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One's missionary, the other is doggy. And 嫐 is very lucky.

Excellent annotations!!:mrgreen:

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paperbagprince23

Guess I am bringing up the dead, but its a fun topic.

I am partial to any of the hanzi dealing with birds, but my favorite one is 枭 (xiao/owl). It just looks so beautiful, with the bird in the tree.

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heifeng

hmm..make sense. Too bad I always associate this character with 毒枭...which is how I see it used most.

oh well, at least there is always 鸨....oh wait...j/k

(sorry I had to post and make fun of the bird radical...only b/c bird characters always cause me problems in pronunciation ...I've ranted on the board somewhere about characters about birds heheh...but it definitely is a cool radical. I too like any radical or character that looks like an animal :mrgreen: for instance.....)

But I guess I should actually have a favorite character too. I think I like writing the character 水 most ~and~ I like both the simplified and traditional version of 龜 龟...since they look like they could just get up and crawl away :shock:

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bunny87

xue2 - it means study, but it looks like the lightbulb that comes over cartoon figures heads meaning they got an idea. i also write it so pretty.

shu1 - book. i just write it so awesome like, i love to write it.

pin4. - well, i just found that google defines it as "engage, betroth, get married". didn't know that. our class vocab has 应聘 ( ying4pin4 - apply for a job)and 招聘 (zhao1pin4 - invite applications for a job). but i just write it so pro, my printer can't make it look better. now that i know it's solo meaning, i love it even more.

so yeah, i like the characters that i feel i can handwrite better than my printer can print.

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MaLaTang

凸【tū】 protruding; raised.

凹【āo】 concave; hollow; sunken; dented.

even though they arent very common, these are my favorite characters. they almost look like they dont belong in the chinese language, and they perfectly represent their meanings

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Hofmann

If you want characters that don't look Chinese, take a look at Unicode Extension B.

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skylee
凸【tū】 protruding; raised.

凹【āo】 concave; hollow; sunken; dented.

even though they arent very common

They are very common.

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renzhe

They are both among the most commonly used 3000 characters, so I'd agree.

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paperbagprince23

Would you mind posting it?

Also, I have a question; some of these characters that are posted (like the "囧女“ ) i've never seen and on the website don't have any pronunciation, not to mention meaning. I understand some of them don't have meaning, but how did you guys find them/ how are they pronounced? I know very little about things like unicode, or "four corners' method or the like, but really want to learn.

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paperbagprince23

as I said, if you would open your eyes and not your mouth, I did try to look it up in a dictionary

Thanks, that site helped, and I found the character fine; but what I mean is, is their a way to pronounce it, in putonghua at least? I just get so excited whenever I see a new character.

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jbradfor

From the first page of searching for the-character-that-must-not-be-typed on google:

http://chardb.iis.sinica.edu.tw/char/33653

You just need to try a bit harder.

[sorry, edited post twice, I need to pay more attention.....]

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Hofmann

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The Unihan database doesn't have any information on how [u+21738] is pronounced. 康熙字典 says it's an older form of 屢, pronounced lǚ in Mandarin.

Also, if someone actually types the character in a post, their post will be truncated.

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paperbagprince23

Thanks, I like that dictionary,

Also, if someone actually types the character in a post, their post will be truncated

Wow, makes it sound so scary!

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Guest

I'd say 攀 (pān - to climb). I love how the radicals are put together in this character; it's smart in composition and therefore easy to remember:

- two trees at the top in between which there are two crosses like you might cross your hands when climbing up a tree

- a radical for "big" in the middle

- the hand radical at the bottom

Complex yet simple and intuitive!

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Matty

I like I met it first in my HSK exam that I was so ill prepared for I couldn't answer half the questions.

The main thing I remember is thinking how much it looks like a cute little bug.

Two small antenna, two big eyes and the classic stripes compartmentalised body.

No, after 4 years I still don't recall what it means....

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Selkarn

I love this character for some reason

I dislike these:

晚 and this 等

I think because they both have unsymmetrical curves

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Nimm Ringare

I like , even thought it's not really complicated, like characters you've chosen. : > But 噩夢 looks great too!

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LyYenKhang

I love the character:

It's so descriptive of the relation between autumn and nostalgic melancholy that is immortalized in Chinese and Vietnamese poetry. I remember it as "The autumn of the heart". I'm not sure if that is correct interpretation, but I don't see "qiu" as functioning to aid the pronunciation in either Cantonese, Mandarin or Vietnamese.

I also love:

I know that men2 serves to aid pronunciation, but there is just something about the picture of a heart crammed inside of the character, like someone's spirit is so depressed.

Also:

Because perserving takes mortification of one's desires, like pressing a knife to one's heart!

Anything that has the heart radical is so beautiful!

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