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Jul
15
comment How to come from 二百五 to 二百九?
+1. Quite comprehensive.
Jul
15
comment What is the difference between 时候 and 时间?
"ni3 chi1 shen2me shi2jian1" (你吃什么时间) is unintelligible. Use "你什么 时候/时间 去吃饭", both 时候 and 时间 are OK here. 时间 would sound more accurate for asking the exact time, to some extent -- like "what time will you eat" in English.
Jul
15
comment Number of unique characters in the X most common words?
It seems what you need is 字频表. This is one example, you can find 3591 characters have already covered 99% of words in that corpus. And for this example (traditional characters), 3047 characters for 99% coverage.
Jul
15
comment Proper letter writing etiquette
For 1, I agree with the post that user3306356 cited. For 2, quite different. For 3, it's called 末启词, 上 is acceptable when the receiver of your letter is the younger generation. To your father/mother, use 叩上 or 敬禀; to elders, use 敬上; to those with the same age, use 敬启; to young, use 启 or 上; to your son or nephew (the more younger), use 示 or 手书. It's very complex, and currently we use email more often, so I doubt few Chinese people follow these rules now.
Jul
14
comment Why so many definitions associated with each word?
@JackM It was interesting, you used the phrase "basic unit". One Chinese character contains information of both "the meaning set" and "the pronunciation set". The basic unit of meaning is the elements of the meaning set of one character. However, jiǎng in the post is just a pronunciation, it can map to many possible meanings. Just like English, without more "context", you can't decide whether /nəʊ/ means "no" or "know".
Jul
14
comment Why so many definitions associated with each word?
To some extend, you should consider the "context". Maybe not a proper analogy -- how English speakers understand only a single syllable? For English, more syllables play a role of the "context", just as more Chinese characters being spoken to make the sequence of sounds understandable.
Jul
10
reviewed Leave Open Why Is The Color Red Considered Lucky In Chinese Language and Culture?
Jul
10
reviewed Close tones when singing a chinese song?
Jul
8
comment Can someone explain 进入 in this sentence?
@Semaphore yes it doesn't have to be a webpage, what I meant was some interface (the webpage is one of them).
Jul
8
comment Can someone explain 进入 in this sentence?
點此進入圖書館電子資料庫檢索 though a little pedantic, I would say formally speaking, it is short for "點此進入圖書館電子資料庫檢索 頁面", i.e. click here to enter the webpage for querying the library catalog database. What you really enter is the webpage, not database.
Jul
8
comment Can someone explain 进入 in this sentence?
I don't agree. 进入数据库 is too colloquial, it should not appear in formal text. 访问 for accessing is much better here.
Jul
8
revised If the simplified version of 態 is 态 is why isn't there one for 熊?
Add a picture of fish
Jul
8
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
2
comment Why does the radical for water and ice often look so weird
@Ming though it's a little complex, but be aware that it's not only a font problem in 新 (and some other characters). The problem is, mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong have different standards for "the glyph of a character". If fonts are made following these standards, in mainland, 钩 should be kept, but in Hong Kong and Taiwan, there shouldn't be a 钩. Anyway, we don't need to worry about such a minor thing in the daily life.
Jul
2
awarded  Pundit
Jul
1
comment Why does the radical for water and ice often look so weird
Oh you mean the last stroke of . It is called 提(Ti), see this wiki page. In calligraphy, one can 顿笔 (press down the pen) first and then "flick it up and rightwards" -- that's how your second picture is written -- and it is counted only one stroke. However you can simply just write "3 little stripes", that's also OK.
Jul
1
comment Why does the radical for water and ice often look so weird
Please upload a picture about that one "cleanly in a stroke". I'm curious. Thanks. (It seemed font issues, as user3306356 said.) If you don't write it in running scripts, it generally should "look like 3 little stripes".
Jul
1
comment Why does the radical for water and ice often look so weird
As Chinese I can't see anything special. What do you mean by "break it up into a broken radical"? What is the unbroken version of it?
Jun
28
comment How to pronounce 翁 in Mainland China and Taiwan?
wow, professional.