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Is there a list / database of Chinese mathematical terms (for complex math)?

Some things like this or advanced/graduate school math (like Group Theory, Ring Theory, Quantum Mechanics, etc.). Does Chinese have its own names for these types of things? If so, where can I find a ...

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user avatar asked by Lance Score of 7
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What are characters called when they have three of the same radical used?

I sometimes encounter characters like 鑫, which is made of three 金 radicals, or 龘, which is made of three 龍 radicals. What are they called and is there a reason for their existence? Ive tried looking ...

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A Cantonese-influenced Old National Pronunciation (老國音) system

I need advice/help on creating a system similar to the Old National Pronunciation system/language for a worldbuilding project called Roses, Tulips, and Liberty. Some background: Imagines, it's a world ...

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How is the term 盎格鲁撒克逊人 used?

In some Indo-European languages, including Greek, French, Russian etc., but not in English, the term Anglo-Saxons or Anglosaxons is used very often to describe the alliance of the English-speaking ...

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扣里:里 as verbal complement?

I've encountered the sentence 把准备好的葱姜蒜全扣里, in the context of having to tip some ingredients into a previously-mentioned pan. I wonder if 里 is acting as an internal object of 扣 or as its locative ...

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Why native say 我说汉语说得很好 not 我很好地说汉语

I want to say: I speak very good Chinese. Can I also say 我很好地说汉语? How to understand the differences in meaning? Thank you.

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Why is 吏 (lì) pronounced differently to 史 (shǐ) and 使 (shǐ)?

The pronunciation of 吏 (lì) is frustratingly hard to remember since it's different to two similar-looking characters 史 (shǐ) and 使 (shǐ). Sometimes learning the etymology, and the reason why a ...

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Greatest hits from previous weeks:

How to express "have fun!" or "enjoy!" in Chinese?

In English, when a friend is doing some activity, we typically say to him/her: Have fun! or Enjoy! How can we say this in a idiomatic way in Mandarin Chinese?

word-requests expressions  
user avatar asked by Nicolas Score of 2
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茶 - How to identify varieties of tea?

I'm looking for vocabulary to help puzzle-out the kind of tea contained in various packages from the Chinese characters on their labels. So far I recognize 茶(tea) and 叶(leaves). (Apparently these ...

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Confusion about bian 邊 and miàn 面

I'm having a little trouble with learning directions and positions. It seems that most often the word bian is being used to indicate a position: front side 前邊, back side 後邊, etc. But then I see stuff ...

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user avatar asked by Kevin Thompson Score of 21
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How do I decide whether to use 可以, 会 or 能?

According to every dictionary I've seen so far, there is a big overlap in these: 可以 = can, may, be able to 会  = can, be able to, able 能  = can, may, able, capable How do I properly choose which ...

grammar usage  
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Chengyu with two numbers

There are chengyu with two numbers in them, for example: 一穷二白 (一, 二) 万众一心 (万, 一) 七上八下 (七, 八) 九五至尊 (九, 五) But it seems that the selection of numbers is not completely random, and that certain numbers ...

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Why is 我草 (wǒ cǎo) vs. 我操 (wǒ cāo) funny?

This cropped up on my Facebook: It says: you vs the guy she tells you not to worry about... 我草 我操 wǒ cǎo wǒ cāo I get the impression that this is rude, but anyway... Question: Why is ...

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user avatar answered by Mou某 Score of 2

Why is there a 零 in 三年零九个月?

……大王,您所期待的长恒纪元就到来了,这个恒纪元将持续三年零九个月,其间气候温暖,是一个黄金纪元。 刘慈欣,《三体》 This is from the novel The Three Body Problem. I'm a little bit puzzled as to why there is a 零 added in 三年零九个月 = "three years and nine ...

user avatar asked by Becky 李蓓 Score of 4
user avatar answered by Tang Ho Score of 8

Can you answer this question?

Snuff Bottle Calligraphy

I recently inherited a modern snuff bottle collection that have what looks like old calligraphy on the back side. Can someone tell me what the calligraphy says, and maybe even the chop?

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