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Questions about the differences between the Traditional and the Simplified form.

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How did 葉 (leaf as in vegetation) become 叶 when it was simplified?

This is a spin-off question from this one "Determine radicals for simplified characters that lost their traditional form completely" where radicals for simplified characters were discussed. Now, the ...
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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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Is any simplified character also a traditional character?

I don't mean traditional characters that weren't simplified, thus being the same in traditional and simplified. What I ask if there is any simplified character which in turn has the same form of ...
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What is the difference between 裡, 裏 and 里?

I grew up learning simplified Chinese characters, but we are now living in Hong Kong, and so I need to teach my children traditional Chinese characters. I can't seem to figure out the difference ...
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How much faster is it to write Simplified over Traditional?

Speed of writing is cited as an advantage of simplified Chinese over traditional, which is especially important for schoolchildren, but are there any studies or measurements to this effect? How much ...
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Quotation Marks ("") and Angle Quotation Marks (《》)

Based on my recent observation, most people use "" to enclose a quote and use 《》 to enclose the name of a book (or a movie?). However, since I began my Chinese study, I have been learning to use 「」 as ...
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Learning Traditional first with the goal of learning both

I found this in the Mandarin wikibook: "It is considered easier for people who learn Traditional to read both sets than people who learn Simplified only, but Simplified characters are less ...
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Traditional 綫 vs. 線?

I noticed that《汉语大词典》opts for 風景綫 over what most other reference works write as 風景線. KEY does mention that 綫 is a: 1 (variant of the more commonly used xìan 線) line, thread, wire, string zisea ...
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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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What is the difference between 台 and 臺?

What is the difference between 台 and 臺? 台 is both "simplified" and "alternative", 臺 is "traditional". 臺 seems to be the "correct" traditional form for Taiwan, but I've never seen it in reference to ...
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Examples of "bad" simplified characters/简体字?

In particular, there should be many examples of 形声字 ("phono-semantic compound characters") which were "damaged" by simplification. I am interested especially in characters where a 声旁 ("phonetic") or ...
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Is mapping from simplified to traditional characters injective (one-to-one function)?

There is a plethora of online simplified to traditional characters converter like this one: https://www.chinese-tools.com/tools/converter-simptrad.html Is it safe to use them? Won't it cause any ...
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If the simplified version of 態 is 态 is why isn't there one for 熊?

I ask because I'm curious as to what's the reasoning behind simplification. It would look something like: 太 灬
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What are the relative literacy rates in for simplified and traditional characters?

I'm trying to decide whether it would be better to use traditional or simplified characters for an iPhone game I'm making. If something is written in traditional, how many people will be able to read ...
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Is the traditional character for 雪 the same as itself?

Is the traditional character for http://screenshoot.me/XeEw1S? Or are both and http://screenshoot.me/XeEw1S considered the same character (汉字) with simply different font styles?
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Why ​摺 in Simplified Texts and not 折?

I've seen ​摺 (almost intentionally I would assume) written in numerous simplified texts, especially with the word ​摺叠​. Here's one example (emphasis is my own): 浙江在线 《以“色”诱人 专属定制》 浙江在线·...
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Why does the Simplified Chinese character 强 have more strokes than its Traditional Chinese counterpart 強?

Simplified 强 (12) strokes Traditional 強 (11) strokes Are there any other similar cases in which a more complex form was adopted than the Traditional counterpart?
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沒 simplified to 没: What is the origin of the change?

I've just discovered that the simplified form of the character 没 is different from the traditional form (沒). With them both being nearly identical with exception of a single stroke, why was there a ...
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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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Can a character be simplified or traditional depending on the context it is used in?

Are there any characters that are considered simplified in some contexts (where there would be a corresponding traditional character), and traditional in other contexts?
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For which senses of simplified 制 would I use the traditional form 製?

Simplified characters do not always mirror their traditional counterparts one to one. Sometimes you have a simplified character where some of its senses have one traditional form and some have another ...
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Why is the traditional character for 你 also 你 and not 儞 when the traditional character for 尔 is 爾?

I found an interesting question posted on Reddit's /r/ChineseLanguage: If 你 is 亻(人) + 尔 , but 尔’s tradicional version is 爾 , shouldn’t 你’s traditional version be 儞 ?? I don't know the answer so I ...
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Comparison of tools for converting traditional to simplified Chinese

There are many free online tools that can convert Traditional Chinese characters to Simplified Chinese characters. However, most of them don't look at context to provide an accurate translation; they ...
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Was the word 麟 simplified?

