Looking Up and Inputting
The Chinese Symbol for Beautiful

The Chinese character (or symbol) for Beautiful 美 with the pronounciation mei3. This character is found in the easy lookup system under the Hat Index key. It's cangjie input code is tgk. Neil Keleher. Chinese Symbols and Meanings, Chinsym.

This is the Chinese character for Beautiful. Other Chinese symbols have this meaning (beautiful) but suppose you saw this symbol, and wanted to look it up using the easy lookup system?

Finding the Chinese Symbol for Beauty using the Easy Lookup System

The first thing to do is recognize the two horizontally opposed strokes at the top of the character 丷. Seeing these, the first place you can look is under the Hat Easy Lookup Key 八.

In the Hat lookup menu there are several derivatives of the hat shape 八 人入 今 全 金 分 父 曾 首 羊 對 尚 火 小. The first derivatives all have the strokes angling down and out 八 人入 今 全 金 分 父. The latter half has the strokes angling down and in 曾 首 羊 對 尚 火 (小 is an exception).

Looking at 美 again, beneath the hat shape there is horizontal line 䒑 followed by a cross shape with two horizontals 土, 𦍌. This, 羊, looks like a close match. Under this sub index we have the following 羊 翔 美 養 善 差 義. The third character has 𦍌 as the top part and 大 as the bottom. It's a match 美.

Inputting the Chinese Symbol for Beautiful

Now supposed you wanted to input this Chinese Symbol for beautiful. You could write it using a track pad or smart phone/table writing app.

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You could input it using its pinyin pronouncation. Just enable a pinyin input method, type mei, for beautiful, and pick the character from the resulting drop down.

Selecting pinyin input for Chinese characters on a Mac operating system. Neil Keleher. Chinese Symbols and Meanings, Chinsym.
Inputting the Chinese Symbol for beautiful using pinyin. Neil Keleher.  Chinese Symbols and Meanings, Chinsym.

Using the Cangjie Input System to Input the Chinese Symbol for Beautiful

Another option is to type it using it’s cangjie input code. For this method make sure that your have enabled cangjie input method on your computer and that it is currently active.

Selecting cangjie input for Chinese characters on a mac operating system. Neil Keleher.  Chinese Symbols and Meanings, Chinsym.
Inputting the Chinese character for Beautiful 美 using the Cangjie input system, step 1. Neil Keleher.  Chinese Symbols and Meanings, Chinsym.
Inputting the Chinese character for Beautiful 美 using the Cangjie input system, step 2. Neil Keleher.  Chinese Symbols and Meanings, Chinsym.
Inputting the Chinese character for Beautiful 美 using the Cangjie input system, step 3. Neil Keleher.  Chinese Symbols and Meanings, Chinsym.

The cangjie input code for beautiful could be divided into two parts, the first for the top part 𦍌 and the second for the bottom part 大.

For any character with more than one part, the cangjie code for the first part will have a maximum of two elements. For the Chinese character for beautiful these two elements are t/廿 and g/土.

The t is for the two dots 丷 and the first horizontal line 一 while the g is for the cross shape and the horizontal line below it 土.

For the bottom part the code is a single element, the letter k/大. You type tgk/廿土大 and then press enter and then you'll have input the Chinese Symbol for Beautiful.

Learning to Write the Chinese Symbol for Beautiful

Now lets say you want to practice writing this character. In order to memorize the strokes, while enjoying the process, I’d suggest breaking it down. This break down doesn’t have to correspond to units of meaning. Instead, focus on learning a few strokes at a time, few enough that you can remember them without having to think but not so few that you don’t learn anything new in practicing them.

Practicing those few strokes till they come smoothly. Then learn the next bunch using the same process. Then try putting them together. If you have more strokes, practice those, then with the second group and then all strokes together.

Once you’ve memorized the character you can practice all the strokes in sequence. If you then find that part of the character doesn’t look write or if you have trouble with particular strokes, practice them in isolation so that you can remedy the problem or work towards it. Then practice the whole again, building up to it gradually so that you retain the desired changes.

The more characters you practice with this method the easier it becomes. You’ll also find that as you learn more and more characters you’ll begin to encounter some of the same stroke sets. The task of learning such characters then comes easier.

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