I Have Figured Out How to Read my A/C's Remote! (Simplified and Traditional Hanzi)

Little successes, people. Little successes.
For the newbs who are moving into your new apartments, here is a handy list of applicable words on how to control your air conditioner and not run up a 1 million nt bill :smiley:

[quote]
Simplified Characters:
Air conditioner – 空调 – kōng tiáo
Remote control – 遥控器 – yáo kòng qì
Automatic – 自动 – zì dòng
Cool – 制冷 - zhì lěng
Dehumidifier – 抽湿 – chōu shī
Heat – 制热 – zhì rè
Fan Wind – 送风 – sòng fēng
High Wind Speed – 高风 – gāo fēng
Mid Wind Speed – 中风 – zhōng fēng
Low Wind Speed – 低风 – dī fēng
Set – 调整 – tiáo zhěng
Mode – 模式 – mó shì
On / Off – 开/关 – kāi/guān
Wind Speed – 风速 – fēng sù
Wind up/down – 上下风 – shàng xià fēng
Economy – 经济 – jīng jì
Time Set – 定时 – dìng shí
Blowing Direction – 风向 – fēng xiàng
Sweeping Wind – 扫风 – săo fēng
Cleaning – 清新 – qīng xīn
Display – 数显 – shù xiăn
Strength – 强劲 – qiáng jìn
Sleep – 睡眠 – shuì miăn
Lighting – 灯光 – dēng guāng
Cancel – 取消 – qŭ xiāo
Power Source – 电源 – diàn yuán[/quote]

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Traditional Characters:
Air conditioner – 空調 – kōng tiáo
Remote control – 遙控器 – yáo kòng qì
Automatic – 自動 – zì dòng
Cool – 冷氣 - lěng qì
Dehumidifier – 抽濕 – chōu shī
Heat – never saw it here! I guess 熱氣?
Fan Wind – 送風 – sòng fēng
High Wind Speed​​ – 強風 – qiáng fēng
Mid Wind Speed​​ – 弱風 – rùo fēng
Low Wind Speed​​ – 微風 – wēi fēng
Set – 調整 – tiáo zhěng
Mode – 模式 – mó shì
On / Off – 開/關 – kāi/guān
Wind Speed​​ – 風速 – fēng sù
Wind up/down – 上下風 – shàng xià fēng
Economy – 經濟 – jīng jì
Time Set – 定時 – dìng shí
Blowing Direction – 風向 – fēng xiàng
Sweeping Wind – 掃風 – săo fēng
Cleaning – 清新 – qīng xīn
Display – 數顯 – shù xiăn
Strength – 強勁 – qiáng jìn
Sleep – 睡眠 – shuì miăn
Lighting – 燈光 – dēng guāng
Cancel – 取消 – qŭ xiāo
Power Source – 電源 – diàn yuán[/quote]
Thanks Tempo Gain for the translation :smiley:

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That list might be useful if you were in say, ChengDu.

Simplified characters aren’t much help in Taiwan.

Plus, though people understand 空調 (kong1tiao2), it’s a rather technical term for “air conditioner/ing”, and most in Taiwan call it 冷氣 (leng3qi4).

Beyond just simplified, the list also has words not commonly used in Taiwan. To start:
air conditioner: 冷氣 lěngqì

Hey, worked on mine.
And I’m sure its a better start for the people who might be like me staring at it and pushing random buttons to see what would happen for the past week :smiley:

I must ask: How would “On / Off – 开/关 – kāi/guān” help you recognize “開” and “關”?

Edit/Addition: I mean, I can guess what “开” and “关” mean because I understand the context and I know kai and guan. But for someone new to Mandarin and characters, it’s a bit of a stretch.

[quote=“ichbinjenny”]I must ask: How would “On / Off – 开/关 – kāi/guān” help you recognize “開” and “關”?

Edit/Addition: I mean, I can guess what “开” and “关” mean because I understand the context and I know kai and guan. But for someone new to Mandarin and characters, it’s a bit of a stretch.[/quote]
Two ways: a) the color is different than all of the others and is placed at the top, alone and b) Elevators! I already learned the open/close characters for buttons. (And I’ve studied simplified before)

It was definitely a “gotta figure this out”. But, it was a good place to start with the list I posted. Just needed to sit there for a few minutes and compare the characters.

Here’s a “translation.” I edited a few for local preferences

Air conditioner – 空調 – kōng tiáo
Remote control – 遙控器 – yáo kòng qì
Automatic – 自動 – zì dòng
Cool – 冷氣 - lěng qì
Dehumidifier – 抽濕 – chōu shī
Heat – never saw it here! I guess 熱氣?
Fan Wind – 送風 – sòng fēng
High Wind Speed​​ – 強風 – qiáng fēng
Mid Wind Speed​​ – 弱風 – rùo fēng
Low Wind Speed​​ – 微風 – wēi fēng

Set – 調整 – tiáo zhěng
Mode – 模式 – mó shì
On / Off – 開/關 – kāi/guān
Wind Speed​​ – 風速 – fēng sù
Wind up/down – 上下風 – shàng xià fēng
Economy – 經濟 – jīng jì
Time Set – 定時 – dìng shí
Blowing Direction – 風向 – fēng xiàng
Sweeping Wind – 掃風 – săo fēng
Cleaning – 清新 – qīng xīn
Display – 數顯 – shù xiăn
Strength – 強勁 – qiáng jìn
Sleep – 睡眠 – shuì miăn
Lighting – 燈光 – dēng guāng
Cancel – 取消 – qŭ xiāo
Power Source – 電源 – diàn yuán

I still have Chinese appliances, ACs included and use them without ever reading a word of Chinese. How many manuals would you need?? Wht’s next, washing machine? Fan?? Iron???

Oh well - you want to learn to read Chinese. Good on you!

I took the batteries out of my AC remote for use in something else during the winter and I haven’t put any new ones back in, because I keep forgetting to buy them - they are that stupid AAA size.
Plus I lost the back cover.
Your list is of no use at all. :laughing:

my remote is in English, but the interface is so illogical that it doesn’t really matter.

My A/C does however work as a heater in the winter. Booyeah!

In the winter in Taipei, it’s so damn cold, even my fridge acts as a heater.

In the winter in Taipei, it’s so damn cold, even my fridge acts as a heater.[/quote]
I’ve got one of those big old televisions that works pretty well as a sock dryer. Got no other use for the fucking thing.

I’m glad to have this opportunity to avail you all of my most favouite post of all
Forumosa:
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=87482&hilit=+decode
It has the traditional characters and, the pièce de résistance, an ANNOTATED pic of my a/c, which survives even after the original photo has gone for a burton. Love to all who make this such an awesome place. Now, if only I could post a picture of my remote… :ponder:

[quote=“Deuce Dropper”]my remote is in English, but the interface is so illogical that it doesn’t really matter.

My A/C does however work as a heater in the winter. Booyeah![/quote]

Please oh please, :pray: post brand & model. I’ve been looking for something like that for my living room!
Thx :notworthy: