Japanese Learning

N4 Kanji 164:働

Meaning

In Japanese, 働 means “to work”.

How to read it:

Kunyomi:はたら
Onyomi:どう

How to write it:

How to use it:

Kunyomi:
働(はたら)く→to work

Onyomi:
労働(ろうどう)→labor

Origin:

働=人 + 動。
人 means “man”, 動 means “to move”.
If you want to work, you need to move.
So 働 stands for “to work”.

Note: Below is the origin and development of kanji 動.
You can see a man who is carrying a big bag.
You need to move in order to carry this bag to other place.
So 動 stands for “to move”.

Development:

As you know the origin of this kanji,now you can remember it easier.

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