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Why has zuò//láo // in between?

I am going through the word 坐牢 using the Pleco dictionary. Generally they will not keep // in between two characters. But I can see // for this. zuò//láo What does // mean? Can zuò and láo be used ...
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Criteria of making an acceptable word/character in Chinese

In the English language, the dictionaries are updated yearly to include new words and modifications of current spellings that have been accepted due to common usage. For example, the internet age saw ...
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How are dictionaries of ideograms sorted?

Since Chinese. Japanese and Korean have no alphabetical writing system how do those people sort their dictionaries?
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Where can I get a Chinese language word list?

I am looking for as large as possible a Chinese language word list. Does anyone know where I could find one? I want a list on my computer. I am looking into NLP (Natural language processing)
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Is 枝 used as qí?

I found that the word 枝 is used not only as zhi but also as qí, but I could not find the entry on macOS Chinese dictionary. Also, when I tried typing it qi on iOS, the keyboard didn't show 枝 on the ...
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Best Online Cantonese Dictionary with Yale Romanization

What is the best online dictionary for Cantonese that fully supports the Yale Romanization scheme? I prefer it because it distinguishes the high falling tone à from the high level tone ā
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How are Chinese words sorted?

How do you sort Chinese words since they are not alphabetical? What sorts of sorting systems exist, and what is typical in dictionaries for example? I am thinking how to do some programming stuff ...
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Is there an Android app that pressing on words translates them?

I found this popup browser dictionary: Zhongwen: Chinese-English Dictionary. Hovering the mouse over a character, it displays the translation and the pinyin: Is there an app that gives this easy ...
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What is the fundamental difference between 大同世界 and Utopias

I wanted to add '大同世界' as an entry to a Chinese dictionary a group of editors and I are working at. At first, I thought 'Utopias' could be one of its definitions. But I searched 大同世界 on the net and ...
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What does // mean in Pleco's description of pronunciation?

Consider the following picture: What does // mean here? I couldn't see it for example in shou4dao4, so it's not always there.
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Dictionary for traditional characters

I want to start learning traditional characters, but I don't know any good dictionaries that shows the strokes and maybe the meaning of each particular character. Can you recommend a good dictionary? (...
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What is the title of this Ming era picture dictionary?

I was browsing Wikipedia when I came across this picture: (source) The description says: An excerpt from a 1436 primer on Chinese characters. (better version) Original picture sourced from: ...
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Is there a good monolingual learner's dictionary for Chinese?

Something that can be useful for an intermediate language student of a language is a monolingual learner's dictionary, which uses a restricted set of vocabulary to define a much larger set of ...
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Resource request: Hainanese dictionaries

What are the available Hainanese (海南話) dictionaries? In particular, dictionaries of the Wenchang (文昌) dialect. If those are not available, dictionaries of the Haikou (海口) dialect are also fine. If ...
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The Meaning of “~” in Definitions

The symbol “~” appears in many definitions. What does it mean? Examples: 2 纯;专:专~。~心~意。 https://www.zdic.net/hans/%E4%B8%80 1 头的前部,脸:脸~。颜~。~目。~~相觑。 https://www.zdic.net/hans/%E9%9D%A2 2 ...
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Chinese-Chinese dictionary definitions re-using characters from the word

I see Chinese-Chinese definitions which re-use the characters of the word. For example, 领导 defined as 动:带领并引导大家开展工作. If I already knew 带领 and 引导 then I probably could guess 领导, so it's not very ...
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Chinese Dictionary Question

What do the characters in angle brackets signify? Examples: http://www.zdic.net/z/15/xs/4E48.htm "〈后缀〉" "〈助〉" http://www.zdic.net/z/16/xs/54C1.htm "〈形〉" "〈名〉" "〈动〉"
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What does the notation 【方】 mean in a Chinese dictionary?

