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Meaning: prefecture

Reading Examples

ケン 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 Examples

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

イチ 一(いち
一(いち)
いち)
one

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Meaning: below

Reading Examples

した 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 Examples

わたし 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 Examples

くち 口(くち
口(くち)
くち)mouth

ぐち 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 Examples

サイ 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 Examples

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

サン 三(さん
三(さん)
さん)
three

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Meaning: mountain

Reading Examples

やま 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 Examples

こ 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 Examples

おんな 女の人(おんな
女の人(おんなのひと)
おんなのひと)
woman
女の子(おんな
女の子(おんなのこ)
おんなのこ)
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

ちい(さい) 小さい(ちい
さい(ちいさい)
ちいさい)
small

ショウ 小学校(しょう
小学校(しょうがっこう)
しょうがっこう)
primary school

Catch Phrase:

Tightly squeezed into a small space.

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Meaning: above

Reading Examples

あ(がる) 上がる(あ
上がる(あがる)
to go up

うえ 上(うえ
上(うえ)
うえ)on, above

ジョウ 上手(じょう
上手(じょうず)
じょうず)
good at

Catch Phrase:

Squirrels scurry to branches high above the


ground.

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Meaning: river

Reading Examples

かわ 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

ここの(つ) 九つ(ここの
九つ(ここのつ)
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 Examples

セン 千(せん
千(せん)
せん)
thousand

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

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Meaning: big

Reading Examples

おお(きい) 大きい(おお
大きい(おおきい)
おおきい)
big

タイ 大会(たい
大会(たいかい)
たいかい)
assembly

ダイ 大学(だい
大学(だいがく)
だいがく)
university

Catch Phrase:
Stretch your arms out and make yourself

big.
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Meaning: ground

Reading Examples

つち 土(つち
土(つち)
つち)
ground

ド 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 Examples

マン 万(まん
万(まん)
まん)
ten thousand

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Meaning: yen (Japanese currency)

Reading Examples

エン 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 Examples

カ 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 Examples

ひ 火(ひ
火(ひ)fire

び 花火(はなび
花火(はなび)
fireworks

カ 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 Examples

つき 月(つき
月(つき)
つき)
moon

ゲツ 月曜日(げつ
月曜日(げつようび)
げつようび)
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 Examples

ク 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 Examples

うし 牛(うし
牛(うし)
うし)
bull

ギュウ 牛肉(ぎゅう
牛肉(ぎゅうにく
ぎゅうにく)
にく)
beef

Catch Phrase:

Watch out for the bull’s sharp horn!

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Meaning: seven

Reading Examples

なな(つ) 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 Examples

いぬ 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 Examples

ゲン 元気(げん
元気(げんき)
げんき)
healthy

Catch Phrase:

Meet the original genki-man!

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Meaning: five

Reading Examples

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

ゴ 五(ご
五(ご)
five

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Meaning: noon

Reading Examples

ゴ 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 Examples

コウ 公園(こう
公園(こうえん)
こうえん)
park

Catch Phrase:

Matters become public when the private


barrier is broken.

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Meaning: now

Reading Examples

いま 今(いま
今(いま)
いま)
now

コン 今週(こん
今週(こんしゅう)
こんしゅう)
this week

今日(きょう)
<irreg.>今日(きょう)

today

Catch Phrase:

“I wonder what time it is now?”

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Meaning: hand

Reading Examples

て 手(て
手(て)hand

上手(じょうず)
<irreg.>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

すく(ない) 少ない(すく
少ない(すくない)
すくない)
few

ショウ 少年(しょう
少年(しょうねん)
しょうねん)
boy

Catch Phrase:

Few sheep were fenced off for the poor


farmer.

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Meaning: heart

Reading Examples

こころ 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 Examples

みず 水(みず
水(みず)
みず)
water

スイ 水曜日(すい
水曜日(すいようび)
すいようび)
Wednesday

Catch Phrase:

Water splashing down a fast stream.

