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Feb
26
comment Stroke order of 力 vs 九
@agriprop, can you point out what are the unacceptables ?
Feb
25
comment What's the difference between 舅舅 and 叔叔?
In the north, we usually say 大大 to the men roughly older than your father. This may come from Manchu.
Feb
24
comment Are there words in Mandarin written by characters for other words that mean the same thing?
I think op confused western languages' concepts on etymology, cognate etc. Since in the history of Chinese language, there's only one source of the language since Qin dynasty, the authority, so it's not a research trend on etymology or cognate in Chinese unless you work on really old oracle scripts. If you do, you should firstly do some research on 六书,from there you can see how the Chinese characters were created. 六书 is not a law or guidance of creating Chinese character but a generalization after they were created.
Feb
21
comment Stroke order of 力 vs 九
The idea of the stroke order is to make the character you write be more structural thus beautiful. The first stroke will always be the initial guidance of the whole character, so in this case which stroke is first depends on whether this stroke can make your character's major structure be certain. In this case, 力's right portion is more certain, whereas 九 which can be considered as left-right structure, should be written as 人,八,大 etc.
Feb
7
comment Regional pronunciations of standard Mandarin
vote up because this is a good suggestion
Jan
28
comment How to say “beginning of the month?”
伊始 is not too literary. It is common.
Jan
28
comment How to say “beginning of the month?”
Do not use 月头, it is a weird way of saying this. Your source indicated it's only used in classical books.
Jan
22
comment The origin of pinyin
Sorry, that is not English letters, it's Latin letters.
Jan
13
comment How to translate “build server”
I just checked some online dictionary in Chinese, sometimes build is translated as 编连(编译和连接). But I never heard of this word from people though.
Jan
13
comment How to translate “build server”
I think in fact 编译 could be used on both compile and build, I don't think it is proper to translate it to other Chinese word. Of course you can use 生成 or other words, but 编译 is used most commonly, although build = compile + link, they are different things. Whereas no one uses 构建 I believe, you don't expect programmers as professional translators so that among Chinese IT books, there are different translations.
Dec
4
comment How you say… I feel good after finally getting closure
I wish you have 现代汉语大词典 or 新华书店的成语词典, you 'll learn more if you do the research by yourselves. If you do it online, for example zdic.net/c/2/79/125715.htm, this is the explanation of 如释重负, however I suggest use the standard books mentioned, online website is not reliable if you wish learn it seriously.
Nov
18
comment Weird usage of 不
It looks like google doesn't catch up with Chinese linguistic research, that's another reason they lost China's market.
Nov
12
comment Why do we have to say 一百 一千 but not 一十?
some old man still say 一十, but in school they don't teach it like this
Nov
3
comment What does “&” (Ampersand) means in Chinese language?
They are wrong, "&" means nothing in Chinese.
Oct
30
comment Writing in Chinese - What rules are there for handwriting vs printed
Search 硬笔书法, you can get some idea from that. Sometimes, if you can write with 笔锋 (calligraphy stroke) or 'the little feet' you called it, your writing will be considered more beautiful.
Oct
29
comment Usage of word 到 in 我很高兴见到你
I'm afraid this answer is wrong.见 also has a meaning of meeting with someone, sometimes it is not simply 'to look', but 'to meet','to have a face to face communication'. 见到,means the action is already done. 我很高兴见你 is absolutely not "I'm happy to look at you." It has the same meaning as 我很高兴见到你. It's just in the first one you are positive, it's like this meeting is under your control, but in the second one, you are more passive, it's like this meeting is handled by the one you want to meet.
Sep
18
comment 该 - How do you know when to use it? Nothing to do with 应该
I think in it's good to let OP know "该" has a sense of negative feeling, so I thought out this example.
Sep
13
comment How come 驚 evolves to 惊 in mainland China
+1 牛人都这么来的,前排 。
Jan
19
comment Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
They are still not Cantonese poetry, since Cantonese is not a language but a dialect. You can speak whatever you want in whatever dialect, but in written, you should use standard Chinese. Poetry is in written. So you can only say this is 白话诗掺杂粤语方言. 它不能作为粤语诗被承认,因为语法与词汇都没有规范。
Jan
18
comment Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
There is no such thing called Cantonese poetry.