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Questions about the identification of Chinese characters, especially characters seen in photos and other visual materials.

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What are the characters on this seal?

What are the characters on this seal? Flipped image for easier reading:
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Can someone translate this Chinese calligraphy into English?

This was written by a relative of mine, Ahn Jung-Geun
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What is this character? How to identify it?

Came across this etching in a ABAC pattern as the A: The more complicated ones were easier to identify, but this one is kind of tricky. One guess was that it was the character for 今, but that doesn'...
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Translate the characters in this sign

I have tried to find the characters in this sign in order to translate them but with no luck for the 2nd character. This restaurant's French name is "Le bonheur" which in English is roughly "...
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Does this box in the movie 妖猫传 (Legend of the Demon Cat) say 鳳栖樓 on its lid and 私人必死 inside, and what do they mean?

I'm watching the movie 妖猫传 (yāomāo zhuàn) = Legend of the Demon Cat. About 10 minutes into the movie, a man secretly enters a room named 御宬 (yùchéng) = "imperial storage" (I think) and searches for a ...
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untranslated characters and their meaning

I recently seen a movie where this appeared and unfortunately this was the only part that wasnt translated. could anyone tell me what does it say? ty
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Can I translate “still alive” as 还活着?

if I have to translate "still alive" can I write it like this 还活着 or are there better ways to say it? I have to use it as a title of a poem, so it doesn't have a context or a phrase where it should ...
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Help please me find out what this means

I’m looking to find out what this means. Please help was handed down to me from my family
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What does this seal stamp on Chinese painting mean?

Is this seal the name of an artist or poet? How can I find him? [![enter image description here][1]][1] Is this translation okay? [![enter image description here][3]][3] Thank you for every answer....
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What are these characters on old brass stamps?

These brass stamps were found by a relative in China ~1917. I'm wondering what the inscriptions mean. The smaller one in the likeness of an elephant is worn and discolored.
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What character can “□” [fei3] meaning 呕吐 be?

I've got this entry from 《广安方言与民俗词典》which goes as follows: □ fei3 指呕吐。例:他中午吃醉酒了,fei3了一地。 □ is as Wiktionary states: Used as a placeholder for an unknown hanzi. There's a good chance ...
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Is there any evidence that 90% of characters are phono-semantic compounds?

I've heard this claim a lot, from Chinese teachers in real life, and on this Wikipedia page, where the claim "At present, more than 90% of Chinese characters are phono-semantic compounds" lacks a ...
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Can you please help me translate this title and signature?

I am trying to translate this signature from a watercolor painting I bought many years ago at a thrift store. I've tried google translate along with searching Asian artist seals, but no luck.
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What is the variant bā character for 巴掌?

I'm working through the entry for 耳巴 in《四川方言词语续考》and I don't have my paper copy around. The problem is I only have my crappy OCR'd digital version which is giving me �� where a proper character ...
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Only two characters but I have no idea what they signify

I was given a pair of gold cufflinks by my grandfather who was in Shanghai 100 years ago. Each shows a Chinese character (Mandarin, I guess) and I would like to know what these mean. However I have ...
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What's this character that looks like 七 with a ~ in the middle? And what's its history?

Having a hard time figuring out what this guy is: The equivalent Wikisource page for the material I'm working with says that it is: 甚 Perhaps it is Which zisea says it is: 同【甚】字。 If it is 七 +...
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How can I search for a Chinese character when I see it on a picture?

Like, when I see a Chinese character in this picture: What is the best way to find more information about this character (unlike English, there're only 26 letters, and I can type them and google. ...
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Three Chinese characters (?) on the entrance of the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh city

Since visiting the museum, I've been very curious about these three characters (shown below). I've unsuccessfully tried to search it on the Internet. Their pretty calligraphic style is one of the ...
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Can you help identify the artist for these Taizong horse rubbings?

Can you help identify the artist? The art was framed back in 1952 by the Jean Bohem Gallery in New York City. These are on scroll paper which is attached to something (cloth/ linen?) Beautiful ...
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Please help to identify the character [duplicate]

My hobby is to collect the wind chimes and the one I have recently bought had a pretty complex character on its pendant. I've tried to look it up by the radical 辵/辶, but to no avail. At first I ...
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Are these chinese characters understandable?

I am designing a logo for my company, starting from a chinese word (which i am not mentioning not to influence you, i am including it below in a spoiler). I simplified the ideograms a lot and I ...
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Character difference between 'buy' and 'sell'

The characters for 'buy' and 'sell', seem to have a subtle difference in the character. 買/买 (buy) 賣/卖 (sell) I want to know, what's the significance of the radial on top of the sell? How does ...
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What does the 3rd symbol on this sword label mean?

I have an century+ old sword which has this label: A Chinese friend at work said she understood 光雲一刀 = "Light cloud [something] sword" but she couldn't figure out the third character, some kind of ...
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Word translation

Can someone please help me identify these chinese or japanese characters and what they translate in english? If you could please answer in such a way to clearly distinguish between the large word and ...
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What are these characters from this chopsticks packaging?