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Meaning: ten

Reading Examples

とお 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 Examples

き(る) 切る(き
切る(きる)
to cut
切手(きっ
切手(きって)
きって)
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 Examples

なか 中(なか
中(なか)
なか)
middle, inside

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

Catch Phrase:

Hammer a stake through the middle of the


block.

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Meaning: heaven

Reading Examples

テン 天気(てん
天気(てんき)
てんき)
weather

Catch Phrase:

Raise your arms and look towards heaven.

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Meaning: inside

Reading Examples

ナイ 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 Examples

か 三日(みっか
三日(みっか)the 3rd

ひ 日(ひ
日(ひ)day, sun

び 火曜日(かようび
火曜日(かようび)Tuesday

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

ジツ 休日(きゅうじつ
休日(きゅうじつ)
じつ)holiday

<irreg..> 日本(にほん)Japan
日本(にほん)

Catch Phrase:

We love it when the sun shines.

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Meaning: father

Reading Examples

ちち 父(ちち
父(ちち)
ちち)my father

フ 父母(ふ
父母(ふぼ)
parents

お父さん(おとうさん)
<irreg.>お父さん

someone else’s father

Catch Phrase:

Father has bushy eyebrows and a big


mouth and nose.

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. Meaning: text

Reading Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

Delicate sweeping brushstrokes in an

ancient Chinese text.

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Meaning: part

Reading Examples

フン 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)
ぶん)half

Catch Phrase:

With a knife, divide the carrot into 2 parts.

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Meaning: direction

Reading Examples

かた 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 Examples

き 木(き
木(き)
tree

モク 木曜日(もく
木曜日(もくようび)
もくようび)
Thursday

Catch Phrase:

Bare branches hanging down from the tree.

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Meaning: person

Reading Examples

ひと 人(ひと
人(ひと)
ひと)
person

ジン 人口(じん
人口(じんこう)
じんこう)
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 Examples

とも 友達(とも
友達(ともだち)
ともだち)
friend

ユウ 友人(ゆう
友人(ゆうじん)
ゆうじん)
friend

Catch Phrase:

Shake hands and make a friend.

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Meaning: six

Reading Examples

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

ロク 六(ろく
六(ろく)
ろく)
six

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Meaning: outside

Reading Examples

そと 外(そと
外(そと)
そと)
outside

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

Catch Phrase:

Step outside to gaze at the bright moon.

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Meaning: old

Reading Examples

ふる(い) 古い(ふる
古い(ふるい)
ふるい)
old

Catch Phrase:

When 10 people pass on the same gossip

it becomes old news.

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Meaning: number

Reading Examples

ゴウ 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 Examples

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

し 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 Examples

よん 四番(よん
四番(よんばん)
よんばん)
number four

よ 四時(よ
四時(よじ)
four o’clock

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

シ 四(し
四(し)

four

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Meaning: to copy

Reading Examples

シャ 写真(しゃ
写真(しゃしん)
しゃしん)
photo

Catch Phrase:

The camera copies your friend’s park bench


pose on its lens.

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Meaning: exit

Reading Examples

だ(す) 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 Examples

チョウ 二丁目(にちょう
二丁目(にちょうめ)
ちょうめ)
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

う(まれる) 生まれる(う
生まれる(うまれる)
to be born

なま 生の(なま
生の(なまの)
なまの)raw
の)

セイ 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 Examples

タイ 台風(たい
台風(たいふう)
たいふう)
typhoon

ダイ 台所(だい
台所(だいどころ)
だいどころ)kitchen
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 Examples

た 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 Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

Wrap up in winter with scarf and gloves.

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Meaning: white

Reading Examples

しろ(い) 白い(しろ
白い(しろい)
しろい)
white

Catch Phrase:

The sharp white light of a desert sun.

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Meaning: half

Reading Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

3 logs chop- chop- chopped in half.

