間 - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

JLPT N512 strokes
intervalspace

Kun readings 🇯🇵

あいだあい

On readings 🇨🇳

かんけん

Example of kunyomi readings 🇯🇵

あいだ

This is the standard kunyomi reading for this kanji, which translates the concept of space, gap, between.

This reading is used in the expression (あいだ)に, which specifies a period of time when something happened.

This second kunyomi reading is common in two words:

  • (なか)(): words that means friend, companion
  • ()(ちが)う: verb meaning to make a mistake

Example of onyomi readings 🇨🇳

げん

This onyomi reading is often paired with the kanji (ひと), for example:

  • (にん)(かん): human begin
  • (にん)(かん)(さが): humanity
  • (にん)(かん)(かん)(けい): human relations

かん

This onyomi reading is used to refer to time or space intervals. It is found in words like:

  • ()(かん): time
  • (しゅん)(かん): instant
  • (くう)(かん): space, room

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