5 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
attend, doing, official, serve
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N4
439 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 仕 【シ】 official, civil service
  • 試合 【シアイ】 match, game, bout, contest
  • 勤労奉仕 【キンロウホウシ】 labor service, labour service
  • 中仕 【ナカシ】 longshoreman, baggageman
  • 仕込み 【ジコミ】 learned at ..., acquired at ...
  • 仕丁 【シチョウ】 men pressed into forced labor (ritsuryō system), palanquin bearer (Edo period)
  • 致仕 【チシ】 resignation, seventy years of age

Kun reading compounds

  • 仕える 【つかえる】 to serve, to work for, to attend


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • trabajo
  • servir
  • asistir


  • atender
  • ação
  • oficial
  • servir


  • servir
  • faire
  • officiel
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75 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
110 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
124 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
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333 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
333 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
236 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
58 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
37 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
21 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
21 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
969 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
368 Morohashi
34 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
123 New Nelson (John Haig)
960 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1033 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
271 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
250 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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1-2-3 SKIP code
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