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GCSE Japanese Kanji List -VITAL- (1-100)

Updated on February 9, 2013

The following are the first 100 GCSE Japanese Kanji (of 200, see part 2) that you must learn for your GCSE Japanese exam. These Japanese Kanji will be the ones featured in the Reading and Writing parts of your exam, the most important parts.

Where's Waldo?
Where's Waldo? | Source

Numbers (1-17)

一 - one
二 - two
三 - three
四 - four
五 - five
六 - six
七 - seven
八 - eight
九 - nine
十 - ten
百 - one hundred
千 - one thousand
万 - ten thousand
円 - yen
才 - age
号 - number (電話番号 - telephone number)
番 - a number

Weekdays (18-25)

The following signify the named days when put before '曜日'
e.g. 月曜日 is 'Monday'
日 - Sunday
月 - Monday
火 - Tuesday
水 - Wednesday
木 - Thursday
金 - Friday
土 - Saturday
日 - Sunday

曜 - day of the week
日 - day

Japanese Clock
Japanese Clock | Source

Time (26-38)

今 - now

時 - time (hour)

週 - week

年 - year

間 - a period of time

毎 - every (day, week, month etc.)

半 - half (used in half past an hour)

分 - minute

午 - midday

朝 - morning

晩 - evening

昼 - noon

夜 - night


Position (56-64)

上 - up

下 - down

中 - middle

前 - before

後- after

外 - outside

右 - right

左 - left

先 - previous

This man needs adjectives!
This man needs adjectives! | Source

Adjective stems (39-55)

大 - big

小 - small

新 - new

高 - tall, expensive

白 - white

黒 - black

赤 - red

青 - blue

少 - small

多 - many

近 - near

古- old

安 - cheap, easy

好 - like

長 - long

強 - strong

楽 - fun


Body (79-84)

体 - body

口 - mouth

目 - eye

手 - hand

耳 - ear

心 - heart

The Japanese Royal Family
The Japanese Royal Family | Source

People (65-78)

人 - person

女 - woman

男 - man

子 - child

父 - father

母 - mother

兄 - older brother

弟 - younger brother

姉 - older sister

妹 - younger sister

友 - friend

私 - I, me

自 - oneself

族 - family

Typhoon.
Typhoon.

Nature, Weather (85-97)

山 - mountain

田 - rice field

川 - river

海 - sea

電 - electricity

雨 - rain

雪 - snow

天 - sky, heaven

花 - flower

気 - feeling

空 - sky

神 - god

風 - wind

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