元 (beginning) kanji
Beginning
This kanji has 4 strokes. It is being learnt at grade 2.
This kanji belongs to jōyō (regular-use) kanji.
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Meaning:beginning, former time, origin
On reading:ゲン、ガン
gen, gan
Kun reading:もと
moto

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お元気ですか?
おげんきですか
How are you? ☆=ご機嫌いかがですか?(ごきげんいかがですか)
元気出しなよ
げんきだしなよ
Keep your chin up!, Cheer up!, Be of good cheer!
元素
げんそ
an element, elemental
次元
じげん
a dimension, a level
元来
がんらい
originally, primarily, essentially from the first ☆=本来(ほんらい),もともと
元の木阿弥
もとのもくあみ
to lose all that one has gained, to go back to one's start ☆=元も子もない(もともこもない)
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