October 5


Chinese Character Bites – #6 – 人

By fluentin

October 5, 2015

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.


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.

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