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comment Learning past tense with Rosetta Stone
Clear and correct explanation of the two roles. But it might be worth adding that Chinese uses aspect rather than tense. Students have much trouble learning the past tense in Chinese, and even more learning the future tense, and naturally they would have trouble, because tenses do not exist in Chinese.
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comment Could you give an example of a sentence in classical chinese wherein 爽 is used?
The Chinese Text Project at ctext.org lets you search characters in classical texts.
Oct
9
comment Translation: ‘phone it in’
To me, "phone it in" is more particular than just any way of doing a sloppy job. It means doing a job where you are supposed to have special ability -- like performing as a singer or musician, or teaching a class-- and you go through the motions without making any effort. If I get hired to do lawn work and work slow and I sneak off every time I can to goof off out of the boss's sight, that is 敷衍了事 but would not be called phoning it in -- because you cannot "phone in" lawn work.
Oct
4
reviewed Excellent How can I find the exact written versions of commonly spoken Cantonese words?
Oct
4
reviewed Satisfactory 道 vs 途 in religious texts
Oct
4
reviewed Satisfactory How to express: Get
Oct
4
reviewed Satisfactory How to say “thank you for …”?
Oct
4
reviewed Excellent What does 飘然而至 mean?
Oct
4
reviewed Satisfactory (麻薯), what kind, if not then what is it?
Oct
4
reviewed Satisfactory Characters used to specify low/standard/medium/high quality/definition in video sharing websites
Oct
4
reviewed Excellent 連連 Trying to understand the double word (叠词 or 叠字) usage
Oct
4
reviewed Satisfactory How to ask girl for number?
Oct
4
reviewed Satisfactory I did (Something) as much as I would in (X amount of time)
Oct
2
answered Reading Chinese without speaking it
Sep
29
comment What's the meaning of 高冷?
Search 高冷 on Google to enter a world of internet slang.
Sep
26
comment How many characters do I need to learn?
One reason not to overemphasize frequency is that you cannot become fluent by recognizing individual characters. You need comfort with actual usage on signs and in sentences. You need to read a lot. Start with graded readers of course but get to actual Chinese written matter.
Sep
26
answered Mnemonic for differentiating 买 and 卖
Sep
23
comment Refreshing or Rude: addressing an older woman as 小姐
At my level of ability, which is not very high, I would avoid both complimenting and insulting women I do not know. I would stick with the common forms of address.
Sep
23
comment Can I use "我知道“ to say I know some kind of food?
@neubau I appreciate this, but when I check on Google I get just 8 hits for "你會吃辣的吗" and 278,000 for ”你吃辣的吗“ and 643,000 for ”你吃辣吗.“ These are virtually all Chinese language sites.
Sep
23
accepted When to use 这道 for “this kind”