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

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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.
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Has Unicode included these Classical Chinese characters?

I've found these characters in an old dictionary about Classical Chinese / Sino-Vietnamese / Vietnamese. Although they can be analyzed pictorially (I don't know better words), I personally can't find ...
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What are some ways I can learn Chinese characters effectively?

What are some great ways to learn Chinese characters effectively? I recently have learnt Pinyin however; I find it quite difficult to learn the characters because of poor learning techniques. What ...
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Need help finding the character encoding for my name

Chinese here! I have a really rare symbol in my name. The symbol was originally in the ‘traditional’character set, written as 頔 (pronounced as ‘di’) , but later China came up with a simplified version ...
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Is 了 a pictogram (象形字)?

當我看 Hinen 的答案時,看到近代書將「了」分為象形字。 大概是因為《說文解字》曾提及「象形」二字如下: 了,尦也。从子,無臂。象形。 作者許慎的意思應該是將「了」判為象形字。 《說文解字》的序文有象形字的定義: 象形者,畫成其物,隨體詰詘,日月是也。 象形字是依物體的彎曲樣子將它的形狀畫出來,譬如,日和月。 也就是說,象形字是直接描繪該物體。 但是,段玉裁的《說文解字注》...
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Reference for different looking ways of writing a character?

Is there any online database or printed reference work where it's possible to look up a character and see it written in many different styles, like different printing fonts, cursives and pictures from ...
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How come 星 (star) is used in 星期 (week)?

How come that the character 星 (star) is used in the word for week 星期? 期 means a period of time, but why is week "star"?
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Does Chinese character recognistion software exist? [closed]

does any one know if there is any method or software to recognize definition, sound of a character? Is there any software?
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What is the best way to memorize Chinese characters?

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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What character could be made with these radicals? [closed]

Chinese Characters Decomposition 丿 piě slash 十 shí ten 一 yī one 丨 gǔn line
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Are Chinese and Japanese characters decomposed the same way?

Decomposition Option of the Chinese Character 天 tiān ‘sky’ 天 tiān ‘sky’ 一 yī one 大 dà big 一 yī one 人 rén man 天一 大 一 人 NB. Synonyms: Structural analysis of the Chinese characters, Breakdown of the ...
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If the form for the character “I” (我) had been related to its meaning - how would it look?

Outlier's entry for 我 says: 我 depicts a saw-toothed weapon with a long handle. The modern meaning "I, me" is unrelated to the form. My best guess is: 俄 - modern pronunciation is e2 - but the logic ...
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Origins and usage of '襨'

I remember once reading about a Chinese character in Unicode that noone knew its meaning and purpose, and after some googling, I found 襨. Aside from basic character databases like Wiktionary or Unihan,...
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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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What does this text bubble mean? i believe it's kanji

i cannot for the life of me figure out what this means... been trying to find out through the yomiwa mobile app, looking up online, and trying to match this to some kanji for over an hour halp
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Ancient forms of characters

According to Wiktionary, "This character, 朙, is an ancient form of 明". I'd like to know what exactly ancient forms are and their current role in the language together with some academic reference, as ...
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List of all traditional Chinese characters

I'm looking for a repository or database containing all traditional Chinese characters. Where can I find this?
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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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Was Shuowen Jiezi 說文解字 originally written in the seal script 小篆?

Modern editions of Shuowen Jiezi 說文解字 use seal characters 小篆 only in the headwords. This is also the case with editions published a few hundred years ago. Was the whole original 121 edition of Shuowen ...
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天干、地支、八卦和六十四卦 Heavenly Stems, Earthly Branches, 8 Trigrams and 64 Hexagrams

When looking up individual characters in modern dictionaries, I often come across descriptions such as "one of the ten Heavenly Stems", "nth Earthly Branch", "one of the Eight Trigrams", etc. Is it ...
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Radical names and stroke names

