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

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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a difference between 夂 and 夊?

Looking at the list of Kangxi radicals over at Wikipedia, I just noticed something I haven't noticed before. Radical number 34 (夂) and 35 (夊) are virtually identical. I write these radicals in the ...
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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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Adding tone marks to characters

I'm looking for a way of adding tone marks above characters. It's fairly easy to add Pinyin with tone marks, but I want to add only tone marks. I want to use this as a teaching tool, because even ...
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Etymologies and relationship between the characters 錘, 槌, 鎚, and 椎

Wiktionary lists 錘, 槌, 鎚, and 椎 to all have the meaning of "hammer", but I'm not sure if that was the original meaning for any of those characters, and they all (or at least some) appear to have ...
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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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Different way of saying “throw rubbish” in Cantonese?

Looking at the dictionary, I see that "throw rubbish" in Cantonese is "掉垃圾". However, in the past, I remember hearing something different for "throw rubbish": "wang垃圾". I need some help: What is ...
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Apple Watch has a built in response of “一个字。非常棒!👊”. Is this correct?

When you respond to a text message on Apple Watch, there are a number of autoreply options. One of them: 一个字。非常棒!👊 I translate this to English as "One word. Excellent! 👊". This makes a lot of ...
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what kind of gematria systems are there in chinese?

Since in Chinese culture there is a lot of materials about astronomy and supernatural methods so I'm interested to know about Gematria as it exists in most languages... Like this: Gematria ...
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Does 危机 really mean both crisis and opportunity?

A lot of people, mostly those who haven't studied Chinese, like to claim something along the lines of "In Chinese, the word for crisis 危机, also bears the meaning of opportunity." This is usually ...
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Is it OK to use 子 as a measure word

my Wenlin dictionary describes 子 as also a measure word for bundles/hanks etc. Can anyone confirm this ? by sample sentence ?
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Why are many Chinese characters almost symmetrical but not exactly symmetrical?

For example:西,南,而,憂,覚,蔸,悪,間,見,寓,凳,血,寠,and many others. Shapewise, they are almost symmetrical but not exactly symmetrical. Why are they not created as symmetrical characters? After all, symmetry is ...
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Glyph origins of '進'

Motivation While writing my recent meta question, I've cited Dr. Gavin Chiu (趙善軒)'s article to explain the character '進' and its simplified character '井'. However, a user points out that the linked ...
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tattoo on wrist written in kanji

so I was thinking for a while now to take a tattoo on my wrist. u would love to have one saying: "Live your life" or "love your life" or "be yourself" in kanji. I asked on the Japanese stackexchange ...
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Two-character homonyms with same meaning

This is question about synonymous homonyms in Chinese, in particular, two-character words with same sound, tone. Edit: to keep the question simple and broad, I am using the word "homonym" in a non-...
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够 or 夠 - Two characters, one meaning?

够 or 夠 both mean be enough according to my electronic dictionaries. I was surprised to find one character in my text "Reading & Writing Chinese," (McNaughton & Li, 1999) A different ...
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How do Chinese speakers pronounce unknown characters?

I'm wondering what do Chinese speakers do when they are reading aloud and encounter a character they don't know (sometimes it happens, isn't it?). In phonetic languages, there is a possibility to ...
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Unusual looking characters at a temple in Hong Kong?

(source) It's from the Tsz Shan Monastery in the New Territories in Hong Kong. And I reading it up-down, left-right, or simply left to right on both levels? Many thanks to whoever can help.
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I have a few seals I would like to learn about

I have three seals that I would like to learn more about. If anyone can tell me what they say I would greatly appreciate it! These seals were all on the same painting. In order: The first one is ...
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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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Meaning of 对拆 (對拆) in 套路 names

There are different sequences of movements in martial arts (套路 - forms) all having their names. Some of these names are quite clear but some are hard to understand for me. For example a double hand ...
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Small Seal Request

I am currenly looking for the small seal character for the words 生 (Sheng) and 智 (Hui)? Which I cannot find in the wiktionary.
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蘇 (Su) surname Generation Poem

My name is John Su. I am came from an Indonesian speaking family, not a Chinese a speaking one. I need to know of an English or Malay or at least a mixed language website that tell exactly the ...
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尚活 can still work without 着?

Can this two hanzi alone "尚活" support the meaning "still alive" without this last one "着"? And if yes, what does "着" add to the general sense? I mean, what's the difference between "活着" and "活"? I'...
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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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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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Is there a breakdown of the simplification scheme into methods?

For the second round of simplification (actually, its second part), there is a scheme dividing the processes into classes by the method used, such as: leaving only part of the character that leaves ...
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Why do native speakers often say a character has “no meaning”?

Many times I will know all the characters in a name but one & I'll ask what that one character means. 9 times out of 10 the response is, "That character has no meaning". While it might be true ...
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What about the orthography of 苹 (like in 苹果)? It seems consensus is missing

I recently came across an anomaly in Chinese orthography which I can't explain myself. Please take a look at the following picture (screenshot from the Duolingo course on Chinese, I guess in lecture "...
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Can’t identify this character

I have tried a usually effective OCR on it, and tried imitating the appearance in a handwriting recognizer, but neither gives anything that seems possibly correct. If context helps, it is preceded by ...
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Composed forms of radicals in unicode

Unicode appears to define the composed forms of some radicals (e.g. 725C 牜or 2EA9 ⺩), but far from all (e.g. the left-half version of 6728 木). Yet there are texts (e.g. figure 18.7 in chapter 18 of ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is “xiang4” in 摄像 and 照相 different from each other?

Why is "xiang4" in 摄像 and 照相 different from each other? Other similar words are: 相片、相框、录像、影像、相机、摄像机 The xiang in each word seems have same meaning but with different form. Is that because 像 ...
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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 ...
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Simplified Chinese Stroke order animation

I want to show Simplified Chinese stroke order animation with unity or C#, is there an open source library? If not, is there paid repository of stroke order diagrams in unity or C#?
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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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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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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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Which memorization techniques are useful for remembering characters?

There are some other posts with similar questions, like Techniques for learning and retaining characters, but I'm looking for an answer that particularly focus on which memorization techniques can be ...
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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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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?