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

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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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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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Should 屋 and 居 use radical 户 instead of 尸?

户 means home. So these examples are not suprising: 房 fáng (house), 扁 biǎn (flat), 扇 shàn (fan [mostly used indoor]), 扉 fēi (door) 尸 means corpse, and it looks like it refers to tail or something ...
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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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Can one learn to comprehend Chinese texts while being unable to read aloud?

I've been enjoying the book Chineasy and it make me wonder if it would be possible to read Chinese without knowing how to speak it phonetically. Technically it might not be "reading Chinese" because ...
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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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Can Chinese readers scan large amounts of text faster/more accurately than their alphabet-using counterparts?

I was browsing one day and came across this comment in this discussion(italics mine): I feel English is a reading language, if you are reading an English book, you watch the word and make sound in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to fill in the blanks in 两个队的分数_都很_近?

两个队的分数_都很_近. The spaces are where words/phrases are supposed to go. Are there such words that fit in these spaces? I've been going through Google trying to find similar sentence structures but to no ...
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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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Need help translating this title and signature? (Characters identified: 古堂)

Can someone help me with what this says? (see also: full picture) 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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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 fing a table for them? May be 零 is and ...
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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 can I get better at reading handwriting?

How can I get better at reading handwriting? Are there fonts that look like it, or web sites with examples for practice? Are there some common shortcuts that people take when writing by hand?
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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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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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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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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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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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Do 朋 and 友 differ in meaning?

I've learned 朋友 as a unit as a word for friend. When I look up the two characters I see that they both mean ... friend. It seems 友 is often used as a last part of words meaning something with friend, ...
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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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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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What is the meaning of 忚 and how is it pronounced? — (a logical argument)

What is the meaning of 忚 and how is it pronounced? I have the complete Confucius 論語 -- Is the character used in it (論語)? (How old is this dictionary?) http://www.kangxizidian.com/kangxi/0377.gif ...
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To live: 住 versus 居, what's the exact difference?

I wanted to know what's the exact difference between 住 and 居. Since thesee characters mean the same thing, why can't I convince them together into one word meaning "to live"? Thanks.
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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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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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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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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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What would a non-binary tā (他/她) look like?

He and she in Mandarin looks like this: Male tā: 他 Female tā: 她 What would a non-binary tā look like? 也? 它 is for animals and inanimate objects, not exactly fitting. 祂 is for gods, not really ...
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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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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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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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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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Which is the additional stroke added to 末 and to 未? significance?

I'm curious whether the shorter stroke or longer stroke are the extra strokes added to 木 to form the characters 未 and 末? And do these strokes have a semantic significance? I learned that 本 has the ...
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How to type these old and rare Chinese characters?

I've tried to google these old Chinese characters using their closest approximations but still haven't found out any. I want to find these characters so that I can copy and paste them instead of ...
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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.