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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.

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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

  • 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

07/15/2015 old, aged  lão
07/15/2015 𤗲 towel  tấm khăn
07/15/2015 𤗲 board, tile, sheet; mat, blanket, cover  tấm
07/15/2015 broken rice with meat and vegetables  cơm tấm
07/15/2015 broken rice  tấm
07/15/2015 to finish, to finalize, to complete  làm xong
07/15/2015 ready, finished, complete  xong
07/15/2015 𠹲 of course! certainly!  chứ sao
07/15/2015 𠹲 certainly, of course  chứ
07/15/2015 younger brother or sister in law  em chồng
07/15/2015 the husband's family  nhà chồng
07/15/2015 𡞕 couple, maried couple  vợ chồng
07/15/2015 husband  chồng
07/15/2015 𤯩 to resurrect  sống lại
07/15/2015 𫗒 𤯩 to eat raw  ăn sống
07/15/2015 𤯩 capture alive  bắt sống
07/15/2015 𤯩 𣩂 life and death; at all costs  sống chết
07/15/2015 𣩂 damn it, damn, damned  chết cha
07/15/2015 𣩂 𨅸 to be thunderstruck, to be stunned  chết đứng
07/15/2015 𣩂 damn, damned  chó chết
07/15/2015 𣩂 death; to die  chết
07/14/2015 𠳨 to ask after, inquire about someone)  hỏi thăm
07/14/2015 to explore  thám hiểm
07/14/2015 to spy  thăm
07/14/2015 to spy  do thám