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What's this new Chinese character which looks like 座?

Technically it isn't a new Chinese character but a Japanese character. Eileen Chow posted about this on Twitter saying: Winner of 2020’s new kanji contest in Japan: the character 座 (seat), ...
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Why is 刻 used to mean ''a quarter of an hour''?

刻 means ''to carve'' but my dictionary also says it means ''to set a time limit''. well, you need a better dictionary 😼 in 國語辭典, the first explanation of the entry “刻”, as noun is: 古代計時的名稱,...
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What is an “exoactive” Chinese character?

These terms were devised in the late 20th century analysis of Classical Japanese, originally, for the difference between -(さ)す (glossed as externally instigated) and -(ら)る (glossed as internally ...
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Is there any connection between the choice of characters for 九 and 丸?

「九」 and 「丸」 are not related. As @user3306356 points out, 「丸」 is probably related to 「夗」. 商朝甲骨文菁2.1合集6057西周金文作冊夨令簋集成4300戰國・晉金文東周左𠂤壺集成9640小篆九部說文解字今楷書  「九」 depicts an arm showing the hand, a bent wrist,...
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What is the story or reason of how 龙 came from 龍?

TL;DR Long Answer From the oracle script to the seal script, character 龍 evolved from simple to complex. The seal script was already very similar to 龍. However later, variants (there were too many!)...
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Stroke order database

There are some recent open source efforts that have opened this up a bit. One is hanzi writer, which was based on the data for 3195 strokes contained in ZDT but now uses the more complete character ...
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Why do Chinese people complicate the matter in choosing the words for translation

To make it look like a transliteration by reusing commonly used characters: 伊丽莎白 vs 一力杀白 To avoid confusion: 汤姆猫 vs 汤母猫 (in Tom and Jerry) To reflect the original pronunciation: 约翰 vs 江, 希腊 vs 格里斯 To ...
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Why is 吏 (lì) pronounced differently to 史 (shǐ) and 使 (shǐ)?

Let us look at the reconstructions (specifically, at Baxter-Sagart): 吏 (lì) 'officer' is [r]əʔ-s; 史 (shǐ) 'scribe' is s-rəʔ; 使 (shǐ) 'to send, to cause' is s-rəʔ; 使 (shì) 'to be sent as an envoy; ...
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Is there an alphabetic system in the Chinese language?

The official way to write Chinese uses Chinese characters, which is not an alphabetical system. There have been various phonetic systems developed to either write or transcribe Chinese. Some of these ...
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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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List of all traditional Chinese characters

Download CJSYS-20110919.zip. Find /CJSYS-20110919/cjsys/yong/mb/cj5-13053.txt Copy the [DATA] section (from line 9 to 14136) into a spreadsheet. Remove whatever you don't need. Sort. Remove duplicates....
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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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How do I get the enumeration comma (、) in Google input tools?

I think you can try the backslash "\".
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What is the meaning of 子 in words like 菓子(과자), 帽子(모자), or 獅子(사자)?

「子」originally meant child. By extension, through the following sequence, it was further used: To emphasise the smallness of an object. As a diminutive suffix, conveying a sense of intimacy/endearment....
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Is it viable to write Chinese in emoji?

Some people are already doing this for fun. Replacing (some of) the Chinese characters in a sentence with emojis. Sometimes it is used to curse, with a somewhat softened tone. Sometimes it is used to ...
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How was 辣 used before the Columbian Exchange?

in ancient time, "辛" was used, in lieu of 辣. e.g. in 洪範: 潤下作鹹﹒炎上作苦﹒曲直作酸﹒從革作辛﹒稼穡作甘 http://ctext.org/shang-shu/great-plan/zh?searchu=潤下作鹹,炎上作苦,曲直作酸,從革作辛,稼穡作甘%E3%80%82&searchmode=showall#result ...
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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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Apple Watch has a built in response of "一个字。非常棒!👊". Is this correct?

1.字 = character, 词 = word 2."一个字,非常棒" can be either an incorrect translation (which is not rare in big companies' products) or a net slang phrase("一个字,XXX" where XXX is intentionally more than one ...
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What is "qiou"?

The character is made up for a dialectical word qiǔ. Constructed as「⿱穷土」, the definition is dirt-poor (「穷」到吃「土」), and the prescribed reading qiou is a Fanqie-like combination of 「穷」(qiong, poor) and「...
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For the character"冒",is the top part "日" or "曰"?

For the character"冒",is the top part "日" or "曰"? Neither. 冒 is comprised of simultaneously semantic and phonetic 冃 (mào, hat) and phonetic 目 (mù). The word that both 冃 and 冒 originally represented ...
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Why do Chinese people complicate the matter in choosing the words for translation

I feel the question shows a certain dissatisfaction and annoyance that Chinese people choose certain characters that are well-known and conventional for transliteration, when others are available that ...
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What are the different words for "and" that can be used in a list and how do they differ?

used to connect words: 和; 與; 跟; 及; 以及; 和 can be used everywhere. 跟 is used in oral cases mostly. 與, 及, 以及 are used mostly in writing. used to connect clauses or sentences: 並且; 而且
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Can I always write the 艹 (grass radical) with three lines only?

Two notes: 艹 is 4 strokes in Taiwan and Hong Kong only. It is less helpful to think of it as a "traditional"/"simplified" difference, as among other standards which use "traditional characters" (e.g. ...
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Which organization defines CJK Unified Ideographs?

On the Frequently Asked Questions page for Chinese and Japanese on Unicode there is a question that asks: Q: Who is responsible for future CJK characters? The answer reads: A: The development and ...
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Meaning of early written versions of 地 and etymology?

「地」 (Baxter-Sagart OC: /*[l]ˤej-s/, ground) is comprised of semantic 「土」 (picture of a lump of dirt) and phonetic 「也」 (/*lAjʔ/). This structure is found relatively late, derived from a graphical ...
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Is there a difference between 夂 and 夊?

Short Answer The shapes「夂」and「夊」are writing variants. As a component of a character, the majority of the time it is just a「止」(picture of a foot) pointing in the opposite direction to「止」. The ...
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Is 了 a pictogram (象形字)?

「了」是象形字嗎? Is 了 a pictograph? 丁福保所編的《說文解字詁林》收集了(清)王筠《說文句讀》中關於「了」的解釋。 丁福保's 《說文解字詁林》 collected (Qing Dynasty) 王筠's 《說文句讀》, which has explained 了. 筠 [ ㄩㄣˊ | yún ] 句讀 [ ㄐㄩˋ ㄉㄡˋ | jù dòu ] 圖一 《集韻》引,...
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