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Middle Chinese starting from the Sui dynasty (with the Qièyùn, 切韻, published in 601 CE) actually documented its phonology. These are called rime tables, and break down each character pronunciation into groups by tone and by final. These were employed by scholars in both reciting and composing verse. Using the fanqie 反切 spelling would also have aided scholars ...
哈尔德 simply google "HALDER", resulting in e.g. http://www.iciba.com/HALDER?renovate=633415
I disagree with all the other answers. It think the 就 in 就业 should be the same as that in 高就。 就 gets its meaning from 就近 which means to approach or just go(就) towards something nearby(近). So literally, 就业 means to approach a job => to find a job or got a job, and 高就 means high-paying 就业.
In my considered opinion: Directly, 您- you (second person pronoun, formal) 高- high (adj.) 就- achievement. However 就 here comes from 成就 which means achievement. The interrogative turn would thus mean "Where are you achieving (i.e. working and attaining (hopefully!) praise and achievement)". As for the non-interrogative turn I would consider it just a ...
If you are looking for an exact English translation, the answer is that there isn't one. It is a tradition in Chinese culture. When you are talking about/to other people, you should butter him/her up by exaggerating his/her achievements, wealth, position and etc. And do the opposite thing when talking about yourself. It's all about being polite (when ...
您高就 = (请问)您(在哪里)高就？ Direct translation is: May I ask where you work? The question is in a very formal and polite way.
At first glance, I thought that it's just 高就 which means "promote in work". But according to your explanation, I wonder if it's a polite question asking "Where do you work?" Grammatically, 高 means "high(ly)" and 就 means "occupy oneself" or "occupy (a position)". P.S. Some examples from the first few pages at Google: 我小心问道：“施叔叔，请问您高就？” I asked him ...
Have you found a better job? 另有高就 is an idiom, and 高就 is a set verb phrase. 就 itself is an extremely versatile construction, here meaning accomplish or perhaps move toward (a higher position).
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