Meaning

Primary

Children's Story

Alternative

Fairy Tale

Word Type

noun

Explanation

Don't think of this as a juvenile talk. Think of the vocab word, which means "story." If you do that, you get a "juvenile story." What's a juvenile story? It's a children's story.

Reading

どうわ
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 〜童話
  • 童話の〜
  • 童話を〜
  • 童話〜

Common Word Combinations

  • グリム童話
    Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales (literature)
    アンデルセン童話
    Andersen's Fables (literature)
    イソップ童話
    Aesop's Fables (literature)
  • 童話の主人公
    main character of a children's story
    童話の本
    book of children's stories, children's book
    童話の世界
    the world of fairy tales
  • 童話を作る
    to write a children's story
    童話を読む
    to read a children's story
    童話を読み聞かせる
    to read a children's story aloud to someone
  • 童話作家
    writer of children's stories
    童話みたい
    appears to be a children's story, it's like a fairy tale
    童話集
    collection of children's stories

Context Sentences

この童話、意外と泣けるんだよね。

This fairy tale will actually make you cry.

やっと、童話のしっぴつに、本気モードになってきました。

I'm finally getting serious about writing children's stories.

宮沢賢治の童話「祭の晩」は、私が子供の頃大好きなお話でした。

Miyazawa Kenji’s fairy tale "Night of the Festival" was my favorite story when I was a child.

Kanji Composition