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What's Your Favourite Character?

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lwstl4ke

I've always liked it since we learn it as part of , with its meaning of elephant I was always able to envisage it as actually looking like one!

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Iriya

Probably 乐/樂/楽.

I especially like the meaning it has in Japanese (when read 'raku'). E.g. 楽になりたい. I've no idea how to translate this specific concept to English. Also, the word 楽園. Too bad it got downplayed to simple 'playground' in modern Chinese. But it retains its original meaning in Japanese.

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michaelS

I'm quite partial to 容纳. It has a nice balance of up and down side to side bits.

企鹅 is good for the same reasons, but a bit crowded in the second character

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jono1001

My favourite character is 电 diàn. I first learned this as 電 when I learned Japanese. I really like the story of the rice field being hit buy lightning from the clouds. The instant mnemonic is what got me interested in characters. I always try to learn the radicals and etymology of new characters.

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Iriya

The 'rice field being hit by lightning' is 雷, not 電. There were originally many fields with a lightning bolt moving between them, then they were dropped and 雨 was added for clarification. 电 is simply a picture of a lightning bolt, although it got heavily distorted later.

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Mike

My Chinese friends don't seem to have a favourite character. Watching the fascinating video mentioned above ('How to write the character 之') I can see why - all the Chinese characters are so beautiful. I don't have any favourite words to write in English and none of them are, of themselves, beautiful or ugly: or maybe familiarity causes me to miss some aesthetic. Anyway, as I write :-), my favourite characters are:

或 ... (或者) and

惑 ... (困惑) and then

咸 ... (咸蛋) and

感 ... (感兴趣).

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xuexiansheng

Always liked because it looked like a face that was winking. ;)) And it gives me opportunity to skip 量词!

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Mauricey

I love 飞 in its simplified form because it's so elegant. Looks a bit like dragonfly to me.

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earthtojess

明, mainly because it is the first character that came to mind..

As 日+月=明, combined the sun and moon are very bright , therefore, 明天/年 will always be bright.

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mtpastille

I was surprised that I didn't find a topic about the most beautiful Chinese characters when I searched for it, so I am now taking the liberty to start one. Quite simply: Which Chinese character, traditional or simplified, is your favorite one from a purely aesthetic point of view?

I've always been a sucker for this character for emperor: . I especially like writing it. It goes quite well together with the meaning, too. What's yours?

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icebear

I've always had a soft spot for , originally described to me as "people falling all over each other". Not particularly beautiful, but funny, and one that I never had to study because of that.

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imron
I was surprised that I didn't find a topic about the most beautiful Chinese characters when I searched for it

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medivhsteve

‘丨’,'gun3',just a line and yes its a character but seldom do Chinese people use it.

I know it because I'm Chinese. :lol:

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