Meaning

Primary

One

Word Type

numeral

Explanation

As is the case with most vocab words that consist of a single kanji, this vocab word has the same meaning as the kanji it parallels, which is one.

Reading

いち
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

When a vocab word is all alone and has no okurigana (hiragana attached to kanji) connected to it, it usually uses the kun'yomi reading. Numbers are an exception, however. When a number is all alone, with no kanji or okurigana, it is going to be the on'yomi reading, which you learned with the kanji. Just remember this exception for alone numbers and you'll be able to read future number-related vocab to come.

Context

Pattern of Use

  • 一 + unit

Common Word Combinations

  • 一グラム
    one gram
    一ページ
    one page
    一ドル
    one dollar

Context Sentences

一ど、あいましょう。

Let’s meet up once.

一いはアメリカ人でした。

First place was an American.

ぼくはせかいで一ばんよわい。

I’m the weakest (person) in the world.

Kanji Composition