Meaning

Primary

River

Word Type

noun

Explanation

When a vocab is made up of a single kanji with no okurigana (hiragana attached to the kanji) it will usually take the same meaning as the kanji it comes from. So, from that you know that this word means river.

Reading

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

Explanation

You're in luck - the reading you learned with the kanji is the same as the one you have to learn for this vocab!

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 川を〜
  • 川の〜
  • 川に〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 川をくだる
    to go downstream
    川をわたる
    to cross a river
    川をのぼる
    to go upstream
  • 川のむこう
    the other side of the river
    川のせせらぎ
    the gurgling of a river
    川のながれ
    the current of a river
  • 川にながす
    to float something on a river
    川にいる
    to be in a river
    川に入る
    to get into a river

Context Sentences

この川には、さかながたくさんおよいでいます。

There are a lot of fish swimming in this river.

にほんいちながい川は、しなの川です。

Japan's longest river is Shinano River.

川をみるといつもいかりがこみあげてくる。

Whenever I see a river, I get so pissed off.

Kanji Composition