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

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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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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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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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untranslated characters and their meaning

I recently saw a movie where this appeared and unfortunately, this was the only part that wasn’t translated. Could anyone tell me what it says?
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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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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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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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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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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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HSK and most used Chinese characters

I have been wondering how come the HSK list be so diferent from the list of the most used Chinese characters. The only list I know about character frequency is Jun Da's list. On the first 2635 most ...
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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 character might “lia” [Ĩia⁵³] meaning “lick” be?

I have this dictionary entry from《广安方言与民俗词典》: □ lia3 ①指舔、舐的意思,用舌头接触东西或舔吃东西。②也指巴结,讨好。例:他最喜欢lia3有权有势的。“lia3 lia3糖”,指棒棒糖。例:拿颗lia3 lia3糖去让他含倒,哄倒起莫哭。 I have seen lia3 substitued with: 甪 ...
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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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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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Is there any specifically masculine character for 他

The pronoun 他 (ta1) for he/she/it has been used since at least the Ming dynasty and has had a number of variants, such as 牠 for animals and 祂 for deities. In the 20th century the feminine version 她 ...
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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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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 ...
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Can anyone explain the pictograph representation of 巴拉斯 please?

My understanding so far is that: 巴 means a huge snake. 拉 means like a crop (wheat) and barn (store house). 斯 - this one is hardest to understand as it’s quite ancient. The word in its entirety means ...
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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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Can you please help me translate this title and signature?

I am trying to translate this signature from a watercolor painting I bought many years ago at a thrift store. I've tried google translate along with searching Asian artist seals, but no luck.
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What is the relation between 寨 (zhài, “stockade, stronghold, fort”) and 塞 (sài, “place of strategic importance; pass; fortress”)?

Most dictionaries say 寨 = 塞 + 木, but on its face, we could just as easily have 塞 = 寨 + 土.
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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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How do Chinese students write words whose characters they haven't learned?

To clarify, I mean Chinese schoolchildren who may, for whatever reason, need to express a word that they haven't learned the character for, e.g., 餐 in 晚餐. Would they use pinyin, like 晚cān, or ...
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What is the difference between the different words for street: 街,路 etc?

Some street names end with 路 and some with 街. I was curious to know if there is any difference in the meaning of the two words. When I look them up in a dictionary both say "street". Are they the ...
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How do I know whether to write the written character or printed character?

I'm often finding differences in the printed form of the character than the written form, and I'm not sure which one to use. For example, in 窗, the typed character sometimes contains legs 儿, but the ...
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Is it ok to use 他 as a gender neutral personal pronoun (instead of 她) when the subject is known to be female?

Is it ok to use 他 as a gender neutral personal pronoun (as it used to be before 她 was introduced) even if I know that the subject is female? Example: 他是我妹妹 vs 他是我妹妹
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What's the relationship between 暖, 爱 and 愛?

I was curious when I noticed that 暖 contains the character 爱, so I thought that in the traditional form, it would have 愛, the traditional form of 爱. But it appears that 暖 has the same form in both ...
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Ordering and grouping of Chinese characters

I'm learning Cantonese (native Danish speaker, I use traditional Chinese characters) and I'm compiling a list of characters that I've learned. I have two questions about creating this list. Since (...
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What's the translation of 这是瘤売肉?

I'm a Chinese Novel translator and and I'm sort of having problems translating this: 这是瘤売肉。
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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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How can I search for a Chinese character when I see it on a picture?

Like, when I see a Chinese character in this picture: What is the best way to find more information about this character (unlike English, there're only 26 letters, and I can type them and google. ...
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Three Chinese characters (?) on the entrance of the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh city

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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Why is 伴 used for buddy?

Is it true that 伴 comes from the word, 半(half) and thus can be interpreted as (significant other person)?
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The examples make no sense (translation)

I have a kid's book for learning "378汉字.“ Each page has six or eight entries, each comprising a photo, the character, and what I suppose is an example of use. But none of the examples make any sense....
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Can I always write the 艹 (grass radical) with three lines only?

The 艹 (grass radical) is present in for example 歡 and 貓 and 喵 In some fonts it's rendered as two separate crosses 十十, in some as one horizontal line with two vertical lines crossing it. Can I always ...
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What are the original Chinese characters for the Filipino-Chinese family name Suico?

The book Life in Old Parian says the Cebuano family name Suico has Chinese origin, and I'm looking for the original Chinese characters. I'm trying to narrow it down based on the Hokkien pronunciation ...
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Why does 写 not have a dot on top?

Many hanzi have a roof on top, including a dot. From the HSK2 list, we have: 客 家 字 完 室 安 它 The commonly used hanzi 写 is unlike these because it does not have a dot on top. Chinese-tools.com ...
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Why can't I write the character 台 in my pinyin input method?

I'm on Linux and using Sunpinyin and Linpinyin input methods. In both, when I input "tai" I never get any suggestion of the character that I somethimes want: 台. I must be doing something wrong, but ...
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How To Go About Learning Tangut [closed]

I have tried to research this topic for many nights, but I cannot find any resources. I know it's a very old but i've always been intrigued by Tangut. More specifically, i'd like to go about learning ...
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Why do characters for “opposites” often have very different frequencies on frequency tables?

For instance, on Jun Da's table. 高 (tall) is listed at 134, while 矮 (short) is listed at 2027, 新 (new) is listed at 161, and 旧 (old) is listed at 915. It's worth noting that 老 (old) is listed at 179. ...
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Apple Watch has a built in response of “一个字。非常棒!👊”. Is this correct?

When you respond to a text message on Apple Watch, there are a number of autoreply options. One of them: 一个字。非常棒!👊 I translate this to English as "One word. Excellent! 👊". This makes a lot of ...