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

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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 ...
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Simplified Chinese Stroke order animation

I want to show Simplified Chinese stroke order animation with unity or C#, is there an open source library? If not, is there paid repository of stroke order diagrams in unity or C#?
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What's the differece between 朘 (U+6718) and 脧 (U+8127)?

What's the differece between 朘 (U+6718) and 脧 (U+8127)? They seem to be interchangeable. (They display almost identically here for me). Zisea displays 6718 as 月: and 8127 as 肉: Pleco put's it ...
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Why is 开 written within a 门 in this sign (without being written 開)?

This sign is in the hallway near our lab. I believe it says: 南开大学:现代光学研究所 Nánkāi dàxué: Xiàndài guāngxué yánjiū suǒ But the 开 is written inside a 门. I thought it would be a traditional ...
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Cantonese special characters

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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What would a non-binary tā (他/她) look like?

He and she in Mandarin looks like this: Male tā: 他 Female tā: 她 What would a non-binary tā look like? 也? 它 is for animals and inanimate objects, not exactly fitting. 祂 is for gods, not really ...
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Do you know the Chinese character which is formed by 王 on the left and 力 on the right?

I can't evey type this word out, because I do not know how to pronouce it. I notice this word when seeing it in the name of an actor for a TV drama, then I thought it to be 功,but it turned out it was ...
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Please help to identify the character [duplicate]

My hobby is to collect the wind chimes and the one I have recently bought had a pretty complex character on its pendant. I've tried to look it up by the radical 辵/辶, but to no avail. At first I ...
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What are the radicals that make up 地?

What are the radicals that make up the character "地"? Just from looking at it, it looks like "土" and "也" but "也" is a word not a radical. MDBG also has this break down, and in turn breaks "也" down ...
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how many characters should i learn? [closed]

How many characters should the absolute beginner learn and how many years does it take to learn? I read that number between 3000-4000 characters, but I do not know how everyone with the same number ...
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For the HSK, what do I need to know about characters which appear differently?

Edit: This question was based on a misunderstanding: I installed Chinese fonts in Ubuntu, where the default behaviour is to show Japanese characters. (I managed to fix this problem following the ...
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Is there a Chinese equivalent of the Japanese Kanji Kentei?

There is a test called Nihon Kanji Nōryoku Kentei or 日本漢字能力検定 , that tests Japanese kanji (characters that came from Chinese). It was originally meant for native speakers of Japanese, and it ...
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How many traditional chinese characters needed to know how to read a basic restaurant menu only?

My husband currently speaks cantonese at an elementary school level, and would like to upgrade this knowledge of being able to read a chinese menu at least. He's able to recognize alot of the very ...
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Stroke practice

Is there a sentence in Mandarin either traditional or modern that uses all the strokes. Similar to " The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" used to teach typing
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How can I write my cat's name, TK-421, in Chinese?

TK-421 (pronounced Teekay four two one) is the serial number of a character in a science fiction movie (and also my charming cat). What would be the most natural way to write this down? TK-四二一? TK-...
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Can someone please translate for me [closed]

I saw this tattoo and i really want to know what it saids. Im not sure if its chinese or japanese. Can someone help me find out what it say and help me where i can find the symbols online .Thank you
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Character difference between 'buy' and 'sell'

The characters for 'buy' and 'sell', seem to have a subtle difference in the character. 買/买 (buy) 賣/卖 (sell) I want to know, what's the significance of the radial on top of the sell? How does ...
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Complete end-to-end reference guide

I was wondering if there is for chinese language a web site similar to the following made for japanese language: http://www.imabi.net http://www.guidetojapanese.org They are both a reference for ...
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How is it decided as to which character is used on the tech terminology?

Usually the technological terminology is mapped to an equivalent word in Chinese. For example: Deep Learning: 深度学习 Linear Algebra: 线性代数 Web Server: 服务器 However, 深层学习 may also be a valid choice. In ...
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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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Are subtitles (often) necessary?

As mentioned in this question, in many Chinese videos, particularly those coming from large media outlets, there are subtitles. I am wondering to what extent experienced Chinese speakers (native or ...
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Same radical/character with different pronunciation

I'm currently learning the 214 radicals and also the words for HSK1. I have noticed a few times that some characters in the radical list have a different pronunciation to the characters in the HSK1 ...
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Which is more common in Cantonese?

