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Where can we find the most frequent combination of two Chinese words (搭配)?

It's quite difficult to correctly use a Chinese word. Sometimes, when I learn a new word, I don't know how to use it in a sentence, what verb to use. Besides reading more sentences and Chinese texts, ...
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What resource gives the construction of Chinese characters? [closed]

I'm seeking a website that explains the details of the formation of characters, by what characters they are made for, their evolution and meaning in the context of Chinese history. In particular, I'm ...
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Resources for Chinese in formal situations [closed]

I am looking for a comprehensive guide of formal Chinese for business emails, memos, laws, newspapers, etc. I am aware that some sentence patterns are only used in a formal context. For example, ....均....
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What's a good place to look up the etymology of certain Chinese words that aren't immediately obvious?

Many Chinese words make a lot of sense when you consider the meanings of individual characters. However, others aren't quite as obvious at first glance. For example, Why does 有机 as in 有机食品 mean ...
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Noun translations from Classic of Mountains and Seas?

I'm looking for an authoritative English list of people, places and things from Classic of Mountains and Seas. Anne Birrell has apparently done a translation The Classic of Mountains and Seas. I ...
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Which word processors and websites support vertical writing of Chinese?

I am aware of 好讀, which allows you to read Chinese novels displayed vertically. Is there a convenient (preferably free of charge) word processor if I wish to type a Chinese document vertically? ...
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Are there satirical news sites in Chinese, like The Onion?

Sometimes I like to have a laugh and read satirical news sites, like The Onion, e.g. Experts Concerned Pale Russian Mystic Constantly At Trump’s Side May Attempt To Influence 2020 Election It'd ...
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Is there is list of medicinal plants and their translations in Mandarin?

I am interested in both learning Mandarin and the names of traditional medicinal plants in China. I am also interested in the history of herbal medicine in China, and a resource to study this in ...
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How do you improve Chinese writing beyond HSK4 or HSK5?

I am learning Chinese (not student, just private interest) and my Chinese is somewhere between HSK4 and HSK5 (half part of HSK5 finished). I am not focussing to improve my vocabulary as when I speak, ...
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How can I create Chinese webcomics?

I'm wondering if there is a way to create webcomics in Chinese. I made the following using Strip Generator but it doesn't seem to support Chinese. Question: How can I create Chinese webcomics?
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Help finding text by Liang Qichao

I need the text 戊戌政變記 to cite some characteristic remarks about Cixi. Ctext has it here, but the OCR is horrible (of the order of one in three characters wrong). I went back to the plates and ...
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Database of Chinese translations of given names?

Is there a comprehensive/official list of Chinese transliterations of given names (i.e. first names)? I know that I can transliterate on my own, but such a database is useful because: I can look up ...
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Are there online resourses that automatically translates English to classical Chinese?

Google translate supports traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese but not classical Chinese. On the other hand, classical Chinese is one of the supported languages of Wikipedia. Are there online ...
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How do I specifically find handwriting advice videos on TikTok 斗音?

Sometimes I waste spend time on TikTok 斗音 with the hope it improves my Chinese. Occasionally I stumble upon videos which describe advice for improving one's Chinese handwriting. They might describe ...
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Is there a list of simplified Chinese radicals?

Is there a list of simplified Chinese radicals? The radical 159 车 consists of 7 strokes, in fact it is its traditional version 車 which includes 7 strokes ...
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Is it a common requirement for Chinese interpreters to be fluent in two or more dialects?

I was looking at job postings for interpreters and found a few for generic "Chinese" interpreters, a few more for both Mandarin & Cantonese, and just one for Mandarin only. To my surprise, I didn'...
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Differences in reading difficulty between Taiwan and Hong Kong newspapers?

I have read both 星岛日报 (published in Hong Kong) and 世界日报 (published in the US, but with an apparent focus on Taiwan) in print and online. Both papers are written in Traditional Chinese, but I notice ...
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How can I find a suitable-level Chinese class in Beijing?

It looks like I'm moving to Beijing Jiaotong University, and I'm seeking Chinese courses at my level. My reading level is around 三年级 (grade-3 level) and speaking level is probably less than that (...
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Chinese stroke order diagram styles resources

I'm looking for a resource online that shows the stroke orders of a character in just one box for my Anki flashcards on my phone. The format should look something like this (unfortunately it's Kanji ...
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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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Where to find questions from the imperial exam?

I have found various pages with questions from the last imperial exam in 1904. This one seems most practical. Given the immense importance of the event, I hope that more records of (prior) exams ...
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Help with tones?

Before I jump into the question, a bit of context for my situation: I'm in Mandarin 1 currently in HS, about 7 months in from the beginning of the school year, and I'm having some problems. According ...
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What is Alex and John Dent-Young's translation of this passage of the Water Margin?

I have this passage from the Water Margin which is quoted in the Treasury of Laughs 话说鲁智深剃度五台山,一日回到丛林选佛场中禅床上,扑倒头便睡。上下肩两个禅和子推他起来,说道:“使不得。既要出家,如何不学坐禅?”智深道:“洒家自睡,干你甚事?”禅和子道:“善哉!”智深裸袖道:“团鱼洒家也吃,甚么‘鳝哉’?”...
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What are good resources for Chinese calligraphy?

