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

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Mandarin Chinese Alphanumerical Ordering

I'm attempting to create a small, multi-lingual multiplayer game that uses a single-character alphanumerical ordering system. For example, the player's rank would start at their language's first ...
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Mnemonic or Glyph Origin for 御

I can't fiugure out suitable mnemonic for 御. Does someone has a good idea?
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Ambiguous characters

I found some characters, that look extremely similar to each other, like 士 shi4 scholar/warrior/knight 土 tu3 earth/dust or 于 yu2 (surname), in/at/to/from/by/than/out of 千 qian1 thousand, ...
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Chinese Font - Some Characters Rendered Strangely (外,将)

I am seeing some characters rendered strangely and would like to know what I can do to fix it. In Google search bar, rendered strangely. Inside translate box, rendered as desired: In Google Docs, ...
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Chinese quotes for tattoo

I am looking for Chinese quotes or phrases about love, yuanfen, destiny or something along those terms for a tattoo. It’s really hard to find sayings that are really used.
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Why do the Taiwanese have such strange characters for names?

It seems like every time I look up a CJK ext. B character it invariably says: 台湾人名用字。 For example I just looked up the character: 𢵓 zisea notes: 拼音peng2。台湾人名用字。 A few days ago I was ...
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或: how did “region” become “either”?

The character 或 is used today for the meanings "or", "either", "maybe", and "perhaps". Historically, it had the meaning of "region", and it is this meaning that characters like 國 and 域 derive from. ...
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What is the glyph origin of '奇'?

Lost Glyph Origin 奇 ( jī | qí ) is a character that means strange but the glyph origin appears to have been lost. At least as far as I can tell after researching offline books, zhongwen.com, and ...
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Official Naming of the Characters (Hanzi) in Mandarin Chinese

Is there any official naming of complex (not the basic ones) Chinese Characters in Mandarin Chinese. For example, I know that the character 博 is pronounce in Pinyin as: bó But If I were to, address ...
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How to understand “ideographic” decomposition of characters like 不 and 与

I was recommended "character decomposition database" on this site. I have started to explore it and found, that some decompositions I don't understand, like U+4E0D 不 ⿱一③ U+4E0E 与 ⿹②一[GTKV] ⿻②...
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Character translation chinese or japanese

Can someone please help me figure out what characters are and how to translate the top four and the seal characters in the attached pic? If you could please answer in a clear way to identify which is ...
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Help with chinese letters

Hi I own a printing company and a client submitted the following documents so that I recreate for him following stamps https://imgur.com/a/VnMvuX6 https://imgur.com/a/i2HakSJ I have no idea what ...
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How is this effect achieved for Chinese characters?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask but I don't know where else to ask. I'm having some trouble with finding out how to achieve this consistently with Chinese characters. I'm guessing it's ...
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Why does 定 (dìng) disable the monsters' movement in the movie 捉妖记 (Monster Hunt)?

In the movie 捉妖记 (zhuōyāojì), called Monster Hunt in English (Wikipedia, IMDB, Baidu, iQIYI), the movie's character 霍小岚 (Huòxiǎolán) attaches the Chinese hanzi 定 (dìng) to the head of monsters, and ...
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Is there a character for `biu`?

biu is a fun onomatopoeia for the sounds guns and other shooting devices make. This image is all over the net as the supposed character for biu Is this correct? I can't find much info on a ⿰口⿱比由 ...
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What are the different uses of 体会?

While trying to understand the complete meaning 体会, the examples I found online had many different uses when translated into English. 体会 to know from experience; to learn through experience; to ...
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Are there any sentences where if you skip one (or more) characters from the beginning, it's correct but has entirely different meaning?

I noticed that Chinese language uses very little punctuation, especially missing out spaces between words. Because of this feature, is it possible to build sentences where if you skip one (or more) ...
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Weird Chinese Characters

I was browsing through the Taiwanese version of apple.com. When I was checking out the iPad Air 2 section, one of the image showed the iPad keyboard with some characters that I have never seen before. ...
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Why 纹 is the wrong character to write for tattoo?

I've only ever known tattoo (wénshēn) to be written as 纹身. I was reading an article from 凤凰财经 yesterday called 猪躺着也能挣:一张纹身猪皮值百万. What struck me, though, were all the comments on the article saying ...
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Chinese character decomposition

I found that many (most?) of chinese charaters look like composed of more primitive ones, like 做 = 亻十口夂 你 = 亻尔 吃 = 卩乙 and so on. I this a real phenomenon or just my europeen imagination? If it ...
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What are these Chinese character stamps?

I found these stamps in an old book, what are they I can hardly make them out? And what do they mean.
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Is it incorrect to write 少 with a hooked first stroke, like 小?

This question is about writing the hanzi 少; it's written as follows: Sometimes when I write this hanzi by hand, I write the first three strokes to look like 小, which looks different because it has a ...
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What words exist that come from deconstructed characters?

Page 178 of《成都话方言词典》has the following entry: 丘八儿 qiū bér [tɕ‘iəu⁵⁵ pər²¹] 丘八, 旧时称军人。因“丘”加“八”为“兵”而得名(含贬义)。 丘八 is a deconstruction of the character 兵. What words exist that come from ...
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What is the top part of 姜 and why does it differ?

If you look at the character 姜, it seems like the top part is ⺷ and the bottom is 女, however some sources, Chinese-Characters, HanziJS and Wikimedia Commons show the phonetic radical as 羊. I'm the ...
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Which is correct: 一 (yao1) or 幺 (yao1)? [duplicate]

In many sources I have come across the explanation that 一 is pronounced yao1 instead of yi1 when used in things like telephone numbers. For example, my HSK textbooks use 一 (yao1), and I have seen it ...
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Why does 他没看书 use 没 and not 不 in this dialogue?

