I'm fairly sure this thing I saw this morning is going to be a vertical growing tower for plants. Is it also a Chinese or Japanese character? If it is, what is it? [more inside]
A naive shopper sent to the Chinese market to buy dried tofu ended up with something labeled as dried tofu but it is not really dry and it is long and skinny. It smells a bit funny even in the packaging. What can I do with it? How can we eat it? The Chinese characters for it are 筍茸.
Do the waitstaff at traditional dim sum (yum cha) restaurants get paid a commission on what they sell from their trolley? Or do they need to sell a minimum amount? Why are some quite pushy and others don't seem to mind if you buy from them or not?
How many hours should I study to achieve a near-native standard in Mandarin Chinese? How many hours to study over 2-3 years? [more inside]
Which do I learn first--spoken Mandarin, spoken Cantonese, or written, or even all together? [more inside]
Just picked up some cool paper cuts. And was wondering if metafilter can help me translate them. I believe they are Chinese but honestly I am not sure. Two images are below: Paper Cut One Paper Cut Two Let me know if you have any trouble with the images. And thanks again Metafilter!
So I'm reading the 17th-Century Chinese novel "The Plum in the Golden Vase" - which, by the way, is incredibly good - and I'm having trouble picturing something. [more inside]
Tell me what you know about building a Wordpress-based site in English, but with Chinese-language content. Or any other language, really, if it applies to this situation. [more inside]
Hello, I'd like some info on how to create a Chinese menmonic guide to make it easier to learn vocab. [more inside]
Hello, I am currently studying Chinese. I'd be interested in any advice people could give me with regard to making my Hanzi practice more productive. [more inside]
What is the best place to eat Chinese food for lunch tomorrow (Christmas) in Seattle? [more inside]
Going to Shanghai for the first time for three weeks in Jan/Feb. Where should I go/eat/do? [more inside]
Looking to put these characters in my kitchen. Do they actually translate as "Food is Heaven"? Also, which type of written characters are they, traditional or simplified? Any info would be great. Thank you for your help.
What is the best way to learn tonal vocabulary in Chinese? [more inside]
After seeing this hilarious summary of mistranslated subtitles for Chinese versions of Harry Potter films, I thought it would make a good gift for a friend. However, I'm having a hard time finding a place to purchase the amusingly subtitled versions. [more inside]
Chinese short story set in Gansu or western China, involving a farmer venturing into the sand dune desert?
Chinese short story set in Gansu or western China, involving a farmer venturing into the sand dune desert? [more inside]
Is it still possible to make loadsamoney if you know Japanese or Chinese? [more inside]
How can I read subtitles on my smart phone while in a Chinese movie theater in China? [more inside]
Who were the people first responsible for the direct translation of the name 羅姆尼 (Romney) in Cantonese? How did they decide which words to use for the sound? [more inside]
How do I dress up as a Chinese Takeaway? [more inside]
Where can I buy Mo Yan's books "Red Sorghum" and "The Garlic Ballads" in traditional Chinese? (not the English translation)? [more inside]
Can someone help me translate this wall scroll written in traditional Chinese characters? (photo inside) [more inside]
I'm trying to find recipe for spicy frog soup I had in Shanghai. [more inside]
Can anybody identify this Chinese language song? At least, we think it's Chinese. A friend of mine found it somewhere totally devoid of context, and now we're wondering what it is and where it's from. Any help you can give us would be just fine.
My new roommate just declared to me that there is a rule in our apartment: No dates are allowed to ever sleep over. Can you help me figure out how to have a productive discussion about this with her? [more inside]
What do you know about learning Mandarin via Skype? [more inside]
Recommendations for Chinese literature that presents average Chinese citizens in context of a modern Chinese urban setting [more inside]
Can anyone translate the characters on this wall hanging thingamadoodle? [more inside]
How are the rice clumps formed in Chinese take-out rice? They are my favorite part, but I can't figure out how this phenomenon occurs, let alone how to replicate it. [more inside]
Coming out dilemma: how do you tell your traditional Chinese dad (ESL) that you're gay? [more inside]
Origin/value of Chinese ink drawing [more inside]
I'm moving to Hong Kong for at least two years, starting at the end of August. Help me pick a feasible strategy for learning some Cantonese. [more inside]
CookingFilter: I've been making a bunch of Asian fusion dishes lately and I don't think I've ever been satisfied with a component crucial to my understanding of food: the cheese! [more inside]
Help me with ideas to make my Chinese relative feel comfortable on her first visit to the U.S. [more inside]
Let's say you're on Youtube, and you're watching a video, and on the progress bar there are little dots where, if you click on them, you get extra text or links or pictures pertinent to the video, ads, etc. What are those things called? [more inside]
How can I find and highlight non latin characters in a Microsoft Word? [more inside]
What are the best "gateway dishes" for someone who wants to try authentic Chinese cuisine? [more inside]
Suggestions please -- to help my Chinese ESL student socialize in the USA? [more inside]
This thing is giving off an awful odor and I have no idea what's causing it. [more inside]
You know those miniature dioramas you sometimes find in Chinese restaurants, the ones made out of something like bamboo shavings (?), usually scenes of some trees, a bridge and a small temple or gazebo, set in a little glass box/frame? My Google-fu is weak - my young son is disappoint (he would love one for his birthday)... [more inside]
Tips for getting to know an introverted, smart guy better? [more inside]
Does anyone know where to download any of these Chinese sensationalist pseudo-documentaries made of 9/11 that mix real news footage with clips from blockbuster films? They freely mix fact and fiction, using news footage and illegal clips from Hollywood films. There were three made, with the titles: 1) "The Century's Greatest Catastrophe" (I've also seen it called The Century's Great Catastrophe") and 2) "Surprise Attack on America" and 3) "America's Disaster: The Pearl Harbor of the Twenty-First Century"--all made in 2001. There is a report on them in an article that was in the New Yorker. Also mention of them made here. Since they are illegal mash-ups of existing source material, I don't mind if I have to download them from 'questionable' sites. But I'd really like to consult these films for a study I am writing, and would appreciate any pointers as to where to find them.
The Chinese guy in the office next to me belches loudly, several times a day. How can I get him to stop without anyone losing face? [more inside]
Help me find a Chinese-Englsih translator so I can communicate with my in-laws-to-be. [more inside]
Good (English-language) Chinese cookbooks? [more inside]
What's so special about French and Chinese laundries? [more inside]
I'm having trouble figuring out the pronunciation of several of my Chinese students' names. Help! [more inside]
A friend of mine has a large black and white painting of a distinguished Chinese man, next to some text, and under some other text. Can you translate these texts and identify this man? [more inside]