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Meaning: level/flat

Reading Examples

ヘイ 平和(へい
平和(へいわ)
へいわ)
peace
平気(へい
平気(へいき)
へいき)
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 Examples

はは 母(はは
母(はは)
はは)
my mother

ボ 父母(ふぼ
父母(ふぼ)parents

お母さん(おかあさん)
<irreg.>お母さん

someone else’s mother

Catch Phrase:

A mother can breast feed her baby.

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Meaning: north

Reading Examples

きた 北(きた
北(きた)
きた)
north

ホク 北海道(ほっ
北海道(ほっかいどう)
ほっかいどう)
Hokkaidoo

Catch Phrase:

Sit together to keep warm at the north pole.

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Meaning: root

Reading Examples

ホン 本屋(ほん
本屋(ほんや)
ほんや)book
や) shop
日本(にほん
日本(にほん)
ほん)Japan

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 Examples

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

ニ 二(に
二(に)
two

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Meaning: eye

Reading Examples

め 目(め
目(め)
eye(s)

Catch Phrase:

Big, staring eye.

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Meaning: right

Reading Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

In India they always eat with the right hand.

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Meaning: safe

Reading Examples

やす(い) 安い(やす
安い(やすい)
やすい)
cheap

アン 安心(あん
安心(あんしん)
あんしん)
relief

Catch Phrase:

A woman should always feel safe under her


own roof.

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Meaning: to meet

Reading Examples

あ(う) 会う(あ
会う(あう)to
う) meet

カイ 会館(かい
会館(かいかん)
かいかん)
meeting hall
会社(かい
会社(かいしゃ)
かいしゃ)
company

Catch Phrase:

Meet a friend and relax together in a


sheltered place.

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Meaning: spirit

Reading Examples

キ 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 Examples

やす(む) 休む(やす
休む(やすむ)
やすむ)
to rest
夏休み(なつやす
夏休み(なつやすみ)
やすみ)
summer holidays

キュウ 休日(きゅう
休日(きゅうじつ)
きゅうじつ)
holiday

Catch Phrase:

It’s relaxing to rest in the shade of a tree.

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Meaning: to like

Reading Examples

す(き) 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 Examples

い(く) 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 Examples

にし 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 Examples

ジ 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 Examples

はい(る) 入る(はい
入る(はいる)
はいる)
to enter

イ(れる) 入れる(いれ
入れる(いれる)
いれる)
to put
入口(いり
入口(いりぐち)
いりぐち)
entrance

Catch Phrase:

Cautiously enter a low, dark cave.

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Meaning: temple

Reading Examples

てら 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 Examples

みみ 耳(みみ
耳(みみ)
みみ)
ear

Catch Phrase:

Big ears hear best of all!

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Meaning: oneself

Reading Examples

ジ 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 Examples

シュウ 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 Examples

な(る) 成る(な
成る(なる)
to become

セイ 成人(せい
成人(せいじん)
せいじん)
adult

Catch Phrase:

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

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Meaning: to precede

Reading Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

Rush ahead and precede the pack!

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Meaning: many

Reading Examples

おお(い) 多い(おお
多い(おおい)
おおい)
many

Catch Phrase:

Aagh! Two moons is one too many!

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Meaning: earth

Reading Examples

チ 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 Examples

おな(じ) 同じ(おな
同じ(おなじ)
おなじ)
same

ドウ 同時(どう
同時(どうじ)
どうじ)
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 Examples

ニク 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 Examples

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

ハチ 八(はち
八(はち)
はち)
eight

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Meaning: year

Reading Examples

とし 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 Examples

ヒャク 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 Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

Every baby is born from a mother.

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Meaning: name

Reading Examples

な 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 Examples

ユウ 有名(ゆう
有名(ゆうめい)
ゆうめい)
famous

Catch Phrase:

Does there exist a person so famous he


could eclipse the moon?

