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I'm trying to figure out who the artist is on a painting. (Characters identified: on the seal 曹蘇斯 and the calligraphy 我心畫)

Had this painting for about a decade, asked for a translation of the text one reddit and this is what they were able to provide me. 我心畫 Ambiguous, perhaps "painted with my heart" or painted ...
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Hi can someone help me translate these two signatures please! Thanks

Trying to translate two watercolor paintings signatures I am having a hard time searching myself
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What is this name/reading?

could someone help with the reading of the text in the photo please. Thanks
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Creating Chinese names for my family members

I took Mandarin for a couple semesters in college. It was a great experience, but I haven't looked at my coursework in 10yrs at least. One of the experiences that I remember fondly was that of my ...
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Why is Chick-fil-A called 達 堡 可 福?

This is the sign on Chick fil-A in Chinatown in Washington, DC. My guess for 可 福 (ke fu) is just that it's approximately phonetic to two sounds in "Chik-Fil-A" and has a pleasant meaning (&...
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Reading of text on artwork

This text/name is from a piece of art, can someone help with the reading please?
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Reading of Chinese Name

Could someone help with a reading of this name please:
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Where can I find a database of all recorded 姓?

I can't read or write Chinese well, so this question is perhaps easy to search for if you do. So far I have had no luck. I am looking for a list of all recorded Chinese last names (or at least the ...
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How can I find the Chinese meaning and possible characters for a Pinyin name (without tone marks)

I am trying to find out the Mandarin characters and the meaning behind a name, Most web sites I go to have very generic answers, if they answer at all. This thread doesn't answer my question ...
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Can someone help my identity this silk painting please

Hello I inherited 4 silk Chinese paintings and would love to know who made them and what the red stamps mean?
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I'm an artist/writer and I need to know if this name is okay?

(Apologies if the question is inappropriate I did try and find an answer myself but I kept being lead back here to ask) I'm creating a Chinese character with the Cantonese dialect and I've named her ...
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What is written on these paintings and does it have any meaning?

Someone I know has a small business in buying/selling things. She asked if I know what the painting says as I know a limited amount of Japanese. while I couldn't read it even if it was Japanese, I ...
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Why is world chess champion 丁立人 nicknamed 人哥?

I've been seeing world chess champion 丁立人 being called 人哥 all over the Internet, but haven't figured out why. E.g. the title of this video is: 人哥快醒醒!這是世界冠軍候選人賽!2022世界冠軍候選人賽第1輪講解 Presumably, 人 is ...
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Is 安大勇 a good Chinese name? [closed]

I'd like to create a Chinese name (because my original name is extremely, extremely hard to pronounce for Chinese speakers) and I'd like to ask if 安大勇 is a good choice for a male name and if it brings ...
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Spelling of Given Names in Taiwan - Pinyin or "plain"? (+/- interpolated "n")

Pinyin Info says of the given names listed "I refer to these as “Taiwanese” names, I give the Mandarin forms (since Hanyu Pinyin is a system for writing Mandarin), not names in Hoklo/Hokkien (the ...
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Is 林心鹭 a good Chinese name?

I’ve been looking to find a Chinese name and I found somewhere on a website the name “心鹭”. I instantly loved it because herons are my favourite birds so it’s meaningful for me, but I’m not sure if it ...
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Suggest a Chinese name to match my real name

I started learning Chinese and I am choosing my Chinese name. Can you suggest something that matches the etymology or pronunciation of my real name? My real name is Wojciech Rogulski. My first name ...
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Writer looking for Chinese name for a character

I'm writing a novel and I have a character that is of Chinese descent. The story takes place centuries into the future on another planet with only a handful (few several thousand) humans left. Of ...
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Another question on picking the name

So I am going to Taiwan to study Chinese and the program told me that if I do not pick myself a Chinese name, the teacher will pick (an apparently random) one. And so from what I see the general rule ...
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A Yixing teapot?

I have had this teaset for a number of years not really knowing much about it. I have been told it comes from the purple clay teapot museum as a limited edition of 100. I was informed that the mark on ...
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Deciphering chinese address

I have to send a package to a chinese address. This is the address the seller gave me: zhuwei 12345678901 China zhe jiang sheng jin hua shi yi wu shi 7th Floor, Building 3, Kaichuang Park, No.123, ...
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Is there significance on whether having a 3 character name versus a 2 character name in mainland China?

I only have experience with mainland Chinese families having 3 character names, however, my family only has 2 characters in our names. I saw a similar question acknowledging the difference between ...
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Naming characters in a xianxia short fiction!

I am in the midst of trying to learn mandarin but haven't learned enough to feel confident in my naming for some short fiction I'm writing. I'd love suggestions or changes! Cáo Shīhán, a protagonist &...
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How did typhoon 轩岚诺 get its name?

I was intending to go hiking, but I can't thanks to typhoon 轩岚诺. Now I'm curious as to how this typhoon came to be called 轩岚诺, which looks like it could be an actual person's full name. Question: How ...
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What does this name mean? (Characters identified: 善任) [closed]

I would love to know its meaning. Thank you in anticipation. <3 The characters represent my adopted daughter's first name, as assigned by her great uncle.
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What is an example of a surname formed by combining two single-character family names?

