Monthly Archives: February 2012

Taiwanese Police Car

How to say “Police car” in Chinese and related words

Just as with English all of the police related words follow a common theme – they contain the word “police”, making them easy to remember. 警車(警车) Pinyin: jǐng chē English: Police car Police cars 警車(警车 jǐng chē) outside a police ……

Simplified Radicals List

Simplified Chinese Radicals List – Free Printable Reference

Greetings travellers, We’ve created a new resource for your bag of Chinese study tools – a one-page printable reference of the Simplified Chinese radicals list. We couldn’t find a decent list of simplified radicals organised like this, so we made ……

How to say pedestrian in Chinese 行人

How to Say “pedestrian” in Chinese

The following photo was taken close to a pedestrian crossing in Taiwan. The sign in the photo shows a good example of how the word ‘pedestrian’ might be used, and asks for people not to park their vehicles here as ……

TouchPal Android Keyboard

TouchPal Keyboard for Android – Free Chinese IME Review

One of the best things about using an Android based mobile phone is that, unlike the iPhone, you can install your own keyboards. Recently, I came across the TouchPal keyboard, which is not only an amazing ‘swipe’ style keyboard, but ……

Chinese Language Knowledge Database

Chinese Language Knowledge Database Launched

The General Association of Chinese Culture (GACC), a department of the Taiwanese government, today launched the Chinese Language Knowledge Database 中華語文知識庫 (中华语文知识库 zhōnghuá yŭwén zhīshì kù) – An online dictionary that details the differences between the Chinese used in mainland ……

Taiwanese Postboxes

How to say “Mailbox” and Related Vocabulary in Chinese

Depending on where you are in the (English speaking) world, the box outside your house or apartment for receiving letters might be known as a mailbox or letterbox, and the Chinese equivalent is just as simple: 信箱 Pinyin: xìn xiāng ……

The desire of one's dreams - No-nonsense Chinese Idioms

The Desire of One’s Dreams – No-nonsense Chinese Idioms

If you want to talk about your “dream-something” then this is the idiom for you. Whether it be your dream-job, dream-girl/guy or that dream-epic staff of the monkeyballs, why not give this bad-boy a try next time you wish to ……

Mobile Phone Accessories

How to Say “Accessories” in Mandarin Chinese

If you’re looking for a case for your mobile phone, or some new headphones for your iPod then this word will come in handy. 配件(配件) Pinyin: pèi jiàn English: accessories; fittings Here you can see the word in use at ……

Taipei Subway Sexual Harassment Poster

Sexual Harassment Poster from the Taipei Subway

Thanks to RiceAgain (Nickdobson.net) for the following photo of a sexual harassment poster that was seen on the Taipei tube. 性騷擾(性骚扰) Pinyin: xìng sāo rǎo English: sexual harassment Worth noting is that the woman being harassed is saying “ㄟ” which ……

Example of 有機(有机)usage from a shop sign

How to say “Organic” in Chinese

Well, this post starts the first of a new category at ChineseHacks that we’ve opted to call simply ‘Misc‘ and will contain all sorts of miscellaneous Mandarin usage. The idea is behind the category is to quickly illustrate how a ……