What are the characters shown in the following chopsticks packaging? I've no idea what the first character is and the Chinese speakers at the restaurant at which I was given this package couldn't ...
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What is this handwritten character?

I'm trying to identify the first character in this image: If it helps, the pronunciation is meant to be "pong" (the whole phrase is Cantonese "pong hau kei"). I've tried looking through some Jyutping ...
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Can someone translate me this to english?

I have an image that is something wrote in chinese I think. Can someone translate it please? Thank you.
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ID the Artists signature

I have two watercolours (Birds & flowers blossom) but have not been able to find anything regarding who painted them.
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Meaning of these characters

Hello I wanted to ask if someone knows the meaning of These characters:
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Has Unicode included these Classical Chinese characters?

I've found these characters in an old dictionary about Classical Chinese / Sino-Vietnamese / Vietnamese. Although they can be analyzed pictorially (I don't know better words), I personally can't find ...
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Which is correct when referring to stroke count: 畫 or 劃?

In the context of the audio on the page at http://stroke-order.learningweb.moe.edu.tw/characterQueryResult.do?word=%E7%95%AB which reads out 共十二畫/劃, which is more correct when referring to stroke ...
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How to look up seal script characters?

When we know a modern Hanzi, finding its seal script equivalent in a dictionary is not a problem. However, a more common case is that we have an existing seal script character we cannot identify, and ...
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What is the name of the university in this seal?

I was able to read the second half (大學圖書), but not the actual name of the university. The image is cropped from a book posted here.
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What are the characters in the image?

I need to find the actual text characters in this image. I tried an online OCR and this is what I got. 万正嬴体简体 万正赢体简体 万正搔体简体 万正粗们简体 MS P二儡彭、y′又
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What does this mean in English, very few words (Screenshot inside)?

What does this mean in English if you translate it? And what does this mean in pinyin, please tell me its very important!
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How to determine if character can be used separetely?

This question might be weird, but I haven't been able to find an answer to this. Some characters seem to be used only in combination with other characters. For instance, I believe 儿 cannot be used ...
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What does the following phrase mean: 故虽有珉之雕雕,不若玉之章章——《荀子》

The character 珉 from the original phrase is said to mean "an apple of Sodom"...is that true? If so, what does that even mean? I though the character 珉 meant a jade-like stone as it has the particle ...
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Help me identify this Chinese word?

I was in Shanghai on a business trip several weeks ago. One evening, while my coworker and I were walking down Nanjing Road on the way back to our hotel, we were accosted my many ladies of the night ...
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Cannot find Japanese kanji in Chinese dictionary

I do not have any historical dictionaries installed (yet) in Pleco. I am trying to look up a character I found in the handle of a contributor on the Japanese SE, but could not find it in Pleco. Don't ...
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Character Identification [closed]

What do the following characters say in english. Forgive me but I can't put them into google translate because it is an image.
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Phrase said thirty seconds to mars from yesterday

What phrase is said at the beginning of this music video? There are no subtitles https://youtu.be/RpG7FzXrNSs?t=41s and here https://youtu.be/RpG7FzXrNSs?t=49s It sounds like he says mi shong ying ...
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Meaning of 嫑 and its middle radical

The entire character 嫑 seems to be pronounced or translated to "bao". What does this character 嫑 mean? Specifically, I'd really like to know the meaning of the middle symbol on its own as well. The ...
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Is this a rare/variant character, or not really a Chinese character?

This character is on the label of a riceball sold at 7-11 in Taipei. I believe this kind of riceball is originally Japanese. It seems to be some kind of variant of 糰 / 团 but is actually composed of 米 ...
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What is the third character on this sign seen in Taipei?

I saw this sign in Taipei. What is the third character? The sign says "不夠_車" - "Not enough ? (vehicle)" Is it the character 丩, in which case what does it mean? Is it a bopomofo character? - I found ...
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Translation of “繟”

In a version of the Dao De Jing that I found on Gutenberg.org, this character appears: 繟. I've done multiple searches of the web and of several dictionaries online, but wasn't able to find a ...
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The character 双 in the dish name 炒双冬。

How did the character 双 in the dish name 炒双冬 come to mean "bamboo shoots"? Isn't 双 just a character meaning "pair"? Also, why 冬(winter)?
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沒地X, what is the third character?

I was watching a TV show, and some of the dialogue is giving me trouble. The father is teasing his son's love intrest (the pictured girl). At least I think that's what's happening. They as her if she ...
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Why are there four ways of writing 黄?

My keyboard does not allow me to input them all but I have found four (similar) ways in total of writing the Chinese character for yellow (黄). Why is this and how have these four forms come to differ?
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Are the characters for sleep and feel the same?

I am learning Simplified Mandarin using Memrise. I just learned the character 觉, to feel. However, I'm pretty sure I learned earlier that 觉 meant to sleep. Is there a difference between the characters?...
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Stamped Chinese characters on a banknote [closed]

I cannot translate, it would be great if you guys could. It's a stamp on a Hong Kong banknote from 1941.