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Apr
16
comment In what contexts would I use 由?
I also recommend that you pay attention to 由不得, as it contains the character 由 in it. You can find example sentences here: nciku.com/search/zh/detail/%E7%94%B1%E4%B8%8D%E5%BE%97/51605
Apr
14
comment How do I know when I am “fluent”?
@TomAu If you can use that vocabulary correctly with an understandable pronunciation only making minor mistakes from time to time, you could be fluent. The concept of fluency will vary from person to person and will certainly be a matter for discussion. Like I said at the beginning of my answer, that was my opinion regarding fluency in general.
Apr
14
comment How do I know when I am “fluent”?
@NS.X. English speakers can become proficient in Spanish or French much faster than they can become so in Chinese. Why? Because of the amount of cognates. English and Chinese almost have no cognates. What this implies for an English native speaker (monolingual) is that his study of Chinese will be much slower because she needs to learn how to use every word to make meaningful constructions and how to operate in a different grammar. If you hear a cognate from Spanish "conversación", you can almost immediately grasp the meaning of it. In studying Chinese, you won't be so lucky.
Mar
31
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
You're right about that. But in standard writing the message would be easily understood across the two languages.