Sometimes a character component has one pronunciation as a Kangxi radical, another one as a stroke, and perhaps even more: 一: yī / héng 丨: gǔn / shù 丶: zhǔ / diǎn 亅: jué / shùgōu 乙: yǐ / ...
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How is this character written: “一点一横长,二字下来口字方,两边丝绕绕,中间马大王,你也长,我也长,心字底,月字旁,打把金钩挂衣裳。”

《广安方言与民俗词典》has the following entry: 【biáng】 普通话中无“b-i-ang”发音,属于群众自创方音。象声词,本义指用力扯面中面条击打案板之声。生活中常作为口语化的象声词,如巴掌打在脸上的声音、面积较大的东西摔在地上的声音等。为了方便记忆,民间还有此字歌谣:“一点一横长,二字下来口字方,两边丝绕绕,中间马大王,你也长,我也长,心字底,月字旁,...
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Is there a dictionary of standard character variants?

Is there a (paper or online) dictionary/list that contains standard variants of Chinese characters next to each other? That is, the Kangxi Dictionary forms (正字/康熙字典體), the forms recommended in ...
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Meaning and use of ideograms around “language” : 说,话,语

I just arrived in this warm community and am glad to find a stackexchange about Chinese language. I merely began to learning Chinese and find it really exciting, yet many of uses and conventions are ...
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Hanzi pronunciation by radicals

I got into learning Chinese recently and since I already speak Japanese I find myself in a weird spot of being fairly familiar with a writing system, yet barely being able to read more than 30 ...
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character encoding, script, typeface/font

I'd like to know what relationship ties those terms. According to wikipedia, "There is however no mandated connection between the encoding system and the font used to display the characters; font ...
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What does this mean in English, very few words (Screenshot inside)?

What does this mean in English if you translate it? And what does this mean in pinyin, please tell me its very important!
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How to determine if character can be used separetely?

This question might be weird, but I haven't been able to find an answer to this. Some characters seem to be used only in combination with other characters. For instance, I believe 儿 cannot be used ...
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chinese bound trisyllabic morphemes

I'd like to know whether there're truly bound trisyllabic morphemes in mandarin Chinese. Thank you so much in advance.
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Polysemous disyllabic words

I would like to know whether in chinese there are polysemous disyllabic words made up of disyllabic morphemes, that is a word made up of two characters and which when (at least one of) its syllables ...
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Is there any record on this specific variant of the character 選?

The below variant of the Traditional character 選 comes from an old book of 20th-century Vietnam. I personally cannot find any source that acknowledges this variant. I'm also pretty sure that Unicode ...
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Blessed bat pun: 蝙蝠→__福

I heard about this pun, but I don't know how to identify the one character. I've tried a few tricks to search CEDICT but either it doesn't show up or there are too many hits to wade through.
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What is a non-gender specific way to specify a group of people when writing Chinese

If you write 'they' (tāmen) in Chinese characters, you have to be specific about the gender: 他们 / 她们 / 它们 All of them mean 'they' but what do you use if you mean a group mixed with men and women?
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Why do some Chinese characters look like western ones? [closed]

I am learning Chinese and met few characters, which are looking like western characters with similar pronunciation. Examples are 子 which pronounced like zi and visually similar to Z and 匹 which ...
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斯 vs 这 vs 此 for the meaning “this”?

What are the differences between these three, 斯 vs 这 vs 此, and any other characters or words for "this" in Mandarin Chinese? I'm just a beginner and I've noticed at least these few characters are in ...
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Cannot find Japanese kanji in Chinese dictionary

I do not have any historical dictionaries installed (yet) in Pleco. I am trying to look up a character I found in the handle of a contributor on the Japanese SE, but could not find it in Pleco. Don't ...
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Meaning of 别 in 别开生面?

I am aware of the fact that 别 usually means "don't", but what about :/ the expression 别开生面​。 Here, doors it mean "another"? What exactly does it mean in this context? Thanks.