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华文 Huá wén Chinese language / Chinese script
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
中文 Zhōng wén Chinese language
zhuǎi see 轉文|转文[zhuai3 wen2]
Wén surname Wen
wén language / culture / writing / formal / literary / gentle / (old) classifier for coins / Kangxi radical 67
英文 Yīng wén English (language)
引文 yǐn wén quotation / citation
全文 quán wén entire text / full text
论文 lùn wén paper / treatise / thesis / CL:篇[pian1] / to discuss a paper or thesis (old)
作文 zuò wén to write an essay / composition (student essay) / CL:篇[pian1]
人文 rén wén humanities / human affairs / culture
原文 yuán wén original text
语文 wén literature and language
正文 zhèng wén main text (as opposed to footnotes) / main body (of a book)
日文 wén Japanese (language)
韩文 Hán wén hangul, Korean phonetic alphabet / Korean written language
本文 běn wén this text / article / the main body of a book
公文 gōng wén document
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)
散文 sǎn wén prose / essay
外文 wài wén foreign language (written)
天文 tiān wén astronomy
课文 wén text / CL:篇[pian1]
译文 wén translated text
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
文言文 wén yán wén Classical Chinese writing
宇文 wén a branch of the Xianbei 鮮卑|鲜卑[Xian1 bei1] nomadic people / two-character surname Yuwen
学位论文 xué wèi lùn wén a dissertation / a PhD thesis
应用文 yìng yòng wén applied writing / writing for practical purposes (business letters, advertising etc)
水文 shuǐ wén hydrology
甲骨文 jiǎ wén oracle script / oracle bone inscriptions (an early form of Chinese script)
软文 ruǎn wén advertorial
诗文 shī wén poetry and literature
上下文 shàng xià wén (textual) context
修文 Xiū Wén Xiuwen county in Guiyang 貴陽|贵阳[Gui4 yang2], Guizhou
记叙文 wén narrative writing / written narration
德文 wén German (language)
凯文 Kǎi wén Kevin (person name)
批文 wén official written ruling in response to a submission / official approval in writing
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
铭文 míng wén inscription
成文 chéng wén written / statutory
撰文 zhuàn wén article (in publication)
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]
条文 tiáo wén clause / explanatory section in a document
杂文 wén essay
欧文 Ōu wén Owen (name) / Erwin (name) / Irvine, California
兴文 Xīng wén Xingwen county in Yibin 宜賓|宜宾[Yi2 bin1], Sichuan
说文 Shuō wén see 說文解字|说文解字[Shuo1 wen2 Jie3 zi4]
胡适 Shì Hu Shi (1891-1962), original proponent of writing in colloquial Chinese 白話文|白话文[bai2 hua4 wen2]
法文 wén French language
蔡英文 Cài Yīng wén Tsai Ing-wen (1956-), Taiwanese DPP politician, president of the Republic of China from 2016
经文 jīng wén scripture / scriptures / CL:本[ben3]
明文 míng wén to state in writing (laws, rules etc)
史蒂文 Shǐ wén Steven, Stephen (name)
奎文 Kuí wén Kuiwen district of Weifang city 濰坊市|潍坊市[Wei2 fang1 shi4], Shandong
斯文 wén refined / educate / cultured / intellectual / polite / gentle
俄文 É wén Russian language
上文 shàng wén preceding part of the text
汉文 Hàn wén Chinese written language / Chinese literature esp. as taught abroad
朗文 Lǎng wén Longman (name)
龙文 Lóng wén Longwen district of Zhangzhou city 漳州市[Zhang1 zhou1 shi4], Fujian
藏文 Zàng wén Tibetan script / Tibetan written language / Tibetan language
金文 jīn wén inscription in bronze / bell-cauldron inscription
行文 xíng wén writing style (formal) / to send an official written communication
姜文 Jiāng Wén Jiang Wen (1963-), sixth generation Chinese movie director
阿拉伯文 Ā wén Arabic (language & writing)
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
罗文 Luó wén Roman Tam (1949-), Canto-pop singer
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
梵文 Fàn wén Sanskrit
沈从文 Shěn Cóng wén Shen Congwen (1902-1988), novelist
西文 wén Spanish / Western language / foreign languages (in Qing times)
蒙文 Měng wén Mongolian language
绳文 shéng wén Jyōmon period of Japanese prehistory, with rope pattern pottery
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
白话文 bái huà wén writings in the vernacular
碑文 bēi wén inscription on a tablet
西班牙文 bān wén Spanish (language)
分文 fēn wén a single penny / a single cent
字母词 word that contains one or more letters of an alphabet (e.g. HSK, PK, WTO, PO文, PM2.5, γ射線|γ射线)
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
天津会议专条 Tiān jīn huì zhuān tiáo Tianjin agreement of 1885 between Li Hongzhang 李鴻章|李鸿章[Li3 Hong2 zhang1] and ITŌ Hirobumi 伊藤博文[Yi1 teng2 Bo2 wen2] to pull Qing and Japanese troops out of Korea
泰文 Tài wén Thai (language)
释文 shì wén interpreting words / to explain the meaning of words in classic texts / to decipher an old script
潘基文 Pān wén Ban Ki Moon (1944-), Korean diplomat, UN secretary-general from 2006
希腊文 wén Greek literature
身无分文 shēn fēn wén penniless (idiom)
盲文 máng wén Braille (alphabet for the blind)
埃文 Āi wén Evan / Avon / Ivan
炳文 bǐng wén luminous style
韵文 yùn wén verse
密文 wén coded text / cypher
回文 huí wén palindrome
满文 Mǎn wén Manchurian written language
卡尔文 ěr wén Calvin (name)
六书 liù shū Six Methods of forming Chinese characters, according to Han dictionary Shuowen 說文|说文 - namely, two primary methods: 象形 (pictogram), 指事 (ideogram), two compound methods: 會意|会意 (combined ideogram), 形聲|形声 (ideogram plus phonetic), and two transfer methods: 假借 (loan), 轉注|转注 (transfer)
PO文 wén (Internet slang) to post a message
关文 guān wén passport / travel papers


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