Post-JLPT2 kanji 21-40

 

Biased for people and place names

Biased for newspapers (political discourse)

Biased for manga

 

021

ケン

つか.う、つか.わす、や.

dispatch; send; do; undertake

 

1. 遣い 

づかい (suffix) use of ___

2. 言葉遣い 

ことばづかい speech; wording; diction

3. 気遣う 

きづかう to be concerned about; to be worried

4. 思い遣り 

おもいやり sympathy; consideration

5. 遣り繰り 

やりくり making do; getting by; managing (to live) (vs)

6. 派遣 

はけん dispatch; send (vs)

7. 遣る 

やる to do (any number of things) [always kana]

movement radical

also in the top part of (reverence)

buttocks radical, I’ve heard it called. Also in (building)、追 (follow)、師 (expert)

Notes:

In kunyomi compounds, often used interchangeably with 使 (use).

Lookalike kanji: (follow).

 

022

ゲキ
.

beat; attack; conquer

 

1. 射撃 

しゃげき gunfire; gunshot

2. 攻撃 

こうげき attack; strike; assault

3. 爆撃 

ばくげき bombing

4. 打撃 

だげき hit; strike; damage; batting (in baseball)

5. 撃つ 

うつ to fire a gun; to shoot at; to attack

6. 目撃 

もくげき eyewitness

car 車

labour radical 

hand 手

 

023

ショウ
わた.

involvement; ford; ferry

 

1. 交渉 

こうしょう negotiations

2. 干渉 

かんしょう intervention; interference

3. 渉外 

しょうがい outside liason; public relations

4. 渡渉 

としょう wading; fording (vs)

 

water radical

 

walking 歩

 

024

キョウ
ひび.

echo; resound; ring; vibrate

 

1. 響き 

ひびき echo; reverberation

2. 影響 

えいきょう influence; effect

3. 響く 

ひびく to resound

hometown 郷 (shares onyomi of キョウ)

sound 音

 

025

ゲキ

はげ.しい

violent; incitement; enrage

 

1. 過激 

かげき extreme; radical

2. 刺激 

しげき impetus; stimulus; motivation

3. 激しい 

はげしい vehement; tempestuous; intense

4. 激情 

げきじょう passion; intense emotion; fury

5. 激戦 

げきせん fierce battle

water radical

white 白

method 方

strike radical 

Notes:

The right side turns up again in a handful of other, even rarer kanji; no associated meaning or pronunciation

 

026

キョ
.げる、あ.がる、こぞ.

behavior; actions; plan; project

 

1. 選挙 

せんきょ election

2. 挙げる 

あげる to nominate/put forth; to muster one’s energy

3. 挙って 

こぞって all together; unanimously

4. 挙る 

こぞる to assemble together; to do something as a group

5. 一挙に 

いっきょに in one swoop; in a single move

also in (manifesto)

hand 手

Notes:

Ridiculously similar lookalike kanji:

 

027

たっと.い、とうと.い、たっと.ぶ、とうと.

precious; valuable; esteem; honor

 

1. 貴方 

あなた you (intimate)

2. 貴様 

きさま you (offensive)

3. 兄貴 

あにき one’s older brother

4. 姉貴 

あねき one’s older sister

5. 貴重 

きちょう precious; valuable

6. 貴族 

きぞく aristocrat; nobility

also in (dispatch), but nothing else

money 貝

Notes:

Kun-yomi readings interchangeable with (respect)

Mostly out of common use. Except for the occasional pretentious writer, あなた and きさま are almost always written in kana. I’ve never heard 兄貴, etc used by a Real Japanese Person in conversation, but it turns up in manga often enough and when it does, they use kanji.

 

028

(スイ)

だれ

who; somebody

 

1. 誰 

だれ who?

2. 誰か 

だれか someone

3. 誰もかも 

だれもかも everyone; all and sundry

 

words 言

 

complications radical 

Notes:

Inexplicably not a Joyo kanji.

