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Lowest pixel resolution needed to support Chinese?

8x8: Lowest necessary resolution for Chinese characters As far as I know, the recognizable lowest resolution for Chinese characters, is about 8x8 pixels. The following paragraphs are rendered by the ...
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Bottom component of 青 and 䏍

Brief Answers Is it indeed the case that the lower component of 䏍 is different from the lower component of 青? Yes in the etymology sense (the lower component of 䏍 is 肉, and the lower component of ...
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Proper letter writing etiquette

I think those are generally fine for normal purposes, especially if you're emailing. Traditional etiquette has substantially declined with email use. 亲爱 is quite a bit more personal than the ...
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Is there an alphabetic system in the Chinese language?

The official way to write Chinese uses Chinese characters, which is not an alphabetical system. There have been various phonetic systems developed to either write or transcribe Chinese. Some of these ...
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How did three characters for _de_ emerge?

The premise of the question is a bit backwards. It's not that de evolved into three different characters, it's that three different words evolved to have the same pronunciation in modern Mandarin ...
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Is it viable to write Chinese in emoji?

Some people are already doing this for fun. Replacing (some of) the Chinese characters in a sentence with emojis. Sometimes it is used to curse, with a somewhat softened tone. Sometimes it is used to ...
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Can I always write the 艹 (grass radical) with three lines only?

Two notes: 艹 is 4 strokes in Taiwan and Hong Kong only. It is less helpful to think of it as a "traditional"/"simplified" difference, as among other standards which use "traditional characters" (e.g. ...
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How are blanks indicated for placeholders in Chinese (like ???)

Generally putting XX is fine unless formal. People use that a lot orally. X is usually pronounced as 叉, but can vary based on region. Formally and also very commonly for missing name is using 某. 王某 ...
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Bottom component of 青 and 䏍

Just adding this to the already answered question to point out a few pertinent things: (1) the question of whether the 月/⺝ as seen in e.g. 能青育 and so on is really 'the same' or 'different' can be ...
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Why would this insect pest poster in Taiwan have phonetic characters (Zhuyin) on every Chinese character?

Texts written for schoolchildren will be annotated with phonetic symbols. The last sentence indicates that this poster is made for schoolchildren: 如果發現了,趁著沒孵化之前通知老師來移除。 If any [eggs] are found, take ...
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Is it viable to write Chinese in emoji?

What is possible: 你好 = 你好 (consider Chinese characters as emojis; they already seem to meet the definition). 你好 = Ⓝⓘ③ⓗⓐⓞ③ (writing its pronunciation in pinyin via "emojis"). 你好 = ⿰亻尔 ⿰女子 (...
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How do you learn and remember 左 and 右?

Did some research, but all I can find is that both 左 and 右 are actually the same symbol that denotes hand but reversed horizontally in ancient times. This symbol basically formed the top part of the ...
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Thought Experiment: Twitter Character Limits

Actually, if Twitter were to play fair, I think they would restrict Chinese users to 46 characters, since there are 3 bytes / UTF-8 encoded Chinese character, and only 1 byte / English letter. ...
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written characters: yuē vs rì

I was secretly expecting this question. :) In handwritten and calligraphic realization, these characters can be tough to distinguish, although the context will help you a lot. In printed text, the ...
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How to indicate "long pronunciation" in writing in Chinese?

The one I see most often is the use of "~": "啊~~~"
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What does 甘蝦 mean when used as an answer to 保重? (Taiwan)

It is a similar pronunciation of Hokkien 感謝/感谢, so the meaning is to thank. The 臺灣閩南語常用詞辭典 shows that the pronunciation is kám-siā. It is a style of humor, not a joke. We use them a lot. Another ...
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Why native speakers always say "一块钱" and write "一元钱 "instead of "壹圆钱"?

To begin with, there is one thing called 大写 (daxie, “upper case”), in contrast to 小写 (xiaoxie, “lower case”). 小写:一二三四五六七八九十百千 - 元 大写:壹贰叁肆伍陆柒捌玖拾佰仟 - 圆 Daxie numbers are only used in ...
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How do native speakers structure their essays?

The Chinese have a device called 起承转合. First you start(起) narrating on some topic. Then you continue(承) to develop the topic with added material. Then you turn(转) the narrative, either by seeking ...
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How to translate "In conclusion"?

总而言之,complete version of 总之,less imperative. 综上所述,in summary (of the previous narration or evidences). 以上,very concise and confident way,but use it carefully,more of a meme these days
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How To *Write* The Northeastern ‘ber lou’?

Dialect characters (方言字) exhibit great variation in the way they are written. The same character can have different meanings and even wildly different pronunciations between different varieties of ...
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Braille and Chinese Input

I had a student in Taiwan who was blind, so I've had a chance to work with this. There are articles on Chinese Braille in both the English and Chinese Wikipedias if you haven't read them yet. It is ...
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How to indicate "long pronunciation" in writing in Chinese?

Use 破折号(dash), for example: 我们在天安门前深情的呼唤:周——总——理——
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Why is 开 written within a 门 in this sign (without being written 開)?

BabelStone wrote a Proposal to Encode Obsolete Simplified Chinese Characters which also contains a lot of history and other important information. Under the heading 2.2 we find: Table of First Batch ...
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How do Chinese students write words whose characters they haven't learned?

If a person didn't know, or forgot how to write 餐 in 晚餐, he would not knowingly use a wrong word for substitute. The first thing he would do is to ask people who know. If there's no one to ask, he ...
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What did the original Tao Te Ching use for punctuation?

So far, the earliest version of Tao Te Ching found is on the Guodian Chu Bamboo Slips, written in the Warring States era State of Chu. From 楚簡書法网 (http://www.cjsfw.net/Html/?287.html, http://www....
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What are ways to create "simplifed" Chinese characters?

Wikipedia's Simplified Chinese page has a section that outlines all the types already. Quoting it a bit: There are four methods used: Structural simplification of characters Under this method, there ...
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How to write "BiángBiáng麵" using pinyin?

Phonetic Substitution Although the character cannot currently be typed into a computer, wikipedia notes that one may use a phonetic substitution. I doubt that most people would recognise this 58 ...
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