Questions tagged [characters]

Questions about Chinese characters, called Hanzi.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
1answer
63 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
130 views

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
1
vote
0answers
61 views

Please help identify this signature and seal

I have 2 art sketches my grandfather brought home from WW2. I think the signature is Chinese and would like to know if this is true and what it says. I’d be grateful for any help.
0
votes
3answers
161 views

How salient is the graphic similarity of 戲, 謔, 虐 to readers?

The last two lines of 淇奧 - Qi Yu, in the Shijing as it is printed today are 善戲謔兮, 不為虐兮. Will an ordinary Chinese reader today notice the etymological connection between  戲, 謔, and 虐?  It seems to me ...
2
votes
5answers
158 views

Criteria of making an acceptable word/character in Chinese

In the English language, the dictionaries are updated yearly to include new words and modifications of current spellings that have been accepted due to common usage. For example, the internet age saw ...
1
vote
1answer
124 views

What is this character: ⿺见↷见 / ⿺見↷見?

Yesterday, March 3rd '21, in advance of IRG Meeting No. 56, IRG posted document: IRGN2469, entitled CJK Unified Ideographs Extension H. One of the characters in the document grabbed my attention: Or ...
0
votes
2answers
255 views

How does a foreigner's handwriting look to a native?

How do Chinese characters foreigners or beginner Chinese learners write appear to natives? Is there a difference? Does it depend on how long they have been learning, or are they all different from a ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

Can someone translate what is written in this photo please?

Please i need help translating this into english. I have no idea what it says.
1
vote
1answer
167 views

Why does the Chinese language have so many characters?

There are more than 50,000 characters in Chinese languages. What is the reason behind it? Are all 50,000 characters in use?
0
votes
1answer
95 views

What's the meaning of 娷?

While inputting PinYin's shui, I got the character 娷 among others. Neither automatic translators nor dictionaries gave me an accurate translation of it. I can identify the radicals 女 (female) and 垂 (...
4
votes
3answers
183 views

How are Chinese people taught Chinese Hanzi?

I don't study Chinese at all, nor have any plans to, I just wanted wanted to ask a basic question on how Chinese people learn Hanzi. I study Japanese, so I study Kanji, which is the use of Chinese ...
0
votes
2answers
41 views

What does 迫不及待 开始倒计 mean?

This line came from 深呼吸 by Yu Quan 羽泉。 迫不及待 - anxious to wait 开始倒计 - begin counting down Would it just be translate as 'anxious to wait, I begin to count down'?
0
votes
0answers
70 views

Need help translating Oriental markings on a lamp

Looking to find out more information on my lamp but I'm unable to translate the symbols that I assume are Chinese dialect
1
vote
1answer
105 views

Chinese-characters learning software for Ubuntu (Linux)

I am looking for a software that shows a Chinese alphabet/word on my desktop with its pinyin and meaning in English, and each day it will give a different word. Since I am using a Linux (Ubuntu 18.04) ...
4
votes
1answer
388 views

How did 漢 come to represent the Han people and civilization?

It appears that this character consists of a meaning part and a sound part: a water radical (i.e. section header for water in Kangxi dictionary) for meaning, and the character 𦰩 for sound. Radical - ...
19
votes
1answer
3k views

What's this new Chinese character which looks like 座?

I keep seeing this new Chinese character on social media: What is this?
1
vote
0answers
100 views

Can you help me to decipher these 2 prints from the same seal

These are the 2 sides of the same seal. One yin and one Yang
1
vote
1answer
73 views

What are other words worth learning that follow this pattern with 象?

Today I realised that: 象 means "elephant" which is the biggest land-dwelling animal, 亻+ 象 = 像 means "statue" which is the biggest person (I mean, a statue is the biggest ...
1
vote
1answer
100 views

Unknown painting of a lady

I bought a painting on a French flee-market and and I would very much like to know who the painter is. The text is translate by someone who is very good at translating Chinese text and seals, but she ...
0
votes
1answer
75 views

Does anyone know the names for each relative in mandarin?

