Chinese Symbols Introduction
Start searching by pinyin or by meaning from the lists at the bottom of this page.
This website does NOT just provide you with a list of Chinese symbols. It tells you, for each symbol - and FOR FREE - EVERYTHING!
In the pages of my website, for each Chinese character you find:
Chinese text format;
Pronunciation (pinyin and MP3 files);
Number of strokes;
Order of stokes animation;
Simplified Chinese version;
Traditional Chinese version.
Chinese text format and image format: I decided to provide both text and image format of each symbol - this is in order to help users whose browsers don't display Chinese fonts.
Symbols can also be made bigger and smaller clicking on two buttons ("+" and "-").
Meaning: All the different meanings of each character, but please pay attention to this: almost every Chinese symbol, if taken alone, has more than one meaning. Words in Chinese are often composed of two or more characters. When a single symbol is used alone, its meaning depends on the context.
Translation hint: If you don't know how and when any word is used in Chinese language, don't use the content of this web site, even the content of a dictionary, to compose Chinese sentences word by word from English sentences. The any way perfect translation of a single word might in many cases be misleading. As all expert translators well know, words are used differently in different languages.
Pronunciation: You can listen to the correct Mandarin pronunciation of each character. Just click on its "pinyin" and listen to the MP3 file attached.
Number of strokes and order of stokes animation: For each symbol is provided the number of strokes it is composed of.
The order of strokes is also beautifully illustrated with an animation.
Simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese versions: Here you find also both simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese versions of each Chinese symbol.
The distinction between simplified and traditional Chinese refers only to the written Chinese language.
In 1964 the People's Republic of China made a sort of lifting to about 2300 symbols, giving them a new face. The old version of those symbols is called traditional Chinese, the new version is the simplified Chinese.
However, the simplified system has not been adopted outside the Chinese mainland. People in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and other overseas regions are still using traditional symbols.
That's why we have now two different versions of many Chinese symbols: the simplified and the traditional one.
Same meaning, same pronunciation, same usage, two different symbols.
In a few cases, more traditional symbols have been simplified in just one, so their meanings match only partially.
With this collection of Chinese characters I wish to contribute to foster your love for Chinese language and Chinese characters!
Please start searching for your Chinese symbol from the list below.
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Search by pinyin (pronunciation)