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Chinese Character Bites – #6 – 人

Our character for today is 人

In simplified Chinese characters: 人
In traditional Chinese characters: 人
(It’s the same in both traditional and simplified Chinese characters)

Note that this character can look a little bit different when it is handwritten. The second stroke will usually start a little bit lower and not meet the first stroke exactly at the top, like in the printed script. Watch the video to see how this works.

Pronunciation:

This character is pronounced rén in the 2nd tone.

What it means:

人 means person / human.

美国人 měiguórén – American
人类 rénlèi – human beings / mankind

Let’s break it down:

人 is a pictographic representation of a person standing up on two legs.