Part 8: 大 小 多 少 長 目 口 耳 手 足

: タイ、ダイ、おお、おお(いに)、おお(きい)

Meaning: big

Shape: + . A person with arms and legs outstretched.

  • Start the 3rd stroke at the right place.
  • Don't mix up with 丈.

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Word Reading Meaning Class
大きい おおきい big, large i-adj
大きな おおきな big, large na-adj

There is no difference between 大きい(i-adjective) and 大きな(na-adjective) in the meaning and the usage.

大きい家 and 大きな家 are equally correct to mean a big house.

大[勢] おおぜい many (people) adv

子どもが 大ぜい います。<There are many children.>

おとな adult n
大[使館] たいしかん embassy n
大[切] たいせつ important na-adj, n

これは とても 大切です。<This is very important.>

大好き だいすき be strongly fond of, adore adj

私は すしが 大好きです。<I love sushi.>

大[丈夫] だいじょうぶ alright, OK adj

大じょうぶ ですか。<Are you alright?>

大学 だいがく university n

: ショウ、ちい(さい)

Meaning: small

Shape: Wooden sticks split into smaller pieces.

  • Middle vertical line is longer.
  • Right and left short lines should be tilted properly.
  • Don't mix up with 川.
小さい ちいさい small, little i-adj
小さな ちいさな small, little na-adj

There is no difference between 小さい(i-adjective) and 小さな(na-adjective) in the meaning and the usage.

小さい家 and 小さな家 are equally correct to mean a small house.

: 、おお(い)

Meaning: many

Shape: 夕 + 夕

  • The left part is called "shokuhen" which is a modified form of 食. Note that it is 1 stroke less than 食.
  • The right part is 欠. Note how the lines are tilted.
多い おお many, a lot of i-adj

六月は 雨が多いです。<It rains a lot in June.>

: ショウ、すく(ない)、すこ(し)

Meaning: little quantity

  • Note the difference of the length of horizontal lines.
  • Look closely how the 4th stroke is drawn.
  • Inner part looks like Katakana メ.
少ない すくない little quantity, few, scarce i-adj

今年は、雨が 少ないです。<We have little rain this year.>

少し すこ little quantity, few, scarce adv

今日、雨が 少し ふりました。<It rained a little today.>

: チョウ、なが(い)

Meaning: long

Shape: 老人がながい頭髪をなびかせてたつさまを描いたもの。

  • The 1st stroke is longer than the 2nd.
  • The 1st and the 3rd strokes are just touching, not crossed.
  • Don't mix up with .
長い なが long i-adj

: ボクモク、め

Meaning: eye

Shape: Symbolizing the shape of an eye.

  • The 1st and the 2nd strokes are not crossed.
  • There should be enough inner space for four short lines.
  • Tilt short lines properly.
eye n

: コウ、くち

Meaning: mouth

Shape: Symbolizing the shape of a mouth.

  • For the first 3 strokes (), the 2nd one is shortest and the 3rd one is longest.
  • The 4th and the 5th strokes () should be positioned properly to create a good balance of the whole structure.
くち mouth n
入口 いりぐち entrance n

口 also means hole or space which connects inside and outside.

出口 ぐち exit n

: 、みみ

Meaning: ear

Shape: Symbolizing the shape of an ear.

  • Look closely which part is crossed or just touched.
  • The 5th stroke goes upwards.
みみ ear n

: シュ、た、て

Meaning: hand

Shape: Symbolizing the shape of a hand with fingers.

  • The 1st stroke is drawn from the right to lower left.
  • The last stroke is curved.
hand n
[切]手 きっ postage stamp n
手紙 がみ letter n
お手[洗]い あらい toilet, rest room n

Another word トイレ is used more often for toilet.

上手 じょうず be good at, skillful na-adj, n

かのじょは、りょうりが 上手です。<She is good at cooking.>

下手 へた be poor at na-adj, n

私は、うたが 下手です。<I am poor at singing.>

: ソク、あし、た(す)た(りる)た(る)

Meaning: foot, leg

Shape: Symbolizing the shape of a leg (from knee to toe).

  • The last stroke is slightly curved.
  • Don't mix up with 是.
あし leg, foot n

足 can mean both leg and foot.

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Writing Practice

Printable writing practice sheet is available at Kanji Writing Practice page.

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Stroke Order Rules (3)

writing rule sample mizu

When there are left, middle and right parts AND the left and the right parts are in 1 or 2 strokes each...

Middle first, then left and right. (火 is an exception.)

writing rule sample aida

Outer part first, then inner part.

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Drill Exercise

Drill. A Drill. B Drill. C
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