This is a great building block to learn because it’s just so easy to recognise, even when surrounded by other characters. In ancient Chinese writing, this character resembled the profile of a walking person.

With a little Chineasy magic, you can easily see how the curved strokes represent a person’s legs. 人 simply means “person”, so you’ll come across it in phrases and compounds related to individuals and groups of people. Also, you’ll frequently see 人 in component form, which looks like this: 亻. Pinyin: 人 ren2