Name that kanji!?

I am but a small and foolish durtle, but I hope you wiser heads can help me. I’m translating something for a friend, and of course I’m WAY out of my league…but even at Level 5 I can usually figure out a radical or two, and look up a kanji in my handy Kodansha. But now I’m absolutely stymied. Can anyone tell me what THIS is (and sorry, my brushwork is not the best):
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Thank you for any help in advance!

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鳥 which means bird on its own

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Heavens to Betsy, that got answered in TWO minutes! These are seriously the best forums ever for language learning.

Thanks so much, @Vanilla!

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And it’s a level 7 kanji, so not long until you learn it in WK!

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Hello KijuGently, This is a clever thing: Jisho.org: Japanese Dictionary you can spot a radical or two and it will narrow down the options for you. For example you could pop in those four little lines and it’ll offer a selection of kanji that include them (including your little bird).

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I’m gonna name it… Mortimer.

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birb

At jisho.org you can also paint the Kanji to search it.
It’s quite allergic to wrong stroke orders though so you might still get unlucky.
As @Epona said, there’s also radical search :slight_smile:

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You can also use the handwrite option in Google Translate. Click on the pencil icon to switch to handwrite mode. I tried this one and it recognized it. :slightly_smiling_face:

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I would recommend using Shirabe Jisho app (idk whether it has android version though). It doesn’t really care about stroke order.

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You’ve been watching はたらく細胞? Or are you studying biology?

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Lmao I saw a screenshot from this show somewhere and I noticed that I knew every kanji on the cap of that dude and I could guess the meaning but I had no idea how to read it.:grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: Is it good though?

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Yes, it’s good! Even if you don’t want to know how blood cells make your body work. Great for kanji practice, too. Lots of writing to pause on.

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or use the handwriting input on gboard if you’re using android. i dunno how the hell it recognises the scribbly mess I write when I misread the radicals, but it does, and it’s :ok_hand:

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OMG guys thanks…I had no resources for “handwritten” kanji before now! I’ll be trying out all of these.
Seriously this community is the best for language learning…

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