First make an announcement, I will answer using simplified chinese. When saying "cool" in daily use circumstance, it could be translated to "酷", I think "酷" is more oral than "赞". "酷" has similar pronounce with "cool" but has the same meaning while "赞" just has the same meaning not the ...
The use of 讚 (means 棒 in 閩南語/台灣話) to indicate good/great/excellent originally was limited to the Taiwanese whose native spoken language is 閩南語. With both the Mandarin (國語) and Taiwanese (台灣話) pronounce the word the same way, it has quickly gained popularity through TV shows and spread to the entire population of Taiwan.
Is there any Mandarin picture dictionary
first of all, mandarin is just one of spoken languages used in, . . . china.
anyway, one book mets your criteria (pictorial, in traditional chinese): “新編對相四言”, the internet archive has a copy, which was printed in . . . 1506 🙀
i checked books.com.tw, ...
Perhaps one might get a better perspective to consider how long it would take a complete newbie to the English language to read Shakespeare's plays competently, or Chaucer?
Here are the opening lines of Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales" -- "When that April with his showers soote its showers sweet, The drought of March hath piercèd to the root, ...
What language is the Sandokai written in?
broadly, it was written in literary chinese, with buddhism context; in 5 characters per verse.
Is this ancient Chinese? Is there such a thing in the first place?
the written chinese language, in recent academic view, would be divided into:
proto-chinese: -3000 ~ -500
classical chinese: -500 ~ -100