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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

  • 08/19/2017 - IDS data added
    Ideographic description sequences are now available for each character. All IDS data from https://github.com/cjkvi/cjkvi-ids.
  • 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 2 of 10  New Dictionary Items

08/20/2017 vietnamese zither  đàn tranh
08/20/2017 to compete  cạnh tranh
08/20/2017 to compete, to fight  tranh
08/20/2017 [to compete]  cạnh
08/20/2017 poetry, verse  thơ
08/20/2017 envelope  bao thơ
08/20/2017 to wind up, to spool, to coil  cuốn lại
08/20/2017 𨖲 to roll up, to curl up  cuốn lên
08/20/2017 to roll up, to curl up, to convolve  cuốn
08/20/2017 book, volume, copy  cuốn
08/20/2017 book; volume  quyển
08/20/2017 book  cuốn sách
08/19/2017 archaeological site  di chỉ
08/19/2017 to pinpoint, to inform, to indicate  chỉ điểm
08/19/2017 address  địa chỉ
08/19/2017 [site, location]  chỉ
08/19/2017 [to stop; to detain]  chỉ
08/19/2017 to stop, suspend  đình chỉ
08/19/2017 to guide; guide  chỉ nam
08/19/2017 to counsel, to educate  chỉ giáo
08/19/2017 system, network, net  hệ thống
08/19/2017 to unite, unify  thống nhất
08/18/2017 𨔈 𥒥 𣈖 play football  chơi đá bóng
08/18/2017 𣈖 table tennis  bóng bàn
08/18/2017 𣈖 play table tennis  đánh bóng bàn