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Feb
15
comment Do I have to include 是 in 你的生日(是)什么时候?
I disagree with your last sentence - who says you can't use 的 colloquially?!? Use it as much as you like! That's why it's colloquial - but otherwise this is right.
Feb
9
comment Why do Chinese people give their guests tea to drink?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about Chinese culture and not the language.
Feb
5
reviewed Close What is 抢红包,订阅开奖提醒?
Feb
5
reviewed Close Translating Chinese
Feb
5
reviewed Leave Open What is the Mandarin term for great godparents?
Feb
4
awarded  Deputy
Feb
2
revised Is 多早晚 wrong or right
edit title and tags
Jan
20
answered How to say “Oops”; or other exclamation/interjection you might say if you make a mistake
Jan
19
revised How to pronounce 调 in 同调代数?
clarify question in title
Jan
13
answered Which version is correct, 脚趾甲 or 脚指甲?
Dec
18
comment A Golden Rule for When Chinese Repeat a Word Twice X Twice? 热热闹闹
Not a duplicate question, but there's a pretty comprehensive answer here which details many ways that repeating characters affects the meaning of the words.
Dec
10
answered What does 旧币 refer to exactly?
Nov
19
comment Number of population whose actual mother tongue is Mandarin?
@user3306356 no, that map is accurate. You are assuming that all varieties of Mandarin are mutually intelligible, which is false. In Mandarin's case, it may very well be a dialect chain, i.e. neighbouring dialects are understandable but the North/South extremes are not. In any case intelligibility is but one factor determining whether something is a language or dialect.
Nov
2
comment “是你太能說了”這句話什麼意思?
Actually, 能 also means "good at", just like 会, as seen in words like 能干. The cultural context here is important; the friend is trying to express modesty, so if she said "会说" she would essentially be agreeing with OP, which is not modest. Instead, by using "能说", she is saying "you are talking rubbish". "会说" would be incorrect here as it changes the expression of modesty.
Oct
24
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Sep
24
comment How would you translate 魔都 in English?
Interesting choice, but since Mordor and 魔都 are unrelated etymologically and also have very different meanings, this would be a poor translation. They only sound similar, coincidentally.
Aug
27
answered What does “兵器谱排行榜第一位” mean/represent?
Aug
26
answered Does 宝 have its own history separate from 寶?
Aug
22
answered Does this 淘 just mean 买?
Aug
20
asked How can I translate “To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting”?