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

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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 ...
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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 ...