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Jan
13
answered What good resources are available to assist first time travellers to learn basic Chinese?
Jan
13
revised What digital illustrated dictionaries are available?
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Jan
13
answered What digital illustrated dictionaries are available?
Jan
11
comment Searching for characters by parts
What I was saying is that if I am searching for 木米女, I want to get 楼 (of course!!) but I don't want to get any of the rest of the character that page returns, because none of them have 木 separately from 米. Yes, of course decompositions are not unique, and it's not always as clear how to do them as in the case of 楼 ...
Jan
11
comment Searching for characters by parts
Regarding building my own tool, I'm using this which is both more usable and has more flexible licensing.
Jan
11
comment How are new words added to the Chinese language?
Most countries in Europe have a central agency (usually the national academy) that regulates that language (of course people will not always follow :) English is more like the exception that there's no regulation whatsoever, and there's no official authority that will say what is correct and what isn't. I'm also wondering how this works in China, and how much the language is officially regulated, especially since there are several countries which have Mandarin as an official language.
Jan
11
comment Searching for characters by parts
Thanks, this is the same as Don Kirkby's reply. The search is a bit simplistic (i.e. it doesn't handle the special situation that 米 already contains 木, and we're obviously looking for something that's contained in both separately), but it works.
Jan
11
comment Searching for characters by parts
Great finding @Don! I knew it was worth asking here. To explain why it returns so many that don't seem to contain 木: well, 木 is part of 米, and the site doesn't seem to handle this situation. I have corrected this in my own program (very easy to do), so it's a bit disappointing that a deployed dictionary site won't do it.
Jan
10
comment Characters which have several different shapes
Thanks @fefe, sorry for the deleted comment
Jan
10
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Jan
10
comment Characters which have several different shapes
I accepted this answer because you gave me the key term to search for (异体字) as well as the corresponding encyclopaedia entry.
Jan
10
accepted Characters which have several different shapes
Jan
10
comment Characters which have several different shapes
As with any other script (may it be Roman, Greek, Cyrillic), I expect that Chinese characters have several ways to write them as well. You said that the shapes are standardized in mainland China. Do you know if this is the case in Taiwan, Hong Kong or Japan as well? Is there a standard for which variant should generally be chosen?
Jan
10
comment Is there a Chinese WordNet?
+1, looks interesting. I'll need to take a deeper look before accepting any answer to this question.
Jan
10
comment Searching for characters by parts
Thanks, I do use nciku often, even if drawing with the mouse is a bit inconvenient!
Jan
10
revised Characters which have several different shapes
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Jan
10
comment Characters which have several different shapes
@景洛弘 Huang's comment above your answers the question: I can ignore stylistic differences safely. This is not true if you're learning the Roman alphabet: both forms g (gg) are commonly used, and need to be learned.
Jan
10
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Jan
10
comment Characters which have several different shapes
Re point 3., I mean the first image, not the second. I was wondering if this is regularly encountered when say, you're reading a newspaper in China, or can I safely ignore them and assume that I'll only see the standard variants if my computer is configures correctly and I don't start studying Japanese :-)
Jan
10
asked Searching for characters by parts