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

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Chinese character dictionary with radicals

Is there a Chinese dictionary which lists all Chinese characters together with the radicals they are composed of, as well as their positions? For example, for the character 她, I'd expect something ...
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Difference between 想象 and 想像

What's the difference between 想象 and 想像? Is one more correct than the other one?
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Why do the Chinese characters on my phone and computer look weird?

The Chinese characters appear so strange after I've typed them on my computer and on one of my Chinese apps on my phone. For example, 十分 is different on the photo I've attached than what I am typing ...
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Scribal convention versus scribal error

Brian van Norden's book Classical Chinese for Everyone says  We have learned from ancient manuscripts discovered in excavated tombs that it was once extremely common for scribes to substitute ...
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“Pixelating” the character 英

I would like to include a Chinese character (英) in a knitting pattern. To do so, I need to "pixelate" the character. Is this an acceptable representation of the character and is it easily ...
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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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How would you write the years 1951 and 1964 in Chinese characters?

I know how to write the normal way to write numbers in Chinese but I wanted to know how to write years can anyone help me out? I really like the idea of getting this tattoed on me and I would like to ...
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How many unencoded characters still exist?

I've been wondering: How many unencoded characters still exist? I realize this is probably mostly speculation and it would be quite hard to pin down an actual number. Language Log, though, did post a ...
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Can someone help me translate this? (Characters identified: 傅璋)

Can someone help me translate this? Thank you - AP
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Is there a way to discover unique word combinations from a list of characters?

I figured that it'd be more beneficial for me currently if I get a better grasp of the characters I already know rather than learning new ones, so I've compiled a list of all the characters I've ...
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Why are the words 戒 and 戎 written similarly?

Why are these words written similarly? Do they descend from a common Chinese character? If so, how do you explain the difference in pronunciations among derived words, especially for 戎? 投笔从戎 róng 盗贼 ...
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What is the history of the character “耻”?

The meaning of the word is “shame”. I often encounter the version which is written with a 止, but sometimes I confuse it with 恥. It seems that the meanings of 耻 and 恥 are both the same, just that one ...
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Chinese Character Reading: What browser-based chat sites are available from inside China?

While reading Chinese on the web I use a the Chinese Console Chrome Extension which helps me hover over characters and know what they are. I've recently started connecting with language practice ...
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What does “格” mean in “爾國臨格”?

Matthew 6:10 of the Bible is translated as the following in the Delegates Version: 爾國臨格、爾旨得成、在地若天、 The context was Jesus was teaching how to pray and gave an example of a prayer. I fail to ...
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Can't find suitable resource for character frequencies for traditional Chinese (Mandarin)

I am looking to do the (seemingly simple) task of creating a simple frequency table for traditional Chinese characters (not words). I'm encountering the following problems: Most resources are in ...
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Where can I find examples of how to use the new Chinese words I learn,like a website?

I'm kind of a beginner here and I often have problem remembering the vocabulary I learn and was thinking if someone could help and tell me where to find those words actually being used, besides if you ...
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What musical instrument does “敫” refer to?

I found the character 敫 whose definition apparently is "ancient musical instrument" according to Wiktionary. However, the English Wikipedia's List of Chinese musical instruments doesn't seem to ...
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Is the visual similarity of the simplifications 華→华 and 畢→毕 a coincidence?

華 and 畢 are very similar, the bottom is the same, and only the top 4/5 of their strokes differ. Their simplifications 华 and 毕 are also similar, the bottom and the top rights are the same and, and the ...
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How to create word/character sequence in Chinese that sounds the same as a word in English (or any other language)

Say I have a word in English "fooboo". What if I want it to be pronounced in Chinese as "fooboo" as well? My first attempt is to search in pinyin for "fu" and "bu". Fu gives results like 副 and 付. Bu ...
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How are new Chinese characters created?

What is the process for introducing a new Chinese character with custom meaning? What are the rules, what is not allowed, what is allowed? Who is allowed to create one? How do you associate a sound ...
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How to translate 妙?

I find the internet has these translations which are "wonderful" and "ingenious". I find the latter closer to the essence of the 妙。But I think something is amiss. 妙 has the meaning of subtlety in it ...
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Why characters with “口字旁” were chosen in this transliteration?

In 神天聖書 (a classical translation of the Bible to Chinese), the Fifth Book of Moses was translated as: 摩西之第五書名曰吐嘚咡挼咪啞譯言復講法律傳 I guess that 吐嘚咡挼咪啞 is a transliteration of Deuteronomy. But I failed to ...
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How did 綿蠻 come to mean “(the chirping of) a small bird”?

This word exists in Japanese as well as 綿蛮, but as far as I can tell the compound just carries the meaning of "cotton barbarian". I am completely stumped as to how this in any way means "a small bird" ...
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What's the difference between 囚犯, 囚徒, 犯人 and 囚 and how does it affect any sentence?

I was searching online so i found out that there are several meanings for the word "prisoner" and i couldn't find the differences or a reason for it, therefore i'd like some help for this.
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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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Why is 纔 the “correct” traditional form of 才?

There are often debates about the “correct” traditional forms of certain characters. I just came across the following sentence: 我們不能以今律古,將今天纔有的種種概念,如共同語、地域分支、標準語等等,强加於古代的語言現象。 Now, being a book ...
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“Banking” alternatives for digit characters?

