N5 JLPT kanji list – Readings and meanings

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In this article, we are going to see a complete list of N5 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 N5, your minimum obligation is to know how to read hiragana and katakana. Luckily, we'll also leave a simplified list with romaji.

List of kanji n5 jlpt - readings and meanings

Does Kanji N5 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!

For example, the character of [人] person is used to compose many words related to humanity, population, man, human and anything related. Clearly when we see this ideogram we remember a person, and it literally alone means that, but most ideograms don't have a meaning when they are alone.

For example, the character [食] used to write verbs like eat [食べる] is also present in many food-related words, but alone it means nothing. It just passes the idea and concept of food.

I believe that N5 is one of the few levels in the list of ideograms where most of them form a single word. In this case, the main ones are numbers, colors, positions and others. Still, it conveys more ideas than a single meaning.

List ideograms and Kanji N5

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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traitsKanji N5MeaningKun YomiOn Yomi
1 一one, a radical (no.1)ひと-、ひと.つイチ、イツ
2 人 personひと、 -り、 -と ジン、ニン
2 十 tenとお、と ジュウ、 ジッ、ジュッ
2 二two, two radicals (#7)ふた、ふた.つ、ふたたび ニ、ジ
2 九 nineここの、ここの.つ キュウ、ク
2 入 enter, insertい.る、 -い.る、 -い.り、 い.れる、 -い.れ、 はい.る ニュウ、 ジュ
2 八eight, eight radicals (nº 12)や、 や.つ、 やっ.つ、 よう ハチ
2 七 Sevenなな、ななつ、なの シチ
3 大 big bigおお-、 おお.きい、 -おお.いに ダイ、タイ
3 三 threeみ、 み.つ、 みっ.つ サン、 ゾウ
3 上 above, aboveうえ 、 -うえ 、 -、 かみ 、 あ げる 、 -あ. 、のぼ.せる、のぼ.す、 たてまつ.る ジョウ、 ショウ、シャン
3 子child, sign of the rat, 23:00 – 01:00, first sign of the chinese zodiacこ、 -こ、 ね シ、 ス、 ツ
3 下 down, down, come down, give, down, inferiorし た 、 し 、 もと 、 さ. カ、ゲ
3 小 small smallちい.さい、 こ-、お-、 さ- ショウ
3 山 Mountainやま サン、セン
3 女 woman womanおんな、め ジョ、 ニョ、 ニョウ
3 川radical of stream, river, river or three-stroke river (nº 47)かわ セン
3 千 thousand セン
3 土 soil, earth, terrain, turkeyつち ド、ト
3 万ten thousand, 10,000よろず マン、 バン
4 日 day, sun, japan, counter for daysひ、 -び、 -か ニチ、ジツ
4 中 inside, middle, middle, middle, centerなか、うち、あた.る チュウ
4 月 moon monthつき ゲツ、 ガツ
4 五 fiveいつ、いつ.つ ゴ
4 円 circle yen roundまる.い、 まる、 まど、 まど.か、 まろ.やか エン
4 六 sixむ、 む.つ、 むっ.つ、 むい ロク、リク
4 今 nowいま コン、キン
4 水 Waterみず、みず- スイ
4 午noon, sign of the horse, 11am-1pm, seventh sign of the Chinese zodiacうま ゴ
4 木 tree woodき、こ- ボク、 モク
4 天 sky, imperialあまつ、あめ、あま- テン
4 火 fireひ、 -び、 ほ- カ
4 友 friendとも ユウ
4 父 dadちち フ
5 本 book, present, main, origin, true, real, counter for long cylindrical thingsもと ホン
5 出 get out, get out, get out, get out, erase, stand outで.る、 -で、 だ.す、 -だ.す、 い.でる、 い.だす シュツ、 スイ
5 生 life, genuine, birthい. -、な.る、な.す、む.す、 -う セイ、ショウ
5 四 fourよ、 よ.つ、 よっ.つ、 よん シ
5 外 outsideそと、 ほか、 はず.す、 はず.れる、と- ガイ、ゲ
5 北 northきた ホク
5 半 half, half, odd number, semi-, part-なか.ば ハン
5 白 whiteしろ、 しら-、 しろ.い ハク、 ビャク
5 右 rightみぎ ウ、 ユウ
5 左 leftひだり サ、シャ
5 母 motherはは、も ボ
6 年 year, counter for yearsとし ネン
6 行 going, journey, perform, conduct, act, line, line, bankい.く、 ゆ.く、 -ゆ.き、 -ゆき、 -い.き、 -いき、 おこな.う、 おこ.なう コウ、 ギョウ、 アン
6 気 spirit, mind, air, atmosphere, moodいき キ、ケ
6 百 hundredもも ヒャク、 ビャク
6 先 before, ahead, previous, future, precedenceさき、 ま.ず セン
6 名 name, noted, distinguished, reputationな、 -な メイ、 ミョウ
6 西 west spainにし セイ、サイ、ス
6 休 rest, day off, retire, sleepやす.む、 やす.まる、 やす.める キュウ
6 毎 eachごと、 -ごと.に マイ
7 見 see, hopes, chances, idea, opinion, look, visibleみ.る、 み.える、み.せる ケン
7 来 come, due, then cause, becomeく.る、 きた.る、きた.す、 き.たす、き.たる、 ライ、タイ
7 男 masculineおとこ、お ダン、 ナン
7 車 carくるま シャ
7 何 whichなに、 なん、 なに-、 なん- カ
8 国 countryくに コク
8 長 long, leader, superior, seniorなが.い、 おさ チョウ
8 金 goldかね、かな-、-がね キン、 コン、 ゴン
8 学 study, learning, scienceまな.ぶ ガク
8 東 eastひがし トウ
8 雨 rainあめ、 あま-、 -さめ ウ
9 後 back, back, afterのち、 うし.ろ、 うしろ、 あと、 おく.れる ゴ、 コウ
9 前 in front, beforeまえ、 -まえ ゼン
9 食 eat foodく.う、 く.らう、た.べる、 は.む ショク、 ジキ
9 南 southみなみ ナン、ナ
10 時 time, timeとき、 -どき ジ
10 高 high, high, expensiveたか.い、 たか、 -だか、 たか.まる、たか.める コウ
10 校 exam, school, print, test, correction コウ、キョウ
10 書 writeか.く、 -が.き、 -がき ショ
12 間 range, spaceあいだ、 ま、 あい カン、 ケン
13 話 tale, conversationはなす、 はなし ワ
13 電 electricity デン
14 語 word, speech, languageかた.る、 かた.らう ゴ
14 聞 listen, ask, listenき.く、 き.こえる ブン、 モン
14 読 to readよ.む、 -よ.み ドク、 トク、 トウ

