Questions tagged [character-identification]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
2answers
113 views

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 "...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
136 views

untranslated characters and their meaning

I recently saw a movie where this appeared and unfortunately, this was the only part that wasn’t translated. Could anyone tell me what it says?
1
vote
1answer
238 views

Interesting “bullet points”

For some reason WPS Office, when I clicked "bullet point", gave me this character: Does anyone know what this character is? When I try handwriting recognition, it can't seem to find it. Same thing ...
1
vote
1answer
270 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
686 views

What language is this and what does it say? (Characters identified: 下角)

This is stamped on the bottom of pieces of a tea set (cups, saucers, tea pot,etc) my father bought for his mother during WWII. I believe he purchased it in Shanghai prior to 1945. Can someone please ...
4
votes
2answers
257 views

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
0
votes
2answers
71 views

What is this character and what does it mean? (Characters identified: 仁爱) [closed]

I've tried to find this character in dictionaries and by looking it up on Google Translate, etc., but I'm unclear- is it two characters or one? What does it mean? Thanks so much]1
2
votes
4answers
461 views

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....
1
vote
1answer
348 views

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.
0
votes
1answer
134 views

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 though that ...
6
votes
2answers
499 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

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.
1
vote
1answer
113 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

What do these two characters on cufflinks signify? (Characters identified: 福 and 壽/夀)

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
274 views

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 +...
3
votes
3answers
5k views

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. ...
2
votes
1answer
138 views

Three Chinese characters (?) on the entrance of the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh city (Characters identified: 寶藏院)

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
163 views

Can you help identify the artist for these Taizong horse rubbings? (Characters identified: 長安市隱李月溪手搨金石章)

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
154 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
518 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
272 views

What does this tattoo say and where can I find the symbols online? (Characters identified: 寵命力) [closed]

I saw this tattoo and I really want to know what it says. I'm not sure if it's Chinese or Japanese. What does it say and where can I find the symbols online?
0
votes
1answer
74 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
115 views

Can anyone translate this Chinese text? (Characters identified: 招財納福) [closed]

My friend has a statue and there is some Chinese text on it. Can anyone translate it to English for me. Also, I would like to know more about this statue, any links, history about it, anything.
2
votes
1answer
117 views

Is Google Translate image feature accurate at this? (Characters identified: 金陵子弟來相送,欲行不行各盡觴)

I couldn't find a good translation for this since Google Translate with picture feature probably is not as good for such a long sentence So I came here: Google Translate says "Jingling children ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
312 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
142 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
94 views

Can someone please translate this note to a friend? (Characters identified: 你是我的嘘声) [closed]

Someone wrote this to a friend of mine. Can someone please translate it?
0
votes
2answers
147 views

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.
1
vote
2answers
102 views

ID the Artists signature

I have two watercolours (Birds & flowers blossom) but have not been able to find anything regarding who painted them.
-1
votes
2answers
303 views

Meaning of these characters

Hello I wanted to ask if someone knows the meaning of These characters:
0
votes
2answers
366 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
67 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

What are the seal characters on this white jade pendant? (Characters identified: 龍德)

What do these Chinese seal characters mean?
15
votes
4answers
23k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
262 views

Can someone identify these marks on the bottom of a blue porcelain bowl? (Characters identified: 中王國 賈泊氏)

Can someone please identify these marks on the bottom of a bowl? 賈中 伯王 氏國
3
votes
2answers
169 views

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.
0
votes
1answer
86 views

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
0
votes
2answers
225 views

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!
3
votes
1answer
183 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
108 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
822 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
194 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

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.
2
votes
1answer
90 views

Chinese writings on this movie plane

I'm trying to figure what characters and what meaning is in the Chinese writing on this plane. This image comes from the first Indiana Jones movie, so it may be possible that there are mistakes in it, ...
0
votes
2answers
958 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
137 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
120 views

Is this a rare/variant character (combining 米 and 団), 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 ...
1
vote
1answer
89 views

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 ...