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Is Chinese language influenced by sanskrit and vice versa?

Yeah a lot of phrases in China were translated from Buddhism scripts written in Sanskrit. The most famous one we use everyday is 刹那 Even the name 佛 itself is from Sanskrit.
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Is the number 4 really considered unlucky because it sounds similar to the word for "death"?

In my daily life, I find that numbers are quite important when it comes to the license plate( sound in Chinese of 4 is like die and 8 is like luck). I think, unlike other things that people can not ...
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Is the number 4 really considered unlucky because it sounds similar to the word for "death"?

Let's just make this fairly simple, Chinese people like to 图吉利. (It's like being lucky with numbers and names... like getting rich is 发发发 or 888 if you want to pack a red packet, not very close in ...
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Is the number 4 really considered unlucky because it sounds similar to the word for "death"?

No necessary. It's common during engagement ceremony for the groom-to-be family to give four gifts, typically tea, cans, etc., to the bride-to-be family. Surely four cannot be considered unlucky in ...
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Is the number 4 really considered unlucky because it sounds similar to the word for "death"?

"...if 四 is "unlucky" merely because it sounds "similar" to 死, what makes it especially different from those 53 characters?" My speculation, and too long for the Comment ...
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