Pen writing and brush writing is also welcome. If possible, I hope you can give your evaluate for these resourses. I have heard 灵飞经 is a good copybook. Are there something close to that?
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Most popular question and answer and forum sites in Chinese [closed]

What social networks exist on the Chinese internet, that allow people to meet and discuss things on any topic, or ask questions, like on Quora. I am learning Chinese and would like to practice. Any ...
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Does anyone know of a good prescriptive mandarin writing style guide

I am trying to find an excellent book on how to write mandarin well, something analogous to (in the English-speaking world) The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, or On Writing ...
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Are there any fora for conversing in Classical Chinese?

This is not to say my Classical Chinese has progressed anywhere near a level such that I could converse. But I have found such fora amazingly useful in Ancient Greek. You start wondering how to ...
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Aid programs to study Chinese?

I realize this is not a grammar question but it is language-related. Apologies in advance if it's too far off-topic. I have been studying Chinese on my own off and on and am wondering what aid ...
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What's the joke about Guanhua in Ticklish Tales Contiuned by Xiaoshi Daoren?

Chinese History: A New Manual, Fifth Edition by Endymion Wilkinson has a little note that says: For a longer joke about a junior official with poor guanhua skills, see Xitan xulu 嘻談續錄 (Ticklish ...
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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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Games to learn Chinese with?

I’ve been looking online for the bigger part of a day in search of roleplaying games in Chinese for helping me learn it more efficiently. I also asked my girlfriend (Chinese) to help me find a game ...
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Is there a list on the web where I can find Cantonese special characters and their meaning?

The characters below belong only to Cantonese: 嚟, 咁, 哋, 畀, 佢, 唔, 睇 or 冇. Is there a list on the web where I can find all these characters and their meaning?
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“躋春臺” PDF version?

Wikisource has a copy of 躋春臺 (or "Mounting Spring Platform" as I've seen it crudely translated before) online. It is missing rare characters though. Here is one example: 《四川方言词源》has the entry 𥕢门 ...
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Are there Chinese language-learning karaoke videos at a basic conversation level? [closed]

I noticed that watching karaoke videos accelerates learning Chinese characters, even though you might not understand the characters fully. Is there a list of Mandarin and Cantonese karaoke videos for ...
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Is there any news website that shows English translation side-by-side?

I'm looking for any news websites (or better, WeChat's 订阅号) that show English translation side-by-side. There is a Japanese version of 人民网, but I'm looking for such news agency that show the English ...
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Jean Pasqualini's book Prisonnier de Mao

I found this citation in wiki: Jean Pasqualini's book Prisonnier de Mao: "Prison is not prison, but a school for learning about one's mistakes" I wonder if it is a Chinese slogan of ...
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Complete end-to-end reference guide

I was wondering if there is for chinese language a web site similar to the following made for japanese language: http://www.imabi.net http://www.guidetojapanese.org They are both a reference for ...
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Learn to read online - resources [closed]

I am playing an online game played also by many Chinese people. The game has an instant Google translator - but translations are always bad, sometimes missing. I would like to be able to read, and ...
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News video/audio with transcripts (or consistent subtitles)

I sometimes watch the news on the CCTV LIVE youtube channel to improve my listening comprehension. Sometimes they provide subtitles in Chinese, and sometimes they don't. This is fine if I'm just ...
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Sites with big collection of ebooks in chinese language, but western titles mostly

Want to know sites where one can download ebook in different formats in chinese. Interested in those resources with western titles (chinese editions) mostly. Out-of-copyright edition of western ...
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Questions about a website: 作文把

I have stumbled upon the following website: http://www.zuowen8.com/. It seems to contain a daily-updated listing of school students' essays, categorized into groups. I figured out it would be good ...
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Books/websites for learning Chinese business letters

Does anyone know/recommend books/websites for learning to write business letters in Chinese?
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Where can I find “A Course of Lessons in Spoken Mandarin” ( 《华英联珠分类集成》)?

孔夫子旧书网 is selling "A Course of Lessons in Spoken Mandarin" ( 《华英联珠分类集成》) for 13000.00元. I'm not sure who has that kind of dough to drop on a book, but it's certainly not me. Some have used it to ...
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Chinese characters picture dictionary / mnemonics?

Are there any commonly used dictionaries of picture (mnemonic) representation of chinese characters? I mean dictionary to convert SINGLE character to a picture, not a picture to a word (i.e. not just ...
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Which Mandarin learning textbooks have the largest amount of practical exercises?

I recently bought "Integrated Chinese Level 1 Part 1" (Traditional Characters version) after some recommendations on a few language blogs and have worked through a few chapters. I feel that it's ...
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Are there any dictionaries that show the relative frequency of 多音字?

Some characters have multiple pronunciations (多音字), but often some pronunciations are much more common. For example, 吗 is almost always used as a question particle pronounced ma, but occasionally it ...
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translation of simple excel formula

hi does anyone know of any websites that lists simple excel formula in chinese? e.g. “=sum” --> 把所有选项加起来 “=CONCATENATE” --> 把所有选项融为一体 i'm trying to teach my china colleagues some simple excel ...
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Where to look for history and etymology of Chinese characters? For example 工

Is there a website where I can look for history and etymology of Chinese characters? For example 工. It can be a Chinese website (I am VERY new to Chinese). But better in English. Please also drop ...
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How to catch up with advanced group?

We live in the USA. My 12 yo daughter was transferred to a private middle school for gifted children and joined Mandarin class, where students already studied for 2 years. She is trying to catch up, ...