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Kanji: 働 work

JLPT N4 | 13 Strokes

On:  どう
Kun:
はたら.く

Meaning: work

Kanji Parts: 

  • 亻 person [variation of 人]
  • 重 heavy [further broken down with 千 (1,000) and 里 ri (old Japanese unit of distance about 2.44 miles)]
  • 力 power

Mnemonic Story: 

A person 亻 works all day carrying heavy 重 things with all his or her power 力.

Examples:

  • 労働【ろうどう】 manual labor
  • 自動【じどう】 automatic
  • 働き者【はたらきもの】 hard worker; hardworking person

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