N4 JLPT kanji list – readings and meanings

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In this article, we are going to see a complete list of N4 ideograms or Kanji used in the JLPT, Japanese language proficiency test. A total of 167 Kanji organized by the number of strokes and with their kun and on readings.

We didn't put the romanized readings, because it doesn't make much sense to do that. If you are already studying N4, your minimum obligation is to know how to read hiragana and katakana. Luckily, we'll also leave a simplified list with romaji.

List of n4 jlpt kanji - readings and meanings

Does Kanji N4 have meanings?

First of all, we don't want you to get caught up in the idea that Japanese characters have meanings of their own. Most of the time they just convey a certain idea or concept according to the words in which they compose.

An ideogram alone will not convey the idea of absolutely anything, the meanings that you will see in this article are just some of the words and similar in which they compose. Get out of your head that ideograms have meanings!

There are exceptions where isolated ideograms are used literally as words as in the case of kuchi [口] which means mouth, chikara [力] which means strength, inu [犬] meaning dog and many other exceptions.

After all, most ideograms cannot have a single meaning, or they only convey the idea of the combination of other words. Most of the meanings you will see in this article are just the meaning of a common word composed with such an ideogram.

List ideograms and Kanji N4

The translation is done from English to Japanese and has several meanings in a single ideogram. This doesn't necessarily mean that this kanji means that, but that perhaps a compound word with that kanji has that meaning.

Japanese ideograms usually convey the idea of something, it may not make sense to imagine this idea in isolation. The translations may not be 100% accurate, if you want to dig further we recommend the jisho.

