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N5 Kanji 60: 北

Meaning of kanji 北:

In Japanese, 北 means “north”.


How to read kanji 北:

Kunyomiきた
Onyomiほく

How to write kanji 北:


Origin of kanji 北:

The original meaning of 北 is “back”.
And then it is used to stand for direction.
You can see two people standing back to back.
So you can remember it by “There are two people standing back to back in the north”.


Development of kanji 北:


Vocabulary containing kanji 北:

WordReadingMeaning
きたnorth
北朝鮮きたちょうせんNorth Korea
南北なんぼくnorth and south
北部ほくぶnorth
敗北はいぼくdefeat
北方ほっぽうnorth
北側きたがわnorth side
北西ほくせいnorthwest
北東ほくとうnortheast
以北いほくnorth
北口きたぐちnorth exit
北向ききたむきfacing north

Example Sentences of kanji 北:

針盤しんばんはりつねきたしめす。
The compass pointer always seeks north.

ほくには巨大きょだい山々やまやまがある。
There are colossal mountains in the north.

かれらは勇敢ゆうかんたたかったけれども、敗北はいぼくした。
Bravely though they fought, they were defeated.

北米ほくべいでいちばんたかやまなんですか。
What is the highest mountain in North America?

きたほうではふゆさむいです。
In the north, it’s cold in winter.

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  1. 飛鳥は日本の北に行った。Asuka went to the North of Japan.
    ジャシカは道の北に行った。Jessica went to the north of the road.
    部屋の南は汚くないけど部屋の北はきたないです。It is not dirty in the south of the room, but it is in the north of it.

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