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Unknown Traditional Chinese characters on lacquered boards

I'm a East Asian preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year and have been given these pictures of lacquered boards from my father. The first picture I suspect contains stylized Seal scripts. I cannot ...
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Are there northern dialects which still preserve velars before front vowels?

It's well known that Modern Standard Mandarin has merged what were historically velar stops and alveolar silibants when followed by front vowels. For instance, 京 is "jing" rather than "ging", and 津 is ...
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Do any good topolect maps exist for Chinese?

I've been rummaging through English dialect maps. Here's an example of one on Twitter: And an American one for good measure: Do any good topolect maps exist for Chinese?
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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 a Chinese name for the initiality theorem?

This is a very specialized question. There is a branch of mathematical logic called Homotopy Type Theory in English, and in Chinese 同伦类型论. There is a Baidu page on it baike.baidu.com/item/同伦类型论. A ...
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Please help identify traditional Chinese painting

I've inherited a Chinese cloth painting from my ancestors. I'd be grateful if you could help me know more about the artwork through the signature and seal. Regards, VinayakFull artwork
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Help identifying characters on a memorial coin

I recently got my hands into this coin No idea how it got here, nor where it came from, I've tried to identify the text with some chinese speaking friends but we are unable to fully comprehend. So ...
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Assimil Chinese Old & New Editions

你好, In the 1970's, I believe, Assimil, the famous publisher in France which creates autodidactic methods, hired Phillip Kantor to write the two part textbook "Chinese With Ease," which is fairly well-...
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Is the pinyin of 「操」in「情操」and「步操」the same in Mandarin?

Originally posted at http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/phorum/read.php?4,130404 由細到大,自己同身邊嘅人都將「劉備」個「備」字讀成與(比)字同音 而「曹操」個「操」字就讀成與(粗)字同音 但最近睇港版,『三國 』(2013) 「劉備」個「備」字讀成「預備」個「備」 而「曹操」個「操」字就讀成「...
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Simplified Chinese Stroke order animation

I want to show Simplified Chinese stroke order animation with unity or C#, is there an open source library? If not, is there paid repository of stroke order diagrams in unity or C#?
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Can someone tell me if this script is correct?

I'm trying to write in full cursive with my own personal style and this is one of my first letterings. I'm quite happy and I think that it does look readable, but I'm afraid that the two long line I ...
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The number of “components” (potentially) to define a Chinese character typeface

This post goes into some hypotheticals on how long it might take to design a Chinese font compared to a Latin font. It shows an image of potentially some "radicals" which could be used as the base ...
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How common is the character 唷 (pinyin: yō) in Mandarin?

I have been searching for an official version of the Pinyin chart and I came across multiple variations of it. One of the charts I saw had the combination "yo". A quick search showed that one ...
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Are there online resourses that automatically translates English to classical Chinese?

Google translate supports traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese but not classical Chinese. On the other hand, classical Chinese is one of the supported languages of Wikipedia. Are there online ...
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Do the names 远宁, 温宁, 文宁, or 玟宁 sound good for a male character?

I have so much with trouble finding Chinese names it's beyond shameful. I always worry about the name sounding nonsensical or just evoking the feeling of "say what? O_o" Anyways, I'll have to trouble ...
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At what rate can native speakers of Mandarin Chinese read?

This study found that Chinese native speakers read aloud at an average rate of 255 characters per minute (CPM) with a standard deviation of 29 CPM. Presumably this rate is significantly slower than if ...
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What does this seal stamp say?

My parents have bought some type of ceramic vessel (plate, pot, something like that), which has the following stamp on the bottom: Armed with 米好 '-'’s answer on how to decipher seal script, I’ve done ...
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What is this character used for: 夰

I'm a relative beginner in Chinese. I was trying to draw the character 乔, but missed one stroke and instead got 夰. I was trying to find the meaning of this character before I realised my mistake. I ...
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What does 怎么不是司机不是娃呢 mean?

The literal meaning seems to be : How could it not be a driver not a baby ? I presume it has another meaning. Any ideas ?
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Is a morpheme bound or is it free: any online source?

The online dictionaries I've tried so far do not seem to indicate if a morpheme is bound or is free. Is there any (free?) online dictionary that provides such information? If not, is there a list of ...
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What's the difference between 囚犯, 囚徒, 犯人 and 囚 and how does it affect any sentence?

I was searching online so i found out that there are several meanings for the word "prisoner" and i couldn't find the differences or a reason for it, therefore i'd like some help for this.
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How to find earliest usage of a term?

This question could be split into two types of terms: new expressions & old expressions. For new expressions one could open Google &/or Baidu go to "News" (资讯) and then "Order By Date" (按时间排序)...
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The origin of 勾 and 股 in The Pythagorean Theorem 勾股定理

The Chinese name for the Pythagorean Theorem is 勾股定理 Take a right angle triangle ABC Let side AB be the shortest side. Let AC be the second shortest side. BC is therefore the longest side and the ...
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《庄子》人间世篇名读音及其解释讨论(Zhuangzi discussion)

《庄子》内七篇,曰:逍遥游、齐物论、养生主、人间世、德充符、大宗师、应帝王。 吾见今主流皆解人间世篇名作人间社会,而亦有异见作人处社会解,甚以为然。 庄子善寓言、重言、卮言。人间世多假人口而述己,略可剖为:颜回请行孔子,叶公子高使齐语孔子,颜阖傅太子而问蘧伯玉,匠石不顾栎社,南伯子綦异大木,孔子适楚遇接舆 等章。 纵观南华,庄子喻人以处己,而非论世以砭弊,故也人间世作人处世,读去声,明矣。 ...
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Is there any comprehensive English-language source on Classical Chinese poetic metre?

