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Sep
1
comment What is the phrase for “sounds like” as in “it sounds like your dad is getting better”?
Very interesting site, I'll give it a go once I get a bit better! Right now I like to read ebooks on my kindle because it enables me to do a quick dictionary lookup, something which is much more cumbersome and pace-breaking when done with a physical book/dictionary.
Aug
31
comment What is the phrase for “sounds like” as in “it sounds like your dad is getting better”?
I see that 像 is used in one example but not in the other, are there any rules regarding this? If 听起来 already means "sounds like" what role does 像 fulfil?
Jul
29
comment What is “一” doing in “事情一开始进展得很顺利,但后来我们遇到了困难”?
@MasterSparkles That's actually very good to know!
Jul
29
comment What is “一” doing in “事情一开始进展得很顺利,但后来我们遇到了困难”?
Ooh, I had no idea 一 could be used as once, that's good to know!
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...