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Kanji: 先

KANJI
6 strokes
READINGS
KUN 訓
さき
 ON 音 
セン
STROKE ORDER
Slow Fast
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JLPT Level:
JLPT N5 (beginner level)
Kanken Level:
Kanken Level 10 (learned at completion of 1st grade)
Grade:
Taught during the 1st grade in Japan
Radical:
Radical name:
ひとあし
Meaning:
Before, ahead, previous, future, precedence
Usage:
Appears very frequently in Japanese newspapers; only about 150 kanji are used more often.
JLPT Level Word Meaning
N5
(さき)
the future, previous
N5
(せんげつ)
last month
N5
(せんしゅう)
last week
N5
(せんせい)
teacher, doctor
N4
(せんぱい)
senior
N3
(せんじつ)
the other day, a few days ago
N3
()
first (of all), to start with, about, almost, hardly (with neg. verb)
N2
(さき)
before, ahead, previously
N2
(さきほど)
some time ago
N2
先々(せんせんげつ)
month before last
N2
先々(せんせんしゅう)
week before last
N2
(せんぞ)
ancestor
N2
(せんたん)
pointed end, tip, fine point
N2
(せんとう)
head, lead, vanguard, first
N2
(そせん)
ancestor
N2
()(さき)
the head, the foremost, beginning
N1
(さき)
before, earlier than, ahead, beyond, away, previously, recently
N1
(せんこう)
preceding, going first
N1
(せんだい)
family predecessor, previous age, previous generation
N1
(せん)だって
recently, the other day
N1
(せんちゃく)
first arrival
N1
(せんてんてき)
a priori, inborn, innate, inherent, congenital, hereditary
N1
(つと)(さき)
place of work
N1
(ゆうせん)
preference, priority
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