There are many origins of compound surnames. Some derive from royal or official titles, place-names, professions, while others originate from non-Han Chinese clans that lived in ancient China or were ...
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"Mei Mei" as a given name

I see a lot of Chinese female characters in English-language media named Mei or Mei Mei. I know there are different ways Mei is written in names, like 梅 and 美 (which is in my mother's name), and there'...
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Please help me choose a Chinese name that is easy to write and is a name [closed]

My (western) Kindergartener son needs a Chinese name (three characters) for himself for use at his school. I started with some ideas that relate to his western names, one character for family name, ...
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Can this be a chinese name?

There is a popular meme online which photoshops John Cena's face onto Mao Zedong, naming it 'Zhong XiNa'. Is there a possibility that this can be transliterated into a real, meaningful Chinese name?
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Help with Chinese name

I have been thinking for a few months about what I would like to use for my name when I go to teach English in China next spring. I have read many blog posts and tips about choosing a Chinese name, ...
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Is the Chinese name 海追远 weird sounding?

My Chinese teacher gave me the name 海追远 last year. I picked out the surname 海 because it sounds like my last name, he just gave me the first name 海追远. Now that I've started a college Chinese class, ...
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柯西 as a character name: can it potentially transliterate as Xi (as in the greek letter)?

I'm trying to figure out how to correctly translate the name of a character which is written as 柯西. I've used a few translation resources, and all of them output Cauchy, however, the pronunciation (...
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My boss from Shanghai said, her name "doesn't mean anything". I am confused!

So, I worked for a lady originally from Shanghai, but operating a TCM health clinic in California. English is her second language. I never got the chance to clarify her statement to me when she told ...
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Help choosing a better Chinese name

Recently, someone helped me come up with a Chinese name for myself, and after some discussion, the surname 高 and given names 偉恩, 大恩 and 太恩 were recommended. The first (偉恩) I liked but found that it ...
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Is it considered a bad thing to choose a book character's name as yours in Chinese? Picking a name from a book etc? [closed]

So, I am in a process of finding a good name for myself in Chinese. I wanted it to be somehow connected to space, maybe astrophysics, maths etc. The thing that actually inspired me to sign up for a ...
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Does the character 大 make a name seem "Unsophisticated"

Recently, I had someone from Taiwan help me create Chinese name for myself to use when writing/communicating with those in Chinese speaking areas. In our discussion, I had suggested 大恩 as a given/...
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Is it correct to call the UK 英国?

As we all know, the UK means the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in which there is not a word or a syllable that sounds like 英, but why is the name of this country in Chinese is ...
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Help review chinese names for characters in a wuxia setting

For a thing I'm basically fleshing out a wuxia style martial sect. Just trying to name a few things and people. I'm doing all the research I can, but it really takes someone who is familiar with the ...
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When you first meet someone, sometimes they say (for example): " 我是小朋...“

。。。 “小时的小,朋友的朋。” I think Chinese people will say that because you may not know how their name is written, so you get a better description of what their name is. But... does the word have to be the ...
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How would you write Yuna in a Chinese poetic name? [closed]

I'm trying to come up with a Chinese name for myself that has a poetic meaning and still sounds like my English name. Any suggestions?
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Help with chinese address

I would like to ask for help in "decoding" chinese name and address that seller gave me to return the item back to china. I tried translators on the internet but they do not work. The street ...
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Which Chinese dialect group is the surname Kuok from?

Which Chinese dialect group is the surname Kuok from? I assume it's a variant of the Mandarin Guo (郭).
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Need a last character [closed]

I have this character who is a triplet but I am having a hard time figuring out what the last character of her name should be. So far her other triplet sisters are named 任子婷 and 任子婧, and I wanted her ...
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Is "华彧" an acceptable name for males? Any other boy names with "华"? [closed]

I have been learning Chinese for several months now, and I would love to have a Chinese name to facilitate conversing and learning, mainly for my own enjoyment. I feel that whatever my name will be, ...
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How do you answer the following question when someone asks: 我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗?

我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗? My Chinese teacher asked me the question above ^. Am I supposed to say: 这是我的中国老师, 王朋. or 这是我的美国朋友, Rodger Smith. Basically, should I be introducing my Chinese teacher who ...
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Help with expanding on a Chinese character's name (in headcanon)

(To clarify: I'm a white American, trying to make fanlore for a canonically Chinese character from a Korean game. There's several different levels of possible lost-in-translation here. If you need any ...
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What does this name mean in pinyin/english?

i'd appreciate it a lot if someone could tell me! id like to know what this name means in pinyin, as well as english.
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Help me choose a good chinese name [closed]

I'm currently learning chinese and I've decided to adopt a chinese name since my given name doesn't translates well to mandarin. I wanted to choose a nome that comes from ancient poetry and evoques ...
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Choosing a Chinese name based on John the Apostle

I'm new and I only recently started getting more serious about learning Chinese. After doing research and talking to people, someone suggested that I should chose a Chinese name and that I should ask ...
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Is there a word/name that sounds like "Arky"? [closed]

I'm looking for a catchy name and I'm wondering if the word "arky" does mean anything in the Chinese language. I was wondering if there is like a word in Chinese language that is pronounced (...
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