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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

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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 Aug 14 '18 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. – user3306356 Aug 14 '18 at 21:48
  • is there a link to that definition of oxford? – Tomsofty33 Aug 14 '18 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 – user3306356 Aug 14 '18 at 21:57
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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)

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    Not really. We use 瑞 in names because it has a good meaning. Check the meanings in 瑞雪,祥瑞. – Bruce Huang Aug 13 '18 at 16:54
  • Just forgot those word, :( – Aria Ax Aug 14 '18 at 1:14

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