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answered Is any simplified character also a traditional character?
Jan
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revised Is there a lot of value in learning to write Chinese characters?
Removed curt dismissive tone. Added caution on getting too hooked on characters.
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comment Why does Chinese lack some level of abstraction in some idioms? (e.g. 兄弟姐妹)
Levels of abstraction in vocabulary can differ significantly between languages. For example, the Chinese word 汽车 is broader than the English word 'car' or 'automobile' since 汽车 can include trucks. Of course, English can use words like 'motor vehicle', but this then includes motorbikes and tractors. 'Motor vehicle' is thus probably closer to the Chinese 机动车.
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comment Why does Chinese lack some level of abstraction in some idioms? (e.g. 兄弟姐妹)
It's my fault for using the word 'fault'. I think my point is that this particular situation isn't a special feature of Chinese. Until very recently (one hundred years isn't such a long time) English was exactly the same. (German on the other hand, has 'Gebrüder', which does not appear to be a newly coined term, for 'brothers and sisters').
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Jan
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revised Is there a lot of value in learning to write Chinese characters?
My original explanation failed to take into account that the asker was suggesting about writing the character vs pinyin input
Jan
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answered Why does Chinese lack some level of abstraction in some idioms? (e.g. 兄弟姐妹)
Jan
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answered Is there a lot of value in learning to write Chinese characters?
Jan
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answered How to translate “你给我滚” properly
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answered Using 一样 instead of 同一 for “the same school”
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answered Why is stroke order important when writing Chinese characters?
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answered Do acronyms borrowed from English use neutral tone (aka tone 0 or tone 5) for all syllables?