5 strokes
ten, complete
half, middle, odd number, semi-, part-
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N5
224 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 半 【ハン】 half, semi-, partial, half-past, odd number, han (unit of land area, approx. 595.8 m^2)
  • 半額 【ハンガク】 half the amount (of money), half price, half fare
  • 四畳半 【ヨジョウハン】 four and a half tatami mats, four-and-a-half-mat room, small room esp. for assignations
  • 過半 【カハン】 the greater part

Kun reading compounds

  • 半ば 【なかば】 middle, halfway, midway, half (of), one half, half (e.g. done, jokingly), partly, in part, partially, mostly, almost, nearly
  • 半ば過ぎ 【なかばすぎ】 beyond the middle


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • mitad
  • medio
  • incompleto
  • semi-
  • semi
  • a medias
  • en parte


  • metade
  • médio
  • número ímpar
  • semi-
  • parte-


  • moitié
  • demi
  • milieu
  • nombre impair
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1286 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
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