How do you identify Chinese characters?


  1. Chinese characters are pictures.
  2. Chinese characters can be ‘broken down’ into separate parts.
  3. The separate parts have their own meaning.
  4. One ‘part’ provides pronunciation.
  5. Balance is important in a character.

Is there an app to read Chinese characters?

Waygo, a mobile app that instantly translates Chinese characters into English just by hovering a smartphone camera over them, has been updated with a useful feature — it now teaches you how to read the Chinese characters by reflecting the pinyin, along with the English translation of the text.

What is the Chinese letter L?

Chinese respelling of the English alphabet

Letter Spelling 1 Spelling 2
L 饿罗 艾勒
M 饿母 艾马

What happened to decipher Chinese app?

***Update: The Decipher app is no longer available*** It’s a no frills app but loaded with just the right features for beginners. The articles are short and mostly about Chinese culture with some world news. The best part of the Decipher Chinese app is the touch dictionary/audio feature.

How do you read Chinese names?

In Chinese, the family name comes first, followed by the given name. There is no equivalent of a middle name in Chinese. About one in seven people in China have a name that is only two syllables, and very few people have names that are four syllables or more.

What does 5 mean in Chinese?

5 (五, WǓ) – LUCKY/UNLUCKY The number 5 is associated with both good luck and bad luck depending on context. Since 五 sounds similar to 无 (wú), which means “not” or “without” in Chinese, it can be viewed as bad luck.

What do the characters on a Chinese coin mean?

In this example, the “period title” is “康熙” (top character and bottom character) which means the coin was minted during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor ( kangxi 康熙) of the Qing Dynasty. In a few cases, the inscription is read clockwise beginning at the top which means the “period title” characters would be the top and right characters.

What do pictographs look like in Chinese characters?

When I first started learning to read Chinese characters, my teacher first introduced me to characters known as pictographs. These are characters that basically look like the object’s name, making them a. fun to learn and b.easier to remember.

Is there an app for Decipher Chinese Chinese?

Decipher Chinese is available as a mobile, tablet, or web app. The app is free with limited articles. Unlimited access is $4.99 for a monthly subscription. Download at

Which is the correct way to read Chinese coins?

As mentioned above, the inscriptions on a few coins are read clockwise beginning with the top character. In these cases, the two characters indicating “currency” would be the bottom and left characters. Chinese cash coins (round copper or bronze coins with a square hole in the middle) were made for more than 2,000 years.