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Nov
19
comment Which dictionaries reveal the commonly mistaken usage of a word (i.e. how NOT to use a word)?
I find a dict called 现代汉语正误辞典. Maybe it is the one you used before. Search it on Google, there still some online stores sell it.
Nov
19
comment How did 外国人 become 老外?
@QuestionOverflow My personal opinion: 老外 is a modern word of the ancient . There's something racist in the culture. And an important evidence is that 老外 only refers to caucasian. Usually we won't call other foreigners 老外.
Nov
18
comment How did 外国人 become 老外?
@MikeManilone Seems there's much you don't know. For example, if there's some negative news on the internet, no one will use 外国人 or any other friendly words, all 老外. Search this term on Baidu and Google both. See the results you get. 老外 is only used in negative or neutral situation. There's none friendly.
Nov
17
comment How did 外国人 become 老外?
Absolutely Baidu cannot be trusted... just well-looking. Any experienced Chinese netizen knows that. I can definitely tell you that wikipedia is exacter about the meaning. 老外 is similar to 外国佬. And is not a polite address. Besides, I don't know 老外 can be used on a second person. But 老外 is not so impolite as 外国佬. It's not derogatory sometimes. However, it never means kind. This term is used as other meanings first. But the origin of foreigner is vague and hard to know.
Nov
15
answered How to say incoming president (国家主席)?
Nov
15
comment How can I distinguish between Western style spirits and Chinese style spirits (liquor)?
Maybe 烈酒? This is closest word occurring to me at present.
Nov
15
answered Difference between 最高领导人 and 主要领导人之一?
Nov
14
comment Antiquated honorifics
@Betty I say 鄙人,敝司... often, but just with friends. And feel free to add that. It's true they are typically seen on internet.
Nov
14
comment Antiquated honorifics
@ash Often used to refer group of the common civilians, in third person. Sometimes first person, 草民 or 草民我.
Nov
13
answered Antiquated honorifics
Nov
13
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Nov
13
reviewed Approve What is the pronunciation of 行 according to its context?
Nov
11
comment What is the pronunciation of 行 according to its context?
@StephaneRolland Yes.
Nov
7
comment What is the pronunciation of 行 according to its context?
It's just a Chinese surname. And it is so rare that I don't know any famous person with this surname.
Nov
7
comment How to add emphasis to sentences
I think your translation is enough, no need to add emphasis. There is few modal particle can be used in an imperative sentence which represents a command. Usually the adverbial here expresses the emphasis. And 马上 is enough.
Nov
7
answered What is the pronunciation of 行 according to its context?
Nov
4
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Nov
4
comment Placement of Pinyin in relation to characters
Check this post newsmth.net/bbstcon.php?board=Picture&gid=85363. There are some images of old textbooks in primary school in mainland China. Most Chinese born in 1980s and early 1990s used these.
Nov
1
comment Are there more special numerals like 廿?
@jogloran niàn. Since my mother is from Shanghai, I know a little Shanghainese.
Nov
1
comment Placement of Pinyin in relation to characters
As a native speaker, I don't know any standard about the Pinyin's place. But it is strange that you see Pinyin is below chars in beginner books. In China main land, I think everyone is familiar with the "above" version when educated. Maybe the books you see is written for foreigners.