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In addition to @Flaudre's answer below, which included this: 吃不了 unable to eat chi bu liao You can add another 了(this time 'le') to mean 'any more' (or a change of state, from being able to eat to not being able to eat): 我吃不了了 = I can't eat any more. I'm full up. I've had enough. wo chi bu liao le 了 is a great word!


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Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/12/18/live/ may be helpful here in terms of background. It could not find an earlier citation than a "March 1936 newspaper report in “The Yorkshire Post”: Sir Austen Chamberlain....said: “It is not so long ago that a member of the Diplomatic Body in London, who had spent some years of his service in China,...


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As a native Chinese speaker, I learn the words directly and don't try to think about how it came about the first time. Character scope Let's start viewing it from the character scope rather than the word scope. Children usually learn some complicated character, e.g. 聽 ("listen", 听 in traditional Chinese), by decomposing them into reasonable or unreasonable ...


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When I saw a tomato first in my life time, I was told its name was fanqie(番茄) by my mom or dad in the dialect. I was not able to recognize or write any character then. All I knew about the tomato was that it was a red, green, or yellow, and delicious vegetable and sounded fan qie. I thought it was another kind of 茄子(eggplant). Later, after I went to school ...


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I beg to differ. Regardless of language, speakers sometimes reflect on the composition of words and their etymology. This is probably more true in languages that strive to keep their uniqueness, like Chinese and Icelandic, rather than languages that are littered with loan words. Chinese speakers are able to see the logic behind words like 危机, but do not ...


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I am a Chinese native speaker, and I personally view words like "东西" as an entity, rather than "东"+"西". From my point of view, all Chinese native speakers would simply judge such words as standalone words. In fact, all characters are meaningless until they are grouped to words. On the other hand, I suppose, say, English native speakers won't identify "...



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