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Nov
20
comment How would I say £10.50?
Thanks for the answer and possible combinations. I prefer the more formal option for reporting purposes.
Jul
16
comment Are there any online resources for learning Chinese 4-character idioms
@BertR - I've edited the OP, is this now clear enough?
Jul
6
comment Are there any online resources for learning Chinese 4-character idioms
Sorry i've changed the wording to be more clear. I don't really care about the differentiation of the 2 terms. I'm more interested in learning these 4 character lexical chunks.
Jul
6
comment Are there any online resources for learning Chinese 4-character idioms
Why is 独一无二 as Chengyu, and the other 2 are not?
Jul
6
comment Are there any online resources for learning Chinese 4-character idioms
If 4 character idoms are Chengyu's then my question is for chengyu's. If not then any idiomatic term (or hypotactic as mentioned below). Effectively, I'm interested in these units of language as they are not easy to understand as a chunk when first heard.
Apr
29
comment How to say “we want what is best for our kids”?
I think I prefer the above sentence as it sounds Chinese and seems to stick closer to my original meaning. So the added 的 seems to finish the sentence off, where it is referring to anything in general that is the best...
Apr
29
comment What is the pattern for 'instead of x, y…'
So its sound better to use 而不是 and reverse the positions of x and y. In english it doesn't matter where x and y appear as 'instead' can start a sentence or end with it. In chinese it has to balance with 而不是 in the 2nd clause.
Apr
28
comment How to say “we want what is best for our kids”?
Thanks but my meaning is more general than actually giving them objects, which is what your sentence seems to imply.
Apr
28
comment How do I translate a definition for inheritance (computer science)?
Can someone change the title? Its so vague to not be useful to anyone searching for this.
Mar
23
comment What are the most common mistakes when pronouncing Pinyin?
Juan is often confused with zhuan. Pinyin words which begin with j, x, q follow different rules that most other words. Just wondered if there were any others which were common.
Mar
23
comment What are the most common mistakes when pronouncing Pinyin?
Well google obviously knows some of the mistakes. Useful, thanks.
Jan
3
comment What is the difference between 总是 and 一直?
Great, thanks for this. So the 2nd form could perhaps be remembered as being used in more long-term expressions?
Jan
3
comment Tense and use of 了
I think you can also use 了 when expressing surprise or emphasis. e.g. 太好了! Although in this case its use is within an idiomatic expression and should therefore be learnt as a unit.