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Kanji: 勉 exertion; strive; diligence

JLPT N4 | 10 Strokes

On:  べん
Kun:
つと.める

Meaning: exertion; strive; diligence

Kanji Parts: 

  • 免 excuse; dismissal [勹 (bound) 日 (sideways sun) 儿 (legs)]
  • 力 power

Mnemonic Story: 

There is no excuse 免 for not being diligent with all your power 力.

Examples:

  • 勉強【べんきょう】 study
  • 勤勉【きんべん】 diligent; industrious
  • 刻苦勉励【こっくべんれい】 being arduous; working diligently enduring hardships
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