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Meaning: society

Reading Examples

シャ 社会(しゃ
社会(しゃかい)
しゃかい)
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 Examples

くるま 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 Examples

す(む) 住む(す
住む(すむ)
to live

ジュウ 住所(じゅう
住所(じゅうしょ)
じゅうしょ)
address

Catch Phrase:

The patriarch commands all those who

dwell within his home.

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Meaning: map

Reading Examples

ズ 地図(ちず
地図(ちず)
map

ト 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 Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

The scorching red flames quickly burn


through the logs.

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Meaning: village

Reading Examples

むら 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 Examples

からだ 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 Examples

まち 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 Examples

おとこ 男の人(おとこ
男の人(おとこのひと)
おとこのひと)
man

ダン 男子(だん
男子(だんし)
だんし)boy
し)

ナン 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 Examples

う(る) 売る(う
売る(うる)
to sell

バイ 売店(ばい
売店(ばいてん)
ばいてん)
kiosk

Catch Phrase:

Market sellers sell apples cheaply.

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Meaning: to come

Reading Examples

く(る) 来る(く
来る(くる)
to come

ライ 来月(らい
来月(らいげつ)
らいげつ)
next month

Catch Phrase:

Roads come together to meet at the


crossroads.

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Meaning: rain

Reading Examples

あめ 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 Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

Happy to be in England’s green and


pleasant lands!

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Meaning: picture

Reading Examples

ガ 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 Examples

まな(ぶ) 学ぶ(まな
学ぶ(まなぶ)
まなぶ)
to learn

ガク 学校(がっ
学校(がっこう)
がっこう)
school

Catch Phrase:

Learning begins in the cradle.

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Meaning: capital

Reading Examples

キョウ 京都(きょう
京都(きょうと)
きょうと)
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 Examples

かね お金(おかね
お金(おかね)
かね)
money

キン 金曜日(きん
金曜日(きんようび)
きんようび)
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 Examples

そら 空(そら
空(そら)
そら)sky

から 空手(から
空手(からて)
からて)
karate

クウ 空気(くう
空気(くうき)
くうき)
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 Examples

くに 国(くに
国(くに)
くに)
country

コク 国語(こく
国語(こくご)
こくご)
Japanese

Catch Phrase:

The old king ruled his country with pomp


and circumstance.

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Meaning: thing

Reading Examples

こと 事(こと
事(こと)
こと)
thing

ジ 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 Examples

ところ 所(ところ
所(ところ)
ところ)place

ショ 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 Examples

あお(い) 青い(あお
青い(あおい)
あおい)
blue

Catch Phrase:

Tall plants glow in the blue light of the moon.

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Meaning: to know

Reading Examples

し(る) 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 Examples

なが(い) 長い(なが
長い(ながい)
ながい)
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 Examples

みせ 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 Examples

ひがし 東(ひがし
東(ひがし)
ひがし)
east

トウ 東京(とう
東京(とうきょう)
とうきょう)
Tokyo

Catch Phrase:

In the east, the sun rises behind the trees.

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Meaning: object

Reading Examples

もの 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)
もの)kimono

ブツ 物理(ぶつ
物理(ぶつり)
ぶつり)
Physics

Catch Phrase:

Load the bull up for market with bundles of

objects.

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Meaning: harmony

Reading Examples

ワ 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 Examples

エイ 映画(えい
映画(えいが)
えいが)
film

Catch Phrase:

“I’m so great I reflect more light than the


sun!”

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Meaning: sound

Reading Examples

おと 音(おと
音(おと)
おと)
sound

オン 音楽(おん
音楽(おんがく)
おんがく)
music

Catch Phrase:

The sound of the drum gets your feet


a-tapping!

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Meaning: sea

Reading Examples

うみ 海(うみ
海(うみ)
うみ)
sea

カイ 北海道(ほっかい
北海道(ほっかいどう)
かいどう)
Hokkaidoo

Catch Phrase:

Do mermaid families live under the sea?

