Chinese character

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Chinese character

n.
1. Any of the set of symbols used to write Chinese, each of which represents a single, usually monosyllabic word or morpheme.
2. Any of these symbols used to write the words, morphemes, or sounds of other languages, as one of the kanji of Japanese.
Translations
caractère chinois
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Mobile phone games could offer a way to teach Han characters to children in rural.
Unlike languages with alphabetic writing systems, the Chinese language uses Han characters, which correspond to a syllable or, sometimes, a word.
The lead non-Han characters, on the other hand, are violators of the same social mores, laws, and values dear to the Han characters.
In addition to their names, throughout the film the non-Han minorities are associated with animals and animality: riding horses; living and having sex in caves; tearing into desert fowl directly from the skewer; two of the male Han characters refer to jade-eyed fox as a "bitch" (55); the tiger sends messages by eagle; and crows appear with the fox.
62) A final coda is added to this heartrending scene, should the abundant moral fortitude and respect for social propriety of the Han characters not be fully evident: Liu Taibao is shown in a heavy downpour outside the cave, struggling with the corpse of Jade-eyed Fox, giving his ferociously evil non-Han enemy a proper burial in a freshly-dug grave.
Without fail, Han characters stand out as more positive or superior when interacting with non-Hans.
This corrected a large number of problems noted for some fields of the database and added many new types of data about Han characters.
In China the Han characters are called Hanzi; in Japan, the Han characters are called Kanji, and in Korean, they are called Hanja.
ISO 10646 supports the character codes from many existing character sets while Unicode takes the "unification" approach of eliminating the duplicate Han characters.
Although daily communications can get by using only 2,000 to 4,000 Han characters, Albertine Gaur estimates that the total number of ideograms in Chinese is around 50,000 characters; see Albertine Gaur, A History of Writing, rev.