4 strokes
right hand
pair, set, comparison, counter for pairs
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1029 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 双 【ソウ】 pair
  • 双子 【フタゴ】 twins, twin
  • 一双 【イッソウ】 pair (esp. of folding screens)
  • 八双 【ハッソウ】 style of sword fighting

Kun reading compounds

  • 双葉 【ふたば】 seed leaves (of a dicot), cotyledons, bud, sprout, early stages, very beginning
  • 双子 【ふたご】 twins, twin
  • 並ぶ 【ならぶ】 to line up, to stand in a line, to rival, to match, to equal


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • par
  • ambos
  • contador de pares


  • par
  • conjunto
  • comparação
  • nº de pares


  • paire
  • ensemble (groupe d'objets)
  • comparaison
  • compteur de paires
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1-2-2 SKIP code
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