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Jul
23
comment Accepting compliments (without rejecting them)
You can say 你太客气/you are too kind. But basically I support Semaphore's objection to the question. When people ask "how are you?" do you feel a need to tell them how you are? If not, then when people pay you a compliment maybe you could forego telling them how true you think it is.
Jul
9
comment How offensive is 他妈的?
For comparison, what would you advise a non-English speaker about when to say "fucking" in English?
Jul
6
awarded  Teacher
Jul
6
answered How did 东西 come to mean “something” in the expression “吃东西”?
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
May
8
comment Tips for pronouncing X vs SH in Mandarin?
This is very important. The whole series j,q,x versus zh,ch,sh only makes sense when you include the relation to the following vowel.
May
8
accepted How do current Mandarin speakers usually pronounce 阿Q正传?
May
7
asked How do current Mandarin speakers usually pronounce 阿Q正传?
Feb
27
comment How do I know when I am “fluent”?
Oh heavens, people will often try to encourage even the faintest 你好 by praising it. I am very far from fluent but I think I'm making progress because friends will sometimes correct me. As a poor beginner I got only praise.
Jan
25
accepted The meanings of 不好意思
Jan
24
revised The meanings of 不好意思
Added an example.
Jan
23
comment The meanings of 不好意思
I am not asking about了. I understand that pretty well. But 不好意思 is not only used for disturbing someone or bothering them. It is also used as a modest response to an invitation, or a gift, or other. I am concerned that I might sometime use the phrase intending to express modest acceptance, and yet get the nuance wrong so that it sounds like I am saying something is wrong.
Jan
23
revised The meanings of 不好意思
Refined in response to comment.
Jan
23
asked The meanings of 不好意思
Jan
19
accepted Tone sandhi before a toneless final syllable
Jan
18
comment Tone sandhi before a toneless final syllable
Thanks. I like the numerical representation of tones and wish it were more widely used. Most intro books today do not even acknowledge the existence of 21 for the third tone in some contexts. But to be clear, are you saying your professor of classical Chinese did pronounce 孔子 as 21-5?
Jan
18
comment 我(也)很好 and tone sandhi
The problem is that if dusan is not currently in China or someplace surrounded by native speakers, the advice against memorizing is just advice against trying to get it right. Even if the usage in China is irregular and variable, for a beginner it is worth trying to get basically correct habits.
Jan
18
asked Tone sandhi before a toneless final syllable
Oct
11
awarded  Custodian
Oct
11
reviewed Excellent What is the difference between 七夕节 and 情人节?