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

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Is it correct to say the standard for written Chinese is Mandarin, regardless of dialect (e.g. Cantonese)?

I've looked for this question on the site but can't seem to find it. I'm interested in learning Chinese, well, Cantonese specifically, and I want to focus on both the written and spoken components. ...
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How many characters do I need to learn?

How many Chinese characters would I generally need to learn to be able to handle most text in typical every day circumstances? How many would be required to be considered fluent? Are there any good ...
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What are the normal forms of valediction (signing off letters and emails) in Chinese?

For example, how do they normally sign off letters? We normally use 'Yours Faithfully' or 'Your Sincerely' but we might not be so formal in emails and instead just 'Regards'. What is standard ...
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Which movies or dramas have good/abundant examples of professional/business and email language (Mainland Mandarin Chinese)?

As the title says really. Currently I use the Pleco app to look up examples of sentences of certain words. However, this is way off from what I need. These days it's very useful to know how the ...
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How to translate “In conclusion”?

I'm practicing writing short articles in Chinese, but I'm not sure how to say "To conclude" or "In conclusion". I can't seem to find an appropriate translation. What is recommended?
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How do you learn and remember 左 and 右?

Because 左 and 右 are so similar in the shape, I am wondering how do you learn and remember them? I need a good method to teach.
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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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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 To *Write* The Northeastern ‘ber lou’?

A long time ago a Northeastern friend of mine showed me how to write ‘ber lou’ using 汉字. ‘ber lou’ being the northeastern equivalent of 额头. I have since forgotten how ‘ber lou’ was indeed written. ...
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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 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 to write “BiángBiáng麵” using pinyin?

Alternatively, can you write the character by strokes (that the pinyin input recognizes it and that the character can be found among all the other stored characters)?
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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 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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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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Is there an alphabetic system in the Chinese language?

Just wanted to confirm, is there an alphabetic system in the Chinese language? Like in the Korean language, the Hangul is in alphabetic system. Also does the official Chinese Language adopts word ...
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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 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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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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What does this handwritten phrase mean? (Characters identified: 见有广告的他特别高兴)

What does this sentence mean in this hand writing?
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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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How can I get better at reading handwriting?

How can I get better at reading handwriting? Are there fonts that look like it, or web sites with examples for practice? Are there some common shortcuts that people take when writing by hand?
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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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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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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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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 says

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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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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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 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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Why 福 is often used upside down?

On Chinese houses, people often place scriptures for luck, health, wealth, etc. Often, they use the word 福 [fú] turned upside down, like this: What is the reason for it?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 to improve my Chinese handwriting?

When someone has grasped the basic concepts of writing Chinese, there comes a point where handwriting starts to look plain or mechanical. From what I have seen, the lines look very straight and like ...
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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 ...