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Mar
28
comment Is the sentence “我们要怎么去机场?” ambiguous?
Very nice explanation, I assumed the position of 要 is the key here, so it's nice to have a confirmation!
Mar
16
comment Is the sentence “我们要怎么去机场?” ambiguous?
@NS.X. That's also quite interesting, 要 is one of those special characters which just seem to be everywhere and change everything,, >_>
Mar
16
comment Is the sentence “我们要怎么去机场?” ambiguous?
Indeed, very interesting about the switch!
Jan
14
comment Is there a difference between 有趣 and 有意思?
@DrunkenMaster Because splitting doesn't help always. 意思 becomes "idea, opinion, meaning, wish, desire"; and so now I have even more meanings I don't know how to fit properly into a sentence. It's like trying to understand "deal with it" by looking up "deal" and ending with "to give out in shares or portions". If everything can be looked up in a dictionary or a grammar book, should we just close this site down and read dictionaries?
Jan
12
comment Is there a difference between 有趣 and 有意思?
@DrunkenMaster: Sure, here you go: 有趣 = interesting, fascinating, amusing; 有意思 = interesting, meaningful, enjoyable, fun. Oh wait..I already did that and that's why I'm asking the question.. ^_^
Sep
15
comment What's the difference between 江 and 河?
I know, I was just thinking out loud how nice it would be if I could do that... so jealous :)
Sep
14
comment What's the difference between 江 and 河?
I only wish I was good enough to read that source properly... :)
May
30
comment What is 被 doing in sentence “这种病在三十年前就被根除了”?
@StumpyJoePete: Normally, I'd agree with you, but I think it was the sentence structure which confused me. I simply haven't seen anything like that in my native language.. I'm sure I'll be thinking the same thing as you some day, but you gotta think of us noobs :)
May
29
comment What is 被 doing in sentence “这种病在三十年前就被根除了”?
@StumpyJoePete: I...really don't know how to answer that question. Why is anything confusing when you're learning? A double slit experiment is a simple case of showing wave-particle duality, so why is it so confusing?
Mar
4
comment How do I practise grouping characters into words? At which stage of learning should one expect to be good at this?
@MikeManilone: Good point. Everyone should pretend I never wrote that. >_>
Mar
2
comment How do I practise grouping characters into words? At which stage of learning should one expect to be good at this?
@MikeManilone: Thanks for clarifying!
Mar
1
comment How do I practise grouping characters into words? At which stage of learning should one expect to be good at this?
@MikeManilone: "find 量詞 out in a sentence first" - You mean actively scan a sentence for 量詞 before reading it? Is this even possible during normal-speed reading?
Mar
1
comment How do I practise grouping characters into words? At which stage of learning should one expect to be good at this?
I certainly hope that's true! If only Chinese had fewer words, this would be so much easier.. :)
Mar
1
comment How do I practise grouping characters into words? At which stage of learning should one expect to be good at this?
That's actually one of the reasons I keep studying it - it's damn hard but so different and entertaining at the same time. Not to mention potentially useful in a few years :)
Mar
1
comment How do I practise grouping characters into words? At which stage of learning should one expect to be good at this?
Thanks! The scary part is exactly the fact that I already knew all characters in 借支笔, but was led astray by the dictionary.
Mar
1
comment How do I practise grouping characters into words? At which stage of learning should one expect to be good at this?
Heh, fair enough :) But it doesn't really work the same way in Chinese, at least not for me. For example, "whenyouknow" can only be separated as when+you+know, and not whenyou+know or when+youknow. Things are complicated even further by the fact that one character can have multiple meanings. Of course, if I ever become proficient enough...
Mar
1
comment How do I practise grouping characters into words? At which stage of learning should one expect to be good at this?
Thanks for typing all that, very useful perspective. Basically - if I understood correctly - as my vocab expands I should encounter less and less ambiguities. I just have the feeling it will be quite some time, it looks nigh impossible from my current perspective!
Mar
1
comment How do I practise grouping characters into words? At which stage of learning should one expect to be good at this?
Wait..do all those sentences have the same meaning? Could it be that they made 做 intentionally larger than 爱的 to prevent ambiguity? Edit: I also had no idea 做 can mean "to be"..there is much work to be done!
Sep
8
comment Is this sentence ambiguous out of context?
@Huang: Useful answer, thanks!
Sep
8
comment Is this sentence ambiguous out of context?
@StumpyJoePete: I did not, but it is an interesting question!