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

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Different first stroke forms of 月 (yuè)

There seem to be two different forms of the first stroke in 月 (yuè). When the character stands alone by itself ("moon"), then the stroke seems to bend to the left after going straight down, ...
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How much less of chinese written language does GB2312 cover versus GB18030 and UTF8?

My daily work often involves handling databases from around the world, as I support customers. Frequently encoded in CSV / TXT. For legacy reasons, encoding often needs to be done into GB2312 (Windows ...
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Tips and suggestions for learning Chinese (reading and writing) as a native

Just joined this site to post this question that I hope someone can help me with. Just a little background about myself. I’m a Malaysian Chinese, and obviously I’m born in Malaysia. We live in a ...
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How can I write my simple text better? Number 2

I'm learning a lot by having you guys correct my stupid texts. Thanks a lot! I wanted to do it again, so here we go: Text: 我的工作室程序员,我知道java很好。 我想想会是警察,这样我学习学习的。 我学习韩语因为汉语学习是我的爱好。 谢谢你们因为你们看了我的写作。 What ...
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Is it viable to write Chinese in emoji?

I know this may be an absurd question. It's just a silly curiosity of mine. If I have a sentence like "the horse walks to the mountain to eat apples," which I very clumsily translate (...
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Is writing characters top-to-bottom and then left-to-right acceptable?

I know 草莓西瓜果泥 reads STRAWBERRY WATERMELON PUREE Would this be acceptable too? 草 西 果 莓 瓜 泥
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Is there such a thing as dyslexia in Chinese?

A friend asked if there is such a disorder as dyslexia in Chinese and if so, how does it manifest itself? dyslexia: a medical condition affecting the brain that makes it difficult for someone to read ...
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Correct writing of 酉

Wenlin dictionary describes the writing of 酉 by a third stroke as a 𠃍 héngzhé and not a ㇆ héngzhégōu. When i look at https://www.zdic.net/hans/酉 it is more a ㇆ héngzhégōu. When i look at https://...
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在 ... 之余 : It looks like there is a grammar point using 之 in that construction (found on archchinese). Who can explain that point?

On the website "archchinese" there are a few expressions using 在 followed by a part of sentence ending with 之余, 之前, 之后, 之际 : 在 … 之余 在 … 之前 在 … 之后 在 … 之际 Anyone can give a few explanations ?...
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can I get help with the concept of "balance" in chinese writing/speech?

Sorry about the broad title, but I am a newish Chinese student (just finished HSK1) and there's a concept that continually appears in my classes that I can't grasp. Basically, there are lots of ...
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What's a mnemonic for remembering the characters in 建议 and 意见?

This is a little bit embarrassing, considering I'm currently studying HSK6-level content, but I cannot memorize how to write the HSK4 words: 建议 (jiàn​yì​) CC-CEDICT: to propose / to suggest / to ...
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Background guy in tik toks

Often in chinese tik tok compilations, there is a guy in the background who says something sounding like "ayodema" or something like that... I'd like to ask you what he is actual saying and ...
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How can I answer the question "你什么时候开始学中文的?"

How can I answer the question "你什么时候开始学中文的?" I cannot answer the "什么时候" questions. Can anybody help me please?
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How are Chinese people taught Chinese Hanzi?

I don't study Chinese at all, nor have any plans to, I just wanted wanted to ask a basic question on how Chinese people learn Hanzi. I study Japanese, so I study Kanji, which is the use of Chinese ...
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What is wrong with how I wrote 你也不会呢 in 20年来,没有人相信我。你也不会呢?

I've been using LangCorrect recently to get feedback on my writing. Recently, I wrote this: 我的话让老妈失望地叹了口气,说:“20年来,没有人相信我。你也不会呢?我不是在撒谎!我不是在骗你!”那时,老妈站了起来,开始收拾东西准备走。 I received three corrections, one ...
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How are Chinese words sorted?

How do you sort Chinese words since they are not alphabetical? What sorts of sorting systems exist, and what is typical in dictionaries for example? I am thinking how to do some programming stuff ...
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Why are titles sometimes placed in the middle of a newspaper article?

In a newspaper I'm reading (环球时报), there are multiple articles in which the title appears somewhere in the middle of the text. One example is: (click for unannotated version; other examples: ...
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Are Characters customized in different provinces due to dialectal differences?

In other character-based writing systems such as Chu Nomh, Kanji, and Hanja, there are customized characters due to regional dialects. Has this occurred with Simplified at all? Or has the government ...
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Can 地 be used in place of 的 as a stylistic choice?

Is the use of 地 in the following document correct (some specific samples included below)? I feel like there are many cases where 的 should have been used, but 地 is used instead. The number of such ...
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Why would this insect pest poster in Taiwan have phonetic characters (Zhuyin) on every Chinese character?

In my Biology SE question Identify this large, beige or pine cone-colored squareish beetle and/or the pine cone it's on? I included a snapshot of a poster I saw when hiking. I was told that it advises ...
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How to pronounce English words in Chinese

Say you have a word in English like "stone" or "parabola". How do you write that in Chinese literally so that it is pronounced in Chinese like it is in English? That is, you can write the pinyin ...
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How would you write the years 1951 and 1964 in Chinese characters?

I know how to write the normal way to write numbers in Chinese but I wanted to know how to write years can anyone help me out? I really like the idea of getting this tattoed on me and I would like to ...
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How do you improve Chinese writing beyond HSK4 or HSK5?

