Meaning

Primary

Number Of People

Alternatives

People, Counter For People

Word Type

counter

Explanation

When you see this on a number, for example 7人 or 3人, you're using it to count people. Just remember, both 一人 and 二人 have alternative readings. From 3 and up it's just the number plus にん, like this. 5人 is ごにん, 10人 is じゅうにん, etc. This is the counter for people, which makes this word the number of people.

Reading

にん
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a counter, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. Since has two on'yomi readings, here's a mnemonic to help you remember which one to use:

Just think of the sheer number of people at Nintendo (にん). It must be huge. This really is just a counter for people that work at Nintendo.

Context

Pattern of Use

  • 〜人

Common Word Combinations

  • 四人
    four people
    七人
    seven people
    九人
    nine people

Context Sentences

ぜんぶで十人いました。

There were 10 people, altogether.

トーフグにはなん人のしゃいんがいますか?

How many workers are in Tofugu?

わたしは三人子どもがいます。

I have three children.

Kanji Composition