Unanswered Questions

124 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
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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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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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xiǎng xiǎng ‘keep on thinking’ vs xiáng xiǎng ‘think for a moment’

According to Wiedenhof's A Grammar of Mandarin, page 25, xiǎng xiǎng ‘keep on thinking’ doesn't show tone sandhi because the tones belong to separate clauses, unlike [xiáng xiǎng] ‘think for a ...
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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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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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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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Can anyone translate this Seal Script into english for me?

I played this game called Sleeping Dogs that I really loved! It took place in Hong Kong and the main character Wei Shen has this tattoo on his arm that I thought would be cool to have. After doing ...
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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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Can I split up time phrases and adverbs?

If there is more than one part to a time phrase (e.g. both 今天 and 八点) can I place one of them before the subject and one after? Is there any situation in which this would be okay? 他今天八点要去看电影 (not ...
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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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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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Dictionaries suggest 透 (tou) is pictophonetic where 秀 (xiu) provides the sound. Is this through a classical chinese pronunciation?

I have several resources and dictionaries that suggest the word 透 (tou) is pictophonetic where 辶 (chuo) suggests the meaning and 秀(xiu) provides the sound. This confuses me because 透 and 秀 do not seem ...
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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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