Unanswered Questions

101 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
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Number of phonemic vowels in Middle Chinese

How many phonemic vowels are there in Middle Chinese? I'm interested in this question because Shanghainese has 16 phonological vowel/12 phonemic vowels, and was wondering if it had innovated more ...
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Where can I find Codecademy for Written Chinese?

Recently, my wife has been learning to program JavaScript using Codecademy. I like how it walks people through exercises step by step, and builds up concepts, etc. All the marking is automated, and ...
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Has there ever been an English translation of 《輶軒》"Fangyan"?

《輶軒使者絕代語釋別國方言》has a couple of different names including《方言》and《揚子方言》. In English it mostly just gets called Fangyan. The entire Chinese text has been put up on ctext. As the first Chinese ...
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What is the meaning of ...不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求?

I can't quite get the last part of this 专家:这个问题不能一刀切。对于东部的企业,因为起步较早,有一定产业规模和资金积累,所以调整产业结构,提高技术含量,不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。 Can I rewrite the last bit thus: 不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。= 发展趋势的要求是不断向产业链的高端的提升。 ...
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Can you read this, or at least help me identify the characters?

Can you help me read these, or help me identify the characters? They're written on the backing paper of a scroll painting, probably from my great grandmother from about 1925. I’ve tried two different ...
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Meaning of 活该 臭死她才好?

They are talking about a girl in an embarrassing video that went viral 活该 臭死她才好 "Serves her right..." I don't get the rest. Edit: There's nothing about a smelly environment in the video but ...
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How/why was western-style punctuation inherited into Mandarin?

How was it decided what aspects of Western language Mandarin would inherit and why? Ex: Western punctuation (! . ?), left to right writing style (in the mainland at least), pinyin vs bopomofo, etc. ...
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can you help identify seal markings

I have over 40 ink paintings that I am trying to identify flowers, fish, humans, horse etc. the are painted on very thin paper with Chinese writing
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Reverse Translation: “The Devil’s own uncle knows!“

In Peter Hessler’s (何伟) latest article for The New Yorker, China’s Reform Generation Adapts to Life in the Middle Class, there is a paragraph which reads: The man swore in dialect: “The Devil’s own ...
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What does 'xing' in adsotrans dictionary mean?

I have downloaded the Adsotrans Chinese-English dictionary add-ons on Pleco, and when I search for 松茸 this came up. Other result may annotate translations as noun, adj, verb etc. but I have never seen ...
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How to ask the other to speak shorter?

I talk with a voice assistant 小爱同学. When I ask it: 今天是几号? It answers: 今天是9月30号,周四,衣历辛丑年八月二十四。 It is difficult for me to understand this phrase. I want a shorter answer: 今天是9月30号 or 30号 or 三十. 小爱同学 is ...
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Can you download the Hanyu Da Cidian (漢語大詞典) as E-book format or PDF?

Unquestionably, an e-book format is way more convenient than these physical volumes or CDs! Where can I obtain 漢語大詞典 as E-Book?
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Segmenting Chinese words for the index of a book

I am trying to make a strict index of individual words for a large work of literature, using Chinese word segmentation, such as are found at the back of reference books. . e.g. "大星............ ...
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What romanization system is this? ("sin thai juan" for "心太軟")

I came across this music video which features a pretty weird romanization system, I don't think I have seen before and I couldn't find any information on it (it is not listed on the list of ...
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Trying to translate signature and stamp for Chinese print (Characters identified: 戊午九月石年)

Trying to find the origin of this print and the translation of the signature and seal.

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