I know in mandarin each relative has a specific name. I tried searching it up, but I can't find anything. Can someone provide me the resources, please?
1
vote
1answer
76 views

What are the characters in this seal? (Characters identified: 拏雲心事人不知)

What are the characters in this seal? Does this phrase come from a poetic or philosophical Chinese text?
1
vote
2answers
99 views

The Etymology of the word 有的

Im having trouble wrapping my brain around why the characters "有的" are chose to represent the idea of "a smaller amount of a larger group" or more directly in english: the word &...
-2
votes
1answer
157 views

Learning a Hanzi a day?

Currently Japanese is my sole language focus, and I would consider myself at a rather advanced level (individual Kanji knowledge surely 2000+). But I got thinking, what if I spent some 100 hours or ...
1
vote
0answers
208 views

Does anyone know what these characters means?

My name is Javier. Im writting because i don t understand what a seal inscription would be traslated. if anyone could hel`me i woul appreciate very much. Regards.
0
votes
1answer
120 views

Written Japanese and Chinese speakers' understanding

I'd like to know in general how (in which measure) written Japanese is intelligible to Chinese speakers (when kana syllabaries are not used). For example a few days ago when Yoshihide Suga was chosen ...
3
votes
1answer
88 views

What means Nanfu? (Characters identified: 阿難)

A friend of mine bought that stone a while ago With the help of a friend, we were about to determine that the words in small seal script means (from left to right) 難 (difficult) and 阜 (plentiful). ...
2
votes
1answer
258 views

Besides the radical, what meaning does the rest of a Chinese character have (especially when it was originally created)?

I am a beginning student of Mandarin Chinese. There is a key thing about Chinese characters that I am trying to understand. Besides the radical, what purpose does the rest of a character have? Was it ...
1
vote
2answers
103 views

When 马 is used as the left component (e.g. in 骑), does the 一 héng stroke change to ㇀ tí?

I am thinking about the 马 character. I know that when you use 土 and 车 on the left in a composed character (like 地,场... and 较,辆 ...) the 3rd stroke in 土, and the 4th in 车 change from 一 héng to ㇀ tí. ...
2
votes
2answers
205 views

How can I get a list of all the characters containing the “flowing water” component that is in 益?

Further to this question. According to "Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters" (which I have as a (paid-for) add-on in the Pleco app), in the character 益, the component (top part of ...
1
vote
2answers
112 views

Understanding 照相 and 照片

I am having some confusion about 照相 and 照片. In my Chinese lesson they introduced them: 照片 Zhào piàn (noun) photo 照相 Zhào xiàng (verb) to take a picture They also showed this example: 我照了几百张照片。 I ...
1
vote
4answers
231 views

Does 伊 have any special meaning?

I know it’s often used in old script and such, but there aren’t many other uses. I was always told that my Chinese name meant light/beautiful girl, but I haven’t found anything pointing to that ...
4
votes
3answers
278 views

How did 贼 come to mean “extremely”?

While watching a tv show, I heard the presenter, a Beijinger, say 贼好. In that particular context, the only possible meaning was 很好. Later I did some research and, as a matter of fact, it turns out 贼 ...
0
votes
3answers
97 views

如何了解「喜欢你,我也是」里写这个替代“秒怂”的词?

我在看着书时遇到了下面不认识的字: “呃,那个……”张侃侃听到“学姐”二字,秒~。她舔舔嘴唇尴尬地说,…… 喜欢你,我也是,12页 我无法输入这个词:除了我的手机,我也尝试用QHanzi和Chinese Input,可是都不能识别“秒”右边的那个字。 为了对比,下面是Kindle版的相同部分。奇怪的是,那两词不一样。 “呃,那个……”张侃侃听到“学姐”二字,秒怂。她舔舔嘴唇尴尬地说,…… ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

What is an “exoactive” Chinese character?

I have noticed that Chinese characters are labelled as “exoactive”, “endoactive”, “exopassive” and “endopassive” on Wiktionary. For example, it says that 娶 (marry) is the exoactive version of 取. I am ...
-1
votes
4answers
135 views

Chinese word well illustrated graphically

i am working on an interactive dictionary with common Chinese characters. I found the word 乒乓 pīngpāng, the Chinese word for ping-pong (table tennis). I consider the graphic of the association of ...
1
vote
1answer
88 views

Need help in identifying the last character in this image

I have a license plate from the Heliongijang province. I would like to know what is the last character in this image and how is it pronounced. Also, I have seen many license plates which have this ...
4
votes
2answers
184 views

What is the difference between 乾 and 幹?

