In Chinese, the meaning of a spoken word can change depending on where stress is applied. Can you think of English words which embody this characteristic? I can only think of one at the moment: invalid. [more inside]
posted by Clementines4ever
on Dec 7, 2006 -
There's this rockstar chinese restaurant in St. Louis, MO (Manchester area) called Hunan and Peking. They had the best crab rangoon I think i've ever had. Any ideas on how they prepare it? I live about 700 miles away or else I would still be visiting to enjoy them. [more inside]
posted by arimathea
on Nov 25, 2006 -
Does a "Chinese Tone Checker" software program exist? For that matter, does any software exist that will show the pitches in my voice in a way that I could perfect my tones? [more inside]
posted by trinarian
on Nov 11, 2006 -
How do I install support for East Asian languages in Windows XP without the Windows installation disk?
posted by monsterhero
on Nov 3, 2006 -
Chinese Hong Kong audience: What should I take into account when designing a PowerPoint presentation for an academic to present in Hong Kong? [more inside]
posted by b33j
on Sep 24, 2006 -
I have to go on a few job interviews for web producer positions in the UK. I've got a suit, and a collarless black jacket/suit which I quite like and isn't too far off the norm. But I need a good shirt.
What colour shirt should I go for? White? Blue? Lilac? Should it be a "name" shirt eg Boss, Ralph Lauren or will any good quality shirt do?
posted by badlydubbedboy
on Sep 6, 2006 -
ChinaFilter part III - Give me advice for living, teaching, and learning Mandarin in Jiangmen! [more inside]
posted by dihutenosa
on Sep 4, 2006 -
Can anyone recommend a good chinese herbalist or an acupuncturist in NYC? Thanks.
posted by Maishe
on Aug 25, 2006 -
I'm looking for theatres that show Chinese language films in the Los Angeles area. It would be great if the movies had english subtitles but it they don't I'm still interested.
posted by rdr
on Aug 25, 2006 -
Should I study at TaiDa and incur a US$10,000 debt or teach English in Jiangmen (near HK) and, you know, not be broke? Primary focus: learning Mandarin for future international business/applied technology grad school/career. [more inside]
posted by dihutenosa
on Aug 19, 2006 -
Can anyone translate this Chinese to English for me? The image will open a full size jpeg that is 478kb.
The box was a gift that my brother-in-law received and we were hoping to get the full story about it from both pieces of paper. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey
on Jun 28, 2006 -
Given the current economic trends, what will happen to the chinese currency when it is no longer pegged to the us currency? That's about it, I am just curious whether people think the chinese currency would gain or lose ground to the dollar if that happened.
posted by batou_
on May 19, 2006 -
I'd like to learn a new language to help improve my skills in the IT field. I manage multiple teams in a support environment, both desktop and server. A foreign language seems to be a good way to improve my offerings to employers and help broaden my mind. [more inside]
posted by zymurgy
on May 18, 2006 -
I'm looking for an electronic dictionary to help out when visiting Taiwan. I've found reviews of Japanese models but not much for Chinese ones. Can anyone recommend somewhere that will help, or perhaps a particular brand or model to go for?
posted by kerplunk
on May 9, 2006 -
I'm thinking of enrolling in a program at Portland State University called Master's in International Management. The program has a year of five days a week Mandarin instruction. Is this really enough time to become proficient in the language?
posted by josher71
on Apr 10, 2006 -
Does anyone know where chinese takeaways in the UK get their sweet and sour sauce and "smokey" noodle flavouring? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan
on Apr 6, 2006 -
I am looking for a store in Manhattan, New York where I can buy curious decorative objects: pop art, retro kitsch, odd memorabilia (not sport-related), ancient ad posters, antique swag, Americana, etc. Quality, authentic stuff, not crap; though I'm not against mass-produced items. [more inside]
posted by gentle
on Mar 28, 2006 -
Why exactly did the practice of footbinding begin? I know when it began and somewhat how it started, but why were people so eager to do it in the first place and who made it into a standard of beauty?
posted by cynthia_rose
on Mar 20, 2006 -
I've given up. I can't seem to find this anywhere. Perhaps MeFi can do it? I'm looking for an English-Chinese dictionary for my Nokia N70 phone that has pinyin pronouncations listed for the characters. I want characters, too, but the pinyin is pretty key if I'm actually going to be able to say anything. I'm running Symbian 60 OS. You would think this shouldn't be that hard to find but everything I find either doesn't have pinyin or is for the wrong Symbian OS.
posted by riverjack
on Mar 19, 2006 -
Where can I buy Chinese liquor in New York city (for retail purchase, not in a restaurant)? Particularly Maotai (茅台) or Wuliangye(五粮液)?
posted by juliewhite
on Feb 26, 2006 -
Calling all chefs: How can I "shred" raw chicken to re-create the spicy shredded chicken from my local Sichuan joints? Is it just a matter of slicing the breast into thin matchsticks? That sounds arduous and also sounds like it would produce stiff strips of chicken instead of the tender floppy shreds I'm trying to copy.
posted by CunningLinguist
on Feb 26, 2006 -
Last night I was watching the completely superb "China Rises" documentary. In one scene a mother helps her son with his homework, the kids doesn't know the meaning of a word, mom says get the dictionary. Shot of dictionary, duh, it's in Chinese. How does a Chinese dictionary work? How do you find the character you're looking for?
posted by Keith Talent
on Feb 3, 2006 -
Chinese writing help! I need to convert some Chinese characters from a menu into HTML characters... [more inside]
posted by derbs
on Jan 31, 2006 -
I desperately need (well want) a copy of 1987 Chinese movie "Soccer Heroes" aka "Beijing Soccer Heroes" aka 京都球俠 (Jing du qiu xia) [more inside]
posted by priorpark17
on Jan 19, 2006 -
I remember reading about contemporary avant-garde Chinese artist(s) who use grafts from their own skin in their artworks, also incorporating their own blood and, I believe, "unclaimed body" parts. Does anyone know the artists or the name of that movement? Thanks.
posted by glibhamdreck
on Jan 2, 2006 -
How to set up a Chinese weblog for a Chinese-only writer when you are the English-only tech support? [more inside]
posted by Argyle
on Jan 1, 2006 -
A friend of mine and I were wondering today how encryption was done in character-based languages like Chinese and Japanese before the advent of computerization. Whereas all kind of substitution and transposition ciphers come to mind immediately for letter based languages like Latin, it isn't obvious how you could use them for a language with many thousands of distinct characters.
posted by sindark
on Dec 5, 2005 -
Can anyone steer me to an image of a Chinese character suitable for expressing "Good Luck!" (as in, good luck on your exams)?
posted by Wolfdog
on Nov 30, 2005 -
Help with basic Chinese calligraphy: I'm typesetting a book for kids that includes the "Seven Mysteries" (the basic strokes of Chinese calligraphy). and I need some help finding the characters in a computer font. [more inside]
posted by Alt F4
on Nov 17, 2005 -