Since I'm not a native chinese, I need to confirm this with one.

For the character 瑞 would it be awkward if I refer to / address it when spelling a word to another person using 瑞士的瑞 ---> "Switzerland's Ruì" ?

瑞士 has the highest rank of frequent word that has the character 瑞 in it..

Please CMIIW


2 Answers 2


Not awkward at all. It is in fact a common way to refer to 瑞. Another option is using 瑞雪兆丰年的瑞.

  • what is 瑞雪兆丰年 ? is it famous among chinese people?
    – Tomsofty33
    Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 21:44
  • @Tomsofty33 it’s famous among Chinese people, infact it’s used often to talk of the character 瑞, like I wrote in my answer. Oxford defines it as: timely snow augurs a good harvest.
    – Mou某
    Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 21:48
  • is there a link to that definition of oxford?
    – Tomsofty33
    Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 21:52
  • @Tomsofty33 here’s a Chinese definition zdic.net/c/e/172/385082.htm | my oxford def was from a paid for dict in Pleco - no public links im afraid
    – Mou某
    Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 21:57

瑞 is a character mainly used in names. And this is a common way to refer to 瑞 using names "瑞士"(Swiss), "瑞典"(Sweden).

(In some province of China, you might be able to use the names of some important towns in the province. For example, 瑞丽)

  • 1
    Not really. We use 瑞 in names because it has a good meaning. Check the meanings in 瑞雪,祥瑞. Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 16:54
  • Just forgot those word, :(
    – Aria Ax
    Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 1:14

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.