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Kanji: 動 move

JLPT N4 | 11 Strokes

On:  どう
Kun:
うご.く; うご.かす

Meaning: move

Kanji Parts: 

  • 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: 

Heavy 重 things require power 力 to move 動. [compare with 働 (to work)]

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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