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

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How should I describe the Chinese chars: 阮天文?

My Chinese full name is 阮天文. When I introduce myself, some people want to know what the characters are, so they can spell my name. Does it make sense if I say 天气的天, 文化的文? However, I cannot think up a ...
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Can anyone explain what this symbol means? [duplicate]

Please translate this Chinese character symbol found on Chinese food bowl.
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Can someone please translate this picture into english for me?

I got this picture by a friend a days ago, but I have no idea what it says. It is not a good picture, but I hope someone on here will be able to translate at least parts of it for me. I do not know ...
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Can someone please translate these characters for me? (Characters identified: 柔道)

Could someone please–p l e a s e–translate this text on this piece of jewelry for me. I've tried so many places and apps to figure it out but I can't get the answers.
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Looking to find out what this symbol means (Character identified: 涙) [duplicate]

A friend of mine has this tattooed on her back, she once told me what it meant, but I forget now. Trying to figure out what my friends tattoo means
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What do these two single-character calligraphic artworks mean? (Characters identified: 忍, 壽)

My mother purchased calligraphy artwork with these two symbols many years ago and now I have them and do not know what they mean. They are lovely, but I'd rather not hang them in my home without ...
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What does this painting's signature say? (Characters identified: 姜旗)

See picture below. It also has the letters J . Q
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Can anyone here read handwritten calligraphy and can tell me what this says please? It's on a porcelain plaque

Can anyone here read handwritten calligraphy and can tell me what this says please? It's on a porcelain plaque.
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What do the stamp marks say on these three teapots?

I'm not quite sure on the orientation of the stamps, I can flip them in a image editor if I need to let me know. The teapots have multiple stamps on each one so I grouped each of them into one picture ...
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What does it say in gigantic characters on this building labelled “Treasure Trove of Royal Chinese Cuisine”? (Characters identified: 中華皇家御膳之寶)

There's this restaurant in Beijing (approximate location: Baidu Ditu; I think it's called 御仙楼) which has gigantic letters on the front. The letters are around 3 people high. (Imgur version.) ...
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Handwritten script on two scroll paintings

Could someone help translate what’s written on these two scroll paintings please?
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Can someone translate whats on this pendant? (Character identified: 醒)

This is a Chinese pendant but i cant figure out what it says at all.
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Chinese characters signature? Yixing (Characters identified: 吴亮屏)

What are the symbols on this very old teapot? It appears to be traditional chinese characters or a date?
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Round seal stamp on a teapot (Characters identified: 沈紅英制)

This is stamped on the bottom of a yixing teapot. Can anyone translate what the name is please? Thank you.
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Translation of seal script text (Poem identified: 元・譚處端《西江月・作伴修行未是》)

I've been trying to translate some seal script on a small piece a friend brought back from Japan. I've been using http://www.guoxuedashi.com/ and hanziyuan.net to guess them and think I ended up with ...
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Unknown meaning of a carving on the back of a Buddha statue (Character identified: 朱)

I hope someone could help me understand if this is something. Its on a Budddha statue I purchased.
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Can anyone here read old scripts? (Characters Identified: 松月侣)

Hello I have a bronze censer with the mark below on the bottom and am hoping someone here might be able to read old scripts, I was told the right character is 松, and that the left character has 人(亻) ...
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Who signed this Chinese peice of art? (Characters identified: 吳氏 小平画印)

I am trying to understand the seals and title for this painting. I have tried importing the image of the painting in Pleco and many other seal identification websites, but still no luck. I believe it ...
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Seal marks on a little pot (Characters identified: 吳祥君)

Can I have help reading what these two marks say? Thank you.
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What does this mark mean? (Characters identified: 周桂珍制)

Could someone please help me with the mark on this yixing teapot please?
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Translating seal stamp

I have recently been given some artwork and was looking for some help in translating the seal found on the art Any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks
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What does this sticker say? (Characters identified: 萬事如意) [closed]

I bought these stickers at a reuse store and I'm not sure what it says, and if the words seem fitting, I was going to put it on my binder I will use for my Mandarin classes.
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Help with Zen Painting translation?

Can anyone help with translating this? I think I see characters for Buddha, Chan Zen and Insight or Seeing Clearly?
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Cannot recognise a chinese chracter handwriting

Can anyone else tell me what the last character is please?
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What language is this, Simplified Chinese, or…?

I'm adding a Chinese translation to my [videos], 2 and I want to know if this translation is Simplified Chinese or what? Here's an image:
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How do I transcribe this WeChat snippet? (Characters identified: 你我当年) [closed]

Can someone convert this Chinese snippet into copyable TEXT so I can copy it. Thank you! I’ve been having hard time searching the characters on the internet 😢
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What are the characters on this?