Simplified and romanized N5 kanji list

Below is a list of the same ideograms as the simplified N5 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.

This list below was just generated, if you want a more accurate and corrected N5 Kanji list try the previous one which is in hiragana and katakana.

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N5 KanjiRomajiMeaning
AmeRain
AnCheap
ashiFoot
AtoBack
BunPart
peeDad
ChoBoss
chūMedium
Dai
InGoing out
Denlightning
OfEarth
OfRoad
ekiSeason
inyen
GakuLearning
GatsuMonth
GenWord
goFive
goTongue
GyoLine
HachiEight
hahaMother
HanA half
HanaFlower
HanashiConversation
HidariLeft
HigashiEast
hitMan
HonBook
hyaku100
IchiOne
MagnetNow
inDrink
InishieAntique
goEntering
jiHour

Ten
Kathird
KaiDate
KaiShopping
KawaRiver
KiSpirit
KiTree
KikiKiki
kinMoney
kitaNorth
KoChild
KoSchool
KoHigh
kuchiMouth
KuniCountry
KurumaCar
KyūKyū
KyūNine
Bad1,818 m
MotherThe last
MayEach
man10.000
MeEye
Meicounter for people
MiTo see
migiRight
mimiEar
MinamiSouth
misemerchant's house
mizuWednesday
Nanwhich
nanaSeven
babyYear
NiTwo
nicheSunday
西NishiSpain
onnaWomen
otokoMan
RaiNext
rockSix
sakanaFish
sakiPrevious
SanThree
SeiPure
Sen1.000
ShaCompany
ShinYoung
ShiroWhite
Shitalowness
ShoDocument
ShoSmall
ShoSmall
ShokuSnack
ShuWeek
SoraEmpty
SotoOutside of
Tamulti-
TateOnly
TeHand
haveSky
TomoFriend
OneHorse
YamaMt
YomiReading
YonFour

N5 kanji videos

To end the article, I will leave some videos explaining the ideograms studied in the N5 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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