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

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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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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 widely used are 印章 compared to signatures?

印章 appear all over chinese works, especially in the past. Most noticeably in documents relating to business and arts, companies and individuals would use seals in place of signatures. In modern ...
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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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Cannot recognise a chinese chracter handwriting

Can anyone else tell me what the last character is please?
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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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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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Is there a definitive list of countries that use traditional chinese and those that use simplified chinese?

I have checked a number of websites, and although most agree about the main countries that use traditional and simplified Chinese, I am not sure about countries where there are mixed populations of ...
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Understanding different Chinese writing styles

Aside from the standard printing style of Chinese (what is referred to in this wikipedia article as regular script), what are the main styles that are in modern use? When looking at different styles ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the real obstacles of romanizing Chinese characters?

Most people will say it is because there are too many homonyms in the Chinese language. But when I realize that homonyms do not bother people very much in oral communications, I begin to question this ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Resources for the Chinese section of the Gaokao?

The entrance examination for universities in mainland China includes a Chinese section. I'm looking for three things about this. 1) A source for questions that have been asked in previous years. For ...
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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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Learning Chinese using traditional characters [duplicate]

I believe in Taiwan people use traditional Chinese characters for writing whereas in China they use simplified characters. Assuming this information is correct I'd like to kindly request suggestions ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Logic behind the strokes of complex characters

I am learning Chinese now, and we've been introduced to Chinese characters as 'pictograms'. I understand the logic behind some characters, like 口 mouth to and 人 person. But, what about complex ...
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Capitalization in Chinese

Many languages have uppercase and lowercase forms. English for example has lowercase a and uppercase A. Letters written in uppercase are known as being capitalized. Chinese, also, does have a form of "...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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written characters: bèi vs jiàn

I have two books displaying different meannings for characters that look the same to me: What is the difference (if any) among the character for "bèi" (shell, money) and "jiàn" (to see)?
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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 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 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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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 ...