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, merits, or both.

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