13 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
work, (kokuji)
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
417 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 実働 【ジツドウ】 actual work
  • 就働 【シュウドウ】 being employed, working

Kun reading compounds

  • 働く 【はたらく】 to work, to labor, to labour, to function, to operate, to be effective, to work (i.e. ... works), to come into play, to commit (e.g. a crime), to perpetrate, to do, to act, to practise, to practice, to be conjugated


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • trabajo
  • trabajar
  • funcionar
  • afectar


  • trabalho


  • travailler
  • (kokuji)
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585 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
558 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
444 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
532 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
170 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
120 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
3.15 Japanese for Busy People
232 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
232 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
192 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
132 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
172 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
113 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
130 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1694 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
1079 Morohashi
153 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
297 New Nelson (John Haig)
1678 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1809 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
137 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
612 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2145 2001 Kanji
2a11.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-11 SKIP code
2422.7 Four corner code
1-38-15 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
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