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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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The meaning of “射” and “矮”?

The body (身) is only one inch (寸), which should mean "矮". Throwing (委) the arrow (矢), which should mean "射". What is wrong here?
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Using 反切 to determine readings of characters in modern varieties of Chinese

From my understanding, 反切 is presented in the format XY 切, where a pronunciation of a character is determined from the inital of X and the rime of Y. However, there are still some points that are ...
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When was 呌 replaced with 叫?

I've seen a lot of books published near the end of the Qing dynasty where 叫 is usually always written 呌. It does seem less common during the Republic of China era, but I'm not sure. When was 呌 ...
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How do you pronounce Erjie?

I have an interview and the interviewer's name is Erjie. I'd like to be able to pronounce when I get there. Can anyone give me guidance on how to pronounce his name? FWIW, the person is from ...
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Pronounciation and etymology of 啱

I was reading the Wikipedia page on hypercorrection, and I noticed this particle section on Cantonese: In Cantonese, some speakers omit the initial [ŋ]. For instance, the character 牙 (Jyutping: ...
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Meaning of the characters she tatooed on her back (it was supposed to be her name)

My friend had a bit a of a "Youth attack" when she was 19 and she, supposedly, tatooed her name on her. Now she kinda regrets this tatoo and doesn´t even knows what it means.
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Which organization defines CJK Unified Ideographs?

CJK means Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Well, which organization defines the standard?
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Error in Book? Need help

I was reading Assimil Chinese with Ease and came across this. 你见过他? Since this is a question, is 吗 necessary for the question? Perhaps an error? Or can you omit 吗?
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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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App to learn stroke order and writing chinese characters

As the title says, I am looking for an app to learn stroke order and writing chinese characters. Ideally, the software would eventually teach me to draw a character (with my fingers on the touchscreen)...
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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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Is there a website for generating xíngshū (semi-cursive script) from jiǎnhuàzì (simplified characters)?

Google Translate can be a useful tool for converting Simplified Chinese hanzi into Traditional Chinese — but I'm looking for a tool that will enable me to paste in a set of Simplified characters, and ...
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What does this character mean? (Screenshot)

this is a very quick question as I do not know any chinese at all, but what does this character mean? I've tried websites that recognize according to handwriting, but it just won't. I tried many times,...
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Why this header of “世界日报” is written as “世界曰报”?

See the picture. There is an obvious mistake: the third character is written as "曰" (yue) instead of "日" (ri). Why it is not written correctly as "日" such as the following?
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How does 子 come to mean 'midnight'?

Arch Chinese lists the meanings of 子 as son, seed, egg, child, small thing, noun suffix(zi5), midnight, Kangxi radical number 39, 1st terrestrial branch The meanings of child, egg, diminutive ...
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Character Components-vs-Simple Characters 成字部和独体字是同一吗?

Is there are any "Character Components" and "Simple Characters"?
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What are the original Chinese characters for the Chinese family name Suening in the Philippines?

My late grandfather left Macau, China to the Philippine to find work around the year 1918-1920. In my dad's baptismal certificate, my grandfather carries the name Leo Suening. It's also common in the ...
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Why 偏 has a meaning of partial?

For example, 偏導數 means partial derivative. But my intuition on this character is inclined and remote. How can I derive this meaning from the regular meaning of 偏? From 説文解字 I got this (偏) 頗也。頗、...
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Why did the actor pronounce 程, “du” instead of “cheng”?

To improve my Chinese listening, I decided to watch 天下一碗 (Tian Xia Yi Wan), as actors tend to speak with very precise and clear tones. In the link, Liu laoye says: "如果是一时意气用事的话, 岂不是耽误了子女的前程了吗". I ...
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Hanzi for “daigang”?

La société chinoise depuis 1949 by Tania Angeloff (2018; in French) is a book about Chinese society since 1949. The author sometimes uses pinyin without tones to give the Chinese counterparts of some ...
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Help translating writing on a bowl [closed]

Hi there! Could anybody translate what is written on the bottom of this bowl? It is at the request of an elderly relative who is computer illiterate! Many thanks!
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Hanzi for xuetou

La société chinoise depuis 1949 by Tania Angeloff (2018; in French) is a book about Chinese society since 1949. The author sometimes uses pinyin without tones to give the Chinese counterparts of some ...
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In this dialogue, why does 一米八几 mean “more than 180cm tall”?

