KSP Primitives

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Many of the primitives to be covered are in the following sequence of radicals, listed in order of stroke count:

丨 丶 丿 乚 亅 亻 儿 冂 冖 冫 几 ⺇ 凵 匚 匸 卜 卩 厂 厶 夂 ⼡ 夊 ⺌ 尢 尸 屮 幺 广 廴 廾 弋 彐 彑 彡 彳 忄 扌 犭 艹 辶 阝 阝 戈 戶 ⺙ 攴 攵 无 旡 歹 殳 ⺗ 毋 毌 爻 爿 礻 罓 耂 ⺿ ⻍ 疋 疒 癶 禸 禾 罒 衤 而 耒 艸 虍 西 襾 覀 豕 豸 辵 邑 阜 隶 隹 ⻗ 靑 髟 鬥 鬯 鬲 鹿 黃 黍 黑 黹 黽 鼎 齊 齒 龍 龜 龠


The following is a list of the KSP primitives, in the order of their appearance in the KSP joyo kanji series, with an arbitrary example of a kanji using that primitive. The page will eventually show examples of each primitive and provide a link to the lesson in which it is introduced.

drop, (丶) e.g. white
walking stick, (|) e.g middle
hook, (, 乚) e.g tag
oracle, (卜) e.g above
person, (, 亻) e.g chief
umbrella, (^) e.g whole
hand, e.g right , watch over
animal legs, (like a shorter straighter version of ) e.g.
human legs (儿) e.g. elder brother
H2O, () e.g. lake
ice, (冫) e.g next
horns, e.g beans
little, (⺌) e.g. resemblance
owl, e.g simple
lid, e.g mingle
long hair, (彡) e.g. cedar
tool-bench, e.g. tool
grassy, (艹) e.g. flower
step, (彳) e.g. wait
recline, e.g sea
fence posts, (丿|) e.g. jammed in
Valentine (⺗), e.g. pining
state of mind, (忄) e.g. lazy
cliff, (厂) e.g. pressure
drag (a bit like 厂 but the first stroke is down and to the left)
cave (广)
crown (冖)
house (宀)
wind ( ⺇ or 几, but the narrow version is sometimes called ‘table’)
whirlwind ()
chop seal
stamp
clothes hanger
receipt
fingerprint
wrap
trapdoor
box
border
hood
belt
walking legs
fingers
youngest
road
jail
knife
scimitar
mound
city walls
taskmaster
grain
turkey
corpse
private
flames
cloth
altar
gods
cloak
scarf
rag
broom
meet
sickness
dying
grow up
mend
rake
shovel
plow
mop
staple
saw
hair
brush
comb
scissors
hairpin
folded hands
scrapbook
salad
javelin
weapon
parade
kazoo
thanksgiving
float
march
stretch
zoo
pig
sow
piglet
tail feathers
condor
fledgling
migrating ducks
beast
scorpion
cricket
eel
earthworm
skunk
schoolhouse
outhouse
rice seedling
bonsai
apple
bush
ivy
Christmas tree
sprout
angel
infant
maestro
tall man
genie
mad king
strawman
scarecrow
devil
muzzle
lidded crock
spear
missile
gully
spool
apron
haystack
rising cloud
sieve
snare
slingshot
purse
rook
celery
dogtag
cornucopia
silage
turtle
sheaf
puzzle
cornstalk
mosaic
banner
dollar
pup tent
tepee
quarter
calf
wool
Pegasus
mountain goat
mailbox
clone
guillotine
contrary
siesta
resin
breasts
fortune teller
jawbone
cabbage
mist
ketchup
shredder
locket
awl
double back
grass skirt
antique