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See Simplied form of Jian4 - to see table cell Traditional form of Jian4 - to see table cell One ancient form of Jian4 - to see Another ancient form of Jian4 - to see  One of the very first forms of Jian4 - to see Another archaic form of Jian4 - to see
Understand Definition: to see; to interview; observe; behold; perceive; to meet; to appear (to be something)
Remember Etymology: The eye of a person

Anyone learning Chinese knows how difficult it is to understand and remember Chinese characters. Until now....

Welcome to Chinese-characters.org. As the example above shows, Chinese characters need not be cryptic or require tedious effort to learn. This web site will give you access to a wealth of information about the most commonly used Chinese characters.

On each page, you will see simplified and traditional versions along with images and text that help you understand not only the meaning of the character, but why it is written the way it is. Doesn't [to see] make much more sense when you see the ancient pictographic way the character was first written?

For many characters a mnemonic phrase is given that will help you remember the character so you can recognize it again. In fact, using the technique introduced on this site, you can learn to recognize, understand, and even write complex characters - without spending hours staring at flashcards or mindlessing writing and re-writing.