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Mother Tongue: Mandarin (Northern China)

Learning Language: English


Apr
8
answered Why is 十面埋伏 related to the number 10?
Mar
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Mar
26
comment Do the Chinese have a (potentially politically incorrect) way of imitating English speakers?
鸟语or说鸟语 is used to mean that someone speaks foreign languages or some Chinese dialects that are totally not understandable, but it is not for imitating. For imitating foreign speakers, we just intentionally put the wrong tones on the characters in a sentence. But this is only for fun, not offending at all.
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26
answered Usage of 无 compared with 没有
Mar
26
revised What is the best way to learn tones?
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Mar
26
comment What is the best way to learn tones?
@zyc Good catch. Typo corrected. Thanks.
Mar
25
comment Chinese equivalent of 'Surprise!'
@j5shi I think in any spoken languages, the actual meaning of a word, a phrase or a sentence depends on how you say it, what moods/intonation used. So "我太惊讶了" doesn't always mean "I am prentending to be surprised." Another example, a girl may say 你真坏! to a guy, but it can mean anything from "You son of a bitch!" all the way to "You are so adorable" depending on how it is said.
Mar
25
comment Chinese equivalent of 'Surprise!'
+1 for the video. Now more and more young Chinese people start using English words directly in Chinese sentences for the meanings hard to express in Chinese. For example, one girl may say: 我想找一个很man的男朋友。Here "man" means 有男子气概。
Mar
25
revised What is the best way to learn tones?
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Mar
25
comment What is the best way to learn tones?
@hippietrail I agree that it is hard to describe tones in words. After all, tones are something about sound and even you have some clues of how to say those tones, you still need to hear those tones said by real person to have a good sense of what the tones sound like. By the way, I revised my answer by adding more examples for the 4th tones.
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revised What is the best way to learn tones?
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answered What is the best way to learn tones?
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Mar
21
answered Chinese equivalent of 'Surprise!'
Mar
20
comment Strategies to discourage uptalk in Chinese language learners?
I think the issue you have is not your classmates' uptalking, but the extra time the teacher spends on correcting them. I suggest this: when someone uptalks, the teacher just asks that student to say this sentence ONCE: 第二次世界大战正在迫近, then move on. You may have noticed that all the characters in that sentence have the fourth tone.
Mar
20
answered Is 工作详细情况 similar to Work Experience?