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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.

Start Learning Chu Nom!
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

  • 07/09/2015 - Handwriting on Mobile Devices
    The handwriting app now does work on smartphones and tablets, too.
  • 01/28/2017 - Phonetic annotation
    Pronunciations are now available as phonetic annotation, it can be used on flash cards for learning purposes.
  • 07/09/2015 - Handwriting on Mobile Devices
    The handwriting app now does work on smartphones and tablets, too.
  • 08/11/2014 - Type Chu Nom in Search Box
    You can now type Chu Nom in the search box. Use the number keys or click/touch on the character to select from the candidate list. This also works on android mobile devices.
  • 01/19/2014 - Radical Strokes Index
    You can now search by radical/strokes.
  • 12/18/2013 - 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

08/17/2017 𤊡 lamplight  bóng đèn
08/17/2017 𤊡 lustrous, glossy, glittering, sparkling, radiant  bóng
08/16/2017 everybody, each and every, one and all  ai nấy
08/16/2017 that  nấy
08/16/2017 just a short time ago  ban nãy
08/16/2017 just a moment ago  khi nãy
08/15/2017 𠁦 to win  trúng số
08/14/2017 gasoline, fuel, petrol  xăng
08/04/2017 index  sách dẫn
08/04/2017 to insert glosses, add marginal notes  dẫn giải
08/04/2017 to cite, to quote  dẫn chứng
08/04/2017 to show the way  dẫn đường
08/04/2017 current carrying, conducting, live  dẫn điện
08/04/2017 conducting wire, electric cord, power cord  dây dẫn
08/04/2017 to direct, to instruct  chỉ dẫn
08/04/2017 to produce evidence, to prove  chứng dẫn
08/04/2017 introduction, preface  đề dẫn
08/04/2017 to conduct, to guide, to escort  dẫn
08/04/2017 to appoint, to assign  chỉ định
08/04/2017 sagely, wise, gifted, capable,  anh minh
07/19/2017 therefore, so  vậy thì
07/19/2017 so, then; certainly  thì
07/18/2017 𠃣 𫥨 at least  ít ra
07/17/2017 [sand; granulated]  sa
07/06/2017 the ... the; all the more  càng