5 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
other, another, the others
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
543 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 他 【タ】 other (esp. people and abstract matters)
  • 他人 【タニン】 another person, other people, others, unrelated person (i.e. not related by blood), outsider, stranger
  • 自他 【ジタ】 oneself and others, subject and object, transitivity, transitive and intransitive verbs, first person and third person, self-salvation and salvation by faith
  • 排他 【ハイタ】 exclusion

Kun reading compounds

  • 他 【ほか】 another place, some other place, somewhere else, outside, another (person or thing), other, different, something else, someone else, the rest, et al., beyond (one's expectations, imagination, etc.), outside, except, but, other than, apart from, besides, in addition to, as well as, on top of
  • 他に 【ほかに】 else, in addition, besides
  • 思いのほか 【おもいのほか】 unexpectedly, surprisingly
  • 殊の外 【ことのほか】 exceedingly, extremely, exceptionally, unusually, unexpectedly


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • otro
  • los demás


  • outro
  • outrem
  • os outros


  • autre
  • un autre
  • les autres
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