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location Vancouver, Canada
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I've been studying Chinese since 2006, but I've only made short visits to China, so my progress is slow. I've built some study software to help me learn. I also participate on tatoeba.org.

My other hobby is board game design.

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Apr
2
comment Meaning of 只 in 只把思念积压在我心头
Can you explain what you mean by "backlog"? Perhaps you mean "remains".
Mar
8
comment Chengyu with two numbers
I think this does answer part of the question, @xiaohouzi, "What are the number-pairs?" I'm going to undelete.
Feb
19
comment Sheep or goat? 一只羊跑过来
Nice example of the reverse situation with the English word, "cousin".
Nov
5
comment Academic explanation for rhyming fillers with irrelevant meaning in doggerel
Yes, @KangMing, a well-known example is blowing a raspberry. I recently learned the origin of that term is "raspberry tart", which rhymes with "fart".
Oct
26
comment How to write 400,002,000 in Chinese properly?
I was taught the way you describe, @daodaoxx, but the Wikipedia reference claims that usage of 二 and 两 varies between dialects and even individual speakers within a dialect or region.
Oct
18
comment What does 就算这次做错也只是怕错过 mean?
Welcome to the site. As the FAQ says, please show that you did some research before asking for a translation.
Oct
14
comment Is there a Chinese WordNet?
I couldn't find anything visual on that site, @OlleLinge, but I wasn't able to read all the instructions. Was there a link to another page that I missed?
Sep
27
comment What is 人 doing in 你现在人在哪里?
Welcome to the site, and thanks for your answer. Answering in Chinese is OK, but try to add a small English translation if you can, especially if the question was in English.
Sep
27
comment In this sentence, what is the purpose of 的?
Welcome to the site, and thanks for your answer.
Sep
27
comment Difference between 是不是喝酒了? and 喝酒了没有?
You're welcome. You can answer in Chinese, but please add at least a short English translation, especially if the question was in English.
Sep
27
comment What's the difference between 了解 and 理解?
Welcome to the site, and thanks for your answer. I like the "够 shopping" joke, or did your keyboard accidentally switch to Chinese mode?
Sep
27
comment Is this sentence ambiguous out of context?
Welcome to the site, and thanks for your answer.
Sep
27
comment Meaning of 我知道的就这么多了
Welcome to the site, and thanks for your answer.
Sep
27
comment Difference between 是不是喝酒了? and 喝酒了没有?
Welcome to the site. Thanks for your answer.
Sep
24
comment Are “我在哪里可以买火车票” and “我哪里可以买火车票” both correct sentences?
Welcome to the site, Yin, your English is fine. If you're more comfortable in Chinese, you can write a short English answer plus more details in Chinese.
Sep
6
comment Difference between 是不是喝酒了? and 喝酒了没有?
The structures of the corresponding sentences are the same, @Alenanno, and Paul's asking about the difference in structure within each pair of sentences. A single question makes sense to me.
Aug
18
comment How to pronounce “下载”
君之蘭,欢迎你。 I did my best to translate this answer to English, anyone else want to improve my translation?
Aug
6
comment Are there word games in Chinese?
Thanks, Betty, that one looks interesting. I'm also interested in games for two or more people to play.
Aug
4
comment Can 下次 mean “again”?
Thanks for the thoughtful answer and discussion, everyone. Remember that you can edit a comment if you make a typo, @BertR.
Jul
30
comment Use of 十年中 to express duration
Welcome to the site. Did you mean "should write" or "could write"?