I used Google translate to tell me how to say Mostly Peaceful in Chinese which it said was 多为和平. I do not know any Chinese at all and I am designing a shirt where I would like to stack the words 多为和平 vertically in Chinese instead of horizontally. I want to make sure I stack the words correctly so it reads Mostly Peaceful from top to bottom. What order would the letters go in vertically?

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    多为和平 doesn't make much sense in Chinese. – monalisa 15 mins ago
    – monalisa
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 20:19
  • @monalisa Yeah, I alluded to that in my answer but it's a bit 答非所问 - the question doesn't really ask if the translation is good or not but I prompted OP to find a better translation first.
    – Mou某
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 20:26
  • @Mou某 Yes I understand that. That's why I put this comment under the OP's question, not your answer. Your answer is perfectly fine. I just wanted to spell it out for the OP.
    – monalisa
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 20:42
  • @monalisa Oh, my bad, I think it came up under my answer first, I got a bit confused.
    – Mou某
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 20:47
  • Step 1: Get a better translation. Got it. Thank you all.
    – mhcisme
    Commented Jan 21, 2021 at 21:23

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Horizontal to vertical is pretty simple in modern Chinese. Vertical Chinese is read from the top down - so the first one goes at the top and then the rest follow one by one.

多为和平 would be written:

But you might want to ask for a better translation before you go and make those shirts.


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