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中文 Zhōng wén Chinese language
kāi to open / to start / to turn on / to boil / to write out (a prescription, check, invoice etc) / to operate (a vehicle) / carat (gold) / abbr. for Kelvin, 開爾文|开尔文[Kai1 er3 wen2] / abbr. for 開本|开本[kai1 ben3], book format
Wén surname Wen
wén language / culture / writing / formal / literary / gentle / (old) classifier for coins / Kangxi radical 67
英文 Yīng wén English (language)
全文 quán wén entire text / full text
作文 zuò wén to write an essay / composition (student essay) / CL:篇[pian1]
zhuǎi see 轉文|转文[zhuai3 wen2]
论文 lùn wén paper / treatise / thesis / CL:篇[pian1] / to discuss a paper or thesis (old)
人文 rén wén humanities / human affairs / culture
语文 wén literature and language
越南文 Yuè nán wén Vietnamese written language / Vietnamese literature
原文 yuán wén original text
正文 zhèng wén main text (as opposed to footnotes) / main body (of a book)
复古 to return to old ways (a Confucian aspiration) / to turn back the clock / neoclassical school during Tang and Song associated with classical writing 古文 / retro (fashion style based on nostalgia, esp. for 1960s)
译文 wén translated text
外文 wài wén foreign language (written)
日文 wén Japanese (language)
本文 běn wén this text / article / the main body of a book
课文 wén text / CL:篇[pian1]
公文 gōng wén document
散文 sǎn wén prose / essay
天文 tiān wén astronomy
诗文 shī wén poetry and literature
学位论文 xué wèi lùn wén a dissertation / a PhD thesis
韩文 Hán wén hangul, Korean phonetic alphabet / Korean written language
上下文 shàng xià wén (textual) context
记叙文 wén narrative writing / written narration
华文 Huá wén Chinese language / Chinese script
软文 ruǎn wén advertorial
凯文 Kǎi wén Kevin (person name)
文言文 wén yán wén classical Chinese
德文 wén German (language)
水文 shuǐ wén hydrology
甲骨文 jiǎ wén oracle script / oracle bone inscriptions (an early form of Chinese script)
批文 wén official written ruling in response to a submission / official approval in writing
引文 yǐn wén quotation / citation
欧文 Ōu wén Owen (name) / Erwin (name) / Irvine, California
Fàn abbr. for 梵教[Fan4 jiao4] Brahmanism / abbr. for Sanskrit 梵語|梵语[Fan4 yu3] or 梵文[Fan4 wen2] / abbr. for 梵蒂岡|梵蒂冈[Fan4 di4 gang1], the Vatican
铭文 míng wén inscription
经文 jīng wén scripture / scriptures / CL:本[ben3]
应用文 yìng yòng wén applied writing / writing for practical purposes (business letters, advertising etc)
条文 tiáo wén clause / explanatory section in a document
古文 wén old language / the Classics / classical Chinese as a literary model, esp. in Tang and Song prose / classical Chinese as a school subject
杂文 wén essay
斯文 wén refined / educate / cultured / intellectual / polite / gentle
达尔文 ěr wén Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British biologist and author of "On the Origin of Species" 物種起源|物种起源[Wu3 zhong3 Qi3 yuan2] / Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory (Australia) 北領地|北领地[Bei3 Ling3 di4]
上文 shàng wén preceding part of the text
撰文 zhuàn wén article (in publication)
说文 Shuō wén see 說文解字|说文解字[Shuo1 wen2 Jie3 zi4]
史蒂文 Shǐ wén Steven, Stephen (name)
宇文 wén a branch of the Xianbei 鮮卑|鲜卑[Xian1 bei1] nomadic people / two-character surname Yuwen
建文 Jiàn Wén Jianwen Emperor, reign name of second Ming Emperor Zhu Yunwen 朱允炆[Zhu1 Yun3 wen2] (1377-1402), reigned 1398-1402
行文 xíng wén writing style (formal) / to send an official written communication
朗文 Lǎng wén Longman (name)
成文 chéng wén written / statutory
明文 míng wén to state in writing (laws, rules etc)
俄文 É wén Russian language
梵文 Fàn wén Sanskrit
火星文 Huǒ xīng wén lit. Martian language / fig. Internet slang used to communicate secret messages that the general public or government can't understand
罗文 Luó wén Roman Tam (1949-), Canto-pop singer
姜文 Jiāng Wén Jiang Wen (1963-), sixth generation Chinese movie director
蔡英文 Cài Yīng wén Tsai Ing-wen (1956-), Taiwanese DPP politician, president of the Republic of China from 2016
汉文 Hàn wén Chinese written language / Chinese literature esp. as taught abroad
奎文 Kuí wén Kuiwen district of Weifang city 濰坊市|潍坊市[Wei2 fang1 shi4], Shandong
胡适 Shì Hu Shi (1891-1962), original proponent of writing in colloquial Chinese 白話文|白话文[bai2 hua4 wen2]
藏文 Zàng wén Tibetan script / Tibetan written language / Tibetan language
兴文 Xīng wén Xingwen county in Yibin 宜賓|宜宾[Yi2 bin1], Sichuan
金文 jīn wén inscription in bronze / bell-cauldron inscription
法文 wén French language
修文 Xiū Wén Xiuwen county in Guiyang 貴陽|贵阳[Gui4 yang2], Guizhou
白话文 bái huà wén writings in the vernacular
龙文 Lóng wén Longwen district of Zhangzhou city 漳州市[Zhang1 zhou1 shi4], Fujian
分文 fēn wén a single penny / a single cent
蒙文 Měng wén Mongolian language
四人帮 rén bāng Gang of Four: Jiang Qing 江青, Zhang Chunqiao 張春橋, Yao Wenyuan 姚文元, Wang Hongwen 王洪文, who served as scapegoats for the excesses of the cultural revolution
西文 wén Spanish / Western language / foreign languages (in Qing times)
身无分文 shēn fēn wén penniless (idiom)
释文 shì wén interpreting words / to explain the meaning of words in classic texts / to decipher an old script
阿拉伯文 Ā wén Arabic (language & writing)
碑文 bēi wén inscription on a tablet
葡萄牙文 táo wén Portuguese (language)
关文 guān wén passport / travel papers
盲文 máng wén Braille (alphabet for the blind)
沈从文 Shěn Cóng wén Shen Congwen (1902-1988), novelist
斯蒂文 wén Steven (name) / Simon Stevin (1548-1620), Flemish engineer and mathematician, played a key role in introducing the decimal system to Europe
推文 tuī wén tweet (on Twitter) / (HK, Tw) to "bump" a forum thread to raise its profile / to reply to original poster (or recommend a post) on PTT bulletin board
满文 Mǎn wén Manchurian written language
潘基文 Pān wén Ban Ki Moon (1944-), Korean diplomat, UN secretary-general from 2006
西班牙文 bān wén Spanish (language)
希腊文 wén Greek literature
韵文 yùn wén verse
泰文 Tài wén Thai (language)
卡尔文 ěr wén Calvin (name)
奇文 wén remarkable work / peculiar writing
埃文 Āi wén Evan / Avon / Ivan
祷文 dǎo wén litany (text of a prayer)
密文 wén coded text / cypher
回文 huí wén palindrome
咨文 wén official communication (between gov. offices of equal rank) / report delivered by the head of gov. on affairs of state


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