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Questions tagged [traditional-chinese]

Traditional Chinese is a set of Chinese characters that does not contain newly created characters during the reforms since the 1950s in the mainland China.

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Any chance someone could tell me what these characters mean?

I'd like to apologise beforehand in case I'm breaking any rules since I'm extremely new to forums but my curiosity is killing me!! I've had this sword for years and forgot its existence until a few ...
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Curious about different ways of swearing in Mandarin

I'm not sure if this is considered an appropriate conversation or question but I've had conversations with Cantonese speakers before who've mentioned that it's so easy to swear in Cantonese, but there ...
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Unknown Traditional Chinese characters on lacquered boards

I'm a East Asian preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year and have been given these pictures of lacquered boards from my father. The first picture I suspect contains stylized Seal scripts. I cannot ...
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What is the characters for qilou, the sidewalks in Taiwan?

In Taiwan, there are covered sidewalks called “qilou”. What are the characters for that, and is there a translation in English?
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Taiwanese People Reading Mandarin Audio Files

I would like to improve my listening skills. One way I would like to do that is to find a large number of shortish audio clips (5 to 10 minutes?) of Taiwanese people reading mandarin. What they are ...
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What are simplified characters and traditional characters? Which should I learn first?

In which sequence should I learn Chinese. What are simplified characters and important traditional characters which should I learn first and why those are necessary to learn first?
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Gender neutral term for family members who are all first born?

Is there a gender neutral term for people who are first born in a family? For example, if a mother, father, and older sibling are all the first born to their parents, is there a term that describes ...
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How to translate “路人缘” or “观众缘” in English

In this context, 缘 = potential relationships, connection 路人 = average Joe, random person, total stranger 观众 = audience, viewer 路人缘 (路人緣)and 观众缘 (觀眾緣) pretty much means the same thing. They are used ...
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How to ask for response and closing statement in a letter in cantonese and in traditional chinese?

I need help in writing a closing paragraph to my letter. What I need to write in cantonese is: Please, don't forget to reply back my postcard and letter I'm looking forward to get soon news from you. ...
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Can anyone translate the Chinese text on the picture attached?

Can anyone translate the Chinese text on the picture attached?
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Does this scroll say 䤛食琴心?

I was given the following scroll and would like a translation before I keep it up on my wall. I believe it says “䤛膳琴心” but I’m not sure. Moreover, I’m not familiar with this idiom and don’t know what ...
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How to translate these inspirational phrases correctly?

I'm trying to make a label for my workbook but I'm not very sure how to write this phrase: If you can dream it you can do it!. Using google translate (traditional chinese) renders me this result: ...
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Character translation chinese or japanese

Can someone please help me figure out what characters are and how to translate the top four and the seal characters in the attached pic? If you could please answer in a clear way to identify which is ...
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How do I write in Chinese, you look well today, as in good colour in face?

I visited an auntie in hospital, I want to text her to say she looked well today, how do I write this?
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Do any names start with 谦?

A while back, when I first started learning Chinese, I chose my Chinese name to be 谦恭. I chose this because 谦恭 is a loose direct translation of the meaning of my name. So, a few years later, I found ...
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How to ask Chinese tourists keep their voice down?

Background: In Silom, Thailand, I was eating in a small restaurant, 5x10 square meters. It is not a quiet place since it is located nearby the road. However, customers in here, for example white ...
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What does this seal stamp on Chinese painting mean?

Is this seal the name of an artist or poet? How can I find him? [![enter image description here][1]][1] Is this translation okay? [![enter image description here][3]][3] Thank you for every answer....
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When to use 于 and not 於 in traditional Chinese?

On my last question, there is a hint not to treat 於 as the traditional variant of 于。However, my keyboard (Tw) never proposes 于。 I also noted that the commentary on the 學而 on this site uses 于 twice. ...
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Book and material to prepare for TOCFL “Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language”

你好, I have hard time finding books and material to prepare specifically for TOCFL "Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language", NOT HSK. I am interested in the first level and of course traditional ...
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How to tell Simplified and Traditional Chinese apart?

Imagine that I know nothing about the language. I open a book and look at some Chinese text. What’s the easiest (and deterministic) way to tell if I'm looking at simplified or traditional Chinese? ...
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What is the difference between 嘗試,試圖,and 企圖?

I'm trying to translate this sentence to Mandarin: She's trying to recover the torn photo. So I was trying to find a meaning of "to try" in Pinpin Dictionary, and I came up with three different ...
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What famous word or phrase can I use to tell people my surname is 袁?

I know in Chinese people sometimes use other common words or phrases to tell people what characters their Chinese name has. My Chinese name is Yuan Li Heng (袁禮恒) For Li I can say Li Wu 禮物 and for ...
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method to type Cangjie secondary signs?

Is there a method available to type all the secondary signs for Cangjie as listed in these two charts: http://www.pascal-man.com/navigation/faq-java-browser/image-cangjie/cangjie-1.gif http://www....
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Use of written Chinese in spoken context

I have often found in Hong Kong that the written version of words are used in spoken context (while speaking Cantonese). Being aware of the fact that Cantonese and written Chinese are pronounced ...
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Is Chinese writing pictorial, ideographic - or neither?