I was reviewing some old Anki cards that I created from HSK Standard Course 1 by Jiang Liping and I came across this dialogue: A: 喂你在做什么呢 B: 我在看书呢 A: 大卫也在看书吗 B: 他没看书。他在学做中国菜呢 A: Hello, what are you ...
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Where can I find a list of chinese characters and their transcription in the 5 stroke classes used in the 五笔画 (wǔ bǐhuà) and Wubixing input method?

For a personal project I want to create a (huge) graph that contains some (as many as possible) chinese characters along the paths of their corresponding keyboard input using the 5 stroke classes ...
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Is there any evidence that 90% of characters are phono-semantic compounds?

I've heard this claim a lot, from Chinese teachers in real life, and on this Wikipedia page, where the claim "At present, more than 90% of Chinese characters are phono-semantic compounds" lacks a ...
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Saying 'doubled' in Chinese 一倍 vs 两倍

I stumbled upon these 2 sentences: 这个城市人口比十年前增加了一倍 这个城市人口比十年前增加了两倍 The city’s population has doubled from a decade ago I though 倍 always multiplies the number standing in front of it, it seems ...
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My dictionary shows 说 is both shuì and shuō

I have installed Chinese character dictionary popup plugin into the browser and it showed for 说 character: 说 說 shuì to persuade 说 說 shuō to speak; to say; to explain; to scold; to tell ...
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Help please me find out what this means

I’m looking to find out what this means. Please help was handed down to me from my family
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What is the character `bia` in `bia响`?

In this video 方清平《春节记事》单口相声笑侃春节趣闻轶事 there's a short part of a sentence at around ~4:46 where the speaker says: 往地一摔 bia响了 The subtitles themselves leave out bia and just go for: 往地一摔 响了 I went ...
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How are the two versions of 別 / 别 used?

I've noticed that 別 / 别 have two slightly different variations. Is there any difference in how the respective variations are used?
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The difference between 都没有 and 不都有

Can somebody please explain the difference between 都不是, 不都是, 都没有, and 不都有, and if possible give and example of the separate occasions when they should be used? thanks so much, i have a final tomorrow ...
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How is 妻 written according to PRC and Taiwanese standard?

Different fonts I see disagree in whether the fifth stroke should pass through the fourth or not.
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How can it be single characters for new chemical elements like 鈽 and 鈾?

I found that most chemical elements (ones I checked) are denoted by single character in Chinese. This is understandable for historical elements, but how it can be for new elements like Uranium and ...
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What does “(卐)” as part of 两分字元 mean?

The site zisea likes to give a two-part component breakdown of every character. One of their classifications comes with a (卐) next to it. For instance: 敢 is split up like: 两分字元:耳(卐) 攵 殷 is ...
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What does “kwukyel” mean in regards to Chinese language characters?

My Pleco always tells me two little hashes on the top of 汉字 such as. 兑 are "kwukyel". Can anyone point me to a reference that explains this term as it relates to Chinese language? ps -- I ...
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Where to look for history and etymology of Chinese characters? For example 工

Is there a website where I can look for history and etymology of Chinese characters? For example 工. It can be a Chinese website (I am VERY new to Chinese). But better in English. Please also drop ...
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Why are the lists of Kangxi radicals different everywhere?

I'm trying to find an "official" list of Kangxi radicals that I can rely on and currently, I use two different Chinese apps to look for characters. Today I have realized that the lists for Kangxi ...
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why is ‘fruit’ referred to as 水果 if 果 already means fruit?

i’m trying to learn chinese again for the first time after a very long time and i’m just looking at meanings of words to see what individual characters of certain words mean (like 饭 is rice and 店 is ...
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Is “⤒” (UPWARDS ARROW TO BAR) (U+2912) not easily confused with “不”?

WeChat official account management has this horrible looking guy for 置顶 next to the trash can: Steam also uses the same character for download now: I'm pretty sure it is just this ...
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What do these two seal stamps and these three characters on my Chinese painting mean?

I got a seemingly Chinese painting from a thrift shop some time ago and would like to know what the seal stamps and characters on it mean. I have to admit that I don't have any prior knowledge of the ...
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In Taiwanese place names, how are 宮 vs. 寺 used?

While exploring Taiwan (Taipei and Sanchong specifically), I've seen many Buddhist temples named with 宮, and on maps there also seem to be some named with 寺. What is the difference between (from what ...
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What character might ler1 be for “不渗汤的面条”?

《四川方言词典》contains the following entry: 干□儿 gan1 ler1 (名) 不渗汤的面条(川西南) ▷我不要汤,我要一碗~。 《成都方言》has a similar entry: 干溜 gan1 liu1 不加汤:肝片儿还是~好吃。亦作“干熘”。 Where "□" [ler] from above ...
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What character can “□” [fei3] meaning 呕吐 be?

I've got this entry from 《广安方言与民俗词典》which goes as follows: □ fei3 指呕吐。例:他中午吃醉酒了,fei3了一地。 □ is as Wiktionary states: Used as a placeholder for an unknown hanzi. There's a good chance ...
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For which senses of simplified 制 would I use the traditional form 製?

Simplified characters do not always mirror their traditional counterparts one to one. Sometimes you have a simplified character where some of its senses have one traditional form and some have another ...
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Cangjie reference

I'm currently starting to learn to use a cangjie keyboard for typing Chinese (倉頡) and I'm struggling to find the combinations for characters. I would like a resource where I can use my slower ...
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Common usage of 戈

I understand that the phonetic part of 我 (wo3) is pronounced 戈 (ge1). It seems also that it means (or used to mean) "Dagger"/"Sword", however the only references I can find to this character says that ...