Quickest Way to Master Kanji! Pivot Radical 尞

尞 is not one of the 214 traditional radicals, however if you use it as a Pivot Radical it can help you learn groups of kanji quickly and effectively! All kanji with the 尞 pivot radical are pronounced (りょう) 100% of the time.

1. 亻Person who I work with: 僚 Colleague
同僚(どうりょう) coworkers
官僚(かんりょう) bureaucracy
閣僚(かくりょう) cabinet ministers

2. 疒 Sickness should be: 療 Heal or Medical treatment
治療(ちりょう) treatment
診療(しんりょう) medical examination and treatment; diagnosis
療養(りょうよう) care

3. 宀 Roof over a 寮 Dormitory
寮舎(りょうしゃ) dormitory
寮生(りょうせい) boarder

4. 目 Eye can see 瞭 Clear
明瞭(めいりょう) Clarity
一目瞭然(いちもくりょうぜん) obvious


How long does it take Japanese to learn Kanji?

How long does it take Japanese students to learn the Joyo Kanji within the Japanese school system?
Let’s break it down by age and grade:
1st grade (7 years old) : 80
2nd grade (8 years old) : 160
3rd grade (9 years old) : 200
4th grade (10 years old) : 200
5th grade (11 years old) : 185
6th grade (12 years old) : 181
Elementary School Total 1006 kanji
7th, 8th, 9th Grades 934
2010 New Joyo Kanji 196
Grand Total of 2,136 kanj
As we can see it takes Japanese students about 10 years to learn the Joyo Kanji. If our goal is to master kanji, then we need an effective learning strategy. The pivot radical method leverages the kanji you know to learrn, retain, & master large groups of kanji within its group.

レイ:令・零・冷・齢 ・鈴
メイ:命 リョウ:領


Kanji Radical 韋

Kanji Pivot Tip:韋 use pivot radicals to group kanji for more efficient study


韓国の韓の音読みはカンです。 Korea



緯(よこいと)の音読みはイです。 Horizontal



4 Kanji based on 男 Pivot Radical

男 (おとこ) man + the katakana マ = 勇 (いさむ) brave 勇 (いさむ) brave + (氵) water radical = 湧く (わく)to boil/to grow hot/to feel emotions like joy or bravery 男 (おとこ) man + 虎 (とら) tiger = 虜 (とりこ) captive 慮 (りょ) captive is a 7th grade kanji that’s rarely used and difficult to remember. But because you learned it as a part of the 男 pivot, you will not forget it. You can visualize a tiger holding  man captive.

勇な男だけど彼女の虜になった。 それを聞いて彼女の心に喜びが湧い

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類似の見える文字を混乱させずに、すべて2136常用漢字を学ぶためのRADICAL方法!大半は、繰り返して文字を学ぶが、このアプリは、学習と漢字をマスターする革新的な3つのアプローチであなたの研究を変換します。まず、2136漢字は、その日本のラジカルによってソートされています。私たちは、使用されなくなった約20古代ラジカルを削除し、現代的な漢字をマスターに関連するいくつかの新しいピボットラジカルを作成しました。 KanjiPivotはあなたが簡単に任意の要素は、ラジカル旋回する、または任意の漢字でラジカルに旋回することを可能にし、その同じ要素またはラジカルを持つ新しいセットの漢字カードを生成します。あなたは、個々の最大焦点のための漢字、あなたが並べ替えるとあなたの知識をテストすることができますカードのデッキ、または同じ、あなたはそれらの測定値で並べ替えることができていることをラジカルストローク数、またはその家族のグループ化と文字のリストとしてとしてそれらを学ぶことができます。再び同じような見て漢字を混同しないでください。そして、簡単にラジカル同じ規格ラジカルまたはピボットで他の漢字を見つけて、あなたの漢字学習速度の増加を見て。



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寺 temple
時    time
持    hold
詩    poem
待    wait
特    special
侍    samurai, attendant
等    class, equivalence


For example, when I was looking at 32 kanji that are listed under the the pivot for 寸すん: [measurement (3.3 cm)], I discovered a kanji, that at least to me, looks kinda similar to 寺。専ら もっぱら which means specality.  Looking at it’s 専Pivot Radical I discover:

専 On: せん (sen)
Kun: もっぱら (moppara)
専門 (せんもん, senmon, “expertise, area of study”)
専攻 (せんこう, senkō, “academic major”)

博 Dr. PhD
縛 bind tie
薄 thin
簿 record book, register

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To the Point! Using the traditional radical 寸 we find 32 random kanji. However, with Kanji Pivot,  寸 plus the Pivot radicals to find more logical way to study the kanji descended from 寸:
寺 時 持 詩 待 特 侍 等
将 奨
守 狩
専 博 薄 縛 簿
付 附 符 府    ->



Using a Kanji as a Radical: Pivot Radical 軍


I analyzed all 2,136 joyo kanji and discovered that some kanji themselves can be used as radicals to assist in learning other kanji.  You can leverage the kanji that you know to learn other kanji.  Study the sample below and see if this method is easy and effective for you.









A powerful feature that I added to help with my frustration is the English to Japanese tool on the back of every Kanji Card. Simply tap the English word and it will provide you with a vocabulary list of Japanese translations so that you can instantly see that 軍 is not the only kanji for army in Japanese. In fact, Japanese use アーミー and 兵 (ヘイ)for army under certain circumstances





And you can explore tangents or descendants by exploring the pivot radicals on any card.

This is a precise way to study related and unrelated kanji.




Pivot Radical 包 Hō

kanjipivotlogo-2 Tip: all Joyo kanji that contains this pivot radical  have the onyomi pronunciation of hō (ホウ)

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包’s 訓読み is つつみ which means to wrap.
Can you guess the right kanji?
1. hug, embrace ( wrap with hands)
2. placenta (body part that wraps)
3. bubbles (water wraps air)
4. cannon (wraps a stone)
5. tired of, had enough (as when your full stomach wrapped plenty of food)
6. To wrap

包 A
泡 B
抱 C
胞 D
砲 E
飽 F

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With the app you are free to instantly explore the two parent Pivot Radicals of 己 & 勹  These list help you develop a powerful pattern recognition and the flexibility to focus on the detailed readings and compunds for any kanji you choose.

己 忌 記 紀 起 妃 配 改 巻 圏 港 遷 選 包 泡 抱 胞 砲 飽

勹 勺 包 句 泡 胸 濁 菊 匁 匂 勾 葛 旬 酌 約 的 釣 均 拘 駒 警 喝 渇 褐 謁 掲 殉 抱 胞 砲 飽

And you can explore tangents or descendants by exploring the pivot radicals on any card.

This is a precise way to study related kanji.