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Questions about Chinese characters, called Hanzi.

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Chinese language is displayed incorrectly [closed]

I currently see this example sentence on my Windows: However, I want the Chinese displayed in this way: What do I need to adjust? Many thanks in advance.
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How do I prevent Chinese characters from being displayed in the wrong script on Windows? (Traditional/Simplified)

On Google Chrome, Chinese characters are being marked in different scripts on the same site, and traditional characters are rendered in a sans-serif font while simplified are rendered in a serif font: ...
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I need help interpreting the signature located in the upper right corner of my silk painting. Can anyone help?

Can anyone interpret the signature located in the upper right-hand corner of my painting own silk fabric. I'm guessing that it dates to around the 1960s. I'm not sure whether or not the signature is ...
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Different first stroke forms of 月 (yuè)

There seem to be two different forms of the first stroke in 月 (yuè). When the character stands alone by itself ("moon"), then the stroke seems to bend to the left after going straight down, ...
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Help identifying characters on a commemorative lighter (Ed.: Identified; 紫微星)

This is from a lighter I recently found, tucked away in a drawer for years. It's a commemorative lighter, with a picture of Mao Zedong. I have identified the middle character as 微, and while I can ...
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Seeking help with the interpretation of this seal. Can anyone help me?

This seal is located in the lower left corner of my free hand brushwork painting and I suspect that it could contain the name of the artist. All help will be appreciated.
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Can anyone tell me anything about what's being said in the inscriptions and seals on this painting?

**This is a color and ink painting measuring approx. 15 x 19 inches. I think the script could be referring to the "Tian Shan" mountains but I'm not sure and I think the seal in the lower ...
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Can anyone assist with the interpretation of this japanese pottery mark?

**This mark is found on the bottom of a ceramic pottery tray believed to be Japanese in origin. Any help with the interpretation will be greatly appreciated.
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Can anyone assist with the interpretation of the symbol that is being depicted in this calligraphy artwork?

**This is a framed scroll painting that was executed by the artist "TIESHENG" as indicated in the oval shaped seal on the lower left. It measures 36 x 28 inches. The two seals on the right ...
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The readings of 栅

What is the deal with the readings of 栅 (柵) and how do they appear? According to modern dictionaries (such as the 漢語大字典 2nd Ed.), there are three readings for 栅? zhà, in the meaning of "fence, ...
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I need help with the translation of this oval shaped seal which is located on the lower left corner of my calligraphy painting [duplicate]

This is an oval shaped, white character seal located directly below a vertical kaishu script quote. The painting is believed to have been done by a Zen Buddhist artist and also consist of two other ...
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Can anyone assist me in the translation of this vertical inscription and the oval seal positioned below it?

This text is inscribed to the left on my calligraphy style zen Buddhist painting. I guess this could be considered running script. There is an oval shaped, white character seal located directly below. ...
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Can anyone assist me with the interpretation of this seal? (Characters identified: 修心養性)

This is one of three seals of my calligraphy brush & ink painting, located on the lower right corner. The characters are in red letters believed to be Chinese. I believe that it could possibly be ...
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Interpreting characters from a painting

I received a painting as a gift and it was originally a gift from the 1940's. There are some characters on the bottom right and I was wondering if anyone could help interpret them? Thank you for your ...
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Can someone help me translate the writing on this flute?

I'm going to buy a new flute and I'm already curious to know the meaning of this phrase lol
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Can someone please help me translate the writing on my dizi flute?

I've always been curious to know the translation of this sentence but I've never been able to translate it
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Origins of more Cantonese specific hanzi

My familiarity is more with Mandarin characters from simplified Chinese. However, I've noticed that there are certain characters that are used for colloquial spoken Cantonese that I just never see as ...
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Why aren't pictophonetic characters more consistent?

By some estimates, over 80% of chinese characters are pictophonetic, with a component suggesting meaning and another indicating pronunciation. However, there are many chinese characters where that ...
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What is this character from a neo-Confucian commentary?

I cannot identify this character anywhere in my dictionaries. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Meaning of the Characters and Signature on Teapot

I recently found a red clay teapot (potentially a Yixing, but probably a fake) that seems somewhat modern, but I can't read the writing that's on them. Anyone want to take a crack at it? Apologies if ...
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Help finding unicode code point for compound character 任鸟?

I'd like to combine 任 as the upper part with 鸟 as the lower part. I was wondering if anyone would be able to help me to find the unicode character for this or help me type it on a mac computer. A ...
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How to memorise a Chinese -character/-word that have different meanings?

There are Chinese characters & words that have many and different meanings, my question is how remember their meanings ? Are there any tips ? Simple examples: 得 (de, děi, dé): particle, must, ...
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闕 meaning in 一闕短歌

闕 here is obviously a classifier. Is it another name for 首 or 段? in short, 一闕短歌 is 一首歌or 一段歌? But I am not sure 闕 doesn't mean a complete short song. If so, " "classifier for short song"...
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Is it viable to write Chinese in emoji?

I know this may be an absurd question. It's just a silly curiosity of mine. If I have a sentence like "the horse walks to the mountain to eat apples," which I very clumsily translate (...
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Are 赢 and 蠃 somwhow related?

Does anyone knows how/if the wasp character 蠃 is related to win 赢 character? Online searches came up empty.
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Creation of Chinese characters throughout history?

The Shuowen Jiezi, compiled around 100 AD, contain entries for some 10,000 Chinese characters. The Kangxi Dictionary, compiled almost two millennia later, contain over 47,000 characters. Of the ...
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How do I get from 菩 to Bodhisattva?