麟 is a very complicated word, and the word is in my name. 麟 is a simplified word, but it seems like it didn't even get simplified. Some similar words are: 鳞,磷,璘,嶙,粼,膦,遴,潾 etc. Why are all these word ...
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親不見、愛無心 origin of this quote

「親(亲)不見,愛(爱)無心,產(产)不生,廠(厂)空空,麵(面)無麥,運( 运)無車,導(导)無道,兒(儿)無首,飛( 飞)單翼,湧(涌)無力,只有魔,还是魔。」 Where does the quote above stem from? I have seen it numerous times, even looked for it but could not figure it out....
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Is there one complete list showing Traditional characters in Simplified?

Or are there really that many that I'm asking a dumb question? I've started learning traditional characters first and once I gather the knowledge of around 2000-3000 characters I was thinking of ...
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Why 奇蹟 (and not 奇迹) In Simplified Texts

I often run across the word 奇蹟 in simplified texts written just like that: 奇蹟. For example: Yes has an article entitled: 【上帝之子】全美票房创18亿台币奇蹟. Here's an excerpt also with said writing (emphasis is ...
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Is this book in simplified or traditional Chinese?

To learn Chinese, I'm going to read the Chinese edition of a book I've already read in English. This is it: www.amazon.cn/阿特拉斯耸耸肩-安·兰德/dp/B00DA281J2 Can someone please go into the "See Inside" ...
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simplification of 唻?

唻 唻的解释 拼音:lai4 呼声。 【本字提供国家或地区】 中国大陆、中国台湾、日本、韩国、越南 Does 唻 not have a simplificated version? ZiSea: 字海: As this ^ (above) just seems to be listed as a variant
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Are simplified Chinese characters used for handwriting in places using traditional Chinese characters?

I'm curious if people living in places like Hong Kong and Taiwan, where the official characters are the traditional Chinese characters, do use them also in handwriting, or if they use the simplified ...
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Which is more common: 川普 or 特朗普?

At first, I only knew about 特朗普 for representing the US President's name, since it follows Xinhua's transliteration scheme. However, the World Journal uses 川普 exclusively, even in its articles written ...
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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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Did 劵 and 券 become variants in PRC/simplified in 1995?

The topic of 劵 vs 券 came up a couple of months ago and I did some Internet research at the time. I turned up a document about an orthographic reform in China in 1995 which included, among many other ...
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What is the difference between 們 and 们 for marking plurals?

I've seen native speakers refer to "we" as both 我们 and 我們, so I was wondering if there's any difference in meaning or when to use one plural marker or the other.
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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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Simplified variant of 幺?

This question is regarding when 幺 appears in traditional Chinese. What is the simplified variant of 幺? I asked this question on the cantodict forums recently, and one member gave this excellent ...
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Why was the traditional character 內 simplified to 内?

I am particularly looking for the rationale behind the change from 入 in the traditional character to 人 in the simplified version. Given that the number of strokes are the same, I was surprised at the ...
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Simplified/Traditional Chinese characters commonalities with Japanese Kanji

I noted that the simplified Chinese character for "doctor/medicine" 医 has the same aspect of the Japanese kanji for "doctor/medicine". So, in this case, the Japanese kanji and the ...
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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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Is there a definitive list of countries that use traditional chinese and those that use simplified chinese?

I have checked a number of websites, and although most agree about the main countries that use traditional and simplified Chinese, I am not sure about countries where there are mixed populations of ...
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Issues with machine translation from Traditional to Simplified (not vice versa)

I'm trying to translate my website into Traditional and Simplified Chinese. I have a full human translation for it into Traditional Chinese and I was wondering about what errors and inaccuracies can ...
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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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Is "(t 某某, s 某某)" accepted notation for showing traditional and simplified characters together?

I've never come across the notation "(t 某某, s 某某)" to indicate traditional and simplified Chinese characters together, so I was quite confused when I came across this on the Wikipedia page ...
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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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Writing a resume - traditional vs. simplified chinese

I'd like to know which criteria do chinese use when writing a resume. I know that in Taiwan most people use simplified chinese, but what about the rest of China? Is it common to find both simplified ...
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Do more people use simplified or traditional Chinese worldwide?

Worldwide, do most people use simplified or traditional Chinese writing? This can be either in the number that tend to use one over the other, or total number using each even though there will be ...
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In ancient China, was there an equivalent of pinyin?

The question is the title. Considering pinyin is in romanised form, did the ancient Chinese have pinyin to help them learn characters, or did they just have to repeat them hundreds of times to help ...
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Tool for processing Chinese text

DimSum is (was) a Java tool I found useful for Chinese on MacOS, but it is twelve years old and the website says it should solve some “problems on Snow Leopard” (Snow Leopard is 2009, version 10.6; ...
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What's the percentage of simplified characters in the most common characters?

I've searched in here and elsewhere on the web and couldn't find the answer. What's the percentage of the most common characters (say, top 5000) that underwent simplification? Thank you!
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Explanation for simplification of 遙

Why is 遙 simplified into 遥? The second does not really look simpler - except in this unfortunate digital form that I now see that certainly was of no consideration to those who enacted simplification -...
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