Emphasis on learning verb meanings

I’m at 10 now and somtimes I have trouble to differ verbs beginning with the same kanji.
In German we e.g. we have bauen (To build) and then there is anbauen, zubauen, verbauen, einbauen, abbauen and even more.
In Japanese I find a kanji followed by e.g. げ、が … And at the end there are variants with す、る.
Can I find somewhere lists of verbs belonging to a kanji with meanings? Because I think there is perhaps a system in what a certain suffix makes from a verb which I can easier grasp when I see the whole batch.
Yes, I know that I could create this list myself by adding every new verb I learn to it :slight_smile:


There’s no :100:% accurate pattern for what you’re looking for - this is what most people will tell you. However, there are indeed some patterns that will help you get meanings (or better yet, transitivity) right pretty much all the time. Here’s a good link:

In case you haven’t already, do study transitive vs intransitive verbs :slight_smile: (the patterns are at the end).


This is not a complete answer, but I think you might find http://learnjapaneseonline.info/2016/12/27/mastering-transitivity-pairs-remembering-japanese-transitive-and-intransitive-verbs-the-easy-way/ helpful to give some mental structure to learning many of the paired verbs using the same kanji.

Also, if you look at the WK page for a kanji it lists all of the vocab containing that kanji - e.g. https://www.wanikani.com/kanji/助 links to the vocab pages for 助ける and 助かる.


Going to Jisho.org and inputting a kanji followed by #verb in the search bar should do what you want. The links in the other replies are probably more useful though.

@all: Thanks for the inspiring replies. Really helpful!

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