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traitsKanjiMeaningKunon
2力 power, strength, strong, tension, bear, exert ちから   リョク、 リキ、 リイ
3口 mouth くち   コウ、ク
3工 crafts, construction, katakana and radical (n. 48)
 コウ、 ク、 グ
3夕 afternoon ゆう   セキ
4牛 cow うし   ギュウ
4犬 puppy いぬ、いぬ-   ケン
4元 beginning, formerly, origin もと   ゲン、ガン
4公 public, prince, official, governmental おおやけ   コウ、ク
4止 stop, stop と.まる、 -ど.まり、 と.める、 -と.める、 -ど.め、 とど.める、 とど.め、とど.まる、 や.め、、、や.め、、、、や.め、、、 -や.む、 よ.す、 -さ.す、 -さ.し   シ
4手 hand て、 て-、 -て、た-   シュ、ズ
4少 few, little すく.ない、 すこ.し   ショウ
4心 heart, mind, spirit, radical heart (n. 61) こころ、 -ごころ   シン
4切 cut, cut, be sharp き.る、 -き.る、き.り、 -き.り、 -ぎ.り、 き.れる、 -き.れる、 き.れ、 -き.れ、 -ぎ.れ   セツ、 サイ
4不 negative, not-, bad, ugly, clumsy
 フ、ブ
4文 sentence, literature, style, art, decoration, figures, plan, literary radical (nº 67) ふみ、あや   ブン、 モン
4方 direction, person, alternative かた、 -かた、 -がた   ホウ
5以 through, because, in view of, compared with もっ.て   イ
5去 was, past, leave, leave, elapse, eliminate, divorce さ.る、 -さ.る   キョ、コ
5兄 older brother あに   ケイ、 キョウ
5古 old ふる.い、 ふる-、 -ふる.す   コ
5広 wide, spacious, spacious ひろ.い、 ひろ.まる、 ひろ.める、 ひろ.がる、 ひろ.げる  コウ
5仕 participate, make, official, serve つか.える   シ、ジ
5写 copy, be photographed, describe うつ.す、うつ.る、うつ-、うつ.し   シャ、 ジャ
5主 lord, chief, master, main thing, main ぬし、おも、あるじ   シュ、 ス、 シュウ
5正 correct, justice, fair, 10**40 ただ.しい、 ただ.す、 まさ、 まさ.に  セイ、ショウ
5世 generation, world, society, audience よ   セイ、セ、ソウ
5代 replace, change, convert, replace, period, age, counter for decades, eras, etc., generation, charge, rate, rate か.わる、 かわ.る、 かわ.り、 か.わり、 -がわ.り、 -が.わり、 か.える、よ、 しろ   ダイ、タイ
5台 pedestal, support, counter for machines and vehicles うてな、 われ、 つかさ   ダイ、タイ
5田 rice field, paddy rice た   デン
5冬 Winter ふゆ   トウ
5目 eye, class, look, insight, experience, care, favor め、 -め、 ま-   モク、ボク
5用 utilize, business, service, use, employ もち.いる   ヨウ
5立 lift, lift, mount, lift た.つ、 -た.つ、た.ち-、 た.てる、 -た.てる、 た.て-、たて-、 -た.て、 -だ.て、 -だ.てる   リツ、 リュウ、リットル
6安 relax, cheap, low, calm, rested, content, peaceful やす.い、 やす.まる、 やす、 やす.らか   アン
6会 meeting, meet, party, association, interview, participate あ.う、 あ.わせる、 あつ.まる   カイ、エ
6考 consider, think about かんが.える、 かんが.え   コウ
6死 death die し.ぬ、 し.に-   シ
6字 character, letter, word, village section あざ、 あざな、 -な   ジ
6自 To yourself みずから、おの.ずから、おの.ずと  ジ、シ
6色 color いろ   ショク、 シキ
6早 early, fast はや.い、 はや、はや-、 はや.まる、 はや.める、さ-   ソウ、サッ
6多 many, frequent, very おお.い、 まさ.に、 まさ.る   タ
6地 earth, earth
 チ、ジ
6同 same, agree, same おな.じ   ドウ
6肉 meat しし   ニク
6有 possess, have, exist, happen, occur, approximately あ.る   ユウ、ウ
7医 doctor, medicine い.やす、 い.する、 くすし   イ
7花 flower はな   カ、ケ
7究 search きわ.める   キュウ、ク
7近 close, early, similar, equivalent ちか.い   キン、コン
7言 say word い.う、 こと   ゲン、ゴン
7作 make, produce, prepare, build つく.る、 つく.り、 -づく.り   サク、サ
7私 private me わたくし、 わたし  シ
7社 company, enterprise, office, association, sanctuary やしろ   シャ
7住 inhabit, reside, live, inhabit す.む、 す.まう、 -ず.まい   ジュウ、 ヂュウ、チュウ
7図 map, design, plan, extraordinary, audacious え、 はか.る   ズ、ト
7赤 red あか、あか-、あか.い、あか.らむ、あか.らめる   セキ、 シャク
7走 run はし.る   ソウ
7足 leg, foot, be enough, counter for pairs of shoes あし、た.りる、た.る、た.す   ソク
7体 body, substance, object, reality, image counter からだ、かたち   タイ、 テイ
7町 city, village, block, street まち   チョウ
7弟 younger brother, faithful service to the elders おとうと   テイ、ダイ、デ
7売 sell う.る、う.れる   バイ
7別 separate, branch, diverge, fork, other, extra, especially わか.れる、 わ.ける   ベツ
8英 England, English, Hero, Excellent, Chalice はなぶさ   エイ
8画 brushstroke photo えが.く、 かく.する、 かぎ.る、 はかりごと、 はか.る   ガ、 カク、 エ、カイ
8京 capital, 10 ** 16 みやこ   キョウ、 ケイ、 キン
8空 void, sky, void, vacant, void そら、あ.く、あ.き、 あ.ける、   クウ
8始 start, start はじ.める、 -はじ.める、 はじ.まる   シ
8使 use, send on a mission, order, messenger, envoy, ambassador, cause つか.う、 つか.い、 -つか.い、 -づか.い   シ
8姉 eldest sister あね、はは   シ
8事 matter, thing, fact, business, reason, possibly こと、つか.う、つか.える   ジ、ズ
8者 someone person もの   シャ
8青 blue green あお、あお-、あお.い   セイ、ショウ
8知 you know wisdom し.る、 し.らせる   チ
8注 pour, irrigate, pour (tears), flow in, concentrate, notes, comment, annotate そそ.ぐ、さ.す、つ.ぐ   チュウ
8店 shop, shop みせ、たな   テン
8服 clothing, admit, obey, high
