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Discussion in '中文+方言 (Chinese)' started by baosheng, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. baosheng Senior Member

    Canada
    Canada, English
    Hello/大家好,

    I would like to translate the following sentence:
    "I can recognize most 简体 characters I come across but have trouble with many 繁体字."

    Which word for "recognize" would be suitable here?
    认识/识别/知道/认识/辨认。。。 or just 认 by itself, perhaps?
    "我能认出很多我遇到的简体字但是有困难认得出很多繁体字" (is my very crude attempt! feel free to change it completely :) )

    Thanks in advance/谢谢!
     
  2. tarlou Senior Member

    Chinese
    "能认出" is perfect! You can also use "认识" and "认得".

    There is no structure 有困难+verb in Chinese. You may use “但还是有很多繁体字不认识” to replace the second half of your sentence.

    In a conversation, you can alter the order of words a little bit to make it easier to follow (though might not be so good in grammar):
    简体字我遇到的基本上都认识,但是繁体字还是有很多不认识。
     
  3. baosheng Senior Member

    Canada
    Canada, English
    Thanks for your help, tarlou!

    Ah... I had a feeling that the dictionary/sentence example might be wrong here. (it is more of a translation of 外语, right?)

    The Topic-Comment structure you have provided makes it a lot more flowing/natural! (actually I prefer to speak this way.. maybe a habit from French)
     
  4. viajero_canjeado Senior Member

    Georgia
    English - Southeastern USA
    Salut baosheng :)

    Also maybe something like "簡體字我大部份都看得懂, 但許繁體字多還是看不懂" would work.
     
  5. Skatinginbc

    Skatinginbc Senior Member

    Canada
    Mandarin 國語
    簡體字我大都看得懂, 但繁體字還很多看不懂
     
  6. viajero_canjeado Senior Member

    Georgia
    English - Southeastern USA
    Bummer, I just noticed my typo: 但許多繁體字還是看不懂
    Skatinginbc's suggestion is excellent as well~
     

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