Do more people pronounce 你 as leih or neih? In most textbooks, and practice dialogues I seem to see it is 'neih' For some reason, leih comes more naturally to me, and I am feeling like I heard it ...
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What is learned by analyzing the component and relationship of 牧野 in regards to The Battle of Muye?

In other words, what am I missing by not analyzing the characters? It seems that 牧 (mù) can be used in a very Chinese sense to connote a benevolent ruler, in that the term is also used for shepherd. (...
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Word translation

Can someone please help me identify these chinese or japanese characters and what they translate in english? If you could please answer in such a way to clearly distinguish between the large word and ...
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Difference between 傍晚 and 晚上 and their etymology

As in the title. Are there any cases when these two are interchangeable? If yes, when? What are the nuances that distinguish them? It would be great if one can tackle the etymology of the two.
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Character with the 殳 radical

What is the character in the picture below: I did not find it in the index of 殳
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Characters for ben1 ben1 meaning 围巾 or 围嘴?

There is a word in Southern Mandarin dialects pronounced ben1 ben1 meaning 围巾 or 围嘴. Dictionary entries usually just give a: □ □ meaning that there is no known character for writing this word. ...
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Is there a list of characters that have multiple sounds?

I wonder there is a comprehensive list of characters that have more than 1 pronunciation. For example, 了 has le or liao, and 长 has zhang or chang. Is there such list? I wonder how many characters ...
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What is the difference between the two characters of 自己?

What is the difference between the two characters of 自己? They both seem to mean self, or one/one's self? I don't know where the distinction is, but, I do know that to know self is 知己, is one more the ...
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Why is 蜀 composed of net (网), packag(ed) (裹) and insect (虫)?

蜀 has three components: 罒 - 网 勹 - 裹 虫 How the kingdom of Shu become a wrapped bug in a net?
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Number of Characters an Average Imperial Times Scholar Knew

It is said that today a university educated Chinese person knows some 5000-6000 different characters. In imperial times when the official language was literary/classical Chinese how many characters ...
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Significance of 門 in traditional chinese

I have seen 門 used as a 'radical' for many traditional chinese characters in Hong Kong. Is there a historical reason? I thought 門 means gate but what does gate have anything to do with 'happy', 開心 ?
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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 ...
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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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Chinese anagrams

I'd like know where I can find a list of anagrams, which could be easily created from a corpus of words, just selecting those with the same number of the same characters yet in different positions. ...
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Difference between 小老婆 and 小老太

I have been going to a Chinese restaurant a lot lately, and the owner is a very friendly little old Chinese lady. Should I call her 小老婆 or 小老太? Is it rude to call her 小? Also, I think Chinese are ...
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Is there any relationship between 田 (tián), 由 (yóu), 甲 (jiǎ), and 申 (shēn)?

Question: Is there any relationship between 田, 由, 甲, and 申? 田 (tián) = field; it seems rarely used 由 (yóu) = ???; I've only seen it as a radical for 油 (yóu) = oil 甲 (jiǎ) = nails, as in fingernails ...
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What does the Kanji on this t-shirt say?

I received this t-shirt as a gift, but I have no idea what the text says. I would appreciate any help.
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Is phrase 他活说得好快 grammatical?

I've been collecting memo sentences to distinguish between 活 and 话. The root phrase is 他话说得好快 and I know it's grammatical, because it's given in a courpus. What interests me is the grammaticality of ...
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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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Which memorization techniques are useful for remembering characters?

There are some other posts with similar questions, like Techniques for learning and retaining characters, but I'm looking for an answer that particularly focus on which memorization techniques can be ...
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Narrow fonts for Chinese characters?

Is there a half-width font for Chinese characters? I have a half-width font for Japanese and it covers a lot of Chinese characters but not all. By "half-width", I mean you can display Chinese ...
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Do 朋 and 友 differ in meaning?

I've learned 朋友 as a unit as a word for friend. When I look up the two characters I see that they both mean ... friend. It seems 友 is often used as a last part of words meaning something with friend, ...
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How do I get the enumeration comma (、) in Google input tools?

I'm using the 漢語拼音 input metod in Google input tools. How do I get the enumeration comma (、)?
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What are the different words for “and” that can be used in a list and how do they differ?

In a sentence with a list like: 我喜歡飯、電視和電影。 What are the different words for "and" that can be used, and how to they differ in usage? I've seen at least 及 and 和 being used.