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Mother Tongue: Mandarin (Northern China)

Learning Language: English


May
16
comment How to translate “读书好 好读书 读好书”?
This is the best translation I could get. I am sure I would be able to make it better if English were my native language.
May
16
answered How to translate “读书好 好读书 读好书”?
May
15
revised Politeness in Mandarin
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May
15
answered Politeness in Mandarin
May
15
comment How is pronunciation discussed in Chinese?
@StumpyJoePete I think you may need to swich gears from English rhyming to Chinese rhyming, when you learn/use Chinese. For Chinese rhyming, we only consider the final vowels. So for Chinese native speakers, 天 rhymes with 圆 very well, even one is ian and other is uan. See this poem: 火树银花不夜天,弟兄姐妹舞翩跹,歌声唱彻月儿圆。Here 天(tiān), 跹(xiān) and 圆(yuán) rhyme perfectly. Another poem: 黄河远上白云间,一片孤城万仞山。羌笛何须怨杨柳,春风不度玉门关。 Here 间(jiān), 山(shān) and 关(guān) rhyme perfectly. 柳 doesn't rhyme with them, because the end of the 3rd sentence doesn't need to rhyme with others in a poem.
May
14
comment How is pronunciation discussed in Chinese?
@Aerovistae Actually the way I described is used by teachers to show kids how to pronounce pinyin. So for qiǎn, the teach will say: q---i---an---, qian, and finally put 3rd tone on it to make it qiǎn. When students master pinyin very well, they will learn to pronounce new characters according to pinyin. If pinyin is not available for a new character, then the teacher will pronounce it very slow to reveal each individual consonant and vowel. All 声母 and 韵母 have their representative characters, except eng and ong.
May
14
comment How is pronunciation discussed in Chinese?
@StumpyJoePete 安 rhymes with 千? When we break down a pronunciation into several parts, we use the first tone always, to simplify the simulation. When we get the whole sound correctly, we put the tone needed. So maybe for you, ān doesn't rhyme with ǎn, but for me they rhyme perfectly. I think in Chinese, tones have no role in rhyme.
May
14
answered How is pronunciation discussed in Chinese?
May
14
revised Are tones sometimes glossed over?
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May
14
revised Why is 真都不错 used here instead of 都真不错?
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May
13
comment Addressing women as “小姐” in Northern China
If used in title or form of address, 小姐 has no negative implication. Like 我家小姐心很好。 If used to refer to job occupation, then 小姐 means hooker. Like 他找了个小姐. Both third tone and neutral tone can be used in both cases. I think it is the usage, not the tone, which determines the meaning. An example in English: lady is a polite word to use to refer to a woman, but if you address a woman by "lady", like "Excuse me, lady", she will be offended.
May
13
comment How do we describe a “sophisticated person”?
@StumpyJoePete Thanks for your nice comments about my answers. I just try to give many examples to help understand. I belive learning by examples is much better than by rules. But I am sorry, on this topic of "sophisticated", I don't have a lot info/experience to share.
May
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revised Why is 真都不错 used here instead of 都真不错?
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May
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comment How do we describe a “sophisticated person”?
@Pacerier I think 精明, 老练, or 精明老练 are a lot closer to "being able to interpret complex issues" than 成熟 and 经验丰富. By the way, in Chinese, 成熟 also means mature mentally and/or psychologically.
May
13
comment How do we describe a “sophisticated person”?
@Pacerier For teenagers or young adults, we say 少年老成, meaning they are more mature mentally and/or psychologically than their peers.
May
13
comment Learn the characters at the same time as the language?
@Pacerier By school, I meant elementary schools in Madarin speaking regions in China(PRC).
May
13
answered Learn the characters at the same time as the language?
May
13
comment Are tones sometimes glossed over?
@CongXu Yes, you are right. When 这本杂志我只订了一期 means "I only subscribed one issue of this magazine", 一 is forth tone. When 这本杂志我只订了一期 means "I only subscribed the first issue of the magazine", then 一 is first tone.
May
13
answered Why is 真都不错 used here instead of 都真不错?
May
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