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(にほんご) (Japanese language)

JLPT N5: 30 / 100 | 14 Strokes

Kun: かた・る

Meaning: word; speech; language

Kanji Parts:

  • 言 (to speak)
  • 五 (five)
  • 口 (mouth)

Mnemonic Story: A living language () has at least five () speakers (mouth) (くち).

Stroke Order:


  • 日本語 ni hon go - Japanese
  • 物語 mono gatari - a story, tale, legend
  • 国語 koku go - national language (in Japan, Japanese)

Example Sentence:


I can speak Japanese.

  • 日本語(にほんご) 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"...]

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