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 Special SimSun font's smallest 8x8 bitmap glyphs (Note: "Before Revision" is rendered by the Windows Vista's default simsun.ttc; "After Revision" shows how ...
1) Ensure correct proportions between all parts. Don't scrunch in. Don't squeeze down. Don't squeeze together.
2) Radicals should be smaller on top and thinner on sides. Don't make radicals the same size as the rest of the character.
3) Horizontal strokes appear much nicer if they go up at a slight angle.
4) Ensure vertical strokes don't go off at a weird ...
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 青 is 丹), but it's not necessary to distinguish them in your hand writing – though, maybe some teachers, especially those in Taiwan, encourage you to do so – you ...
Let me answer the most general question first:
"even if the different languages are not mutually understandable when spoken, they are when written."
To a large extent, this is true - but for two different reasons. Before the modern era, this is true because "written Chinese" was based on classical Chinese; whereas the spoken languages were highly divergent ...
In restaurants (茶餐廳) in Hong Kong, the "waiters" also face this problem because writing in a formal and clear way takes too much time. They developed methods so that they can take orders faster:
Write words with other words that has the same pronunciation.
For example, instead of writing the word 「飯」(faan6), they would write 「反」(faan2) because they both ...
In my experience, when referring to a single subject, I have never seen 他 used as a female pronoun. 她 is used for females, and 它 used for non-gendered or non-human subjects.
Do note that 他 has meanings outside pronouns; it can have the meaning of "other". In these cases, 他 is used and never 她. Examples include 他人 (other people), 他乡 (a place far away from ...
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 equivalent English "Dear xxx" though, so you could replace that with just a greeting, e.g. "王先生您好
But since you asked for "proper etiquette"... Here's a brief rundown ...
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 systems are alphabets. To emphasise, these phonetic systems are not official ways of writing Chinese.
The official way of writing, using characters, does not ...
福 [fú] character means "fortune" or "good luck".
Posting the "福" character is a tradition for Chinese people during 春节 [chūn-jié] Spring Festival each year.
The "福" character is often posted upside-down. It is said that this is because the character for "upside-down", "倒" [dào], is a homonym of the character for "to arrive", "到" [dào]. So this means that "...
These are the standard measure words for 问题:
Normally you would use 个.
If there is a stream of questions you can use 串, for example 一大串问题.
If there are a couple of questions, you can use 些
If you are talking about kinds of questions, you have to use 类, for example 这类问题 (this kind of problem)
件 is used, but not very often, even in writing. 项 is not a ...
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 Chinese.
Mandarin in particular, features unstressed syllables, which are commonly referred to as having a "neutral tone" rather than having one of the four main ...
How long have you been practicing? At first it's normal. If you could see my first drawn characters... they didn't look good.
But there are some simple rules to keep in mind to improve them.
Stroke Order: It's unavoidable. You can actually use any stroke order you want, no-one is really going to check (unless that's the exam) but it's certain that writing ...
I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier and I'm even more surprised no one thought of this before me, well, I'm sure someone did just didn't find it on the internet.
I was installing fonts and noticed some of the fonts that came with my operating system - OS X Mountain Lion - was cursive Chinese. So a thought occurred to me. Cut and paste the same ...
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 (someone with surname 王 and one-character given name)
王某某 (someone with surname 王 and two-character given name)
某某/某某某 (very general, someone with unknown ...
If you're serious learner, or educated Chinese speaker, try learn brush writing.
This video shows how it is possible to write it that beautiful.
永字八法 Eight Principles of 永
There're eight basic strokes to practice on:
How to grab the brush
There're two major ways of holding the brush pen: 單鉤法 and 雙鉤法:
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. Alternately, in terms of number of bytes, the right comparison is probably between 140 characters of Chinese and 420 characters of English.
Consider the differences ...
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 middle 横 héng stroke in 曰 is not touching the right side of the character, in 日 the middle stroke is entirely through, at least in most fonts. If not, it is only ...
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 example is 蝦米/虾米.
It is the similar pronunciation of Hokkien 什麼/什么 (what).
This one has been spread to China already.
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 finance in order to protect against falsification, because they contain too many strokes to modify. For example, 一 can be easily modified to 二 or 十, but 壹 cannot be ...
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 different aspects, or creating conflicts and resolving them. Finally you conclude(合) the topic.
Often it goes like this:
(起) New study shows that spanking is bad ...
Yes, "亲爱的" does indeed has a slightly different connotation to the English "Dear". It is not used as liberally in Chinese letters and emails. "亲爱的" expresses a closer relationship than "Dear" does. The following are situations where you may or may not use it:
When is it definitely OK:
you writing to your spouse
you writing to your lover
you writing to your ...
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 a spelling (phonetic) method, not character based. Blind Chinese students are not taught regular character forms. Braille in Taiwan is basically zhuyinfuhao; ...
Nowadays, especially in print form, as @Drunken Master explained, 日 and 曰 are hard to distinguish, but in the classic writing style, the main difference is not that 日 is thin, and 曰 is fat, the point is the top-left corner is seal or not.
日 means sun, and there's no gap on the sun. 曰 means say/talk/speak (by mouth), so the lower half of 曰 indicates mouth, ...
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 answered on many levels; on some levels, those components are the 'same' (because they 'look the same'), on other levels, they are 'different' (because they ...
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 Simplified Characters
The table below lists all 324 first batch simplified characters in the order that they occur in the published table of ...
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 would substitute 晚餐 with a synonym that he did know is correct. For example '晚飯'.
If he can't think of a synonym, he would use pinyin 'cān' inplace of the ...
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.cjsfw.net/Html/?283.html):
The text is given in verses, beginning with an 8-character rhythm, and the punctuation marks are found on the bottom right of the ...
The correct measure word or (量词) for 问题 is 个 as in 一个问题. There is no explanation for this, and the knowledge is only acquired through practice.
项 is a measure word for 工程
件 is a measure word for 事情
Other measure words include:
一尊佛像 (a statue, unit word describes a statue)
一顶帽子 (a hat)
一只猫 (a cat)
一打鸡蛋 (a dozen of eggs)
一条蛇 (a snake)
一串葡萄 (a bunch of ...