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Translingual

Stroke order
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Etymology

Resembles the legs of a human being. The ancient version of this character depicted a man with arms and legs.

Han character

(radical 9 +0, 2 strokes, cangjie input 人 (O), four-corner 80000)

  1. man, person
  2. people
  3. mankind
  4. someone else

References

  • KangXi: page 91, character 1
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 344
  • Dae Jaweon: page 190, character 1
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 101, character 10
  • Unihan data for U+4EBA

Cantonese

Hanzi

(Yale yan4)


Japanese

Noun

(counter 人, hiragana ひと, romaji hito)

  1. person
  2. human

Kanji

(grade 1 kanji)

Readings

Compounds


Korean

Hanja


Eumhun:

  • Sound (hangeul): 인 (revised: in, McCune-Reischauer: in, Yale: in)
  • Name (hangeul): 사람 (revised: saram, McCune-Reischauer: saram, Yale: salam)

Mandarin

Pronunciation

Hanzi

(pinyin rén (ren2), Wade-Giles jen2)

Compounds


Middle Chinese

Han character

(*njin)


Min Nan

Pronunciation

Noun

(traditional and simplified, POJ lâng)

  1. person; people

Noun

(traditional and simplified, POJ jîn or lîn)

  1. person; people

Usage notes

  • When by itself, is always read as lâng. For compound words, Min Nan resembles Japanese, in that there does not seem to be a consistent rule for when to use the vernacular vs. literary pronunciation. Certain compounds will always use the vernacular (ex. siàu-liân-lâng young person), whereas others will always use the literary pronunciation (ex. hàn-jîn ethnic Han Chinese).

Alternative spellings


Vietnamese

Han character

(nhân, nhơn)

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