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READING  セキ、(シャク)、むかし
MEANING  long ago
JLPT level N3 (full info & stroke order)
 
Words/compounds
おおむかし
great antiquity, old-fashioned, long ago
せきじつ
old days
とおいむかし
remote past
ひとむかしまえ
long ago, previous, of a former age
 
Example sentences
大昔
大昔、たいていの人々は季節の変化に応じて移動する集団の中で暮らしていた。
A long time ago, most people lived in groups that moved around as the seasons changed.
 
大昔の人々は泥や藁でできた家に住んでいた。
In early days pioneers lived in houses made of mud and straw.
昔日
戸籍上の縁は切れても、昔日の絆はそのままだ。
Our connection may be cut on paper but the bonds of old remain as they were.
遠い昔
話は遠い昔に始まる。
The story begins far in the past.
 
Lookalikes
 
サク 
confused
 
シャク、か-りる 
borrow
 
セキ、お-しい、お-しむ 
pity
 
ソ 
set aside