Meaning

Primary

To Be Helped

Alternatives

To Be Saved, To Be Rescued

Word Type

intransitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

You know that 助ける means "to help" and this is related. This is when someone is being helped, and we're focussing on the person being helped, rather than the person doing the helping. In grammatical terms, this verb is intransitive, so there is no object. The かる ending is a hint, because verbs with かる as okurigana (kana added to the kanji) are usually intransitive.

It also can be used to talk about how you were rescued, which is like being helped, right? If you want to memorize it that way, that's fine too.

Reading

たすかる
  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading is the same as 助ける, so hopefully you know that word and can apply that knowledge over here.

Context

Common Word Combinations

  • おかげで助かる

    will be saved thanks to someone

    これで助かる

    this will help

    休みで助かる

    to find it helpful to have the day off

Context Sentences

きっと助かるよ。平気。

I'm sure they'll be fine. It's okay.

家を出たら、目の前にタクシーがいて、助かった。

When I left the house, there was a taxi right in front of my eyes and I was saved.

今回の試験については、どんな答えを聞かれるか、先生が前もって教えてくれたので、とても助かった。

The teacher told us in advance what kind of answers we will be asked for on this test, which was very helpful.

Kanji Composition