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Questions tagged [characters]

Questions about the Chinese characters, called Hanzi, about their characteristics and everything that relates to them.

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Where can I download or buy the book “Compilation of Cursive characters” (chinese title 草字彙), by Shi Liang (石梁)? [on hold]

It is a public domain work as it is over 150 years old, but I cannot find it anywhere. It is a great work with a large variety of cursive script, collecting examples of great artists. I managed to ...
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Meaning of 依 in 大凉山失依孤儿

The phrase in question is a title of an article on news.qq.com. Both 大凉山失依孤儿 and 大凉山失孤儿 translate to "Daliangshan's lost orphans" in Google Translator. Using dictionary was no use as well, since I'm ...
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Can any one tell me about the script or the seals please?

I would like to know what the script says and also what the seals denote. The seals are red on the painting but I have changed the colour to make them easier to read. Many thanks Martin
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我 or 我的 to show possession? [duplicate]

你们好, In several language learning books for Chinese, I have seen 我 (wǒ)used rather than to mean “I” to mean “my.” Check the following example: 这是我爱人。 Literally: this be I love person. Meaning: This ...
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I have been learning traditional characters but my professors dont accept it. What do I do ?

Hi everyone I am a 20 years old guy studying chinese Translation at college here in Turkey. Currently I am taking preparatory Chinese classes to pass to actual ones ( just started) I have been ...
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What is the meaning of 子 in words like 菓子(과자), 帽子(모자), or 獅子(사자)?

I'm learning Sino-Korean vocabulary at the moment and have noticed that many words seem to end in a '子' that doesn't seem to add much semantically to the other character in the word. What should I ...
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Mnemonics for 汉字: examples and resources

Where can one find other mnemonics similar to 横戌点戍空心戊 and 已半, 巳满, 不出己 ? Also, what in your opinion are the most common, useful or interesting such mnemonics? What is the term for such mnemonics in ...
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What resources can I use for learning character decomposition?

I'm developing a set of tools meant to aid in learning Chinese characters and I realized that I don't know a good dataset containing character decomposition. Ideally it should be comprehensive (or ...
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What are the six characters on this seal?

What are the characters on this seal? The middle two seem to be 皇帝, but I can't make out the other four.
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What is the Chinese Homophonic Group?

Equivalent question: What Chinese letters won't equal 1? (If I need to specify, then I guess I'll pick Mandarin) From: the homophonic group: a mathematical diversion --> This is an exercise from ...
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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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Help with Buddhist meaning of 麼

麼 Occurs repeatedly in later Tang and early Song Dynasty Buddhist texts. Does anyone know of its Buddhist meaning, most translators disregard it. Thanks.
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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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Mandarin Chinese Alphanumerical Ordering

I'm attempting to create a small, multi-lingual multiplayer game that uses a single-character alphanumerical ordering system. For example, the player's rank would start at their language's first ...
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Why use combined characters that have the same meaning?

(rèn shí ) both characters means ( to know)and when combined it still have the same meaning. So why can't I use only one of them ?
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Chinese Font - Some Characters Rendered Strangely (外,将)

I am seeing some characters rendered strangely and would like to know what I can do to fix it. In Google search bar, rendered strangely. Inside translate box, rendered as desired: In Google Docs, ...
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Does this scroll say 䤛食琴心?

I was given the following scroll and would like a translation before I keep it up on my wall. I believe it says “䤛膳琴心” but I’m not sure. Moreover, I’m not familiar with this idiom and don’t know what ...
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Official Naming of the Characters (Hanzi) in Mandarin Chinese

Is there any official naming of complex (not the basic ones) Chinese Characters in Mandarin Chinese. For example, I know that the character 博 is pronounce in Pinyin as: bó But If I were to, address ...
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How to understand “ideographic” decomposition of characters like 不 and 与

I was recommended "character decomposition database" on this site. I have started to explore it and found, that some decompositions I don't understand, like U+4E0D 不 ⿱一③ U+4E0E 与 ⿹②一[GTKV] ⿻②...
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Character translation chinese or japanese

Can someone please help me figure out what characters are and how to translate the top four and the seal characters in the attached pic? If you could please answer in a clear way to identify which is ...
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Help with chinese letters

Hi I own a printing company and a client submitted the following documents so that I recreate for him following stamps https://imgur.com/a/VnMvuX6 https://imgur.com/a/i2HakSJ I have no idea what ...
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How is this effect achieved for Chinese characters?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask but I don't know where else to ask. I'm having some trouble with finding out how to achieve this consistently with Chinese characters. I'm guessing it's ...
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Why does 定 (dìng) disable the monsters' movement in the movie 捉妖记 (Monster Hunt)?

In the movie 捉妖记 (zhuōyāojì), called Monster Hunt in English (Wikipedia, IMDB, Baidu, iQIYI), the movie's character 霍小岚 (Huòxiǎolán) attaches the Chinese hanzi 定 (dìng) to the head of monsters, and ...
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Chinese quotes for tattoo

I am looking for Chinese quotes or phrases about love, yuanfen, destiny or something along those terms for a tattoo. It’s really hard to find sayings that are really used.
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What are the different uses of 体会?

While trying to understand the complete meaning 体会, the examples I found online had many different uses when translated into English. 体会 to know from experience; to learn through experience; to ...
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Are there any sentences where if you skip one (or more) characters from the beginning, it's correct but has entirely different meaning?