 フク
8物 thing, object, subject もの、もの-   ブツ、 モツ
8歩 floor, stairway ある.く、 あゆ.む   ホ、ブ、フ
8妹 younger sister いもうと   マイ
8味 flavor, flavor あじ、あじ.わう   ミ
8明 shinning light あ.かり、 あか.るい、 あか.るむ、   メイ、 ミョウ、 ミン
8夜 night night よ、よる   ヤ
9映 reflect, reflection, projection うつ.る、 うつ.す、 は.える、 -ば.え   エイ
9屋 roof, house, store, dealer, seller や   オク
9音 sound, noise おと、ね   オン、 イン、 -ノン
9海 Sea ocean うみ   カイ
9界 world, limit
 カイ
9急 hurry, emergency, sudden, steep いそ.ぐ、いそ.ぎ、せ.く   キュウ
9計 plot, plan, scheme, measure はか.る、 はか.らう   ケイ
9研 polish, study, sharpen と.ぐ   ケン
9建 Ramp up た.てる、 た.て、 -だ.て、 た.つ   ケン、 コン
9思 think おも.う、 おもえら.く、 おぼ.す   シ
9持 hold, have も.つ、 -も.ち、も.てる   ジ
9室 room, apartment, chamber, greenhouse, cellar むろ   シツ
9秋 autumn あき、とき   シュウ
9重 heavy, important, esteem, respect, pile up, pile up, nest of boxes え、 おも.い、 おも.り、 おも.なう、かさ.ねる、 かさ.なる、おも   ジュウ、 チョウ
9春 spring, spring (season) はる   シュン
9送 escort, send おく.る   ソウ
9待 wait, it depends ま.つ、 -ま.ち   タイ
9茶 tea
 チャ、サ
9昼 day, noon ひる   チュウ
9度 degrees, occurrence, time, occurrence counter, consider, attitude たび、 -た.い   ド、ト、タク
9発 departure, discharge, publication, issue, departure, disclosure, shot counter た.つ、 あば.く、おこ.る、 つか.わす、   ハツ、 ホツ
9品 goods, refinement, dignity, article, dining counter しな   ヒン、ホン
9風 wind, air, style, way かぜ、かざ-   フウ、 フ
9洋 ocean, sea, aliens, western style
 ヨウ
10借 borrow, rent か.りる   シャク
10員 employee, member, number, responsible
 イン
10院 Inst., Institution, Temple, Mansion, School
 イン
10夏 summer なつ   カ、ガ、ゲ
10家 house, home, family, professional, specialist, artist いえ、や、うち   カ、ケ
10帰 return home, arrive, lead to, result in かえ.る、 かえ.す、 おく.る、 とつ.ぐ   キ
10起 wake up, wake up, get up お.きる、 お.こる、 お.こす、 おこ.す、 た.つ   キ
10紙 paper かみ   シ
10真 true, reality, buddhist sect ま、 ま-、 まこと   シン
10通 traffic, passage, avenue, displacement, letter counter, bills, documents, etc. とお.る、 とお.り、 -とお.り、 -どお.り、 とお.す、とお.し、 -どお.し、 かよ.う   ツウ、ツ
10特 Special
 トク
10病 sick や.む、 -や.み、 やまい   ビョウ、 ヘイ
10勉 effort, effort, encourage, strive, make effort, diligent つと.める   ベン
10旅 travel たび   リョ
10料 fee, materials
 リョウ
11悪 bad, vice, rogue, false, evil, wrong わる.い、 わる-、あ.し、 にく.い、 -にく.い、 ああ、 いずくに、 いずくんぞ、 にく.む   アク、オ
11魚 fish うお、 さかな、 -ざかな   ギョ
11教 teach faith doctrine おし.える、 おそ.わる   キョウ
11強 Strong つよ.い、 つよ.まる、 つよ.める、し.いる、 こわ.い   キョウ、 ゴウ
11黒 Black くろ、くろ.ずむ、くろ.い   コク
11終 end, end お.わる、 -お.わる、 おわ.る、 お.える、 つい、 つい.に   シュウ
11週 week
 シュウ
11習 learn なら.う、 なら.い   シュウ、 ジュ
11族 tribe family
 ゾク
11鳥 bird, chicken とり   チョウ
11転 turn, turn, change ころ.がる、 ころ.げる、 ころ.がす、ころ.ぶ、 まろ.ぶ、うたた、   テン
11動 move, motion, shift, confusion, shift, shake うご.く、 うご.かす   ドウ
11堂 public chamber hall
 ドウ
11問 question ask problem と.う、 と.い、 とん   モン
11野 plains, countryside, rustic, civilian life の、の-   ヤ、ショ
11理 logic, arrangement, reason, justice, truth ことわり   リ
12飲 drink, smoke, take の.む、 -の.み   イン、 オン
12運 take, luck, destination, destination, batch, transport, progress, advancement はこ.ぶ   ウン
12開 open, unfold, not seal ひら.く、 ひら.き、 -びら.き、 ひら.ける、 あ.く、あ.ける   カイ
12集 gather, gather, gather, swarm, herd あつ.まる、あつ.める、つど.う   シュウ
12場 location, location ば   ジョウ、チョウ
12貸 lend か.す、 か.し-、 かし-   タイ
12着 No, arrive, use, make a clothes counter き.る、 -ぎ、 き.せる、 -き.せ、 つ.く、 つ.ける   チャク、 ジャク
12朝 morning, dynasty, regime, season, period, north korea あさ   チョウ
12答 solution, answer こた.える、 こた.え   トウ
12道 road, street, district, journey, course, moral, teachings みち、いう   ドウ、トウ
12買 Purchase か.う   バイ
12飯 meal cooked rice めし   ハン
13意 idea, mind, heart, taste, thought, desire, care, liking
 イ
13楽 music, comfort, ease たの.しい、 たの.しむ、 この.む   ガク、 ラク、 ゴウ
13漢 Sino-, China
 カン
13業 business, vocation, arts, performance わざ   ギョウ、 ゴウ
13試 test, attempt, attempt, experiment, ordeal こころ.みる、 ため.す   シ
13新 Young あたら.しい、あら.た、あら-、にい-   シン
14駅 season
 エキ
14歌 song, sing うた、うた.う   カ
14銀 silver しろがね   ギン
15質 substance, quality, matter, temperament たち、 ただ.す、もと、 わりふ   シツ、シチ、チ
16館 building, mansion, grand building, palace やかた、 たて   カン
16親 father, intimacy, relative, familiarity, dealer (cards) おや、おや-、した.しい、した.しむ  シン
18験 verification, effect, test あかし、しるし、ため.す、ためし   ケン、 ゲン
18題 topic, subject
 ダイ
18曜 day of the week
 ヨウ

