Learn JLPT N5 Kanji

Meaning of 先

before, ahead, previous, future, precedence

Onyomi

セン
sen

Kunyomi

さき、 ま(ず)
saki, ma(zu)

Learn Japanese kanji: 【 セン / さき、 ま(ず) 】

Meaning: before, ahead, previous, future, precedence.

173 of 2,500 most used kanji in newspapers.

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How to write 先 - stroke order:

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Stroke Count: 6

- Example Sentences

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

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Example #1

あのせんせいはきびしいですね。
ano sensei wa kibishi desu ne.
That teacher is really strict.
Example #2

せんしゅうとうきょうにいきました。
senshuu toukyou ni ikimashita.
Last week I went to Tokyo.
Example #3

まず、あさごはんをたべましょう。
mazu, asagohan wo tabemashou.
First, let's eat breakfast.
Example #4

せんせいのじゅぎょうがすきです。
sensei no jugyou ga suki desu.
I like the teacher's class.
Example #5

おさきにしつれいします。
o saki ni shitsurei shimasu.
I'm going home now (standard phrase after finishing work).
Example #6

やまだせんせいはやさしいとおもいます。
yamada sensei wa yasashii to omoimasu.
I think Mr. Yamada (teacher) is nice.
Example #7

さきにたべてください。
saki ni tabete kudasai.
Please go ahead and eat.

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