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Writing Chinese words on a computer

I did a test on Rocket Chinese, where I should listen to a Chinese word and then should type in the correct Chinese Word (not Pinyin) in the answering box. I heard ní (also the correct tone). So I used the Windows included pinyin typing module (which has...

2 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - July 28, 2014

瞎(xiā)=blind; 话(huà)=speech; What do you think 瞎话(xiāhuà) mean?

瞎(xiā)=blind; 话(huà)=speech; What do you think 瞎话(xiāhuà) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 27, 2014

千家万户(qiānjiāwànhù)=1,000 families and 10,000 household(s); What do you think idiomatically mean?

千家万户(qiānjiāwànhù)=1,000 families and 10,000 household(s); What do you think idiomatically mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 27, 2014

千山万水(qiānshānwànshuǐ)=1,000 mountains and 10,000 waters/rivers(literal meaning); What do you think idiomatically mean?

千山万水(qiānshānwànshuǐ)=1,000 mountains and 10,000 waters/rivers(literal meaning); What do you think idiomatically mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 26, 2014

自(zì)=self; 助(zhù)=help; 餐(cān)=food, meal; What do you think 自助餐(zìzhùcān)mean?

自(zì)=self; 助(zhù)=help; 餐(cān)=food, meal; What do you think 自助餐(zìzhùcān)mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 25, 2014

千言万语 = 1000 words and 10,000 speeches(literal meaning); What do you think idiomatically mean?

千言万语 = 1000 words and 10,000 speeches(literal meaning); What do you think idiomatically mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 25, 2014

百年大计 literally means 100 years big plan; What do you think idiomatically mean?

百年大计 literally means 100 years big plan; What do you think idiomatically mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 23, 2014

电(diàn)=electric(ity); 话(huà)=speech; What do you think电话(diànhuà) mean?

电(diàn)=electric(ity); 话(huà)=speech; What do you think电话(diànhuà) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 22, 2014

七上八下(qīshàngbāxià)=seven ups and eight downs(literal meaning); What do you think idiomatic meaning is?

七上八下(qīshàngbāxià)=seven ups and eight downs(literal meaning); What do you think idiomatic meaning is?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 20, 2014

宀(mián)=roof; 六(liù)=number six; What do you think 宍(ròu) mean?

宀(mián)=roof; 六(liù)=number six; What do you think 宍(ròu) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 20, 2014

一心二用(yīxīn'èryòng)=one heart, two use(literal meaning); What do you think idiomatic meaning is?

一心二用(yīxīn'èryòng)=one heart, two use(literal meaning); What do you think idiomatic meaning is?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 19, 2014

一心一德(yīxīnyīdé)=of one heart and one mind(literal meaning); What do you think idiomatic meaning is?

一心一德(yīxīnyīdé)=of one heart and one mind(literal meaning); What do you think idiomatic meaning is?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 18, 2014

放(fàng)=put down, release, free, liberate; 心(xīn)=heart; What do you think 放心(fàngxīn) mean?

放(fàng)=put down, release, free, liberate; 心(xīn)=heart; What do you think 放心(fàngxīn) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 17, 2014

小(xiǎo)=small / tiny / few / young:心(xīn)=heart / mind / intention / center / core; What do you think 小心(xiǎoxīn) mean?

小(xiǎo)=small / tiny / few / young:心(xīn)=heart / mind / intention / center / core; What do you think 小心(xiǎoxīn) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 15, 2014

月(yuè)=moon, month; 票(piào)=ticket; What do you think 月票(yuèpiào) mean?

月(yuè)=moon, month; 票(piào)=ticket; What do you think 月票(yuèpiào) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 14, 2014

牛(niú)=cow, ox, bull; 奶(nǎi)=milk, woman's breasts, nurse; What do you think 牛奶(niúnǎi) mean?

牛(niú)=cow, ox, bull; 奶(nǎi)=milk, woman's breasts, nurse; What do you think 牛奶(niúnǎi) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 13, 2014

门(mén)=gate, door, entrance, opening; 日(rì)=sun, day, daytime; What do you think 间(jiān) mean?

门(mén)=gate, door, entrance, opening; 日(rì)=sun, day, daytime; What do you think 间(jiān) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 12, 2014

气(qì)=steam, vapor; 羊(yáng)=sheep, goat; What do you think 氧(yǎng) mean?