Chinese writing - that of Mandarin - does not seem anything like picture language as that is represented by Egyptian hieroglyphs. Nor does it seem ideographic in the sense that each character ...
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Study abroad in Hong Kong, should I start learning traditional?

I am currently learning Mandarin and simplified characters, but as I am studying abroad in Hong Kong next year, should I start learning traditional characters? Or are simplified characters widespread ...
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Three Chinese characters (?) on the entrance of the History Museum of Ho Chi Minh city

Since visiting the museum, I've been very curious about these three characters (shown below). I've unsuccessfully tried to search it on the Internet. Their pretty calligraphic style is one of the ...
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How do I type 𨳒 on a keyboard?

I am using the Google Cantonese Input and Google Pinyin Input on my phone and cannot find a way to type 𨳒. Even when I switch to the handwriting method, 𨳒 does not come up as an option and I get ...
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What is the meaning of Confucius' 一以貫之

What is the meaning of Confucius' 一以貫之 yī yǐ guàn zhī Literary Chinese :孔子 禮記 論語 請問何謂孔子吾道一以貫之?曾子曰:唯;夫子之道忠恕而已矣。
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Can you help identify the artist for these Taizong horse rubbings?

Can you help identify the artist? The art was framed back in 1952 by the Jean Bohem Gallery in New York City. These are on scroll paper which is attached to something (cloth/ linen?) Beautiful ...
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Is there any university in Scandinavia where one can study Traditional Chinese (繁體字)? [closed]

My question is short: Is there any university in Scandinavia where one can study the Chinese language using Traditional Chinese characters (繁體字)?
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The New York Times - English-Chinese side-by-side bug? No 繁體 traditional characters in parallel mode?

In the question "Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese", there is an answer which lists some Newspapers, and in particular mentions: 纽约时报中文网 [紐約時報中文網] - New York Times - displays articles as ...
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How many traditional chinese characters needed to know how to read a basic restaurant menu only?

My husband currently speaks cantonese at an elementary school level, and would like to upgrade this knowledge of being able to read a chinese menu at least. He's able to recognize alot of the very ...
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What is the difference between Chinese simplified and Chinese traditional?

I'm Indian. I'm trying to learn Chinese. I searched Google translate, it's showing Chinese simplified or Chinese traditional. What is the difference between Chinese simplified and Chinese traditional?...
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Word translation

Can someone please help me identify these chinese or japanese characters and what they translate in english? If you could please answer in such a way to clearly distinguish between the large word and ...
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What are five most useful or common Chengyu phrases in the workplace?

I know there are thousands of chengyu (成语) (4 character proverbs in Chinese) out there, so obviously I would not have time to learn them all. Could I have 5 of these chengyu from you? (bonus marks if ...
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Better translation for “Grateful for everything life has given me”

Is "感谢对一切生活给予我" or "感谢生活所给予我的一切" a better translation for the proverb "Grateful for everything life has given me". If both don't make sense what is the accurate translation?
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What's written on the pig?

Hello! Could you please translate those writings on my pig.
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How do I say “It's alright”?

How does one say "it's okay" or "it's alright" along the lines of "it's fine, don't lose hope". It could be a consolation or someone brushing something off going "Oh, it's still okay". Could someone ...
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What does 防海固圉 mean?

Taken from the title of an article published in a Taiwanese governmental journal, related to Penghu County: 防海固圉 Presumed pronunciation (without further background knowledge): ㄈㄤˊㄏㄞˇㄍㄨˋㄩˇ = fɑŋ2 ...
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Are there characters in which the radicals are the same but the position changes the meaning?

Are there any characters in Chinese that have the same radicals in their formation, but the position of those radicals result in different meanings. e.g. A character made up of two radicals, AB, and ...
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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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Has Unicode included these Classical Chinese characters?

I've found these characters in an old dictionary about Classical Chinese / Sino-Vietnamese / Vietnamese. Although they can be analyzed pictorially (I don't know better words), I personally can't find ...
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Where to find online and easy reading material in traditional Chinese

I'm a native speaker who wants to learn to read chinese. I know just enough that I can probably start reading very basic text and can look up each character as I go, so I'm looking for easy beginner ...
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Can anyone tell me what this means please? I think it is a proverb

A friend left me this at work, I think it is a proverb but Google gave me different translations each time which confused me as none of it made sense.
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Ancient forms of characters

According to Wiktionary, "This character, 朙, is an ancient form of 明". I'd like to know what exactly ancient forms are and their current role in the language together with some academic reference, as ...
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List of all traditional Chinese characters

I'm looking for a repository or database containing all traditional Chinese characters. Where can I find this?
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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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Questions about the Taiwanese mandarin accent

I recently got into learning mandarin, mainly because I recently travelled to Taiwan and really enjoyed their version of it. Now I want to learn mandarin, possibly with a Taiwanese accent but I haven'...
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Hanzi pronunciation by radicals

I got into learning Chinese recently and since I already speak Japanese I find myself in a weird spot of being fairly familiar with a writing system, yet barely being able to read more than 30 ...