To Recommend

Word Type

transitive verb, ichidan verb


Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means recommend so the verb vocab version is to recommend. This word is often used in a positive context for recommending things, actions, and people by implying or pointing out their charms and/or merits.

Although 薦める and 勧める are similar, there are subtle differences between the two. 勧める is often used to suggest that someone perform a specific action, often as friendly advice or encouragement. It can also be used when offering something, such as a drink. On the other hand, 薦める is used to recommend a person or thing as suitable for a particular situation, with a focus on endorsing the subject rather than a specific action.


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


This has the same reading as 勧める, since they mean almost the same thing.


Context Sentences


He recommended this show to me, but I don’t really like watching anime.


Koichi said the crab cakes were delicious and recommended them; when I tried them they tasted terrible.


I recommend mystery fans go see this movie.

Kanji Composition