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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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 ...
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What does this mean in English, very few words (Screenshot inside)?

What does this mean in English if you translate it? And what does this mean in pinyin, please tell me its very important!
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Is there any record on this specific variant of the character 選?

The below variant of the Traditional character 選 comes from an old book of 20th-century Vietnam. I personally cannot find any source that acknowledges this variant. I'm also pretty sure that Unicode ...
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Can someone please tell me what this poem means?

Can any one tell me the meaning of this picture?
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What does the following phrase mean “扈江离与辟芷兮,纫秋兰以为佩.”?

I think its a line written by the poet Qu Yuan that maybe symbolizes a persons nobility?
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What does the following phrase mean: 故虽有珉之雕雕,不若玉之章章——《荀子》

The character 珉 from the original phrase is said to mean "an apple of Sodom"...is that true? If so, what does that even mean? I though the character 珉 meant a jade-like stone as it has the particle ...
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What does this phrase mean in Chinese “珉,石之美玉者”?

Seems to be a line of poetry from ancient times?
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The difference between simplified and traditional Chinese and how should one convert a traditional sentence into a simplified one?

I'm wondering how is the difference between traditional and simplified Chinese? For example think of the following sentence: 在StackExchange網站中建立遙感探測和攝影測量問答網站的這個提案,仍處在委託階段 ( commitment phase) 。 ...
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What does the following phrase mean “士不可不弘毅, 任重而道遠”?

I know it's a Confucian saying but I'd like to know the meaning behind it. Anyone have a clue?:)
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How to translate「暗戀」to English?

「暗戀」literally means "hidden relationship", but sometimes I found it also means "have a crush on someone". I am wondering which one is the more common translation?
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API for transliterating a traditional character (writing the pinyin)?

I was wondering if anyone here is aware of an API out there on the net anywhere that can receive a traditional character and send back the pinyin for it in JSON?
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Looking for Pinyin/Traditional Characters eBooks

I am hoping that someone here can point me in the right direction. I am looking for some reading material so that I can practice my pronunciation. What I would like to find is the following: A ...
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How to write “ moving on” in traditional Chinese?

I'm getting a tattoo in Chinese and I have everything already I'm just missing the "moving on" part. How should I translate it?
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what does this symbol mean in chinese? [closed]

I saw a random image of Chinese character. Can someone tell me what letter it is. I had often seen it as a mysterious symbol. So where does one use this symbol? Is it spiritual or zen kind of symbol?
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“to slice or cut (a finger)” in Traditional Chinese / Spoken Cantonese?

Haven't managed to find a usage that speaks specifically to cut or slice open a body part. Also seeing contradictions (or perhaps information gaps) between CantoDict and Pleco. Some notes: ...
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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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How do you say “It was added a language menu.”?

I would like to know how I should say "It was added a language menu" I know that 语言菜单 its language menu, but what about the verb? and the person? How I can make a sentences like this one? Thanks (:
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what is the of exact original/source text of “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”

I was browsing http://www.brainyquote.com/ website and found that the top one quote on hot topic "life" is an quote from Confucius(http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_life.html): "Life is ...
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What is the story or reason of how 龙 came from 龍?

I'm just beginning to learn Mandarin and I have an excellent teacher. She tells me a lot of stories of how the characters came to be. Today we talked about the character for dragon, but she doesn't ...
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Is there an online program that can type pinyin for traditional Chinese?

I studied pinyin so I naturally type simplified Chinese but now I want to type traditional Chinese. Is there a program available where I can type traditional Chinese using Pinyin method? Thanks
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Stamped Chinese characters on a banknote [closed]

I cannot translate, it would be great if you guys could. It's a stamp on a Hong Kong banknote from 1941.
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Learning traditional Chinese characters [closed]

I am keen to learn more on traditional Cchinese characters for reading and writing. Which site should I go to for basic learning?
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Does 声 exist as a traditional character?

I see that 声 has an entry in the Kangxi dictionary, but every site seems to define 声 as a simplification of 聲. Does 声 also exist as a traditional character? If not, then what's the glyph origin behind ...
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An unknown, calligraphic Traditional Chinese character

I'm a Vietnamese preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year and have found this piece of decoration. I think the Chinese character on that is a Traditional one, pretty calligraphic and notably ...
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What does dian gui bu mean?

I've tracked 點鬼簿 as far as 張鷟《朝野僉載》. I thought it was something like 'augmenting the records of the dead', but I don't really understand it?
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“There was no attitude of poverty in his poetry” 絶無窮態

more Joseon dynasty classical Chinese. In the poetry he had written, in the end, there was no attitude of poverty. How was it he never became well-known? 其所爲詩絶無窮態。竟不振。何哉。 Does this make sense? Can ...
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The meaning of 得趣…to get a taste for something?

More from Chouchengzhi. I would appreciate thoughts on my translation of the following...my supervisor doesn't like my translation of 得趣 at all! Does it mean something more like 'to get a taste for ...
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Another couple of doozies: 許臣時一中之… and 敢不勉增淸烈。益播芳芬。

Ok folks, I have another asshole section from the text I am working on, Suseongji (Chouchengzhi), by a 16th century Joseon literatus... This time, this passage is driving me nuts: 攻愁有方。許臣時一中之。不疑於用。...
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How to type these old and rare Chinese characters?

I've tried to google these old Chinese characters using their closest approximations but still haven't found out any. I want to find these characters so that I can copy and paste them instead of ...
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The word 射 vs the word 短

I have a thought that the following 2 words’ meaning is exchanged: 1) 射 2) 短 First of all, I am not saying I AM CORRECT or I want to make changes to these words, it is merely a discussion where I ...
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Weird Chinese Characters

I was browsing through the Taiwanese version of apple.com. When I was checking out the iPad Air 2 section, one of the image showed the iPad keyboard with some characters that I have never seen before. ...
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啰 vs. 囉 in Old Texts

啰 seems to be the simplified version of 囉 these days, but....these are two examples from 《四川方言词典》circa '87 that I found: 要飞啰 我是乌梢蛇打店——长客囉! Most the entries I've seen in these 八零后 books have all ...
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Translation verification for a notice

Hello everyone I hope you can help me with a translation. I am looking for a Cantonese teacher (or speaker for that matter) in my area and I want to post a notice. I have asked and received a ...
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Best Android keyboard for inserting pinyin, simplified, and traditional characters

I am making a word list of Chinese words: Column 1: simplified chinese word Column 2: traditional chinese word Column 3: word meaning Column 4: pinyin pronounciation So, I am looking for a keyboard ...
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Can someone translate this for me? It's a family heirloom [closed]

My grandfather found this during WWI, would love to know what it says
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Characters for Taiwanese

As far as I know, Cantonese has its associated characters. But as I searched for Taiwanese characters, I only find the pinyin system to indicate the pronunciation of words, such as: 遮雨 jia-hōo/lia-...
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The slang(?) phrase “乾掉了”

As I remember, the phrase was used in response to a certain scenario. Unfortunately, as I tried to look it up on Google, all I find is drying out, which is certainly not the meaning I am looking for. ...