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Can someone help correct my text in chinese

I need to write a short text in chinese but I'm not sure if it is well written or if there are some awkward parts. Can anyone help me? 在我的心里,中国不仅仅是一个遥远的国度;它是自我童年以来一直伴随着我的醒梦。...
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Is reading Mandarin text straightforward for speakers of other varieties of Chinese?

I'm travelling in Taiwan right now and I'm curious about the Chinese writing situation. Verbal announcements in all public transport are repeated in Mandarin, Hokkien and Hakka, but I only ever see ...
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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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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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A correction mark to indicate a word order reversal

The question comes from a popular ancient legend from "In Search of the Supernatural" (搜神記, 4 century CE) about a person asking for his lifespan extension. Here's the whole of it: 管輅至平原,...
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why is "象" meaning representation, form, shape etc.?

character early writings is derived from the elephant by I can't find an explanation to why it became also use for this other meaning.
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When years are (or were) written using Hanzi numerals, what are the usual variants/options?

I believe that these days, years would be written almost all of the time using Western/Arabic numerals in the Gregorian calendar. But they must sometimes be written using the Hanzi numerals, e.g. in ...
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How to Format Chinese Address? [closed]

I have something to return on Aliexpress and the seller provided this address: "Liu Kai China Guangdong Province Dongguan Shatian Town san sheng cun yan he lu 50 hao er lou CN 523000 Dongguan ...
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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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Writer looking for Chinese name for a character

I'm writing a novel and I have a character that is of Chinese descent. The story takes place centuries into the future on another planet with only a handful (few several thousand) humans left. Of ...
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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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How do written Chinese works, such as novels, handle dialogue from characters with accents?

For example, how does modern or translated Chinese fiction denote that a character is speaking in standard but heavily accented language, aside from appending an outside-dialogue note? English fiction ...
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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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Where can I find Codecademy for Written Chinese?

Recently, my wife has been learning to program JavaScript using Codecademy. I like how it walks people through exercises step by step, and builds up concepts, etc. All the marking is automated, and ...
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Ideas for Chinese leetspeak/computerized speech?

Leetspeak is the idea of replacing letters with characters that resemble them. For instance replacing "o"s with "0"s: n00b. This sort of text can also seem like computerized speech,...
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Seeking Help Deciphering Characters on Small (Lead?) Vase with Teapot Enclosed

I have no skill in reading Chinese characters (hopefully someday) and would be grateful if anyone can help me decipher the writing on this object, which belonged to my grandparents. They traveled to ...
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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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应用文翻译成什么比较合适 ? Practical writing?

应用文(借用百度的定义)这种文体,英语到底翻译成什么? 关于“应用文”的概念,学界尚无统一严格的定义,也不可能会有这样的定义,不同的学者和书籍往往有不同的归纳和概括。学习者可从以下几个方面把握其本质特征: 写作目的明确(实用性) 语言表达规范(规范性) 格式体例稳定 时间要素明确 Google 查了半天,只查到 practical writing 感觉有点怪,很Chinglish的感觉
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Usage of “了” in sentences where a period of time is involved

Consider the following sentences: A. 我看了一个小时书 - I read a book for an hour B. 我看一个小时书了 - ? C. 我看了一个小时书了 - I have read a book for an hour and am still reading D. 我看一个小时书 - ? Question 1: is sentence B ...
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Naming characters in a xianxia short fiction!

I am in the midst of trying to learn mandarin but haven't learned enough to feel confident in my naming for some short fiction I'm writing. I'd love suggestions or changes! Cáo Shīhán, a protagonist &...
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What are characters called when they have three of the same radical used?

I sometimes encounter characters like 鑫, which is made of three 金 radicals, or 龘, which is made of three 龍 radicals. What are they called and is there a reason for their existence? Ive tried looking ...
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Can someone provide a translation of this old HK smoking ad?

I came across this interesting smoking ad from Hong Kong, but while I understand a good number of the characters, its hard for me to piece together everything that is being said here: From what I can ...
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What does 飄過 mean in this context?

Was playing some game that usually has a decent amount of Chinese speakers and at the beginning of the match somebody spammed this: What would 飄過 mean here? I know it can mean to float but otherwise ...
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Why is Chinese written in different directions?

Example Given: The Peony Pavilion Wikipedia: 牡丹亭 https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Peony_Pavilion And another example on this pavilion can be seen below: 亭丹牡
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...