4 strokes
in, inside, middle, mean, center
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N5
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Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 中 【チュウ】 medium, average, middle, moderation, middle school, China, in, out of (e.g. three out of ten people), during (a certain time when one did or is doing something), under (construction, etc.), while
  • 中学校 【チュウガッコウ】 junior high school, middle school, lower secondary school
  • 途中 【トチュウ】 on the way, en route, in the middle of, midway
  • 集中 【シュウチュウ】 concentration, convergence, centralization, integration, gathering together

Kun reading compounds

  • 中 【なか】 inside, in, among, within, center (centre), middle, during, while
  • 中中 【なかなか】 very, considerably, easily, readily, fairly, quite, highly, rather, by no means (with negative verb), not readily, middle, half-way point, excellent, wonderful, very good
  • お腹 【おなか】 stomach
  • 背中 【せなか】 back (of body)
  • 内 【うち】 inside, within, while, among, amongst, between, we (referring to one's in-group, i.e. company, etc.), our, my spouse, imperial palace grounds, emperor, I (primarily used by women and children), me
  • この内 【このうち】 among these, between these, of these, in here, in this
  • 此の内 【このうち】 meanwhile, the other day, recently
  • 当たる 【あたる】 to be hit, to strike, to touch, to be in contact, to be affixed, to be equivalent to, to be applicable, to apply to, to be right on the money (of a prediction, criticism, etc.), to be selected (in a lottery, etc.), to win, to be successful, to go well, to be a hit, to face, to confront, to lie (in the direction of), to undertake, to be assigned, to be stricken (by food poisoning, heat, etc.), to be afflicted, to be called upon (by the teacher), to treat (esp. harshly), to lash out at, to be unnecessary, to be hitting well, to be on a hitting streak, (in fishing) to feel a bite, (of fruit, etc.) to be bruised, to spoil, to feel (something) out, to probe into, to check (i.e. by comparison), to shave, to be a relative of a person, to stand in a relationship


Japanese names:
あたる、 かなえ
zhong1, zhong4


  • centro
  • dentro
  • interior
  • medio


  • em
  • interior
  • médio
  • meio
  • centro


  • dans
  • dedans
  • à l'intérieur
  • milieu
  • centre
  • moyenne
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