Welcome to chunom.org! This site is about Chữ Nôm, the old writing system of Vietnam. Use the search box to find information about a word or a character. Also try the online editor which allows you to type Chu Nom online.

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Choose a grade to start with. The grades are sorted by frequency, so that you will be learning the most common characters in Grade 1 which covers about 35% of contemporary Vietnamese writing. With Grade 2 you can achieve about 60% coverage, and with Grade 3 it is about 75% with less than 500 characters.

Recent Changes

  • 19/01/2014 - Radical Strokes Index
    You can now search by radical/strokes.
  • 18/12/2013 - Mobile Version of Online Editor
    On mobile phones you are now asked if you want to use the new mobile version of the online editor. It has fewer features but it allows basic writing of Nôm characters on mobile phones.
  • 12/12/2013 - Easier Compound Writing
    In the text fields it is now easier to write compounds. E.g. if you try to type "cảmơn" it does not become "camởn" as before. I had to hack into the awsome vietUni.js by nthachus.
  • 11/27/2013 - New Languages
    The website is now available with interfaces in Vietnamese and German. Additionally the Vietnamese interface exists in Latin script and in Nom-Script. Despite these changes the main language will remain English.
  • 11/27/2013 - Levels introduced
    As the number of characters on this site has increased I have introduced a level system. So the level pages are now smaller and load faster than the previous character index.
  • 11/24/2013 - New Frequency Data
    I have updated and improved the Frequency Data. The most frequent word is now "吧 " and not "羅 " as before. Some homonyms have been resolved to different frequencies instead of the same frequency for all characters with the same pronounciation. The frequency data is based on news articles of Vietnamese websites.

Page 1 of 10  New Dictionary Items

05/21/2014 secret service; secret agent  đặc vụ
05/21/2014 使 special envoy, ambassador extraordinary  đặc sứ
05/21/2014 special, of special quality  đặc sắc
05/21/2014  đặc sản
05/21/2014 privilege, prerogative, special right  đặc quyền
05/21/2014 special zone  đặc khu
05/21/2014 [special, unique]  đặc
05/21/2014 to distinguish  phân biết
05/21/2014 special, unusual  đặc biết
05/21/2014 [separate, other]  biệt
05/21/2014 𢷮 to change, to modify  thay đổi
05/21/2014 some, certain  nào đó
05/21/2014 𡎥 to idle away  ngồi không
05/21/2014 𡎥 to sit  ngồi
05/21/2014 𠇍 few people  mấy ai
05/21/2014 𠇍 rarely, seldom  mấy khi
05/21/2014 𠇍 how many; many, any; several, quite a few  mấy
05/21/2014 fairy  nàng tiên
05/21/2014 gal, girl  cô nàng
05/21/2014 she; her  nàng
05/21/2014 𧆄 𥄬 soporific, sleeping pill, sleep inducing drug  thuốc ngủ
05/21/2014 𧆄 Vietnamese herbs  thuốc nam
05/21/2014 𧆄 Chinese herbs  thuốc bắc
05/21/2014 𧆄 physician, doctor  thấy thuốc
05/21/2014 𧆄 medicine, remedy, medicament; drug  thuốc