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What's Your Favourite Character?

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Entropy_Rising

My hands down favorite character is . I've always loved the 知 of 知道, where knowledge or awareness is seen as the spoken word which pierces through the BS like an arrow. Wisdom is knowledge that illuminates, hence the addition of the sun to 知 makes 智. How elegant! If I ever give my kids Chinese names, the first syllable will be 智 for all of them. Unless, of course, this character can't be used in names.

My second favorite character, incidentally, is which is used along with my first favorite character to write 智慧. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing (to my eye at least), I again admire how concrete the character 慧 can make a concept as abstract as wisdom: my etymology may be wrong, but I think it's met to represent two hands grasping a broom and sweeping up the dust inside one's 心. And even if that etymology's wrong, that's probably how I'm going to see that character from now on anyways. :)

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Strawberries513

Looks and meaning wise, my favorite by far is  But when it comes to writing, my favorite is

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bhchao

忍, because it symbolizes an inner quality (heart) that endures hardship (tough as a blade). Determination to persevere and succeed in other words.

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toads

I like because it just feels like a proper character, and makes me quite proud when I manage to remember it :)

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王火星..

I find 京剧 to be really to write, even though they're two characters..

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Ari 桑

Oh yeah, I'm a huge fan of 戴 too, and anything with a similar construction to 成

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natalie

I keep a special place for .

It's just perfect... and has a quality of a talisman. the holy three...

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Lán Màitè

Darn, Strawberries beat me to it! I was going to say fei 非常 written together is very nice looking. I also think is very cool looking. I like the double characters. I also like . The radical is one of my favorites. ^^

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YangDizi

My favourite 汉字/漢字 (hànzì) is one which does not actually exist but is a combination of 招财进宝/招財進寶 (zhāo cái jìn bǎo) meaning "to let riches and treasures come in". It often appears on gifts and decorations:

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atitarev

Every period has a different favourite hanzi for me. I felt a little proud when I learned to write by hand without looking up character .

I am not even trying to memorise hanzi as complex as the one Yangdizi posted. :mrgreen:

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丽丽_Jinlei

Hmm. Maybe 我 . I also like writing 欢 。 :)

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Yuchi

经, I think it's because the right side of it is just fun to write..

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leosmith
my favorite by far is

oddly similar to my favorite 

is this a case of simplified vs traditional?

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atitarev
I love 神 and 龍, both are very complicated looking!

I already said my favourite characters change. My today's favourite character is , because it's simple. :mrgreen:

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kaifaqu crue

I really enjoy writing 無 for some reason.

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ABCinChina

I like to write 為 and 愛 (the traditional versions) because 為 looks very cool and 愛 has a heart symbol in the middle! Not that anybody cares, but thought I'd mention it! :mrgreen:

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Danman

My favourite of the moment is 两, not so much because of aesthetic resonance, as because of personal association : kid sister and myself on the swings way back when.

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