Meaning

Primary

Alone

Alternative

One Person

Word Type

noun

Explanation

When there's one person, what are they? Well, they're either just going to be simply one person or alone.

Reading

ひとり
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading for this vocab doesn't follow any rules you learned previously. It's an exception, which means you have to learn the reading separately too. Spend a few moments trying to remember this word, look away for 10 seconds, and then try to recall its reading. Could you do it? Try again, this time in thirty seconds. Did you do it again? Okay, go ahead and move on. You may know it now, though you'll need to recall it again in the next 5-10 minutes if you want to remember it for good.

Alternatively, if you know the reading for the vocab word 一つ (in the same level as this word), you can know that it uses the same reading!

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 一人の〜
  • 一人で〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 一人の女
    one woman
    一人の力
    the strength of one person
    一人の人
    one person
  • 一人でする
    to do something alone
    一人でできる
    to be able to do something alone
    一人でいる
    to be by oneself

Context Sentences

一人でカラオケにいきました。

I went to karaoke alone.

一人はアメリカ人です。

One of them is American.

むすめは、きょうはじめて一人でおつかいにいきました。

My daughter did the errands by herself for the first time today.

Kanji Composition