Kanji: 語 go Language
I know this one looks difficult, but if you break it down by parts, it isn't too scary. Plus you'll see it a lot: 日本語 (Japanese language)
JLPT N5: 30 / 100 | 14 Strokes
Meaning: word; speech; language
- 言 (to speak)
- 五 (five)
- 口 (mouth)
Mnemonic Story: A living language 語 has at least five 五 speakers (mouth) 口.
- 日本語 ni hon go - Japanese
- 物語 mono gatari - a story, tale, legend
- 国語 koku go - national language (in Japan, Japanese)
I can speak Japanese.
- 日本語 Japanese language
- が (marks “Japanese” as what is possible)
- できます can; have ability [Note: できます merely shows ability, so this could mean "I can speak" or "I understand" or "I can read"...]