Meaning

Primary

To Climb

Alternative

To Ascend

Word Type

intransitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means climb so the verb vocab version would be to climb (or to ascend), if that's the kind of thing you're into.

Reading

のぼる
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Since this word consists of a kanji with hiragana attached, you can bet that it will use the kun'yomi reading. This has the same reading as 上る which you learned all that time ago in Level 1. If you can remember that, you can remember this one!

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 〜を登る
  • 〜に登る

Common Word Combinations

  • 山を登る
    to climb a mountain
    山道を登る
    to climb a mountain path
    かいだんを登る
    to climb stairs
  • 木に登る
    to climb a tree
    ジグザグに登る
    to ascend in a zig-zag pattern
    山に登る
    to climb a mountain

Context Sentences

この長くてきゅうなさかを登るのはかなりキツイっすね。

Going up this long, steep slope is really tough, eh?

コウイチは、さるのようにスイスイと木に登り、いともかんたんにバナナを取っておりてきました。

Koichi climbed up the tree as fast as a monkey and came down with bananas without breaking a sweat.

一生の内、少なくとも一度は富士山に登ることが夢なんです。

A dream of mine is to climb Mt. Fuji at least once in my lifetime.

Kanji Composition