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Kanji: 千 sen 1000

It looks like a 10 [ 十 ] with a slanted line over it. Think of the line as adding two extra 0’s: 1000
JLPT N5: 12 / 100 | 3 Strokes

千

On: セン
Kun: ち
Meaning:
thousand

Kanji Parts:

  1. ノ (katakana no; a drop) 
  2. 十 (ten)

Mnemonics:

  1. Sometimes you have to say "ノ" ten times 十 and sometimes a thousand
  2. One 一 T is an abbreviation for 1,000

Stroke Order:

1) top (almost) horizontal line; 2) second horizontal line; 3) the vertical line from top to bottom.

Examples:

  • 千円 sen en – 1000 yen [the 一 ichi becomes “iss” perhaps because it is easier to say than “ichisen.” Also yen is pronounced “en”]
  • 三千二百 san zen ni hyaku – 3,200
  • 二千年 ni sen nen – the year 2000

Example Sentence:

これは五千円(ごせんえん)ほどで買(か)えます。

kore wa gosen en hodo de kaemasu.
This can be bought for about 5,000 yen.

  • これは as for this [the は sets これ (this) as the topic: as for this...]
  • 五千円 5,000 yen [very roughly $50 USD]
  • ほど about; thereabouts
  • で with (about 5,000 yen you are able to buy) 
  • 買えます able to buy [from 買う (to buy)]

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