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The N5 Kanji List

Lesson 6 Chapter 2

Lists are great. They help you keep track of things, organize thoughts, and break complex categories down into something simpler.

Kanji lists, however, are similar to "reading the dictionary." There's a lot of material, and if you don't have a plan of attack, it becomes overwhelming and ends up not helping much. 

This kanji list is designed to be a reference for you as you make your way through the course, and help you see at a glance what you do and do not know. There are 82 N5 kanji (as determined by Risu Press), and they correspond to the first 3 rows of the kanji poster set we sell. By the time you master this list, you should have no problem with the kanji knowledge required to pass the N5 JLPT exam! Let's go!!

How to use this list

Each row is a toggle, so click it to open up the image below the title. You will reveal the actual text blocks from the JLPT Kanji Poster that will show you the readings, and the basic meaning in English.

Readings (pronunciations) written in カタカナ are the on-yomi, or "Chinese" reading of the character. These are typically what will be used in compound character words, so it's good to remember the major ones. For example:

 がっこう School

Readings (pronunciations) written in ひらがな are the kun-yomi, or "native Japanese" reading of the character. These are typically the readings you will see when the character is standalone. For example:

 みず Water

You will also see some readings that look like this:

 とう.さん Father

This is to show you that the pronunciation would be most commonly seen with appended characters. In this case, the word in typical usage would look like: 父さん

1-5 子 出 父 下 土

6-10 三 山 友 八 木

11-15 後 休 先 見 読

16-20 外 東 四 食 火

21-25 生 電 車 聞 月

26-28 話 二 本

29-33 七 日 母 気 時

34-38 入 白 万 学 北

39-43 南 十 今 女 前

44-48 人 九 男 円 上

49-53 長 何 水 年 国

54-56 大 雨 半

57-61 来 五 毎 中 語

62-66 西 金 午 千 名

67-71 六 左 川 行 校

72-76 百 小 天 間 一

77-81 書 右 高 口 太

82 肉

    • Hi Anna! Basically our assumption is that regardless of which order you learn them in, eventually learners need to comprehend all kanji. Where many resources try to group kanji by stroke count, complexity, etc. we did away with that because it doesn’t appear to make them easier to learn.

      As for the groupings, the order follows the exact order in our JLPT Kanji Poster so if you have a set, you can work through the course alongside that. As for why there are some groups of 1, 3, or 5 words in a section, it was just to break down the long rows in the poster and make it more manageable.

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