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

Patterns of Use

  • 〜で助かる
  • 〜助かる
  • 〜は助かる

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
  • きっと助かる
    to probably be saved
    とても助かる
    to find something greatly helpful
    なんとか助かる
    to somehow be saved
  • 村は助かる
    the village will be saved
    自分は助かる
    I will be saved
    今日は助かる
    to find very helpful today

Context Sentences

まだ助かる見こみはあるんですか。

Is there still a chance it will be saved?

コウイチ先生にもらったれんあいのアドバイスのおかげで、助かりました。

I was rescued by the relationship advice that my teacher Koichi gave me.

「で、私達付き合ってるのよね?どうなの?はっきりさせてよ。」「えーと…」<その時、インターホンが鳴った。:ピンポーン>「ふぅ、間一髪で助かった。」

"So, are we going out or what? Make it clear!" "Um…" (The front doorbell rings: ring-ring.) "Phew, saved by the bell."

Kanji Composition