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

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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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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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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 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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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 are the different kinds of poems in Chinese?

In the question "Are there poems in Chinese that rhyme?", a debate started about what is considered a poem in Chinese. The texts I presented — 《三字經》 (Three Character Classic), 《百家姓》 (The Hundred ...
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How do native speakers structure their essays?

When analyzing Chinese speeches or essays, I often have difficulty understanding how their the authors organized their ideas. In North America, for example, a common template for writing an essay is ...
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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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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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What is the correct measure word for 问题 (question)?

I'm not sure if I should say 一件问题 or 一项问题. I know I can get away with 一个问题, but I'd like to know the "correct" measure word. Note: I would like to use the tag measure-word, but I can't. I used "...
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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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Techniques for learning and retaining characters

For many of us, memorizing characters is a difficult thing. In Chinese, just because you can speak the word doesn't mean you can read it. Just because you can read it doesn't mean you can write it. At ...
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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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Phonetic clue of characters in languages or dialects other than Mandarin?

Many characters are made up of a semantic and a phonetic part. Is the phonetic part only valid with regards to Mandarin pronunciation? Or not even for Mandarin in all cases? Or does it work with for ...
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How to write your original (non-Chinese) and Chinese name, jointly

What is the most appropriate way to write both your non-Chinese, as well as your Chinese name, in one text line combined, e.g. at the bottom or top of a document. Clarification: by this, I mean that ...
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How gender specific in writing is the character 他

A couple of years ago I wrote this comment below an answer: On mainland China 他 is used for both male and female. I've only seen 她 used as a stylistic thing for advertising and some old formal ...
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What is a non-gender specific way to specify a group of people when writing Chinese

If you write 'they' (tāmen) in Chinese characters, you have to be specific about the gender: 他们 / 她们 / 它们 All of them mean 'they' but what do you use if you mean a group mixed with men and women?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 ...