人気 and 有名
Hello, I've learn two words to say "famous" but I'm not sure how to use them.
I often see 有名 but I like using 人気, are they both good in every sentences? Does 人気 sounds old?
Feb 10, 2014 1:01 PM
Answers · 6
有名 means “known” by many people or specific people.
人気 means “liked or enjoyed” by many people or specific people.
There is a difference. A person liked by many people tends to be well-known but not always.
In the same way, a person known by many people is not necessarily liked.
February 10, 2014
有名 means well-known >> a celebrated painter - 有名な画家[がか]
人気 means popular >> a popular star - 人気スター
Don't worry, 人気 doesn't sound old. :-D