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Questions about Chinese characters, called Hanzi.

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Can any one tell me about the script or the seals please? (Characters identified: 藍鳥深竹 癸亥年 二月 興利)

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.
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What is the best way to memorize Chinese characters? [closed]

I think the best way to memorize Chinese characters is learning Chinese character decomposition! See how it is easy to remember Chinese characters with the help of a simple analysis of the character ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Character-component “spelling” software

I was just reading about China's problem with rare given names and the absence of them in computer databases? For example, there was an individual with the given name pronounced "cheng" composed of 马 ...
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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. ...
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How would you describe the Chinese name 阮天文?

When a name is introduced such as 阮天文, native speakers might want to know what the characters are, so they can spell it. Does it make sense if you were to say 天气的天, 文化的文? However, what would be a good ...
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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 ...
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Do 朋 and 友 differ in meaning?

I've learned 朋友 as a unit for the word 'friend'. After looking the two characters up, I see that they both mean... friend. It seems 友 is often used as the latter part of words expressing something ...
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When do we use “廿”, “卅” and “卌”?

I am aware of a related question and I know that "廿" means 20. "卅" means 30. "卌" means 40. But I am wondering how to use them correctly. When and how do we use "廿", "卅" and "卌"? For example, are ...
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Are characters divided into meaning part and phonetic part, with no overlapping?

Following the question below about 认识 and 知道 and coobit's analyses of the characters, I am wondering, if a character contains a meaning part and a phonetic part, is there complete separation of the 2, ...
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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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Tips to remember the pronunciation of these words: 旅,斿,施,旋,族? [closed]

I often misread these words and got mistaken between each other: 旅 = Lǚ 斿/游 = Yóu 施 = shī 旋 = Xuán 族 = zú as each of them doesn't have related phonetic indicator that I can use as clue to remember ...
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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 ?
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When searching in Chinese, why do things always come up in traditional characters?

I noticed that after a few attempts using google to search in Chinese, every result I was getting was written in traditional characters (even despite me searching in Mandarin, simplified characters). ...
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Is there a kanji tattoo meaning e.g. “live your life” or “love your life” or “be yourself”?

I'm thinking of getting a tattoo on my wrist, one saying: "Live your life" or "love your life" or "be yourself" in kanji. (Not more then 2 characters if possible.) I asked on the Japanese Stack ...
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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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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 ...
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Is there an authoritative list of most frequent to most infrequent pronunciations for individual Chinese characters?

I'm working on a dictionary tool that provides, as an auto-assist, transcription of Chinese characters into corresponding (Modern Standard Mandarin) pinyin+tones on a naive, character-per-character ...
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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 ...
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Radicals vs glyph origins (specifically for character 肚 in 肚子)

I am trying to learn some vocabulary and am looking at the radicals to help me remember. The problem is, the radicals in some characters don't seem to make sense to me at all. In 肚, the two radicals ...
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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 ...
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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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Why is 足 both “foot” and “enough”?

足 is an ancient character meaning "foot". However, it also means "enough" or "sufficient", and this second definition is also very old. Consider this excerpt: 兵甲已足。——诸葛亮《出师表》 This is from 《出师表》, ...
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Is there a list on the web where I can find Cantonese special characters and their meaning?

The characters below belong only to Cantonese: 嚟, 咁, 哋, 畀, 佢, 唔, 睇 or 冇. Is there a list on the web where I can find all these characters and their meaning?
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Chinese characters picture dictionary / mnemonics?

Are there any commonly used dictionaries of picture (mnemonic) representation of chinese characters? I mean dictionary to convert SINGLE character to a picture, not a picture to a word (i.e. not just ...
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How to write character components on a keyboard?

I run Fedora and was wondering if it's possible to write character components with keyboard? E.g. only the left part of "说"? If yes, how would one do that?
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Three Chinese characters (?) on the entrance of the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh city (Characters identified: 寶藏院)

Since visiting the museum, I've been very curious about these three characters (shown below). I've unsuccessfully tried to search it on the Internet. Their pretty calligraphic style is one of the ...
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How to display CJK Extension F?

The CJK F block is displayed on the wikipedia page CJK Unified Ideographs Extension F: I've tried updating Babel Han but they themselves say: Total Coverage Characters / Percentage CJK Unified ...
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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,…… ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Origin of beautiful kingdom and hero kingdom

Why in Mandarin chinese, USA is beautiful kingdom and England is hero kingdom?
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How many characters do I need to learn?

How many Chinese characters would I generally need to learn to be able to handle most text in typical every day circumstances? How many would be required to be considered fluent? Are there any good ...
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Can a character be simplified or traditional depending on the context it is used in?

Are there any characters that are considered simplified in some contexts (where there would be a corresponding traditional character), and traditional in other contexts?
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What are the relative literacy rates in for simplified and traditional characters?

I'm trying to decide whether it would be better to use traditional or simplified characters for an iPhone game I'm making. If something is written in traditional, how many people will be able to read ...
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What's the difference between 囚犯, 囚徒, 犯人 and 囚 and how does it affect a sentence?

I was searching online and 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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Meaning of the kanji 目娱乐节今日?

I am also trying to figure out the meaning of the kanji on one of my T-shirts: Here is what I got in pleco: From this I could only make out "I'm looking forward to an entertaining festival today", ...
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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。...
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Pronunciation 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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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 ...
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What do the character components in 旅 and 派 represent?

Memorizing characters is tough. For me, these two were hard (旅 and 派), until today when I noticed that the bottom right part looks just like the character 刃 (the edge of a knife) written backwards. ...
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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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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 ...
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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.
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What does “格” mean in “爾國臨格”?

Matthew 6:10 of the Bible is translated as the following in the Delegates Version: 爾國臨格、爾旨得成、在地若天、 The context was Jesus was teaching how to pray and gave an example of a prayer. I fail to ...
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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 ...
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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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What are the six characters on this seal? (Characters identified: 漢高皇帝後裔)

What are the characters on this seal? The middle two seem to be 皇帝, but I can't make out the other four.
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Is the frequency of written characters much different from spoken ones?

I'm referring to frequency tables such as this one:. To take one example, it lists words like 商 and 业 in the top 500 characters and words like 买 and 卖 in the second 500 characters. That's true even ...

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