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N3 Kanji 20: 健

Meaning:

In Japanese, 健 means “healthy”.


How to read it:

Kunyomiすこ
Onyomiけん

How to write it:


Origin:

健 = 人 + 建
人 means “human”, 建 means “to build”.
So someone can build something, he/she must be very healthy.
So 健 means “healthy”.


Development:


Vocabulary:

WordReadingMeaning
健康けんこうhealth
健康的けんこうてきhealthy
保健ほけんhealth
保健室ほけんしつnurse's office
健全けんぜんhealthy
健在けんざいalive
健常けんじょうable-bodied
健気けなげbrave
健やかすこやかhealthy
健闘けんとうgood fight
穏健おんけんmoderate
健診けんしんcheckup
健保けんぽhealth insurance
頑健がんけんrobust
頑健性がんけんせいrobustness
健勝けんしょうgood victory
健忘けんぼうamnesia
健脚けんきゃくgood walker
壮健そうけんhealthy
健聴けんちょうnormal hearing
健啖家けんたんかbig eater
Note:
「健気(けなげ, brave)」is an exception, just remember it directly!
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