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Meaning: behind/after

Reading Examples

うし(ろ) 後ろ(うし
後ろ(うしろ)
うしろ)
behind

あと 後で(あと
後で(あとで)
あとで)later
で)

ゴ 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 Examples

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

も(つ) 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 Examples

シツ 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 Examples

はる 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 Examples

あき 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 Examples

たべ(る) 食べる(た
べる(たべる)
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 Examples

かみ 神(かみ
神(かみ)
かみ)
god

ジン 神社(じん
神社(じんじゃ)
じんじゃ)
shrine

Catch Phrase:

Angels and lightening – messengers of the

gods?

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Meaning: in front/ago

Reading Examples

まえ 前(まえ
前(まえ)
まえ)in front
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 Examples

ま(つ) 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 Examples

ダン 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 Examples

にわ 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 Examples

かぜ 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 Examples

ひる 昼間(ひる
昼間(ひるま)
ひるま)
day time

チュウ 昼食(ちゅう
昼食(ちゅうしょく)
ちゅうしょく)
lunch

Catch Phrase:

The best daytimes are when the sun shines


through the clouds.

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Meaning: south

Reading Examples

みなみ 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 Examples

や 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 Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

A hospital is a large institution built to make


you ‘genki’ again!

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Meaning: house

Reading Examples

いえ 家(いえ
家(いえ)
いえ)
house

カ 家族(か
家族(かぞく)
family

Catch Phrase:

“This house looks like a pigsty!”

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Meaning: summer

Reading Examples

なつ 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 Examples

かえる 帰る(かえ
帰る(かえる)
かえる)
to return

Catch Phrase:

The witch’s cat waits at the door for her

return.

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Meaning: time

Reading Examples

とき 時(とき
時(とき)
とき)time

ジ 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 Examples

かみ 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 Examples

か(く) 書く(か
書く(かく)
to write

ショ 図書館(としょ
図書館(としょかん
しょかん)
かん)
library

Catch Phrase:

Hold your brush upright to write beautiful


kanji.

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Meaning: truth

Reading Examples

シン 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 Examples

ビョウ 病院(びょう
病院(びょういん)
びょういん)
hospital
病気(びょう
病気( びょうき)
びょうき)
sick

Catch Phrase:

Sick beds lined up in the hospital ward.

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Meaning: to try

Reading Examples

ベン 勉強(べん
勉強(べんきょう)
べんきょう)
study

Catch Phrase:

To succeed at rugby, strength isn’t enough –

you need to try hard.

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Meaning: travel

Reading Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

The travel group set off, following the tour


leader’s flag.

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Meaning: materials

Reading Examples

リョウ 料理(りょう
料理(りょうり)
りょうり)
cooking
料金(りょう
料金( りょうきん)
りょうきん)
fee

Catch Phrase:

Fill your measuring cup with plentiful harvest

materials.

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Meaning: to teach

Reading Examples

おし(える) 教える(おし
教える(おしえる)
おしえる)
to teach

キョウ 教会(きょう
教会(きょうかい)
きょうかい)
church

Catch Phrase:

Teach Children maths symbols and make


them study their sums.

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Meaning: strong

Reading Examples

つよ(い) 強い(つよ
強い(つよい)
つよい)
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 Examples

さかな 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 Examples

くろ(い) 黒い(くろ
黒い(くろい)
くろい)
black

Catch Phrase:

The fields and ground were sooty black


after the raging fire.

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Meaning: week

Reading Examples

シュウ 今週(こんしゅう
今週(こんしゅう)
しゅう)this week
先週(せんしゅう
先週(せんしゅう)
しゅう)last week
一週間(いっしゅう
一週間(いっ しゅうかん)
しゅうかん)
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 Examples

ゆき 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 Examples

ゾク 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 Examples

とり 鳥肉(とり
鳥肉(とりにく)
とりにく)
chicken

Catch Phrase:

The hungry bird ruffles up its wing and tail


feathers.

