Learn JLPT N4 Kanji

Meaning of 元

beginning, former time, origin

Onyomi

ゲン、 ガン
gen, gan

Kunyomi

もと
moto

Learn Japanese kanji: (ゲン、 ガン / もと) – Meaning: beginning, former time, origin.

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How to write 元 - stroke order:

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Stroke Count: 4

- Example Sentences

Each example sentence includes a Japanese kana reading, the romaji reading, and the English translation.

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Example #1

げんきですか?
genki desu ka?
Are you doing well?
Example #2

らいしゅうはじもとへかえる。
raishuu wa jimoto he kaeru.
I'm heading back to my hometown next week.
Example #3

それをもとのばしょへかえしなさい。
sore wo moto no basho he kaeshinasai.
Put that back where you found it.
Example #4

かれはほんとうにげんきなこです。
kare wa hontou ni genkina ko desu.
He really is a healthy kid.
Example #5

かれはいまはたいいんをしてげんきにすごしている。
kare wa ima wa taiin wo shite genki ni sugoshiteiru.
Now, he is out of the hospital and living healthily.

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