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

On: セン
Kun: ち

Kanji Parts:

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


  1. Sometimes you have to say "" 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.


  • 千円(せんえん)  1000 yen [the (いち) becomes “iss” perhaps because it is easier to say than “ichisen.” Also yen is pronounced “en”]
  • 三千二百(さんぜんにひゃく)  3,200
  • 二千年(にせんねん)  the year 2000

Example Sentence:

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(ごせんえん) 5,000 yen [very roughly $50 USD]
  • ほど about; thereabouts
  • で with (about 5,000 yen you are able to buy)
  • ()えます able to buy [from ()う (to buy)]

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