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Mar
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What does this Chinese symbol mean?
Mar
20
comment Does the beta like character (as in 陳, 附 and many more) in Chinese have a special meaning?
There is a tendency to analyze characters as pictograms when it isn't necessarily warranted. Most Chinese characters are actually phono-semantic compounds rather than pictograms. For instance, 附 should simply be analyzed as a phono-semantic compound with the components 阝 and 付 (i.e., it specifies a word that sounds similar to 付 with a meaning related to 阜), rather than a pictographic compound of 阝, 亻, and 寸.
Mar
19
comment Does the beta like character (as in 陳, 附 and many more) in Chinese have a special meaning?
@user1551 I removed the "mandarin" flag accordingly.
Mar
19
revised Does the beta like character (as in 陳, 附 and many more) in Chinese have a special meaning?
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Mar
14
comment Simplified/Traditional Chinese characters commonalities with Japanese Kanji
There's also more information here too: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinjitai
Mar
14
comment When do you use 唄 instead of 吧 to end a sentence?
I wasn't the one who downvoted you, but I suspect it's because your answer didn't really answer the question. This site isn't limited to only standard Mandarin, and there will often be questions regarding how people use the language, even when such usages are non-standard.
Mar
14
reviewed Close How do I know when I am “fluent”?
Mar
14
reviewed Close App similar to “I learn Chinese”, but for traditional Chinese
Mar
14
reviewed Leave Open Names of extended family members
Mar
14
reviewed Close How would you say “he does not take criticism well” in Cantonese and in Mandarin?
Mar
14
comment Two “question words” in one sentence
As you can see from @congusbongus's examples, note that you can often tell that 什么 means "any/anything/whatever" when it is followed by 都 or 也 since X都 or X也 denotes "all of X".
Mar
4
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Is there more than one way to pronounce “knee” in Chinese?
Mar
1
reviewed Approve suggested edit on (Cantonese) What's the right context in which to say, “三九唔識七”?
Feb
28
comment How can I get a Cantonese keyboard on an iPhone?
@Crashalot This answer is unfortunately the best you're going to get. There is no built-in Cantonese keyboard currently, and Apple does not allow anyone to create their own keyboard; see: stackoverflow.com/a/6556672/582414
Feb
27
comment Do 之 and 的 come from the same word?
The short answer is yes; I'll dig up some sources to post a more authoritative answer later. Concerning 你 and 爾, I've mentioned them in an answer to a previous question here: chinese.stackexchange.com/a/1632/166
Feb
22
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is the “to” in “Let's meet from 4 _to_ five”, 到?
Feb
21
reviewed Close When submitting forms on the web, you often click a button label 'submit'. I was wondering how to express the word 'submit' in chinese
Feb
21
reviewed Leave Open What does 算你狠 mean?
Feb
21
reviewed Close Where to start learning mandarin
Feb
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is the difference between yǐqián (以前) and zhīqián (之前)?