The Most Confusing Kanji!

Taylor A.
Updated 1 year ago

Practice telling the difference between very similar kanji!

Character Definition

ゴ, うま

noon, sign of the horse, 11AM-1PM, seventh sign of Chinese zodiac

セキ, シャク, コク, いし


ウ, ユウ, みぎ


ユウ, とも


ハン, ホン, タン, ホ, る, らす, かえす, かえる, -かえ


カク, おのおの

each, every, either

メイ, ミョウ, な, -な

name, noted, distinguished, reputation

ボク, モク, き, こ-

tree, wood

ホン, もと

book, present, main, origin, true, real, counter for long cylindrical things

トウ, かたな, そり

sword, saber, knife

リョク, リキ, リイ, ちから

power, strength, strong, strain, bear up, exert

ニュウ, ジュ, る, -いる, -いり, れる, -いれ, はい

enter, insert

セン, ち


ド, ト, つち

soil, earth, ground, Turkey

シ, さむらい

gentleman, samurai, samurai radical (no. 33)

ニチ, ジツ, ひ, -び, -か

day, sun, Japan, counter for days

エツ, いわく, のたまう, のたまわく, ここに

say, reason, pretext, history, past, flat sun radical (no. 73)

ミ, ビ, いまだ, だ, ひつじ

un-, not yet, hitherto, still, even now, sign of the ram, 1-3PM, eighth sign of Chinese zodiac

マツ, バツ, すえ

end, close, tip, powder, posterity

ジン, ニン, ひと, -り, -と