I noticed that Chinese language uses very little punctuation, especially missing out spaces between words. Because of this feature, is it possible to build sentences where if you skip one (or more) ...
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Ambiguous characters

I found some characters, that look extremely similar to each other, like 士 shi4 scholar/warrior/knight 土 tu3 earth/dust or 于 yu2 (surname), in/at/to/from/by/than/out of 千 qian1 thousand, ...
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Chinese character decomposition

I found that many (most?) of chinese charaters look like composed of more primitive ones, like 做 = 亻十口夂 你 = 亻尔 吃 = 卩乙 and so on. I this a real phenomenon or just my europeen imagination? If it ...
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What are these Chinese character stamps?

I found these stamps in an old book, what are they I can hardly make them out? And what do they mean.
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Is it incorrect to write 少 with a hooked first stroke, like 小?

This question is about writing the hanzi 少; it's written as follows: Sometimes when I write this hanzi by hand, I write the first three strokes to look like 小, which looks different because it has a ...
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What words exist that come from deconstructed characters?

Page 178 of《成都话方言词典》has the following entry: 丘八儿 qiū bér [tɕ‘iəu⁵⁵ pər²¹] 丘八, 旧时称军人。因“丘”加“八”为“兵”而得名(含贬义)。 丘八 is a deconstruction of the character 兵. What words exist that come from ...
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Which is correct: 一 (yao1) or 幺 (yao1)? [duplicate]

In many sources I have come across the explanation that 一 is pronounced yao1 instead of yi1 when used in things like telephone numbers. For example, my HSK textbooks use 一 (yao1), and I have seen it ...
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Is there a character for `biu`?

biu is a fun onomatopoeia for the sounds guns and other shooting devices make. This image is all over the net as the supposed character for biu Is this correct? I can't find much info on a ⿰口⿱比由 ...
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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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Why do the Taiwanese have such strange characters for names?

It seems like every time I look up a CJK ext. B character it invariably says: 台湾人名用字。 For example I just looked up the character: 𢵓 zisea notes: 拼音peng2。台湾人名用字。 A few days ago I was ...
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Where can I find a list of chinese characters and their transcription in the 5 stroke classes used in the 五笔画 (wǔ bǐhuà) and Wubixing input method?

For a personal project I want to create a (huge) graph that contains some (as many as possible) chinese characters along the paths of their corresponding keyboard input using the 5 stroke classes ...
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Why does 他没看书 use 没 and not 不 in this dialogue?

I was reviewing some old Anki cards that I created from HSK Standard Course 1 by Jiang Liping and I came across this dialogue: A: 喂你在做什么呢 B: 我在看书呢 A: 大卫也在看书吗 B: 他没看书。他在学做中国菜呢 A: Hello, what are you ...
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Saying 'doubled' in Chinese 一倍 vs 两倍

I stumbled upon these 2 sentences: 这个城市人口比十年前增加了一倍 这个城市人口比十年前增加了两倍 The city’s population has doubled from a decade ago I though 倍 always multiplies the number standing in front of it, it seems ...
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My dictionary shows 说 is both shuì and shuō

I have installed Chinese character dictionary popup plugin into the browser and it showed for 说 character: 说 說 shuì to persuade 说 說 shuō to speak; to say; to explain; to scold; to tell ...
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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 is the character `bia` in `bia响`?

In this video 方清平《春节记事》单口相声笑侃春节趣闻轶事 there's a short part of a sentence at around ~4:46 where the speaker says: 往地一摔 bia响了 The subtitles themselves leave out bia and just go for: 往地一摔 响了 I went ...
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The difference between 都没有 and 不都有

Can somebody please explain the difference between 都不是, 不都是, 都没有, and 不都有, and if possible give and example of the separate occasions when they should be used? thanks so much, i have a final tomorrow ...
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How is 妻 written according to PRC and Taiwanese standard?

Different fonts I see disagree in whether the fifth stroke should pass through the fourth or not.
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HSK and most used Chinese characters

I have been wondering how come the HSK list be so diferent from the list of the most used Chinese characters. The only list I know about character frequency is Jun Da's list. On the first 2635 most ...
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What does “(卐)” as part of 两分字元 mean?

The site zisea likes to give a two-part component breakdown of every character. One of their classifications comes with a (卐) next to it. For instance: 敢 is split up like: 两分字元:耳(卐) 攵 殷 is ...
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What character might “lia” [Ĩia⁵³] meaning “lick” be?

I have this dictionary entry from《广安方言与民俗词典》: □ lia3 ①指舔、舐的意思,用舌头接触东西或舔吃东西。②也指巴结,讨好。例:他最喜欢lia3有权有势的。“lia3 lia3糖”,指棒棒糖。例:拿颗lia3 lia3糖去让他含倒,哄倒起莫哭。 I have seen lia3 substitued with: 甪 ...
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Why are the lists of Kangxi radicals different everywhere?

I'm trying to find an "official" list of Kangxi radicals that I can rely on and currently, I use two different Chinese apps to look for characters. Today I have realized that the lists for Kangxi ...
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why is ‘fruit’ referred to as 水果 if 果 already means fruit?

i’m trying to learn chinese again for the first time after a very long time and i’m just looking at meanings of words to see what individual characters of certain words mean (like 饭 is rice and 店 is ...
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Is “⤒” (UPWARDS ARROW TO BAR) (U+2912) not easily confused with “不”?

WeChat official account management has this horrible looking guy for 置顶 next to the trash can: Steam also uses the same character for download now: I'm pretty sure it is just this ...
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How can it be single characters for new chemical elements like 鈽 and 鈾?

I found that most chemical elements (ones I checked) are denoted by single character in Chinese. This is understandable for historical elements, but how it can be for new elements like Uranium and ...