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Meaning: metropolis

Reading Examples

ト 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 Examples

うご(く) 動く(うご
動く(うごく)
うごく)to
く) move

ドウ 動物(どう
動物(どうぶつ)
どうぶつ)
animal
自動車(じどう
自動車(じ どうしゃ)
どうしゃ)
automobile

Catch Phrase:

It takes all your strength to move a heavy


pile of packages.
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Meaning: pig

Reading Examples

ぶた 豚肉(ぶた
豚肉(ぶたにく)
ぶたにく)
pork

Catch Phrase:

A slab of pork meat from the rump of a pig.

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Meaning: department/part

Reading Examples

ブ 部分(ぶ
部分(ぶぶん)
part

部屋(へや)
<irreg.>部屋(へや)

room

Catch Phrase:

The big boss’ department is partway up the


skyscraper.

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Meaning: reason

Reading Examples

リ 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 Examples

の(む) 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 Examples

かい 階段(かい
階段(かいだん)
かいだん)
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 Examples

あいだ 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 Examples

ば 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 Examples

タチ 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 Examples

あさ 毎朝(まい
毎朝(まいあさ)
あさ)
every morning

チョウ 朝食(ちょう
朝食(ちょうしょく)
ちょうしょく)
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 Examples

みち 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 Examples

か(う) 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 Examples

バン 晩ごはん(
晩ごはん(ばん
はん(ばんごはん)
ばんごはん)
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 Examples

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

Catch Phrase:
The judge at the harvest competition put the

fields in order.

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Meaning: park

Reading Examples

エン 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 Examples

カン 漢字(かん
漢字(かんじ)
かんじ)
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

たの(しい) 楽しい(たの
楽しい(たのしい)
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

あたら(しい) 新しい(あたら
新しい(あたらしい)
あたらしい)
new

シン 新聞(しん
新聞(しんぶん)
しんぶん)
newspaper

Catch Phrase:

Point out the new trees to the new toddler.

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Meaning: iron

Reading Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

A metal as hard as iron makes good


armour.

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Meaning: electricity

Reading Examples

デン 電車(でん
電車(でんしゃ)
でんしゃ)train
しゃ)
電話(でん
電話(でんわ)
でんわ)phone
わ)
電気(でん
電気( でんき)
でんき)
electricity

Catch Phrase:

The rain pours and the lightening cracks –

nature’s electricity.

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Meaning: to work

Reading Examples

はたら(く) 働く(はたら
働く(はたらく)
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 Examples

はな(す) 話す(はな
話す(はなす)
はなす)
to speak

ワ 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 Examples

えき 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 Examples

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

Catch Phrase:

For fancy metal cutlery, only silver will do!

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Meaning: language

Reading Examples

ゴ 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 Examples

よ(む) 読む(よ
読む(よむ)
to read

ドク 読書(どく
読書(どくしょ)
どくしょ)
reading

Catch Phrase:

Millions of words can be read in the library.

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Meaning: to listen

Reading Examples

き(く) 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 Examples

カン 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 Examples

ヨウ 日曜日(にちよう
日曜日(にちようび
ようび)
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 Examples

ナニ 何(なに
何(なに)
なに)
what

ナン 何才(なん
何才(なんさい)
なんさい)
How old

Catch Phrase:

“What are you saying?” That is the big


question!”

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Meaning: flower

Reading Examples

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

ちか(い) 近い(ちか
近い(ちかい)
ちかい)
near

キン 近所(きん
近所(きんじょ)
きんじょ)
neighbourhood

Catch Phrase:

Point out how near you are – just a few


strides away.

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Meaning: to see

Reading Examples

み(る) 見る(み
見る(みる)
to see

ケン 見物(けん
見物(けんぶつ)
けんぶつ)
sightseeing

Catch Phrase:

An eye on legs can see very well!

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Meaning: words

Reading Examples

い(う) 言う(い
言う(いう)
to say

Catch Phrase:

A mouth spouts endless words.

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