人 (Person) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

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JLPT N52 strokes
person

Kun readings 🇯🇵

ひと-り-と

On readings 🇨🇳

じんにん
人 (Person) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

Example of kunyomi readings 🇯🇵

ひと

This is the standard reading for (ひと). It is contained in all words that refer to person or people.

-り

This reading is used as suffix for counting people: one person, two persons, etc.

Example of onyomi readings 🇨🇳

にん

This is the most common reading for compound words using 人. It is used to refer to professions (merchant, employee, chef) and when the kanji has the meaning of human.

じん

This reading is used for nationalities among other things (italian, japanese person, etc.).

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