sorry, just wanted to find out what that said.
does anyone here speak chinese well enough to translate?
We have one such droid. He speaks Chinese well, but unfortunately, the English output is unreliable.
形 - to appear
聲 - a sound or noise
字 - letter or symbol
象 - shape
Goes to show you how literal translations of characters won't get you very far.
Dana - queen of edumacation.
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March 6th, 2007 8:22pm
OK. 形聲字 means a word is composed of two parts, one related to the meaning and the other indicates the sound (聲).
象形字 means a word is designed by imitating the real thing. For example, the words for the sun and the moon are 日and 月.
指事字 is like 象形字 but more abstract. There are not that many words like that, but the most obvious ones are 上、下, 一,二,三 which means "up", "down", "one","two" and "three".
Finally, 會意字 means words can be understood by the meanings of the parts. For example, 解 are composed of 刀,牛and 角, which means knife, cow, and horn.
As of the meaning of 解, I'll leave it as exercise :)
Oh man, this brings back a localisation nightmare. I spent a month staring at these little squiggles, rendering them to a small bitmap and then manually touching each one up, because there wasn't enough RAM in the device for the complete font for their character set.
hmm, firefox on windows didnt pick that up, but on linux it did.