In a dictionary entry reading… saggy adj.【方】下垂的;垂曲的;中陷的。 …, what does the notation 【方】 mean? (Other examples of this notation that I understand include “【美俗】” (American slang), “【解剖】” (anatomy), and ...
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Are the wiktionary definitions for 切 qiè correct?

Definitions 2 through 11 for pronunciation qiè are missing in the 11 dicitionaries I compare from qtranslate. Would they be recognizable in mainland chinese? to be close to to bite tightly; to clench ...
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How many of the definitions in dictionaries generally are really used?

Every dictionary like wiktionary has about 20 different definitions for each pictograph and about ten different meanings(combining reworded synonyms). Are they all recognizably used when or just a few?...
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Is there a dictionary that includes word collocations (词语搭配)?

Is there a decent dictionary that includes word collocations (词语搭配), or words that the searched word cannot be used with? I use Pleco, but one of my largest complaints with it is that there's really ...
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Why does Chinese combine words with the same meaning to produce again the same meaning like 睡觉? [duplicate]

I keep coming across words like 睡觉 which both mean to sleep and together mean to sleep. Are the dictionaries that I'm using adding the definition of the combined words to the single words possibly or ...
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A Word A Day for Chinese

Does anyone know of any Chinese service that sends or publishes a regular A Word A Day for native Chinese speakers to expand their own vocabulary? I'm having trouble finding one, even though these are ...
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bkrs Chinese dictionary?

I’ve seen that some users like to refer to a dictionary called bkrs (or: 大 БКРС) in their comments. I’ve been on the website (https://bkrs.info), but since I don’t know Russian, I don’t understand it. ...
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How do I resolve dictionary ambiguities when looking up words/phrases?

More often than not, looking up a simple word in a dictionary brings up several translations. It's pretty obvious that a lot of people have problems with this since a lot of questions here are "what ...
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Is there an official stroke order for each character?

I’m a learner of Japanese for now some years, and I really like kanji, or chinese characters, and I’ve recently taken some interest in the Chinese language though I don’t intend to learn it. My ...
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Is there an Old Chinese dictionary which shows clearly the usage of a word?

类似于OALD等英语学习者词典,我希望这本词典能在含义之外详细说明词的用法,以使得读者看完后能够用所查的词写出正确的古汉语句子。 以“语”字为例,我希望这本词典至少能够说明这个字(作“告诉”讲时)如何接续表示“告诉”的对象,如何接续表示“告诉”的内容,并给出相应例句。 词典本身是用任何语言编纂的都可以。
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Does this dictionary confuse “start at” with “startled at”? [closed]

我觉得是词典搞错了, 应该是 startle 才有”吃惊“的意思吧?
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Can I use 现代汉语词典 outside of the paper dictionary?

现代汉语词典 seems to be the de facto standard for Chinese dictionaries. Some users here use it as well. But it seems only possible for the paper version. But I might miss something. Is it possible to use ...
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How can I know a similar or related word in Chinese?

One of the problems I face these days is that while my reading is getting better, my writing skill is still quite limited. When I draft out a sentence, I could not come up with any word that should ...
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Ordering and grouping of Chinese characters

I'm learning Cantonese (native Danish speaker, I use traditional Chinese characters) and I'm compiling a list of characters that I've learned. I have two questions about creating this list. Since (...
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What do “BS” and “BH” mean in the 现代汉语词典?

What are the meanings of BS and BH as seen in the screenshot below?
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Chinese anagrams

I'd like know where I can find a list of anagrams, which could be easily created from a corpus of words, just selecting those with the same number of the same characters yet in different positions. ...
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Pinyin chart which links to dictionary

Is there a pinyin chart which links to a dictionary? I can only find charts that link to audio files for pronunciation. My goal is to see in one page all the characters that have the same ...
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A wired idea: Are there any Chinese idioms dictionary which is specific to translate a English word?

I wonder to enhance my rhetoric on my English. The Chinese classical idioms are elegance words to be a word to represent anything. To contrast, it is a word as adj. or adv. in English. Maybe there are ...
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How do I look up a graph in 說文通訓定聲?

