About us

Welcome to Zikoo!

Zikoo was built in 2008, the idea was to collaboratively build a database of information about Han (Chinese) characters, in particular how characters are composed of other, smaller characters.

If that's what you are looking for then have a look at CHISE-IDS, a project that does exactly that.

This site never officially launched, and if it ever will it will be after redefining its purpose and a complete rewrite.

This site was written in Ruby using the Ramaze framework, if you're interested in the combination of Ruby and Chinese language learning then drop me a line (Arne.Brasseur on Gmail) or have a look at my related projects, Ting and Analects.

Thanks for stopping by!


  • 革 is a semantic part
  • 圭 is a phonetic part