Japanese Dictionary

Reading and JLPT level
聞く, 聴く, 訊く JLPT 5
Kana Reading
きく
Romaji
kiku
Word Senses
  • Parts of speech
    Godan verb with `ku' ending, transitive verb
    Meaning
    to hear
    Example sentence
    どうかしたの?」と小さい白いウサギが聞きました。 What's the matter? asked the little white rabbit.
  • Parts of speech
    Meaning
    to listen (e.g. to music)
    Example sentence
    なんで聞くの? Why do you ask?
  • Parts of speech
    Meaning
    to ask; to enquire; to query
    Example sentence
    恐い聞きたいなら週間見たことしてあげるよ。 If you want to hear a scary story, I'll tell you about a dream I had a few weeks ago.

Examples of 聞く, 聴く, 訊く, きく in a sentence


Verb Conjugations

Non-Past

Plain
聞く
Plain Polite
聞きます
Negative
聞かない
Negative Polite
聞きません

Past

Plain
聞いた
Plain Polite
聞きました
Negative
聞かなかった
Negative Polite
聞きませんでした

Te

Plain
聞いて
Plain Polite
聞きまして
Negative
--
Negative Polite
--

Passive

Plain
聞かれる
Plain Polite
聞かれます
Negative
聞かれない
Negative Polite
聞かれません

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Kanji in this word

JLPT 1

17 strokes

listen, headstrong, naughty, careful inquiry

On'Yomi: チョウ, テイ

Kun'Yomi: き.く, ゆる.す

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JLPT 5

14 strokes

hear, ask, listen

On'Yomi: ブン, モン

Kun'Yomi: き.く, き.こえる

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10 strokes

request, question, investigate

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