I heard, that there are more complex "banking" alternatives for digit characters: 一二三四五六七八九十 provided in order to fraud protect. Is this true and how can I find a table for them? May be 零 is and ...
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Does “尚” mean studying or learning?

在中国大陆, 有一些非学历教育机构的名称都用了"尚"字. 例如: 尚学堂, 尚硅谷 (前两者都是Java编程培训机构); 尚德 (成人学历提升) "尚"字在汉语里有类似教育, 学习之类的意思吗? 为什么这些教育机构会想到这种字起名呢? 当然, 在百度汉语中有: 加上, 往…上补充东西 尚之以琼华乎而. --诗·齐风·著 又如: 尚絅 (穿锦衣时加上罩袍, ...
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What is a professional looking Chinese font that could serve as an equivalent for italics?

What is a professional looking font that is good to use as italics? The italics function in a word processor merely slants Chinese characters, and is unsuitable for professional looking documents. ...
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Soapstone Seal Translation

Can anyone give me any information about this old stamp? possibly translate the symbols? Very worn carved soapstone in tortoise shell case with red waxy ink. Thanks for your help.
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Characters with only horizontal 横 strokes

Aside from 一, 二 and 三 are there any other characters made from only horizontal 横 strokes?
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What is the difference between 能 vs. 会? [duplicate]

What is the difference between 能 and 会? Don’t they both mean “could”? What is the difference between them?
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When does 木 as a character component get detached legs?

Is there any discernible rule concerning whether 木 as a component of a character has attached legs (as in 李) or has detached legs (as in 新)? Worse, this seems to vary from country to country.
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How do you cut different things in Chinese?

割 ge1, 剪 jian3 切 qie4, 刮 gua1, 砍 kan3, 斩 zhan3 Could you list the major things you can cut using these? And linguistic traps I shouldn't fall for (e.g. you cut fingernails with one but toenails with ...
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Where to find animation for character 阝?

I seel only https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_170 or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_163 with (traditional?) version animated. Many sites don't know this characted at all. And others don't ...
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What does this writing mean on this jacket?

I saw this jacket and was wondering what the characters above the logo mean?
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Is 邏輯 a phono-semantic matching of the English word logic?

Wiktionary has the following entry for the etymology of 邏輯: Phono-semantic matching of English logic. However, the Chinese Wikipedia entry states the following: 當代中文一般採取音譯方式,將其譯為邏輯。 Which ...
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What's the difference between 蓓 (bèi) and 萌 (méng), both nouns that mean “bud”?

蓓 n. bud (part of 蓓蕾 (bèilěi)) 萌 n. bud; vt. sprout, germinate (part of 萌芽 (méngyá)) I asked a student (who happens to have the name 萌) if 蓓 and 萌 are the same, but she said they're different. I'm ...
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Was the character 蹦 (in 蹦极 “bungee jumping”) designed to look like people bungee jumping?

I find myself fascinated by the character 蹦 in the word 蹦极 (meaning "bungee jumping"). It combines: the radical 足 (meaning "foot"), in the character 跳 meaning "jump"; the radical 山 meaning "...
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What’s the correct character for the act of showing your teeth?

The word to show your teeth in Chinese is 呲牙 or 龇牙? I have seen 龇牙 in dictionaries but 呲牙 in like Wechat and other places. So do they have any differences or are they the same?
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Definitions for 挒 and 掤

Saw these two characters in a Tai Ji DVD: 掤 and 挒, but I couldn't find them in my dictionaries. Are these archaic, very specialized, or something else? The English the definitions the Tai Ji teacher ...
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Is the first stroke of “啟” 点 or 撇 or 横?

The above images seem to indicate different answers.
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For the character“冒”,is the top part “日” or “曰”?

For the character"冒",is the top part "日" or "曰"? In general, are both "日" and "曰" used as a radical at the top of some characters? How to distinguish them?
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Are Chinese characters always in a perfect square shape, or are there fonts with rectangular characters?

Are all Chinese characters in all fonts placed in a perfect square grid, or are there fonts which make characters slightly rectangular such as 5:6 aspect ratio or 8:9 aspect ratio, etc. E.g. you find ...
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How widespread is the idiom 蘑菇?

I have seen the word for mushroom [蘑菇, mógū] to be an action such as dilly dally. Is this an inherent idiom in the written language apparent across a large spectrum of dialect, whereas the word ...
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Correct word for shiver 打颤 or 打战

Both 打颤 and 打战 mean shiver but I saw that in 兩岸詞典 they say that 打战 in the Mainland is not used “陸:今不用”. So which is the correct word to write for Mainland Mandarin?
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Fonts that compose Ideographic Description Characters into one character

Are there any fonts that try to compose Unicode Ideographic Description Characters into one character? E.g., ⿰女子 would look like 好. I know the Wikipedia page says "rendering systems are not intended ...
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What is the correct simplified character for Macau’s Taipa and Cotai?

Both Taipa and Cotai contain the character 氹/凼 in their names, with some saying that 凼 is the simplified version of 氹. However, I’ve seen 氹 being used in simplified scripts as well. So, which ...
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What Hanzi-Latin hybrid characters exist?

I was going through Babel Stone's PUA page when I came across, some, of the following characters. This one is Japanese: Kanji-Latin hybrid = 慶 in the name of Keiō University (慶應大学) This one is ...
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Where does “⿲米米産” come from?

In this crazy English to Chinese/Kanji tattoo translation font we have the following character notated with the letter "Y" underneath. Hanzismatter notes: The character for "Y" is a mystery, ...

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