水巷孑蠻
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Historical: How was Chinese written in telegrams and early computers?
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For telegrams, the Chinese Commercial Code (中文電碼) was used. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_telegraph_code Roughly, to send a telegram, someone needed to go to the post office, write down the ...

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Why is 刻 used to mean ''a quarter of an hour''?
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刻 means ''to carve'' but my dictionary also says it means ''to set a time limit''. well, you need a better dictionary 😼 in 國語辭典, the first explanation of the entry “刻”, as noun is: 古代計時的名稱,...

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Does this building on chinese painting exist for real ? May the text which come along be of any help?
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the building exists, it’s called “turtle tower”, in hanoi, vietnam: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoàn_Kiếm_Lake

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What does 劲抽 mean?
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well, it's a popular slang in hong kong, most of the time it's "勁揪"; however, when one say it, the pronunciation of "揪" is slightly changed to "抽" sound file,sound file "kick ass", "smash", "rock" ...

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Can I use 我的上一辈子 when talking about an earlier part of my life which I almost don't recognize as mine anymore?
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in your situation, try the idiom “恍如隔世”. http://dict.revised.moe.edu.tw/cgi-bin/cbdic/gsweb.cgi?o=dcbdic&searchid=Z00000086679 some would write it as “仿如隔世” 😼 here’s an example of it’s usage: ...

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Shen (神) character painted over a seal
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well, the emperor 乾隆 was a collector, he used four characters "神", "妙", "能" & "逸" to categorise artworks (calligraphy, or painting). and then, he used his seal to chop on the artwork :(

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Why is Sherlock Holmes translated as "福尔摩斯" (Fuermosi)?
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The term "福爾摩斯" was used in newspapers as a detective example (中國亦有福爾摩斯), as early as 1905. 香港華字日報, 1905-10-25 Title: 香港華字日報, 1905-10-25 = The Chinese Mail Bib ID: NPTCM19051025 Publisher: 香港 :...

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How was 辣 used before the Columbian Exchange?
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in ancient time, "辛" was used, in lieu of 辣. e.g. in 洪範: 潤下作鹹﹒炎上作苦﹒曲直作酸﹒從革作辛﹒稼穡作甘 http://ctext.org/shang-shu/great-plan/zh?searchu=潤下作鹹,炎上作苦,曲直作酸,從革作辛,稼穡作甘%E3%80%82&searchmode=showall#result ...

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The meaning of 打卡
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originally, one need to “punch in” (打卡/咭) for recording the time of one's arrival or beginning work. such “punch in” are supposed to be done by oneself, not by others. so, 打卡 Pikes Peak the girl ...

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Pronunciation of Tang Dynasty Poetry
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well, this answer is "limited" only, in relation to poetry in 唐 dynasty & cantonese. 1 cantonese (and several southern dialects/languages) is highly correlated to middle chinese, which was ...

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Is there a politically neutral Chinese term for Greater China that is acceptable to all Chinese speakers?
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maybe "大中華區". most multinational corporations used this term to describe the regions you mentioned. such usage is correct, in context of nowadays, or recent decades. historically, taiwan was ...

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What are the Chinese characters for Cantonese 'tìm ge la wo'?
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Well, it's keuih: 佢 lo-jo: 攞咗 daih: 第 yat: 一 mihng: 名 tim: 添 (u+6dfb) ge: 㗎 (u+67b6) la: 啦 (u+5566) wo: 喎 (u+558e) Next, I disagree with the author that these four particles would be used ...

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How many days does a 节气 last for?
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before 清 dynasty (1644-1911), the calendar system in china used 平氣, solar terms lasts 15 days+ (it's roughly 365.25 days / 24). then, the 時憲曆 changed the method to 定氣, that 360° div 24 = 15°, upon ...

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Artist seal and meaning
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it's 羅綺, in traditional chinese, in Small Seal Script (小篆) the left character is 羅 http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=羅 the right one is 綺 http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu....

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Chinese Seal on silk painting - what does it mean?
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the four bigger characters are "江南春曉" in which "江南" referring to "lands immediately to the south of the lower reaches of the yangtze river" "春曉" means "mornings of the spring" the smaller ...

