Chinese Symbols and Meanings

One of the goals of this website is to help make it easier to lookup Chinese symbols or characters. To that end the latest web pages on this website focus on the Easy Lookup System for looking up Chinese Characters.

Easy Lookup

The easy lookup system uses 12 key shapes (or "Keys") as the initial part of the lookup system.

Each of these 12 keys includes basic character shapes derivatives, which in turn may include further variations.

As an example, here are 12 derivates of the box shape:

Note how they all include a four side enclosure, either forming the border of the character or the top most, or left most or top-left most part of the character.

Characters include under each of these derivatives will include that derivative as either their top most or left most or top-left most element.

As an example, here are the characters included under the 足 derivative:

And here are the Chinese Characters or Symbols listed under the 日 shape:

The online Easy Lookup Chinese Character Dictionary includes entries for 1600 Chinese symbols. While the easy lookup index includes only Traditional Chinese characters, the entries themselves include both the Traditional and Simplified characters as well as Mandarin pronounciation using pinyin, Meaning and related words. Each entry also includes the Cangjie input codes (both letter and symbol form) for the Traditional form of the Chinese character.

If you know the initial part of a character's Cangjie input code, you can lookup that characters cangjie input code using this Cangjie Code dictionary. Click on the desired character to be taken to its entry in the Easy Lookup dictionary.

Inputting Chinese Characters

One possible challenge with Chinese is entering them or inputting them. On some devices you can try writing them. If you know the pronounciation you can use pinyin to input them. Another option is using Cangjie input codes to type a character based on its shape.

The Cangjie input system matches 24 Cangjie shapes to 24 letters of the alphabet (z isn't used, and x is only occasionally used.)

You could think of the Cangjie input method as a way of alphabetically inputting Chinese characters based on their shape.

As a starting point you can learn the associations for the letters a to e, f to j, k to o, p to t and u to y.

Chinese Symbols and Meanings

Some of the older resources include: Chinese Alphabet symbols, Chinese Symbols for Adjectives (Stative Verbs), Chinese Symbols for Colors (both Traditional and Simplified), Chinese symbols for Fruit drinks, Chinese Symbols for Yoga Poses, Anatomy symbols, and Fruit Drinks.

There are also Chinese symbols for Family, Love, and Chinese symbols for The Four Seasons

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    May 15, 2017

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