I’ve been wondering if there are any comprehensive books or locations that deal in Western languages with the peculiarities and norms of the Classical Chinese poetry. The difference between the jueju, ...
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Is there a toned pinyin keyboard on iOS?

Instead of showing all the Chinese characters that matches the ma regardless of the tone when the user types ma: the keyboard should not show any Chinese characters. In order for the Chinese ...
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Search terms for chinese home improvement books?

Trying to help some friends who constantly struggle with home repairs due to lack of home maintence experience. I have a nice english book with a lot of pictures, but it is not very useful for non ...
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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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As verbs, what’s the difference between 经历 and 通过?

I saw both of them translated as ‘go through’... But do they have any more specific use or meaning difference?
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Are female given names more likely to have repeated characters?

Many (but not all) Chinese names comprise of three characters: beginning with a one-hanzi surname 姓 and a two-hanzi given name 名字. In some names, the two hanzi in the 名字 are the same. Among the ...
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“Weng” syllables rhyme with the fnal -ong

According to Wiedenhof's A Grammar of Mandarin, page 44, "Weng" syllables rhyme with the fnal -ong [ʊŋ] However, he'd specified weng as [wʌŋ], to add Weng displays the same type of variation as ...
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Translating seal stamp

I have recently been given some artwork and was looking for some help in translating the seal found on the art Any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks
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Translations of 主编 and 总编 in French

大家好, 我想翻译这些词。背景是一个杂志社的。 我知道 总编 就是 rédacteur en chef 可是 关于 主编 我莫名其妙。我早想到把它翻译成 éditeur 或者 éditeur en chef 不过我不太肯定。原来,对记者的专业词汇不太熟悉。因此,我需要你们的帮衬。 若有人知道,就告诉我啊。 多谢!🙏
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Need help with unknown engraving

I came across this engraving and I'm unsure of its age or meaning. I've looked at a plethora of pictorial guides and recognize serif-like hooks consistent with kaishu, but presume its a more modern ...
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是什么 ?系? when is it right to use it. In Spanish we always use 有什么关系。

图中的男人跟男孩儿可能是什是什么关系? When to use 是什么关系。or 有什么关系。 Will it be right to use the later in the above phrase¿
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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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Characters for foreign names / places

Non-Chinese names and places are usually transliterated by using similar sounding characters. Assuming that no established Chinese transliteration exists for a certain family or place name, and ...
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What book is this passage from?

I found this passage on 北京大学's website but I can't even go back to the page of contents. I want to know the name of the book。it's the 阅读 section of the site.
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Is there a breakdown of the simplification scheme into methods?

For the second round of simplification (actually, its second part), there is a scheme dividing the processes into classes by the method used, such as: leaving only part of the character that leaves ...
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Idiom, common phrase crossword puzzle

I made this for fun, please try to solve it. I will post the answer later if no one can solve the whole puzzle. Suggestions on improving the hints are welcome. Since I know the answer, it is hard ...
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Composed forms of radicals in unicode

Unicode appears to define the composed forms of some radicals (e.g. 725C 牜or 2EA9 ⺩), but far from all (e.g. the left-half version of 6728 木). Yet there are texts (e.g. figure 18.7 in chapter 18 of ...
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I want to identify the chinese stamp and words on a painting

I recently purchased a Chinese painting with 2 stamps (Baiwen) and Chinese symbols on the side. I was hope you could give me some insight on the artist or translation of the words. Images below ...
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How does the score of the writing part of HSK4 gets counted?

I just had the HSK4 exam last week. Now I have to wait 3 weeks to get the results. I am just wondering how they are counting the score for the writing part of the test. First part (The ten ...
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Am I interpreting this correctly? 凡物只所持,不外乎三种,神念、灵气、元血。只是,一旦错了。就不知会如何了。

I'm reading a web novel called "凤凰仙尊,刁妻萌娃好难训." There's a sentence which confused me, so I hope someone could tell me if my interpretation's already correct. 凡物只所持,不外乎三种,神念、灵气、元血。只是,一旦错了。就不知会如何了。 I ...
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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 could 轰 be a contraction of to mean “what”?

轰 can be found in some dialects, often with a 个 found on the end, to mean what. This is most definitely a contraction. (Similar dialects also feature a contraction of 哪 and 样 as 孃 niang, also meaning ...
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Can someone please translate my grandfather's signature

There is a mystery about my great great grandfather's name, I found this on his australian marriage certificate. The signature is over 120 yrs old and he was an older man and may not exactly match ...
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Sample papers / Mock tests of HSK level 11 (Old HSK)

Is there anybody who knows where to find mock tests for the previous HSK (pre-reform)? I've searched all over the internet but I can't seem to find them. Were they available back in the day? If they ...
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Where in Sichuan is 虾 pronunced ha1 (xa⁵⁵)?

《现代汉语方言音库 • 成都话音档》has two listings for 虾 one that says: xa⁵⁵ 又ɕia⁵⁵ xa⁵⁵ can pretty much be pinyinized as ha1 - for simplification here. And there is of course a second entry that says: ɕia⁵⁵ ...
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Handwriting 行書 semi-cursive online

Hi is there any website where we can input a chinese character and watch how it is written (the process) in 行書 semi-cursive form, and not how it is written in the normal "formal" stroke. In order to ...

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