气(qì)=steam, vapor; 羊(yáng)=sheep, goat; What do you think 氧(yǎng) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 11, 2014

日(rì)=sun, day, daytime; 十(shí)=ten, tenth,complete, perfect; What do you think 旪(xié) mean?

日(rì)=sun, day, daytime; 十(shí)=ten, tenth,complete, perfect; What do you think 旪(xié) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 10, 2014

王(wáng)=king, ruler, royal; 八(bā)=eight, all around, all sides; What do you think 兲(tiān) mean?

王(wáng)=king, ruler, royal; 八(bā)=eight, all around, all sides; What do you think 兲(tiān) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 9, 2014

日(rì)=sun, day, daytime; 木(mù)=tree, wood, lumber, wooden; What do you think 杲(gǎo) mean?

日(rì)=sun, day, daytime; 木(mù)=tree, wood, lumber, wooden; What do you think 杲(gǎo) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 9, 2014

木(mù)=tree, wood, lumber, wooden; 日(rì)=sun, day, daytime; What do you think 杳(yǎo) mean?

木(mù)=tree, wood, lumber, wooden; 日(rì)=sun, day, daytime; What do you think 杳(yǎo) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 6, 2014

木(mù)=tree, wood, lumber, wooden; 口(kǒu)=mouth, open end,entrance, gate; What do you think 杏(xìng) mean?

木(mù)=tree, wood, lumber, wooden; 口(kǒu)=mouth, open end,entrance, gate; What do you think 杏(xìng) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 5, 2014

不(bù)not+好(hǎo)good=孬(nāo); What do you think 孬(nāo) mean?

不(bù)not+好(hǎo)good=孬(nāo); What do you think 孬(nāo) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 4, 2014

不(bù)=no, not;口(kǒu)=mouth, open end, entrance, gate; What do you think 否(fǒu) mean?

不(bù)=no, not;口(kǒu)=mouth, open end, entrance, gate; What do you think 否(fǒu) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 3, 2014

不(bù)=no; 正(zhèng)=straight, right, proper, correct; What do you think 歪(wāi) mean?

不(bù)=no; 正(zhèng)=straight, right, proper, correct; What do you think 歪(wāi) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 2, 2014

广(yǎn)=wide, extensive, broad; 木(mù)=tree, wood, lumber, wooden; What do you think 床(chuáng) mean?

广(yǎn)=wide, extensive, broad; 木(mù)=tree, wood, lumber, wooden; What do you think 床(chuáng) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - July 1, 2014

东(dōng)=east, eastern, eastward; 京(jīng)=capital city; What do you think 东京dōng jīng) mean?

东(dōng)=east, eastern, eastward; 京(jīng)=capital city; What do you think 东京dōng jīng) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 30, 2014

日(rì)=sun, day,daytime; 本(běn)=root, origin, source,basis; What do you think 日本(Rìběn) mean?

日(rì)=sun, day,daytime; 本(běn)=root, origin, source,basis; What do you think 日本(Rìběn) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 29, 2014

卜(bǔ)=fortune telling, prophesy;日(rì)=sun, day, daytime;木(mù)=tree; wood, lumber,wooden; What do you think 桌(zhou) mean?

卜(bǔ)=fortune telling, prophesy;日(rì)=sun, day, daytime;木(mù)=tree; wood, lumber,wooden; What do you think桌(zhou) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 28, 2014

贝(bèi)=sea shell,money, currency; 才(cái)=talent, ability, just, only; What do you think 财(cái) mean?

贝(bèi)=sea shell,money, currency; 才(cái)=talent, ability, just, only; What do you think 财(cái) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 27, 2014

卄(niàn)=twenty, twentieth, 采(cǎi, cài)=collect, gather, pick; what do you think 菜(cài) mean?

卄(niàn)=twenty, twentieth, 采(cǎi, cài)=collect, gather, pick; what do you think 菜(cài) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 26, 2014

飞(fēi)=fly, 机(jī)=machine; What do you think飞机 ( fēijī) mean?

飞(fēi)=fly, 机(jī)=machine; What do you think飞机 ( fēijī) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 25, 2014

烤(kǎo)=bake, roast, toast, cook; 鸭(yā)=duck; What do you think 烤鸭 (kǎoyā) mean?

