in sunny ground.
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Meaning: plural

Reading タチ

Examples 友達(ともだち) 友達(ともだち) だち friend

Catch Phrase: Sheep shuffle along the ground in groups. (They’re always seen in the plural, never singularly!)

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Meaning: morning

Reading あさ

Examples 毎朝(まいあさ) 毎朝(まいあさ) every morning

チョウ

朝食(ちょうしょく) 朝食(ちょうしょく) ちょう breakfast

Catch Phrase: The bright morning sun sends the moon to bed and throws light on the trees.
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Meaning: road

Reading みち

Examples 道(みち) 道(みち) みち road

ドウ

北海道(ほっかいどう) 北海道(ほっかいどう) どう Hokkaidoo

Catch Phrase: The city gent strode down the road. (he never goes out without his bowler on!).
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Meaning: to buy

Reading か(う)

Examples 買う(か 買う(かう) to buy 買い物(か 買い物(かいもの) shopping

Catch Phrase: Greedy hands gather coins and notes to buy, buy, buy.
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Meaning: evening

Reading バン

Examples 晩ごはん(ばんごはん) 晩ごはん(ばんごはん) はん(ばん dinner 今晩(こんばん) 今晩(こんばん) ばん tonight

Catch Phrase: “The sun’s setting – evening already! – I’m late!!”
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Meaning: (in) order

Reading バン

Examples 一番(いちばん) 一番(いちばん) ばん number one, most 番号(ばんごう) 番号(ばんごう) ばん number

Catch Phrase: The judge at the harvest competition put the fields in order.
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Meaning: park

Reading エン

Examples 公園(こうえん) 公園(こうえん) えん park

Catch Phrase: An ornamental park with fountains and plants for all to enjoy.

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Meaning: han dynasty (ancient Chinese dynasty)

Reading カン

Examples 漢字(かんじ) 漢字(かんじ) かん kanji

Catch Phrase: Control of the rich natural resources of ancient China was passed on through the houses of the han dynasty.

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Meaning: fun

Reading

Examples

楽しい(たの たのしい) たの(しい) 楽しい(たのしい) fun ガク 音楽(おんがく) 音楽(おんがく) がく music

Catch Phrase: It’s fun to drum on a tree stump!

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Meaning: new

Reading

Examples

新しい(あたら あたらしい) あたら(しい) 新しい(あたらしい) new シン 新聞(しんぶん) 新聞(しんぶん) しん newspaper

Catch Phrase: Point out the new trees to the new toddler.

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Meaning: iron

Reading テツ

Examples 地下鉄(ちかてつ) 地下鉄(ちかてつ) てつ tube 鉄道(てつどう) 鉄道(てつどう) てつ railway

Catch Phrase: A metal as hard as iron makes good armour.
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Meaning: electricity Reading デン Examples 電車(でんしゃ)train 電車(でんしゃ) でんしゃ) 電話(でんわ) 電話(でんわ) でんわ)phone 電気(でんき) 電気(でんき) でん electricity Catch Phrase: The rain pours and the lightening cracks – nature’s electricity.

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Meaning: to work

Reading

Examples

働く(はたら はたらく) はたら(く) 働く(はたらく) to work

Catch Phrase: Even for 2 strong men, it’s hard work moving a heavy pile of packages.

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Meaning: to speak

Reading はな(す)

Examples 話す(はなす) 話す(はなす) はな to speak

会話(かいわ 会話(かいわ) conversation

Catch Phrase: Open your mouth and let the words on your tongue speak out.
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Meaning: station

Reading えき

Examples 駅(えき) 駅(えき) えき station

Catch Phrase: Stations were once regular stops for riders to change their horses. (Perhaps they measured the distances with giant

compasses?!)
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Meaning: silver

Reading ギン

Examples 銀(ぎん) 銀(ぎん) ぎん sliver 銀行(ぎんこう) 銀行(ぎんこう) ぎん bank

Catch Phrase: For fancy metal cutlery, only silver will do!

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Meaning: language Reading ゴ Examples 日本語(にほんご 日本語(にほんご) Japanese 英語(えいご 英語(えいご)English 外国語(がいこくご 外国語(がいこくご) foreign language Catch Phrase: The word of mouths worldwide speak many different languages.
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Meaning: to read

Reading よ(む)

Examples 読む(よ 読む(よむ) to read

ドク

読書(どくしょ) 読書(どくしょ) どく reading

Catch Phrase: Millions of words can be read in the library.

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Meaning: to listen

Reading き(く)

Examples 聞く(き 聞く(きく) to listen

ブン

新聞(しんぶん) 新聞(しんぶん) ぶん newspaper

Catch Phrase: Put your ear to the gate to listen to the gossip.
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Meaning: hall

Reading カン

Examples 図書館(としょかん) 図書館(としょかん) かん library 映画館(えいがかん) 映画館(えいがかん) かん cinema

Catch Phrase: We sit at tables eating and working in the school dining hall.
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Meaning: day of the week

Reading ヨウ

Examples 日曜日(にちようび 日曜日(にちようび) よう Sunday

Catch Phrase: The days of the week seem to fly by as quickly as a bird on the wing.

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Meaning: what?

Reading ナニ

Examples 何(なに) 何(なに) なに what

ナン

何才(なんさい) 何才(なんさい) なん How old

Catch Phrase: “What are you saying?” That is the big question!”
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Meaning: flower

Reading はな

Examples 花見(はなみ) 花見(はなみ) はな flower viewing 花火(はなび) 花火(はなび) はな fireworks

Catch Phrase: If I could turn into a flower I would live happily ever after amongst the plants!
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Meaning: near

Reading ちか(い)

Examples 近い(ちかい) 近い(ちかい) ちか near

キン

近所(きんじょ) 近所(きんじょ) きん neighbourhood

Catch Phrase: Point out how near you are – just a few strides away.
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Meaning: to see

Reading み(る)

Examples 見る(み 見る(みる) to see

ケン

見物(けんぶつ) 見物(けんぶつ) けん sightseeing

Catch Phrase: An eye on legs can see very well!

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Meaning: words

Reading い(う)

Examples 言う(い 言う(いう) to say

Catch Phrase: A mouth spouts endless words.

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