 

029

カイ

.いる、く.やむ、くや.しい

repent; regret

 

1. 後悔 

こうかい regret; repentance

2. 悔いる 

くいる to regret; to repent

3. 悔しい 

くやしい disappointing; mortifying; regretful

4. 悔やむ 

くやむ to mourn; to regret; to lament

 

emotions

 

every 毎

 

030

スイ

.う、よ.

drunk; nauseous; spellbound

 

1. 酔っ払い 

よっぱらい drunk; intoxicated; drunk person

2. 二日酔い 

ふつかよい hangover (vs)

3. 乗り物酔い 

のりものよい motion sickness

4. 心酔 

しんすい adoration (vs)

5. 麻酔 

ますい anesthesia

6. 船酔い 

ふなよい seasickness

sake radical

nine 九

ten 十

Notes:

The left-hand side also appears in (elegance)、砕 (destroy)

 

031

エン

abet; help; save

 

1. 応援する 

おうえんする to aid; to assist; to support

2. 支援 

しえん support

3. 援助 

えんじょ assistance

4. 援助交際 

えんじょうこうさい “compensated dating”

 

hand radical

 

also in 暖 (warm)

 

032

シ、(セ)
ほどこ.

alms; administering aid

 

1. 施す 

ほどこす to donate; to give

2. 施政 

しせい government; administration

3. 施設 

しせつ facility

4. 施し 

ほどこし charity

method 方

half roof

also in (land)、他 (other)

 

033


くわだ.てる

scheme; design; attempt; plan

 

1. 企てる 

くわだてる to plot; to attempt; to scheme

2. 企画 

きかく design; plan; project

3. 企業 

きぎょう enterprise; corporation; business venture

4. 経企庁 

けいきちょう Economic Planning Agency

pointy hat

stop 止

 

034

カン

oversee; officiate; administer; govt. office

 

1. 監督 

かんとく direction; management; supervision; director, manager, supervisor

2. 監禁 

かんきん imprisonment; confinement

3. 監査 

かんさ inspection; audit

4. 監視 

かんし observation; surveillance; guard

5. 総監 

そうかん commissioner; chief

Notes:

This turns up as a unit in half a dozen other kanji, strong radical for ラン or カン

 

035

サク

scheme; plan; policy

 

1. 策 

さく plan; policy

2. 政策 

せいさく (governmental) policy

3. 策定 

さくてい deciding on; settling on

4. 策謀

さくぼう strategy; artifice; ploy

bamboo 竹

also in (slice)

 

036

ソウ

.

winding; turning pages; referring to

 

1. 繰り返す 

くりかえす to repeat; to do again

2. 繰り返し 

くりかえし repeatedly; over and over again

3. 引っ繰り返る 

ひっくりかえる to be overturned; to tumble over

 

thread 糸

 

strong radical forソウ, also in (dry)、操 (operate)

 

 

037

ジャク、(セキ)

さび.しい、さび.れる、さみ.しい

loneliness; quiet; mellow; mature

 

1. 寂しい 

さびしい lonely; lonesome; solitary; desolate

2. 静寂 

せいじゃく silence; stillness; quietness

3. 寂しがる 

さびしがる to miss someone; to feel lonely

roof radical

above + small

again 又

Notes:

Interchangeable with for さびしい

 

038

リン

さび.しい、さみ.しい

lonely; deserted

 

1. 淋しい 

さびしい lonely; lonesome; solitary; desolate

 

water

 

woods 林, shares onyomi of リン

Notes:

Not a joyo kanji, but manga authors seem to use it almost as often as

 

039

(キ)
さき、(さい、みさき)

promontory; cape

 

1. 崎 

さき small peninsula

2. 長崎 

Nagasaki (place)

3. 宮崎 

Miyazaki (place)

 

mountain 山

 

strange 奇

 

040

(チョウ)

つか

hillock; mound

 

1. 宝塚 

Takarazuka (famous all-women theatre troupe)

2. 赤塚 

Akatsuka (place)

3. 竹ノ塚 

Takenotsuka (place)

4. 塚本 

Tsukamoto (surname)

 

 

 

ground 土

 

NOT house, since (house) has an extra dash on top