I know that dry is "乾燥", but according to Google Translate: dried apples = 蘋果乾 dried apricots = 杏乾 dried mangosteens = 山竹果乾 dried durians = 榴蓮幹 dried yeast = 幹酵母 dried chickpeas = 幹鷹嘴豆 dried ...
1
vote
2answers
66 views

Comparison question with implicit 再 zài?

I just started learning chinese and I came across this dialogue from a lesson: A: Pínɡuǒzěnme mài ? 苹果怎么卖? How much are the apples? B: Sìkuài. 四块. 4 Yuan. A: Yǒudiǎnr ɡuì. Kěyǐpiányi yìdiǎnr mɑ? 有点儿贵。...
1
vote
4answers
170 views

How to distinguish between homophone words 再 and 在 zài

I wonder how one can distinguish in an oral conversation between homophone words: 再 and 在, as both have the same pronunciation zài. For example, in the sentence Wǒ zài kàn diànyǐng. how one can ...
3
votes
2answers
221 views

Is 々 commonly used and recognised by Chinese people?

In Japanese the kanji 々 is used as a repetition kanji. So instead of typing say 人人 you could type 人々. Is this character recognized by Chinese people nowadays ? For example instead of 谢谢 could I use ...
6
votes
1answer
182 views

⿺走巳 or ⿺走己: Can 起 be written in two different ways?

Whilst typing the character 起 on my Mac, I notice that the character appears differently, illustrated in the picture below. On some programs, the character appears with an extra stroke, on others it ...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

What is the English translation of my chop? Is it right side up? [closed]

I bought calligraphy supplies in a Chinatown and talked with the owner of the store. I told the person (who had her uncle carve this) that I was an artist/painter. I also told her my name in English ...
0
votes
1answer
59 views

Translating Teapot lid [closed]

This lid is from a 'Japanese' cast iron teapot lid. I was told the Japanese used Chinese Characters on cast iron teapots. Can anyone verify this? Could I also please get a translation.
8
votes
2answers
2k views

Why is 刻 used to mean ''a quarter of an hour''?

刻 means ''to carve'' but my dictionary also says it means ''to set a time limit''. What is the connection between 刻 and a quarter of an hour ?
1
vote
2answers
186 views

Please help translate my Chinese seal chop (Characters identified: 詩思妮)

While on a recent trip to Shenzhen, China, I came across a booth selling Chinese Chops. I had one made for me. The artist asked me to write my name down, CECILE, and he made me this chop. Since he ...
0
votes
3answers
235 views

链接, 连接, 连结, 联接, 联结 - lianjie - is it a joke and if not, what's the difference?

Amongst 链接, 连接, 连结, 联接, 联结 - which one is the most correct to use in which situation? Is one more formal than others? Maybe the meanings are different? Please, write as much as possible about ...
1
vote
1answer
46 views

Is 賖 just a variant of 賒?

賒 is clearly defined as “delaying payment for something” in Chinese dictionaries; it commonly appears in the phrase “賒帳”, which has a similar meaning. 賖 is a Chữ Nôm used to write “xa” in Vietnamese,...
5
votes
1answer
100 views

Why in the multiplication table, different characters such as 如,得,歸,中 are used?

It seems to me that the following rules apply: When the answer is a one-digit number, the character 如 is used. When the answer is 10, the character 得 is used. When the answer is a multiple of 10, ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

Is there any connection between the choice of characters for 九 and 丸?

I just learned the character 丸 and naturally noticed that it is similar to 九 with the additional 点. Is there any interesting connection between these two characters or is it just a random coincidence ...
0
votes
2answers
56 views

What's the meaning of lai2 in this sentence?

中国观众在看京剧的时候,看得高兴时,就用喝彩,鼓掌的方式来表示自己高兴的心情,他们也用这种方式来赞扬京剧演员 What's the meaning of lai2 in this sentence? Is it a common meaning of this? What are other examples in which I can use it with this meaning? Is ...

1
2 3 4 5
12