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Questions tagged [writing]

Questions related to written Chinese. Note: there are separate tags for 'handwriting' and 'characters'.

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How many English words does 4000-8000 Chinese characters correspond to?

I have to write a grant application in Chinese. I intend to write it in English first, and then get a friend to translate it for me. I am supposed to give an overview of my research project with a ...
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How to type Chinese vertically from the right to the left?

Is there an easy way in Word or Text or other software to type Chinese vertically from the right to the left, such as the following?
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Most appropriate word for proxy/substitute/surrogate

Please forgive my lack of knowledge of Chinese. I'm doing book research and am looking for the most appropriate word for 'proxy' in the sense of a substitute or surrogate. For the sake of clarity, let'...
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Does cursive script have any order logic?

I think most people know the basic rules of character writing, like from top to bottom, left to right, etc., but it seems that the rules don't work at all when it comes to cursive writing. Question: ...
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Why native speakers always say “一块钱” and write “一元钱 ”instead of “壹圆钱”?

The 1 RMB notes has the Chinese word "壹圆". In spoken Chinese, I hear many native speakers say "一块钱" instead of "壹圆钱"。In written Chinese, I have seen "一元钱" more than "壹圆钱". My questions: In spoken ...
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The minimal set of characters containing any stroke a Chinese character might have

Wondering if there is a set of Chinese characters, some arbitrary set, that demonstrates every possible way a stroke can be used (or just is currently used) in any Chinese character. To put it in a ...
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If there are ever “annotations” above or below Chinese characters

In Latin scripts we have the letter a but also it "annotated" with an accent in this case: á. These accents/annotations/diacritics can be above or below the current Latin character. Other languages ...
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What is the most efficient method in memorising written characters so as to expand written vocabulary?

I have noticed that my reading and listening skills far exceed that of my writing capabilities. What is the most practical method to learn to write characters quickly, but also be able to use them in ...
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How to write Chinese fluently?

After learning how to write chinese by directly copying characters from my phone or my computer (digital ones), I noticed that I still can’t decipher the character chinese people are writing. I know ...
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How do non-Mandarin speakers type Standard Chinese Writing System?

As far as I know, people in Hong Kong speak Cantonese but use Mandarin when writing official documents or homework using Mandarin. 粤语白话字 is not allowed in such cases. How does this work? Does this ...
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Spacing Guidelines for Modern Chinese Writing

Given that Chinese characters don't need to have any spacing between them (from here), in that they don't need whitespace between words, or even between paragraphs or chapters, then you could just ...
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Is the layout of the Chinese characters relevant to the meaning?

I am new to Chinese but have seen documents where the layout of the characters seems to fit certain patterns, and I'm wondering if it is significant in some way. For example, one is this: 是以成神,名曰石拆神,...
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Multiple characters for the same sound in Chinese

In chinese mandarin, why does Chinese language has multiple characters for the same sound? What is the reason?
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How do i write Erobee in Chinesse?

I want to use Chinese writing of Erobee in my logo. Does someone tell me please?
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Why does mulberry have so many different endings? (桑葚、桑椹、桑甚、桑黮)?

I always just assumed mulberry was 桑葚. I was going through some materials though and came across many variants: 桑椹 桑甚 桑黮 It's not as if they are even traditional or simplified variants. What's up ...
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What input method is easier to learn for a someone who can speak Chinese?

I volunteer at a seniors' home in Canada, and am helping one (childfree, single) senior to buy a laptop. She speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, but no English. She needs a Chinese version of Windows, but ...
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Is there an official stroke order for each character?

I’m a learner of Japanese for now some years, and I really like kanji, or chinese characters, and I’ve recently taken some interest in the Chinese language though I don’t intend to learn it. My ...
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Chinese gibberish in a desktop program

My company uses a service to observe several rooms in our office, and when I downloaded the program to allow me to observe these videos some of the text functions fine and some of the text appears as ...
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How do Chinese students write words whose characters they haven't learned?

To clarify, I mean Chinese schoolchildren who may, for whatever reason, need to express a word that they haven't learned the character for, e.g., 餐 in 晚餐. Would they use pinyin, like 晚cān, or ...
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What does 甘蝦 mean when used as an answer to 保重? (Taiwan)

On Taiwanese Facebook page I read a conversation under a post from a hospital. A lot of people of course write 保重 (get well), and the poster answers 甘蝦 to all of them. When looking up this in a ...
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Is it ok to use 他 as a gender neutral personal pronoun (instead of 她) when the subject is known to be female?

Is it ok to use 他 as a gender neutral personal pronoun (as it used to be before 她 was introduced) even if I know that the subject is female? Example: 他是我妹妹 vs 他是我妹妹
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how to type the degree sign (°) using Chinese IME on iOS/(mac)OS?

Some people say you can 打“摄氏度” to get: ℃ but that seems to be a sogou IME thing only - and boy does that celsius degrees C look ugly. Others suggest: “插入”“特殊符号” but that just seems to be a ...
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Can 上 always be used like English ” ” (i.e.: same as above)?

In English parts or fragments of sentences can simple be duplicated with ditto marks, here's an example from Wikipedia: Black pens, box of twenty ..... $2.10 Blue ” ” ” ” ...
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Should old texts characters be modernized?

When referring to old texts should their characters be modernized? For example if I were to quote/use: 㕥 Should 㕥 be “updated” to 以? Even if the text is written in traditional? Perhaps another ...
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What Chinese lesson (Category of words) should I be studying?

I have absolutely no idea about the words that are circled in black. So the cycle starts, I will use Pleco dictionary to scan the word and I will know the meaning of that word for a while. Obviously, ...
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Can I always write the 艹 (grass radical) with three lines only?

