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A Complex Chinese Character (Characters Identified: 招財進寶)

This is actually not one character, but a stylistic conglomeration of the characters in the phrase 招財進寶, meaning "ushering in wealth and prosperity". The characters 財 and 寶 end up being represented ...
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Confusion about the ice radical 冫

Brief Answer Q1. The Wiktionary list of characters with the 冫 radical contains the following two characters: 冬, 冭. Where in these characters is the 冫? Are the two lines at the bottom supposed to be ...
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What is written in this satellite photograph? (Characters identified: 忠于毛主席)

The characters read: 忠于毛主席 Zhōng yú Máo zhǔxí 忠 means faithful; 于 is a multi-use preposition which, to me, sounds a bit archaic/formal, and here means "to", but can also mean "in" or "on"; 毛 is Mao ...
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A Complex Chinese Character (Characters Identified: 招財進寶)

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Does this building on chinese painting exist for real ? May the text which come along be of any help?

the building exists, it’s called “turtle tower”, in hanoi, vietnam: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoàn_Kiếm_Lake
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Can one learn to comprehend Chinese texts while being unable to read aloud?

Well, this is what Japanese speakers do when they look at a Chinese text – they have some understanding of it since they recognize the characters. One fundamental problem, though, is that in modern ...
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Has Unicode included these Classical Chinese characters?

𢂎 U+2208E 𦩳 U+26A73 𥸷 U+25E37 𤭹 U+24B79 𠰉 U+20C09 𢮿 U+22BBF 𦧴 U+269F4 𢜫 U+2272B 𤍐 U+24350 𢃛 U+220DB 𤟔 U+247D4 𣩒 U+23A52 𩵖 U+29D56 𪇇 U+2A1C7 𩬱 U+29B31 𤜅 U+24705 﨣 U+FA23 𥺝 U+25E9D 髟+忿?(...
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How to look up seal script characters?

For a freely available method, Guoxuedashi offers an interface to look up seal script characters. Prerequisites: Internet Explorer (seal script links do not dislpay properly on other browsers, ...
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An unknown Traditional Chinese character on a decorative piece for Lunar New Year (Characters identified: 招財進寶)

It's not likely you'll find this in any dictionary because it's a conglomeration of four characters: 招財進寶 "attracting money and treasure". See if you can find them. Hint: there is one part that is ...
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A Complex Chinese Character (Characters Identified: 招財進寶)

Welcome more questions Thomas. Very good answer above. It is a Spring Couplet 挥春/揮春. 招財進寶 is an auspicious saying to wish families more wealth and treasure. Chinese paste this on the front door or ...
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一单字动词,表示给食物过冷水,是哪个字? / a single-character word meaning to submerge food in cold water

拔(pronunciation only. Not sure how to write.)。 e.g. 面条放冷水里拔一下 焯是过热水。
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够 or 夠 - Two characters, one meaning?

够 or 夠 shared the same meaning and same pronunciation. We called this situation as 異體字(Variant character). In Taiwan or Hong Kong, we use 夠 more frequently than 够. In Mainland China, they use the ...
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Characters which have several different shapes

To answer the queries directly: Are all of these different styles of the same characters used in China as well, or are they specific to Japan? Is it important for me to learn about them (i.e. ...
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Stamped Chinese characters on a banknote

Read right to left, top to bottom. 富行揀選 樣券 富行 was short for 雲南富滇銀行 (The Yunnan "Fu-Tien" Bank), 揀選 meant "select, pick". 樣券 means "banknote sample". PS: Welcome to ...
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What does this mean in English, very few words (Screenshot inside)?

illusional romance 梦幻:梦是睡觉时的妄想,幻是魔术师的表演。二个都是虚假的。 情缘:情通常指男女爱情,缘是缘分(the fate, the lot, the second cause)。 补充: '梦幻' also means '美好的'(extraordinary, too good to be true)。 For example: 梦幻音乐。 It means ...
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How to look up seal script characters?

Looking up seal characters is not as hopeless as other answers seem to indicate, even though it is considerably harder than looking up modern characters. In any case, the lookup needs to consist of ...
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What do these two characters on cufflinks signify? (Characters identified: 福 and 壽/夀)

A technique for ‘solving’ such a problem without a human translator I pretend I did not know Chinese, I use 'Chinese hand writing input' on my iPad to mimic the brush strokes in the image you posted ...
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Can someone please help me translate the writing on my dizi flute?

So it's a very famous line from a very famous poem: 九月九日忆山东兄弟 【唐】王维 独在异乡为异客,每逢佳节倍思亲。 遥知兄弟登高处,遍插茱萸少一人。 It means: 独自远离家乡难免总有一点凄凉,[Leaving home alone is a little melancholic, so homesick] 每到重阳佳节倍加思念远方的亲人。...
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What is written in this satellite photograph? (Characters identified: 忠于毛主席)

This means we are loyal to Chairman Mao.
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Is the symbol in the images a chinese letter?

I saw this image on Walt Disney's tie in a picture of him. It is not a Chinese character, rather the letters S, R and T, according to : http://www.quora.com/Saving-Mr-Banks-2013-film/What-is-the-logo-...
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Mnemonic or Glyph Origin for 御

「御」 originally meant to operate or manage/control, then extended to mean the adjective imperial. The meaning to drive a carriage is specifically held by the character 「馭」; when 「御」 is used for this ...
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Are the characters for sleep and feel the same?

Chinese characters can have multiple meanings and multiple pronunciations. You figure out the intended pronunciation and meaning based on the context. In the context 睡觉 (Shuìjiào,"go to sleep"), the ...
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The character 双 in the dish name 炒双冬。

I think it's 炒双冬. 双 here means two. One 冬 is 冬菇, also known as 香菇, a kind of mushroom, lentinus edodes. The other 冬 refers to 冬笋, bamboo shoots.
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Are these chinese characters understandable?

It is plain as day that the two characters in both version of the logo are 烏黑 (pitch-black)in native Chinese's eyes. The top stroke of 烏 doesn't need to touch the frame, but you can't remove it if ...
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Does this box in the movie 妖猫传 (Legend of the Demon Cat) say 鳳栖樓 on its lid and 私人必死 inside, and what do they mean?

Never saw the movie. 鳳栖樓 should be the name of the building. You are mentioning there is a key in the box, so it is probably the building where the key is for. As the note inside the box, you got ...
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What is this character? How to identify it?

The character is the Shuowen seal form of「克」. 「克」was originally a compound of「由」(a helmet, top part of「冑」) and a reduced form of「皮」(an animal being skinned for its hide, with the action being ...
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What are the characters on this seal? (Characters identified: 李濟懋印)

As the other answer stated, the characters are 李濟懋印. Approximate idea of character development - this may not be strictly how the characters evolved over the years. 李 「李」(originally a kind of ...
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