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What are the characters for punctuation in older literature?
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there're no punctuations in classical chinese. one must learn to chop the verse since childhood, before about 1911. such ability is called 句讀 http://dict.revised.moe.edu.tw/cgi-bin/cbdic/gsweb.cgi?o=...

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How to translate the fictional name "yuan-ti" into meaningful Chinese words?
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imo, "yuan-ti" is a transliteration of chinese, using older scheme of romanisation. the characters represented are "軟體" (a pliable body), quite a good description of "snake-related-monster". the "...

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Help with chinese letters
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it's stamps of p.r.c. governmental office. don't do it counterfeiting government stamp is an serious offence; in most of places in this world, it's criminal activities. again, don't do it edited. ...

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Need help with Classical Chinese
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the post card is a replication of a painting, which is in the palace museum (故宫博物院). imo, the quality is, unacceptable. here's a better image of the painting: about the text, traditionally, one read ...

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Is it allowable in Mainland China to use Traditional Characters?
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some tidbits as i known, or heard: calligraphy must be in traditional chinese, no matter in which scripts (cursive, regular, or seal) so, signboards, billboards could be in traditional chinese, such ...

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"食人" in Classical Chinese of the 先秦 period
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in the book of mencius 孟子, chapter 梁惠王上: 此率獸而食人也 roughly means This is leading on beasts to devour men. https://ctext.org/dictionary.pl?if=gb&id=12876#s10026702 in the same book, chapter 滕文公上: ...

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How to identify 使動用法 in Classical Chinese?
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the correct interpretation should be 使衆人誇贊[游者] (cause everyone to praise [the traveller]). imo, such interpretation is incorrect. 越無車﹒有游者得車於晉楚之郊﹒輻朽而輪敗﹒輗折而轅毀﹒無所可用﹒然以其鄉之未嘗有也﹒舟載以歸而誇諸人﹒觀者聞其誇而信之﹒...

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Chinese of “No one will think you’re mute because you don’t speak”
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the cantonese version is “唔出聲,冇人話你啞” have fun :) ng4 | 唔 shut1 | 出 seng1 | 聲 mo5 | 冇 yan4 | 人 wa6 | 話 nei5 | 你 a2 | 啞

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察尔汗: Mongolian and Tibetan transcription into Chinese
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in brief, 察爾汗 is derived from mongolian. the long explanation: about 1763, there was a large-scale standardisation of names from mongolian, tibetan and various languages used by muslim into han ...

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Chinese Poem And Seal Translation Needed
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the text, with my best guess: 水殿亭¹亭荷 飛鳧浴³晚波 香 凮²吹不斷 時送采蓮歌 為 兆南五兄大人雅正之 丁酉冬月石泉何濂畫 ¹the actual character is a variant (u+20158), i guess most os, app can't display it correctly. have a look of this ...

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Has MS DOS ever been used in a Chinese-speaking country?
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Before Windows 95, we used "倚天中文卡" to input, handle and display traditional Chinese in Dos environment. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ETen_Chinese_System Such a long time ago :)

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Where to look for history and etymology of Chinese characters? For example 工
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May I suggest 漢語多功能字庫, maintained by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which has a Chinese/English interface, shows character in various scripts, components and pronunciations; and explains ...

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How does 馬 resemble a horse?
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the character 馬 existed in oracle bone script, there're numerous versions of it. then, the info quoted has some errors. let's start: first, rotate left 90° now, you've a side view of a horse: head ...

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What's the difference between 停车 (tíngchē) and 泊车 (bóchē), which both seem to mean "park car"?
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泊 has the meaning of stop, which was used in term "泊船" (put a boat ship alongside quay / land), and "泊車" (stoping a chariot / car). both terms appeared in literatures of yore, describing the stopping ...

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character encoding, script, typeface/font
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There is however no mandated connection between the encoding system and the font used to display the characters considering the situation: an utf-8 encoded plain text file (*.txt), how do it display ...

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