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Spelling (拼法) is the set of rules about the usage of graphemes to write a language. In Chinese, the characters are graphemes, so spelling refers to how characters are used together to spell words. Use this tag for questions about usage of particular characters instead of others to represent sounds.

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Why did so many Ks change into Js and Qs?

When looking at the history of name changes, one of the most common changes to city names seems to be the replacement of K with J and Q. For example, the spelling "Peking" has been changed ...
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Why many professional Xiangqi players cannot pronounce 車 correctly?

When referring to a piece in Chinese chess (Xiangqi), 車 should be pronounced as jū or ㄐㄩ, instead of chē (ㄔㄜ). It is understandable that not every native speaker knows this pronunciation. However, I ...
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Hello! Can someone please translate: 'My Little Ghost' to Chinese?

I'm creating a story with this title and the setting I'm supposed to have is in ancient China. It would be helpful if you can show me how it is spelled and if the translated version sounds more like ...
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Is there such thing as Chinese spelling alphabet?

Is there such thing as Chinese spelling alphabet, like the NATO phonetic alphabet, or the Japanese radiotelephony alphabet? When I am to spell alphabets via a phone, I use appropriate spelling ...
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How to change line in dictation?

I am using an ipad, but I assume it is platform independent. The iPad understands what I say extremely well, as long as I don’t use formal expressions. I want to change the line and have already tried ...
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What does 原配手撕小三 mean?

In fact, rather than asking the meaning, I want to know which components this phrase consist of. 原配手撕小三: Is it: 原 - 配手 - 撕 - 小三 原配手 - 撕 - 小三 原配手撕 - 小三 I know 小三 mean mistress and 撕 mean to tear, so ...
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Using 瑞士的瑞 to address the character 瑞

Since I'm not a native chinese, I need to confirm this with one. For the character 瑞 would it be awkward if I refer to / address it when spelling a word to another person using 瑞士的瑞 ---> "Switzerland'...
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Can Chinese words start with a vowel?

I've been searching around for random words. Dragon = long, green = lǜsè, river = he... I can't seem to find any words that start with a vowel. Do any Chinese words start with a vowel?
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Help translating two lines of Zhang Shaolin's "Hakka homesickness" (客家乡情) + some weird pronunciations in that song

Song video. Lyrics, romanization (based on what I hear in the video), translation attempt. 张少林的“客家乡情”(客家话) 爱记乡情 齐家都係客人 最緊有煞拼求進 (AX 建议的写法) 莫忘乡情 齐家係自家人 只只回故乡寻根 叔公叔婆来相认 亲戚送礼来好热心 到处都有人亲 做事耐苦 人乌白也分明 ...
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Questions on a Hakka song and its particular Hakka dialect

Warning, General Background, Table of Contents This is going to be a very long post, just like my work on this video was very long. This is why I am breaking it down into sections. It is also going to ...
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Spoken unsubtitled Min in a (now deleted) Youtube video: characters?

Long ago, I ran into the song 媽媽歌星, and in particular I have a download of a video where there were two spoken parts in Min, without captions. It is rather unfortunate that the video in question is ...
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Why would the name of the 慈祐宮 temple in Taipei sometimes be written "Cinyou" instead of "Ciyou"?

Near where I'm staying in Taipei there is a temple called 慈祐宮. Most signs write 慈祐 in pinyin as "Ciyou", but some write it as "Cinyou". Would this just be a mistake or could there be a reason for it: ...
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Unclear expression in Pimsleur 3 "here is a small gift"

In the audio course Pimsleur Mandarin III an expression is taught which you can say when giving someone a gift. The expression itself is unclear to me, which one of these is it? yī diǎnr shǎo yì sī ...
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Two-character homonyms with same meaning

This is question about synonymous homonyms in Chinese, in particular, two-character words with same sound, tone. Edit: to keep the question simple and broad, I am using the word "homonym" in a non-...
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Correct spelling of Min word

I have come across this song recently. I understand practically all of it. My question is specifically about one word. At a certain point, the lyrics go: 二項要選擇啥 Now, according to 台灣閩南語常用詞辭典, a ...
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Hakka song "kam-thung sim": character approximation and translation required for a part

Background: Searching for songs as exercises of translation from Chinese, I came across kam-thung sim, the Hakka version of 感动天感动地. Unfortunately, there were no characters (well, except for those ...
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How to spell these words in Chinese alphabets? [closed]

since there is a wide range of letters in Chinese language , I need your best offers on spelling (pronounce) these words by use of only Chinese Characters in its most accurate form ? the spelling ...
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How to differentiate MacBook Air from MacBook Pro in Chinese?

In Chinese, Macintosh is described as 苹果的电脑, and MacBook series are described as 苹果的笔记本电脑. However, I don't know how to differentiate MacBook Air from MacBook Pro. Apple's Chinese page doesn't ...
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Are "好饱了" and "好包了" both correct?

"好饱了" and "好包了" both seem to be used to mean "I'm full". I'm pretty sure that "好饱了" is definitely correct but they both get lots of Google hits and if I combine the search with the English "full" ...
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"醡" and "炸" in "醡醬麵" and "炸醬麵"

I've just noticed that the English Wikipedia gives these spellings for "Zhajiangmian": Simplified Chinese 炸酱面 Traditional Chinese 醡醬麵 Whereas the English Wiktionary gives these: 炸酱面 (...
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Are "身份证" and "身分证" totally interchangeable?

When wanting to learn the word for "ID card" I seem to find both "身份证" and "身分证". They both have the same pronunciation "shēnfèn zhèng". I don't think they differ by being traditional vs simplified? ...
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Is 去 (qù) pronunced /tɕʰu/ or /tɕʰy/?

I'm a struggling very beginner having difficulties with both pronunciation and Pinyin. I dabble in linguistics so I'm accustomed to dealing with IPA pronunciations. For this reason I have been ...
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Why is it written LIU in Pinyin, when there's clearly an O sound?

Does anybody know why this decision was made in pinyin, about not writing any hint of the sound /o/ in liu, instead of writing something like liou or liow ? The first reaction of any newcomer to ...
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What is the correct orientation of "ㄧ" in zhuyin fuhao?

In zhuyin fuhao (bopomofo), "ㄧ" is equal to "i" or "yi" in Hanyu pinyin. I have noticed, when displayed on my computer, even with very complete fonts, I see a vertical line (similar to "|"), but when ...
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