I'd like to look up 䟠 in 說文通訓定聲. My library has at least two versions of this (multi volume) book. A (poorly) scanned version of it lives here: http://ctext.org/library.pl?if=gb&res=1866 (it's ...
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Is there a standard for how wildcards are dealt with in dictionaries?

《广安方言与民俗词典》has the following entry: 【老+姓氏】 生活中常以姓氏加“老”字进行称呼,是为尊称,如“老李”、“老王”、“老杨”等。旧时,民间还对某些姓氏有雅称、戏称、讳称等,如:老牌—指王姓。为讳称“帝王”之王,而从“王牌”的牌谐音排,故称之为“老牌”。又因“王”字有三横,“横”、“恒”同音,故又称为老恒。老乱—指李姓。因方言中有“理乱”一词,...
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Impact of order of bilingual dictionary entries, dictionary searching, and input method on Chinese learning

I have a theory, that learners of Chinese, who user a bilingual dictionary with all the characters, and the pronunciations on the right, with equal pronunciations being consecutive, listed in order of ...
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Is this dictionary Chinese, Japanese or both?

this might sound like a strange question, but I have found a technical dictionary on the Internet that was described as "English–Chinese/Japanese". Being a complete novice in Chinese and having no ...
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What do the character components in 旅 and 派 represent?

Memorizing characters is tough. For me, these two were hard (旅 and 派), until today when I noticed that the bottom right part looks just like the character 刃 (the edge of a knife) written backwards. ...
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What are some more detailed dictionaries?

In the past few days I read through half of the excellent grammar book by Claudia Ross and Jing-heng Sheng Ma and all of the very enlightening "Aquisition of Word Order in Chinese as a Foreign ...
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How are the Kanji in this Dictionary Ordered?

I don't understand the basis for the ordering of the Kanji in this dictionary: http://www.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kotenseki/html/ho04/ho04_00717/index.html It seems to be a Rime Dictionary and I found ...
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Are radicals a relatively new invention for looking up dictionaries?

According to this article, radicals were invented for looking up characters in a dictionary, and didn't exist until after the publication of the Shuōwén Jiězì [說文解字] (around 100 AD). Is it true that ...
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Apple Tablet Dictionary that Supports Drawing Input

I am trying to find an Apple tablet dictionary that supports drawing input. What I mean by that Is that you are able to draw the character you are looking for and then it suggests a number of ...
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What is this book called? 汉说文

I am beginning Chinese speaker, but I watch this documentary on Chinese characters and they talk about origins of the characters from ideograms. They refer to a book called "Roots of Characters" but ...
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Is “谐仿” an actual word in Chinese?

The English Wiktionary lists "谐仿" (xiéfǎng) as a translation for the English word "parody". But my other dictionaries don't list it and also my friends here in China say they don't know it, not even ...
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韵/声 Dictionary Organization: Why?

I have a copy of《四川方言词语汇编》published in 1987. Unlike most modern dictionaries organized alphabetically (A-Z) by pinyin, this dictionary is organized: 黑白韵 挥堆韵 湖图韵 堤西韵 狮子韵 青城韵 开排韵 豪陶韵 空同韵 侯头韵 骆驼韵 二耳韵 ...
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Fast dictionary lookups while reading text

I am looking for a program for google drive (or for a PC, perhaps a word plugin or something like grammarly), so that I can highlight chinese text and have a bubble show up with a dictionary ...
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GoldenDict Chinese-Chinese Dictionary? [duplicate]

I have an intermediate grasp of mandarin and would like a Chinese-Chinese dictionary. One where I input Chinese characters and it returns me a Chinese definition. I am using GoldenDict and have tried ...
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Dictionary for Vietnamese to Chinese characters

I wanted to know if there are dictionaries (online or books) indicating the equivalent of Vietnamese syllables into Chinese characters. I do not search for Vietnamese to Chinese translations, but ...