Simplified and romanized n4 kanji list

Below is a list of the same simplified N4 ideograms with just a common meaning and a standard romanization as reading. You might want to start with this list, although we recommend the previous one.

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KanjiRomajiMeaning
kaiopen
meishine
hikiarguments
OKpaddy field
tsuuthrough
herelow
Good
atamahead
inupuppy
shoheat
sakaifield
nofield
tocapital
mochiequity
nikumeat
ieHouse
kicause
hayaearly
gascenery
teatea
machiCity
shiCity
kotothing
shūcollection
meshfood
hoas
chiknowledge
gocolor
kokoroheart
karadabody
onlyrun
tanI enjoy
kyūsuddenly
fustep
zudrawing
betsudifferent
indistant
yamaiillness
Sunday
ofI give
awasewhat if
kashiloan
kariloans
kunursery
engineering
shispecifications
machiwait
watakushiI
geneexperience
kaoface
rakueasy
Heymovie
owariFinal
hayashiforest
setsuoutside
kyōforce
jakuweak
kancold
sogeneration
laughsmanagement
ajitaste
futoshithick
zokugroup
shihajime
kanhuh
hiroshi
inhospital
HeyEnglish
iintention
I'mWinter
stillsister
anesister
anibrother
ototoyounger brother
kenken
kenken
ikelagoon
hirowide
araito wash
baplace, put
tokoroplace, put
keilight
hikarilight
diedwoods
imore than
akubad
choomorning
yakatamansion
umisea
idoctor
hirunoon
-inmember
hingoods
sotable
ofsame
shideath
ofmovement
multiply
yoworld
utasong
funo
yorunight
chūnote
monoobject
kangaecomments
motorcycleorigin
shūautumn
heydad
kamipaper
for
takeStop
toriBird
omothink
monasking
jicharacter
kinnear
kubineck
Weight
kiwamusearch
monoperson
mepeople
chikarapower
mongate
ginsilver
kentown hall
kuroblack
shunspring
shumain
sanproduction
kyōteacher
jiown
shitsuquality
shitsubedroom
kyōKyoto
tokuresources
knowregular
kusurimedicine
saremoved by
kotaereply
haverolling
fukuclothes
hatsuexit
bunverdict
yea
onsound
andingy
unluck
susumususumu
afternoon
-ryōrate
miattempts
setsutheory
chiEarth
utsushishooting
sotitle
ofevery time
keitotal
hatarakejob
sakuworks
goworks
tsutomutsutomu
使shito use
ushicow
urisales
kazewind
natsusummer
shintruth
togreen
nagreens
akared
kidressing
kaitimes
tabitravel
wallvillage
alive
便binto fly
koevoice
yesstore
oksubmit
kireturn
jyulearning

N4 kanji videos

To end the article, I will leave some videos explaining the ideograms studied in the N4 of the JLPT. Some videos are in English or Japanese, but they are easy to understand. I hope you enjoyed the article, if you liked it share and leave your comments. Thank you and see you next time!

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