Looking Up and Inputting
The Chinese Symbol for Beautiful

The Chinese character (or symbol) for Beautiful 麗 with the pronounciation li4. This character is found in the easy lookup system under the Horizontal Index key. It's cangjie input code is mmbbp. Neil Keleher. Chinese Symbols and Meanings, Chinsym.

This is another Chinese character for Beautiful. Other Chinese symbols have this meaning (beautiful) but suppose you saw this symbol, and wanted to look it up using the easy lookup system?

Finding the Chinese Symbol for Beauty (li4) using the Easy Lookup System

The first thing is to recognize that the first stroke of this Chinese symbol, at the top left, is a horizontal line 一 and so the first think you do is select the horizontal entry of the easy lookup system.

This horizontal line is isolated. And so you can look for this symbol under the "isolated horizontal line" subindex.

Right beside the first horizontal line is another isolated horizontal line. And below each of these is a cover shape (an upside down u-shape) with a dot within it.

Scanning this subindex 一 三 副 豆 頭 麗 武 二 示 魂 元, this symbol for Beautiful is the 6th one.

Inputting the Chinese Symbol for Beautiful

Now supposed you wanted to input this Chinese Symbol for beautiful. You could write it using a track pad or smart phone/table writing app.

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You could input it using its pinyin pronouncation. Just enable a pinyin input method, type li, for beautiful, and pick the character from the resulting drop down.

Using the Cangjie Input System to Input the Chinese Symbol for Beautiful

Another option is to type this Chinese symbol for beautiful using it’s cangjie input code. For this method make sure that your have enabled cangjie input method on your computer and that it is currently active.

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The cangjie input code for beautiful 麗 could be divided into three parts, the first for the top two horizontal lines, the second for the two cover shapes below those lines and the third for the final 匕 shape at the bottom right of the character.

For any character with more than one part, the cangjie code for the first part will have a maximum of two elements. For this Chinese character for beautiful these two elements are m/一 and m/一.

For the second part the code is again repeated, b/冖.

For the final part the code is p which is generally associated with the shape for heart 心 but is also used for the 匕 shape which by itself is entered with the code uh.

So the entire cangjie input code for this Chinese symbol for Beautiful is mmbbp/一一月月心

Learning to Write the Chinese Symbol for Beautiful

Now lets say you want to practice writing this character. In order to memorize the strokes, while enjoying the process, I’d suggest breaking it down. This break down doesn’t have to correspond to units of meaning. Instead, focus on learning a few strokes at a time, few enough that you can remember them without having to think but not so few that you don’t learn anything new in practicing them.

Practicing those few strokes till they come smoothly. Then learn the next bunch using the same process. Then try putting them together. If you have more strokes, practice those, then with the second group and then all strokes together.

For this character, you could practice the horizontal line and the cover shape below it. Then add the dot. Then try two of them together. Then practice the part underneath in isolation, the 广 shape. Then the 鹿 shape but without the 比 shape. Then practice the 比 shape. Then start putting it together, for example 鹿. Then eventually the whole character.

Once you’ve memorized the character you can practice all the strokes in sequence. If you then find that part of the character doesn’t look write or if you have trouble with particular strokes, practice them in isolation so that you can remedy the problem or work towards it. Then practice the whole again, building up to it gradually so that you retain the desired changes.

The more characters you practice with this method the easier it becomes. You’ll also find that as you learn more and more characters you’ll begin to encounter some of the same stroke sets. The task of learning such characters then comes easier.

Words that Contain this Chinese Symbol

For more on this Chinese Symbol, including radical and stroke count and words that contain it, click this Chinese Symbol for Beautiful