Can Anyone shine a light on how does 菩 relate to the concept of Bodhisattva/ enlightenment? From what I’ve found online this 汉字 is originally related to ‘spit’ and that just doesn’t make sense to me. ...
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How do you read XXX (replacement for unknown characters in a name, etc.)?

The screenshot is from a book about Lin Biao. I wonder how the XXX in XXX同志 (roughly Comrade XYZ or Comrade So-and-So) would be read, if someone were to read it out aloud. Do you read the X as 某? Also,...
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What does this mean (handwriting)

Can you all help me to translate this character. It was written on machine that was delivered to me, and it is malfunctioning, i thought this might give me a clue.
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What is the difference between 暍 and 热? [closed]

大家好 What is the difference between 暍 and 热 and when they are used ? 谢谢
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Does 靆 mean anything on its own (not followed by 靉)?

Same question with 靉. I know together they make a literary translation of 'dark' in the context of clouds.
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When to use literary chinese in modern day?

According to wiktionary: Sinologists distinguish between the language as used in antiquity (Classical Chinese), and the language used after the fall of the Han Dynasty (Literary Chinese), similar to ...
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汉语里的这种看似而并非纯属口语、平时不跟他字搭配成词的字有特别的名字吗?

据我所观察,以下字均符合这两个条件:一、看似而并非纯属口语(词典作根据),二、平时不跟他字搭配成词。进一步说,在这些字中,很多平时会被其他频率较高的字或词所代替。 且看: 字:蒙(哄骗) 例句:你别蒙我。 字:蒙(胡乱猜测;碰运气) 例句:这球踢进门,全是蒙上的。 字:蒙(糊涂;不清楚) 例句:一上台就蒙了,不知道该说什么好。 字:蒙(昏迷) 例句:被人打蒙了 字:磨(消耗(时间); 拖延) 例句:...
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Were/are counting rods ever treated as characters?

Looking at Yang Hui's triangle we can see notations like: and These are known as: counting rods. Were/are these ever treated at actual characters? The two pictures above should stand for six and ...
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what's the meaning/origin of 呲东西停不下来桑?

I came across this sentence that is puzzling me, especially the last characters: 呲东西停不下来桑 Its meaning should be "I can't stop eating" but I cannot really understand where is coming from. ...
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Meaning of early written versions of 地 and etymology?

The glyph origin section of https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E5%9C%B0 shows characters that look nothing like the modern "地" (with the exception of the "Small Seal Script" in "...
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Does the character 大 make a name seem "Unsophisticated"

Recently, I had someone from Taiwan help me create Chinese name for myself to use when writing/communicating with those in Chinese speaking areas. In our discussion, I had suggested 大恩 as a given/...
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What is 乜 doing in my landlord's WeChat message 明天有人在家乜?

I live in Beijing, and my landlord (who I think is from the Dongbei region) sent our group this WeChat message yesterday: 明天有人在家乜 We're getting a new fridge delivered, and she wants to know if ...
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Dedicated craftsman locution

Could the phrase 事業心 be applied to a noun that means something like a “craftsman” (技工) or possibly artisan? How might I say “a dedicated craftsman” with “dedicated” in the sense of “focused and with ...
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Can anyone help identifying this chinese seal stamps on a painting?

I am trying to identify three seal stamps. However I am rather unsuccessful... There are the three that are on the painting : If someone can help... I have to admit that it is really difficult and I ...
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Does this building on chinese painting exist for real ? May the text which come along be of any help?

I am wondering if this building on a chinese painting is for real ? Or just if something close exists... it may be on an island and is rather cubic... I have nearly zero knowledge of chinese ...
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Interpretation of 冂 in 大盂鼎

I was recently looking into the origins of the character「冖」, which《說文新證》states does not appear on its own in the texts excavated so far: 現有考古文字材料未見獨體的冂(偏旁或作冖)字,... However, searching「冖」on 小學堂 gives ...
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Chinese characters on original Art (Painting and Litho on Wood) I bought in China

Does anyone know what the chinese characters say on these pictures? I bought them in China while visiting a few years ago and everyone always asks me what they mean. I love them but would love to know ...
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What's a mnemonic for remembering the characters in 建议 and 意见?

This is a little bit embarrassing, considering I'm currently studying HSK6-level content, but I cannot memorize how to write the HSK4 words: 建议 (jiàn​yì​) CC-CEDICT: to propose / to suggest / to ...
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Help identifying a kanji

Well, generic questions like these are found aplenty, so I apologise in advance. That being said, I've spent the last hour trying to find the kanji in the image below (sadly, to no avail). Here is ...
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Need a last character [closed]

I have this character who is a triplet but I am having a hard time figuring out what the last character of her name should be. So far her other triplet sisters are named 任子婷 and 任子婧, and I wanted her ...
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Using a one-character vs two-character word

One of the difficulties I have in Chinese is I feel there is a disconnect between learning the words and using them/reading them in formal texts. For example, I have learnt that 年 means years, and ...
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Reconstruction of Old Chinese "少"

There are many characters that have the initial "m-" and contain "少" as a phonetic element at the same time, such as 妙, 秒, 眇, 竗, etc. I thought this was a good reason to judge that ...
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Identify this radical or character

Thank you in advance or your help. I am working on a small word puzzle in which the puzzle's creator uses some Mandarin characters. There is one that I have not been able to identify. It might be a ...
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Please help identify characters in my seal on a modern brush painting

I am trying to find information on the characters in the red seal in the lower right corner of a painting.It is on paper and seems modern. I suppose it is a signature, Thanks for any information
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