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Difference between 他带来了很多衣服 and 他带很多衣服来

大家好! I don't really understand the difference between two sentences: 1.他带来了很多衣服; 2. 他带很多衣服来; The 1st one was found on the Internet, but the 2nd one I have "created" by myself. Is the 2nd one ...
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Lowest pixel resolution needed to support Chinese?

We are creating a product which has an small embedded OLED display (64 x 48 pixels). We would love to support Chinese in this product and wonder what is that smallest resolution that would be needed ...
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Chinese ellipsis marks

How is an ellipsis 省略号 written in Chinese? 。。。 ... or ...... The only reference I can find on this is this word reference forum which states ....... This also says 6 dots. E.g., 在這裡輸入您的訊息.........
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Why Chinese use too many 错别字?

What do you do when your Chinese friend say something that you don't know? You will ignore whatever that is, pretending you got it and move on. Most of the time, it's not even your fault that you can'...
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Chinese inscription teapot

I want to find out what these symbols mean so I can find an approximate age. I have no experience with Chinese symbols any help would be really appreciated. Thank you.
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Traces of the Chinese font "明兰终" (7×7 pixel characters)

This page mentions a Chinese font named 明兰终, which is designed with Chinese characters sized 7×7 pixels: "明兰终",估计只有 7*7 字体估计是作者自已点出来的 详细说明在, http://bbs.themex.net/forumdisplay.php?f=87 ...
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How does Wikipedia's simplified to traditional converter work?

The relationship between simplified and traditional characters can be a headache for organizations using both orthographies. "A number of surveys, such as [Xiandai 1986], have demonstrated that ...
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How are new words added to the Chinese language?

I'm always curious to know, as the world develops and new words come into existence, how are they adopted by the Chinese language? Is there some sort of government body that decides these sort of ...
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Are there any original sources documenting the simplification process?

I am familiar with the most common ways characters are simplified, but sometimes I am not completely sure what the thought process was. For example, with 邊 to 边, 力 is not a novel phonetic component, ...
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Determine radicals for simplifed characters that lost their traditional form completely

Having read this question: How can one determine the radical for a given character?, it gave me another question. Since many simplified characters lost their original form (compared to traditional ...
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Why is the radical of 难 > 隹 and not 又?

难 nan2, difficult; hard. Kangxi radical 172 隹. My teacher says the radical for this character is 又 but the dictionary says clearly it's 隹.
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'Simplification' of 夠

Why did 夠 get 'simplified' into 够? I'd like to know whether these existed as orthographic variants before simplification (such that the first round simplifications just standardised on one variant) ...
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Why do some Chinese characters have multiple simplified variants?

According to Unihan database some Chinese characters have multiple simplified variants. For example the Chinese character 鍾 have 2 simplified variants: 钟 and 锺 How it could happen? What is the ...
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In Chinese, how can I describe someone as being cynical?

cynical as in "believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others."
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Saying 'doubled' in Chinese 一倍 vs 两倍

I stumbled upon these 2 sentences: 这个城市人口比十年前增加了一倍 这个城市人口比十年前增加了两倍 The city’s population has doubled from a decade ago I though 倍 always multiplies the number standing in front of it, it seems ...
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What is the correct way to write 'niu bi', and how did it get its meaning in Chinese?

'niu bi' (牛逼? like the bees knees in English) is one of the more amusing expressions I learnt in my time in China. The literal meaning in English is quite colourful, so I won't describe it here, but I'...
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What is the history of the character “耻”?

The meaning of the word is “shame”. I often encounter the version which is written with a 止, but sometimes I confuse it with 恥. It seems that the meanings of 耻 and 恥 are both the same, just that one ...
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What happens when you use the individual characters in 姓氏 and 名字?

姓氏 refers to surname, and 名字 refers to personal name. But I’ve heard people using the separate characters to talk about surnames and personal names. For example: 我的中文老师姓姚 林氏集团 (Lin’s Corporation, ...
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For a consensuel translation of the character 当

I'm working on a lexicon for the main Chinese characters, and I only have a few words to give a meaning. I stumble on this particular character used in the first tone, and the least I can say is 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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Are there any two chinese words which can be used interchangeably?

I have been studying Chinese for a while, and what I find interesting is that no 2 words have exactly the same definitions. For example, 表扬 and 称赞 have almost the same meaning, but there will always ...
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Why are traditional and simplified different in such small manner?

Well, I decided to tattoo myself a sentence in kanji. However, the good ol' google translator shows two slightly different things in the results, and I'd like to know why and which version to choose: ...
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