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Top new questions this week:

Character classification by type

Can anyone point me to an online resource that lists characters by classification? I.e., I'm looking for a list of characters that are generally considered pictographs / complex and simple ideographs ...

characters reading  
asked by Tang Nawen 5 votes
answered by 4 votes

meaning of 傳 in 傳不習乎?

In Analects, chapter 4, 「吾日三省吾身 為人謀而不忠乎? 與朋友交而不信乎? 傳不習乎?」 I would translate it: Master Ceng said: everyday I check three things in myself: do I plan my behavior without loyalty? do I make friends ...

translation meaning-in-context classical-chinese  
asked by Zbigniew Adamowicz 5 votes
answered by leo4jc 7 votes

Interpretation of second character

Here's a picture I have found on flickr, taken in an outdoor museum in South Korea. I can only recognize the 1st, 3rd and 4th characters: 寶X山房. 寶 is probably not the variant written on the wooden ...

characters place-names  
asked by Drunken Master 4 votes
answered by Claw 1 vote

Pronunciation Of 佛 in 四川话

The 1986 edition of《四川方言词典》has the following entry: 乐山的大佛——老石人 Lo2 san1 ni1 da4 fu3——nao3 si2 ren2 乐山大佛距今已有一千多年历史, 所以是“老石人”。谐“老实人”。 ▷你以为他是~嗦? 他才阴倒不老实。 佛 is given the ...

pronunciation topolect  
asked by user3306356 3 votes

Differences between 滑鼠 (huá shŭ) and 鼠标 (shŭ biāo)

I've seen both 滑鼠 (huá shŭ) and 鼠标 (shŭ biāo) used as translations for "computer mouse". Are there differences in meaning, and which is more commonly used?

asked by Chris Oei 3 votes
answered by leo4jc 2 votes

Braille and Chinese Input

Is it possible to use a Braille keyboard to input chinese with the pinyin input method? How could a blind user ever be able to choose the right character combination if they cannot see it? The words ...

pinyin writing  
asked by Jack Maddington 3 votes

How do you say Difference between?

How do you say the difference in this context: the difference between 4 and 6 is 2. It is 区别?

asked by Stone 3 votes
answered by leo4jc 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese

This is a specifically created Community Wiki which gathers resources for learning Mandarin Chinese and it has been approved by the Community itself. It should be clear that the resources are not ...

asked by Alenanno 65 votes
answered by aelephant 15 votes

What does 非也 mean?

What does 非也 mean? I heard it used here: Is this XXX? 非也! It's YYY! Does it mean "Oh my god!" or something? Thank you very much for your help!

meaning meaning-in-context  
asked by ʇolɐǝz ǝɥʇ qoq 7 votes
answered by Huang 9 votes

Can you answer this?

What is the difference between 穿 and 穿上?

I found the following sentence: 我正在穿上毛衣。 In this sentence, can you rephrase it as the following?: 我正在穿毛衣。 If you can rephrase it as such, is there any difference between 穿 and 穿上? I also ...

verbs particles  
asked by Gardecolo 1 vote
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