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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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.
  • 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 2 of 10  New Dictionary Items

12/16/2015 physical energy, power  hơi sức
12/16/2015 out of breath, breathless  hết hơi
12/16/2015 𠬠 in one go, at a stretch  một hơi
12/16/2015 steam, air, gas  hơi
07/23/2015 first ten days of a month  thượng tuần
07/23/2015 week  tuần lễ
07/23/2015 week  tuần
07/23/2015 bad luck, misfortune  số đen
07/23/2015 mob, rabbel  dân đen
07/23/2015 opium  cơm đen
07/23/2015 dark, deep black  đen tối
07/23/2015 black  đen
07/23/2015 black color  màu đen
07/23/2015 one year old  đầy tuổi
07/23/2015 𣎃 one month old  đầy tháng
07/23/2015 entirely sufficient  đầy đủ
07/23/2015 full, completely filled  đầy
07/23/2015 beautiful girl; fairy  ngọc nữ
07/23/2015 gemstone, gem, jewel  ngọc
07/15/2015 Taoism  lão giáo
07/15/2015 old lady  lão bà
07/15/2015 village elders  hương lão
07/15/2015 𢢲 hale, hale and hearty  đẹp lão
07/15/2015 old gentleman  ông lão
07/15/2015 old, aged  lão