The Radical: 交

traffic, exchange    交

Explanation A picture of a crosslegged sitting person means to mix.

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 5Joyo 1
school, check

Left: tree , right: crossing, exchange (Image of a person is sitting cross-legged)
Next to a tree, at a intersection, there is the school.
JLPT 3Joyo 2
exchange, crossing, mix
majiru, kawasu,
Image of a crosslegged sitting person which means to mix. Simplified: at top six , below a cross X
Six crosses mark an exchange or crossing.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
effect, efficacy, benefit, positiv result
Left: exchange, crossing (image of a person sitting cross-legged), right: strength
The exchange of forces causes the beneficial effect.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
comparison, contrast
Left: vehicle (A hand-cart seen from above with axle , loading area and two wheels ), right: exchange/crossing (from a pictograph of a person with crossed legs)
Vehicles at a crossing are in a comparison. (i.e. of their speed)
JLPT 2Joyo 7
suburb, outskirt

Left: mix/exchange , right: village
Mixed with the villages is the suburb.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
strangle, wring, constrict
shiboru, shimeru,
Left: thread , right: mix/exchange (Image of a person sitting cross-legged)
When threads are mixed (i.e. in a woven fabric), then they "strangle" each others and the fabric can be wrung.

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