The 艹 (grass radical) is present in for example 歡 and 貓 and 喵 In some fonts it's rendered as two separate crosses 十十, in some as one horizontal line with two vertical lines crossing it. Can I always ...
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Why can't I write the character 台 in my pinyin input method?

I'm on Linux and using Sunpinyin and Linpinyin input methods. In both, when I input "tai" I never get any suggestion of the character that I somethimes want: 台. I must be doing something wrong, but ...
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How To Go About Learning Tangut [closed]

I have tried to research this topic for many nights, but I cannot find any resources. I know it's a very old but i've always been intrigued by Tangut. More specifically, i'd like to go about learning ...
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Why is 开 written within a 门 in this sign (without being written 開)?

This sign is in the hallway near our lab. I believe it says: 南开大学:现代光学研究所 Nánkāi dàxué: Xiàndài guāngxué yánjiū suǒ But the 开 is written inside a 门. I thought it would be a traditional ...
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Does the convention to paraphrase a word in an article exist in Mandarin?

In an article over 人民网: 据日本TBS电视台报道,这名女大学生就读于东京都内某大学4年级,涉嫌违反野生动物保护法被逮。泰国警察介绍,这名日本女大学生当天打算搭乘返回成田机场的航班,被机场工作人员发现在行李中藏匿了10只水獭。 被捕女大学生交代“水獭是在曼谷市场附近地摊购买,打算当特产送给朋友。自己是第一次来泰国旅行,并不清楚不能带水獭”。 ...
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When did 像 become the 'proper' form for “to be like”/“to resemble”?

A book I have from 1987 uses 象 to mean "to be like"/"to resemble." For instance it defines 粗沙沙 as: 形容感觉不细腻,象沙一样粗糙 Nowadays this would be considered a wrong 错别字. The book, though, is only thirty ...
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Should tone sandhi be written in pinyin?

Tone sandhi is a phonological change occurring in tonal languages, in which the tones assigned to individual words or morphemes change based on the pronunciation of adjacent words or morphemes. ...
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Does a good OCR of “Western Mandarin, or, The spoken language of western China” by Grainger, Adam exist?

Archive.org has a really pristine scan of "Western Mandarin, or, The spoken language of western China" by Grainger, Adam. It's great. It really is. It is completely comprised of "photos", though, ...
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Are [ɚ] and [ər] interchangeable for (儿化) er-hua?

I've got different resources doing different things for er-hua, e.g.: 包儿 resource material #1 [pər] resource material #2 [pɚ] is [ɚ] and [ər] interchangeable for (儿化) er-hua? I would hazard ...
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How to stylized back-to-back or consecutive western-style quote marks?

It seems most punctuation marks in Chinese are automatically stylized with spaces. Periods (。), commas (,), question marks (?), exclamation marks (!) and even book title marks (《》), as oxford likes to ...
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Reference for different looking ways of writing a character?

Is there any online database or printed reference work where it's possible to look up a character and see it written in many different styles, like different printing fonts, cursives and pictures from ...
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Where to write a diary in Chinese?

Practicing Chinese is hard when you are not following regular lectures or if you do not know anyone with who talk. Beyond practicing everyday following a book or an app, I would like to write ...
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Traditional alternative to 水寫布 (water-writing paper) for calligraphy practice?

I'd like to practice my writing with brush, and came across this textile that I think is used a lot in schools at least in Taiwan: Image from http://detail.net114.com/chanpin/1018435996.html It's ...
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Question to radical (部首)“辵”

to my understanding a radical is the smallest character you can disassemble a word into (correct me if I`m wrong). However the radical 辵 seems to be a combination out of two other radicals: 止 (in the ...
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What is proper way to WRITE “knock-knock”?

What is a proper way to write knock-knock (the sound of knocking in the door) in Chinese?
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Handwriting Certain Radicals

I notice that some typefaces (especially ones used in old texts) have some radicals displayed differently than what I usually see. For example sometimes I see the 糹 (left-side) radical displayed like ...
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How do you enter a half comma (顿号, dùnhào) with Google Pinyin IME and a French keyboard

I have a laptop with a UK English version of Windows and a French keyboard (azerty ...). I have been using the Google Pinyin IME for some time now but I can't figure out how to enter a "half comma" (...
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Are Chinese people aware of the difficulty of their writing system?

How is the difficulty about the Chinese writing system viewed by native speakers? Is it a view they share with other learners around the world or do they see it the same way other speakers see their ...
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Stroke order of 㠭

I usually use yellowbridge.com when looking up stroke order, but they didn't have any information on 㠭. This isn't the first time this has happened, but usually it's easy enough to guess. However, ...
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Where can I find a good resource for writing work-related emails in Chinese? [closed]

I have some Chinese coworkers and I would like to email them more often in Chinese, but I don't know a lot of phrases and conventions for writing emails in Chinese, especially asking information for ...
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How to indicate “long pronunciation” in writing in Chinese?

In English I can change "what the heck" to something like "what the heeckkkkkk" when writing in order to show that the pronunciation of "heck" is being dragged out. When writing Chinese characters, ...
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What are some good (native) Chinese online message boards & forums? [closed]

One of my favorite ways to practice writing is by posting to discussion and Q&A forums, like Quora and StackExchange. Are there platforms similar to that in China? Or how can I find Chinese ...
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Can someone please check this piece of writing? [closed]

I don't know if this is the right place to ask for a correction, but I will try. Can someone please check this piece of writing and tell me if there are any mistakes? Thank you so much for the help. ...
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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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Bottom component of 青 and 䏍

When learning how to write, I had always assumed that the lower component of the left component 䏍 of 能 was just a lower variant of 月. A couple of days ago, however, I decided to look it up, and I ...