My HSK 2 textbook contains the following dialogue and translation: 他多高 How tall is he? 一米八几 He is more than 180 centimeters tall. The second sentence is not explained in the book and I am ...
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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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How many distinct characters are there in a typical Chinese book?

This post gives some great statistics on Chinese character frequency, but I'm curious about the total number of distinct characters that appear in a "typical" book. By "typical" I mean something like ...
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Identifying Chinese tea [closed]

Can someone help me identify this tea? I received it as a gift and would love to know what I am drinking. It looks rather refined.
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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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How to translate “detangling knot” or “knot that unties”?

I need to use the expression "detangling knot" (knot that unties). It's for a poem and I should write it with two kanji and no more... is it possible or is it better for me to use something like this ...
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How do these characters represent the animals in the Chinese Zodiac?

I saw the following characters represent the 12 creatures in the zodiac (in order). 子,丑,寅,卯,辰,巳,午,未,申,酉,戍,亥 This was at a Buddhist temple. Obviously it’s not the standard ones a below: 鼠,牛,虎,兔,龙,蛇,...
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How to kept Chinese character in mind?

Hi I'm new to Chinese language and i'm getting hard to kept Chinese character. Every time i learn new character I forgot the previous one. One of my friend advice me to learn the origine of every ...
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The minimal set of characters containing any stroke a Chinese character might have

Wondering if there is a set of Chinese characters, some arbitrary set, that demonstrates every possible way a stroke can be used (or just is currently used) in any Chinese character. To put it in a ...
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The amount you can adjust a Chinese characters look without it changing meaning

I'm wondering how much freedom a designer has of a Chinese character, if they must make every stroke exactly in the correct position and thickness and direction and shape and everything, or if they ...
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What is the most efficient method in memorising written characters so as to expand written vocabulary?

I have noticed that my reading and listening skills far exceed that of my writing capabilities. What is the most practical method to learn to write characters quickly, but also be able to use them in ...
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Etymology/meaning of character 绍 and its relation to 介绍 [duplicate]

According to the dictionaries, the character 绍 means "to carry on, to continue". Looking at its etymology, I found nowhere saying nothing else from it being composed of silk (纟) and the sound 召 [zhao]....
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What is “qiou”?

Apparently this character has been dubbed the character of the year (2018): It's pronunciation is said to be: qiou but a lot of people claim it should just be pronounced the same as: 我 I can'...
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List of fixed character descriptions (eg. 白勺的)

There are a few fixed expressions to differentiate between and describe characters, as mentioned in this answer, and these are also used as names for the characters when talking about them: 白勺的 for ...
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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's the difference between 我住在 and 還活著?

I think both 我住在 and 還活著 have quite the same meaning (I'm alive), can I use evenly one of them as I like or are there some rules that force me to distinguish their use according to different contexts?
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Can anyone identify these characters?

Can anyone help me identify these characters, I'm having a difficult time even finding the radicals due to the photo quality. Thanks!
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Can someone analyse the word 路 and 㦱?

I have heard that these 2 word have special meanings since the were made up of smaller words with meanings of itself
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can someone help me edit this essay about u.s. vs. china: college admissions

美国和中国的大学入˛取最重要地部分之一是标准化考试。尽管标准化考试在美国非常重要,但在中国更多。美国有两个标准化的测试选项。你可以选择采取任何你喜欢的考试。这两个考试遵循不同的规则,并基于不同的主题。对于那些喜欢英语和阅读的人来说,S.A.T.更好。对于那些喜欢数学和科学的人,他们会更喜欢A.C.T.。一些大学是可选的测试,所以学生甚至可能不需要参加考试。这个测试的学习时间平均为一年。...
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need help me translate this title and signature?

can someone help me with what this says, i've tried google image search and even looking for different signatures but no luck so far.
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Artistic characters?

Came across characters which appear to be written on parchment. Any idea why it’d be framed or the meaning of it? All I can tell is that it seems to be a [poetic] story. (The characters in red are a ...
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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 ...