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Mother Tongue: Mandarin (Northern China)

Learning Language: English


May
15
answered “an” final pronunciation
May
5
comment When to use “们”
们 is used for plurals, but we don't use 们 when the plural has been expressed already. Like 三个朋友,it is plural already, so we don't say 三个朋友们. Another example: 人民, it is a collective noun showing plural already, so we don't say 人民们 (Note: in the word 人们, 们 is not for plural). For 我的同学, it can mean both singular or plural, so in this case saying 我的同学们 is ok.
May
5
comment When to use “们”
In children's tales, 们 can be used after animals or things, when animals or things are personified.
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.
Mar
26
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Mar
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
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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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Mar
24
answered What is the best way to learn tones?
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