烤(kǎo)=bake, roast, toast, cook; 鸭(yā)=duck; What do you think 烤鸭 (kǎoyā) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 24, 2014

女(nǚ)=woman, girl, feminine; 廾(kāi)=open; initiate, begin, start; What do you think 妍(yán) mean?

女(nǚ)=woman, girl, feminine; 廾(kāi)=open; initiate, begin, start; What do you think 妍(yán) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 23, 2014

饭(fàn)=cooked rice, food, meal; 店(diàn)=shop, store, inn, hotel; What do you think 饭店(fàn diàn) mean?

饭(fàn)=cooked rice, food, meal; 店(diàn)=shop, store, inn, hotel; What do you think 饭店(fàn diàn) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 22, 2014

力(lì)=power, capability, influence; 八(bā)=eight, all around, all sides; What do you think 办(bàn) mean?

力(lì)=power, capability, influence; 八(bā)=eight, all around, all sides; What do you think 办(bàn) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 21, 2014

氵(shuǐ)=water; 工(gōng)=labor, work, worker, laborer; What do you think 江(jiāng) mean?

氵(shuǐ)=water; 工(gōng)=labor, work, worker, laborer; What do you think 江(jiāng) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 20, 2014

田(tián)=field, arable land, cultivated; 木(mù)=tree, wood, lumber, wooden; What do you think 果(guǒ) mean?

田(tián)=field, arable land, cultivated; 木(mù)=tree, wood, lumber, wooden; What do you think 果(guǒ) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 19, 2014

天(tiān)= day / sky / heaven,天+天=天天(tiān tiān); What do you think 天天(tiān tiān) mean?

天(tiān)= day / sky / heaven,天+天=天天(tiān tiān); What do you think 天天(tiān tiān) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 18, 2014

月(yuè)= moon / month / monthly,月+月=月月(yuè yuè); What do you think 月月(yuè yuè) mean?

月(yuè)= moon / month / monthly,月+月=月月(yuè yuè); What do you think 月月(yuè yuè) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 17, 2014

马(mǎ)=horse, 马+马+马=骉(biāo); What do you think 骉 (biāo) mean?

马(mǎ)=horse, 马+马+马=骉(biāo); What do you think 骉 (biāo) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 16, 2014

宀(mián)=roof, 兵(bīng)=soldier; What do you think 宾(bīn) mean?

宀(mián)=roof, 兵(bīng)=soldier; What do you think 宾(bīn) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 15, 2014

宀(mián)=roof, 火(huǒ)=fire; What do you think 灾( Zāi) mean?

宀(mián)=roof, 火(huǒ)=fire; What do you think 灾( Zāi) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 13, 2014

人(rén)=people, 人+人+人=众(zhòng); what do you think 众(zhòng) mean?

人(rén)=people, 人+人+人=众(zhòng); what do you think 众(zhòng) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 12, 2014

Importance of memorizing tone markings

For the conversations in the early lessons, how important is it to make sure you know every single tone marking when you do the "Write It!" exercise? I've been trying to make sure I know all the markings, but I wonder if maybe I'm wasting my time because...

2 replies - Last post by Damien-R4 - June 10, 2014

一张地图 (yī zhāng dìtú) vs 一本地图 (yī běn dìtú)

I understand that 张 (zhāng) is a measure word for flat things. Likewise, 本 (běn) is a measure word for bound objects, like books. 地图 (dìtú) means map. Would a Chinese listener infer two different meanings from each of these phrases: 一张地图 (yī zhāng dìt...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - June 4, 2014

亠(tóu)=head; 八(bā)=eight, all around, all sides; what do you think 六(Liù) mean?

亠(tóu)=head; 八(bā)=eight, all around, all sides; what do you think 六(Liù) mean?

2 replies - Last post by John-H8 - June 3, 2014

麻辣 (málà) question

I know that 辣 (là) means hot and 酸 (suān) means sour so 酸辣汤 (suān là tāng) means Hot Sour Soup - something I usually order at Chinese restaurants. I also see the word 麻辣 (málà) used to describe spicy foods. What is the difference between 辣 (là) and 麻辣 (...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - June 3, 2014

土 (tǔ) = earth, 豆 (dòu) - what about 土豆 (tǔdòu)

OK, I can do this too. 土 (tǔ) = earth, 豆 (dòu). What do you think 土豆 (tǔdòu) means? Bonus question: 雪(xuě) = snow. What do you think 雪豆 (xuě dòu) means?

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - June 3, 2014

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