I am learning Chinese (not student, just private interest) and my Chinese is somewhere between HSK4 and HSK5 (half part of HSK5 finished). I am not focussing to improve my vocabulary as when I speak, ...
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How did three characters for _de_ emerge?

I understand that there are three characters for de depending on the usage: 跑得快 快地跑 快的车 Would anyone know how it evolved into different characters when the purpose and pronunciation are similar?
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How to read this talisman (符)?

I came across this talisman (符) the other day: I can recognize some characters in there, but mostly I'm just stumped by the entire thing. How are talisman supposed to be read? How can I read this ...
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How are Chinese words created (both spelling and sound)?

I am trying to translate new words in English into Chinese. Say we have some new words in English that have never been translated. Ga (gah) = To walk upside down Ba (bah) = Half unicorn half ...
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Closing a letter from two people

When writing a letter to family members, such as on a holiday card, how do you close the letter when it's being written from two people (such as from a husband and wife)? If one of our names is a one-...
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Are there text-based online roleplaying games which can be used for practicing Chinese writing?

Many years ago I played Cantr II. It's a text-based role playing game, but it's different to most: the aim of the game is not to "level up" or kill monsters. In fact there's no specified "goal". ...
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What did the original Tao Te Ching use for punctuation?

When you look at the Chinese versions of the Tao Te Ching online (here, here, and elsewhere), there are periods (。), commas, semicolons, question marks, and exclamation marks! 道可道,非常道。名可名,非常名。無名天地之始;...
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Implied erhua in writing?

I often see, what I refer to as, implied erhua written in shop names, advertisements, on menus, etc. Take the following for instance: 嗝屁 You'd rarely ever hear gé pì read without erhuaization. So ...
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How can I type 小篆characters that are not in the FANG ZHENG XIAO ZHUAN TI FONT?

By intalling the FANG ZHENG XIAO ZHUAN TI FONT I've been able to type 小篆 characters. However there are many chacters which don't change when the font is applied to them. For the more modern characters ...
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Are Chinese characters always in a perfect square shape, or are there fonts with rectangular characters?

Are all Chinese characters in all fonts placed in a perfect square grid, or are there fonts which make characters slightly rectangular such as 5:6 aspect ratio or 8:9 aspect ratio, etc. E.g. you find ...
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Can anyone tell me what this jacket says (Characters identified: 盖世英雄)

Help i have a jacket here that I want to buy but I need to know what it says and the site does not provide that information
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Cannot recognise a chinese chracter handwriting

Can anyone else tell me what the last character is please?
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Why does 努力 which means "to make a great effort" sound so similar to 奴隸 which means "slave"?

I find it interesting that these two are phonetically similar. Is there a historical background to this?
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What is the line “大势一去水东流” from?

I came across this line from 第一章 6 载昆 夫人 古老夫子: “你们,莫冒火,听我来唱戏,”古老夫子真的唱起来。“事其所以观其所由,大势一去水东流。夫人呀,莫生气,请饮酒!” I'm curious where the line: 事其所以观其所由,大势一去水东流 originates from. 事其所以观其所由 should probably ...
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What is the original text to the quotation of “The Burbank of Humanity”?

The book Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics, and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves by Gene Fowler and Bill Crawford has a section speaking of John R. Brinkley that ...
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What about the orthography of 苹 (like in 苹果)? It seems consensus is missing

I recently came across an anomaly in Chinese orthography which I can't explain myself. Please take a look at the following picture (screenshot from the Duolingo course on Chinese, I guess in lecture &...
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Do Chinese speaking different languages use written Chinese to communicate?

My understanding is that there are multiple languages in China, for example, Hokkien, Cantonese and Mandarin, and they are not mutually intelligible. However, all three use more or less the same ...
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Is the text 若承租人是公司,则必须提供法定代表人资料 official and correct?

I asked a good friend of mine to write the following text in Chinese: if tenant is a company, it should provide the name of the representative. She translated into: 若承租人是公司,则必须提供法定代表人资料。 Since it's ...
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Difference in meaning based on position of modal verb

Here's a child's essay [1]: 今天是元宵节,妈妈说,在滨江公园有猜灯谜的活动。她还说,看花灯、猜灯谜、还有吃汤圆是元宵节的民俗。 晚上七点半,我和妈妈还有亲戚一起来到滨江公园,人真多,非常热闹!那里没有猜灯谜,我好失望。但是我们放了烟花,还放了孔明灯和河灯,真是太有趣了! 我觉得最有意思的是放孔明灯。我先在上面写了“希望我学习100分”,然后妈妈把蜡烛固定在孔明灯上,...
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If you can use Chinese nouns as verbs, or vice versa

In English you have words like "badge" which are typically a noun, but they can also be verbs, "They need to badge in" to use their keycard to get in. Shortly, "Badge in please". You can have other ...
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Place to convert English sentence to interlinear gloss with Chinese sentence

I'm wondering if there is any free online tool that offers the ability to type in a sentence and have it provide a literal "interlinear gloss" of the original English text in the translated Chinese. ...
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If Chinese characters are ever used like numbers like in English

In English, especially in the software/programming world, you use letters as numbers a lot such as with hex encoding, using the alphabet 0123456789abcdef for 16 numbers, so you might write a number as ...
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What are good resources for Chinese calligraphy?

Pen writing and brush writing is also welcome. If possible, I hope you can give your evaluate for these resourses. I have heard 灵飞经 is a good copybook. Are there something close to that?
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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? [duplicate]

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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