What are the characters on this? One seems clearly to be 商, but I can't figure out the one that seems to be facing the other direction.
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this mughal jade cup, it's “瓜瓣瓢” or “瓜辨瓢”?

this week, the christie's have an auction of this jade cup: i suspected this one is the object of emperor 乾隆's poem 痕都斯坦玉羊頭瓜辨瓢歌 my question is: the poem title is 玉羊頭瓜辨瓢 is it an typo of 瓣? cause, ...
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Can someone please translate what she has on her back?

Hello so I ran into this tattoo and I love how it looks but I would hate to get something I don’t even know means just because it’s cute so I was wondering if someone would be kind enough to translate ...
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What is this character: ⿲舌⿳十⿴囗⿱龹贝⿱一八乚?

This is obviously a newly invented character designed by someone with a message. What the message is, or what the point of the character is completely escapes me though. I believe it's IDS is: ⿲舌⿳十⿴囗⿱...
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Can 宁和 be used as a real name

I'm creating a half Japanese half Chinese character and I'm trying to figure out whether or not 宁和 can be used as a name. I'm also wondering if it means to aspire to peace and is read a "ninghe".
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Can anyone identify the characters on this seal?

I saw this seal recently visiting a friend of mine who collects old paintings and calligraphy in Shanghai. I'm hoping that someone here knows what these characters are. Any help is greatly appreciated!...
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Can someone tell me if this script is correct?

I'm trying to write in full cursive with my own personal style and this is one of my first letterings. I'm quite happy and I think that it does look readable, but I'm afraid that the two long line I ...
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Seal Script Title + Artist Seals

This is another part of the same book I posted on here yesterday - I'm certain I've got one of the characters, I'm unsure of another, and I'm really struggling with the last one. If anyone is able to ...
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Passage in Seal Script - 18th C Japanese Book of Chinese Poems (Poem identified: 唐・賈至《西亭春望》)

I recently got an old Japanese Orihon (folding book) which has a lengthy passage in seal script - my assumption was that Japanese seal script would be the same as Chinese seal script, but if I'm wrong ...
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What is this thing?

1 hour ago, my friend sent me a mysterious thing. Can you tell me what is this mysterious thing? Here's the mysterious thing:
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Journey to the West: “Mother of wood”

I am reading Wu Cheng'en's Journey to the West in English (using the translation by Anthony C. Yu, don't know enough language to understand the source) and there seems to be a recurring theme of using ...
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Can anyone translate this Seal Script into english for me?

I played this game called Sleeping Dogs that I really loved! It took place in Hong Kong and the main character Wei Shen has this tattoo on his arm that I thought would be cool to have. After doing ...
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Is this the character 良?

Someone sent me this picture and asked me if I knew what it was: I had a couple of hunches and browsed through Pleco's Small Seal Script Chinese character font. The small seal script for 良 looks very ...
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What's the missing character: 幼儿为「么?」?

I've got this horrible scan from《旅行雜志》1945年第7期,第8頁 and I'm trying to make out the characters: What I've got so far: 幼儿为「么?」 Any idea what the missing character is? A logical answer would be: 兒,...
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Is ䷊ a chinese character?

Wiki refer of this character(here it's Chinese character)(you must see it in Chinese language) Wiki refer of chinese_characters These are Yijing Hexagram Symbols(4DC0— 4DFF). In what degree can ...
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Unknown Traditional Chinese characters on lacquered boards

I'm a East Asian preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year and have been given these pictures of lacquered boards from my father. The first picture I suspect contains stylized Seal scripts. I cannot ...
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Can anyone read Seal Script? I'm completely stuck

Is anyone able to give the modern character equivalents for these seals? I'm completely stumped on the top one, but got as far as "X 廾 東 X" on the bottom one. There's also a 詩塘 at the top, and I don'...
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I have a tattoo, i wish to find the meaning

What is the meaning of these letters, and is it somehow connected to eachother?
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Can a Good Listener Help Me Translate?

I am translating a paragraph from English into Chinese, going by a recording a native speaker made. I am trying to use the same characters that they are using in their spoken translation, but am ...
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What are the characters in this seal script inscription on an ancestral altar? (Characters identified: 孝思維則)

Hi, this four character inscription is on an ancestral altar which contains two spirit tablets. I am unsure of the more modern equivalents of these characters and would be grateful for any assistance.
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What is written in this Chinese painting? (Characters identified: 寧靜致遠)

Can somebody tell me what is written in this painting? http://sino.ro/5976-thickbox_default/pictura-chinezeasca-simbolul-liniste-cod-b68-6.jpg The Chinese people selling this painting told me it's ...
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What do the characters I've found on this old gun mean?

On an antique shotgun I was told had Korean origin I found the following (what I presume are Hanja?) characters†. Four out of five I believe I have correctly identified. One character I could not find ...
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What does this mean in English? (Its upside down I think in the pic)

Help me please! I feel so guilty without knowing what it means! Thanks..