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Nov
21
comment How do you say a “quote” as in a “quote from a author”
Not an authoritative answer, but looking on line you see 引号 is used for quote marks, while 引文 most often means a citation and not necessarily a quote from the cited source, and 引用 can be just a citation but is often an actual quote. See for example baike.baidu.com/view/5976.htm
Nov
20
comment How do you describe the “growth/improvement” of “rights" (i.e. 权利)
Could you tell us why? Where do you find this expression used?
Nov
17
comment Asking a cafe/restaurant if they have Wi-Fi *and* electricity for using a device
Just mime plugging in. People will understand. Of course it is always good to learn more language. But these tasks can be done without using any language at all -- and that will work as well in Nepal or Burma.....
Nov
16
revised Is Mandarin impossible for my goals?
Added some sources
Nov
16
comment Is Mandarin impossible for my goals?
A question for people who know this site better than I do: Are we allowed to recommend specific products?
Nov
16
answered Is Mandarin impossible for my goals?
Nov
14
comment What is a polite or neutral way to ask for someone to step out of your way?
Agreeing with Yang Muye, I have the impression that anything you say calls attention to a problem and is likely to be impolite.
Nov
10
comment How to say “Please, go in front of me” when standing in a queue?
In most situations, a polite 请 and a gesture will work.
Oct
27
revised What are some profanity words in classical Chinese?
Added sources
Oct
27
answered What are some profanity words in classical Chinese?
Oct
27
comment What are some profanity words in classical Chinese?
Will "clouds and rain" do it for you? That's 云雨 and may possibly have a classical origin.
Oct
27
comment What are some profanity words in classical Chinese?
So you see my point.
Oct
27
comment What is the average number of words necessary to read classical Chinese?
The problem in learning to read Classical Chinese is much less acquiring the character-vocabulary than it is learning the grammar and learning to gauge the meaning of very terse sentences.
Oct
27
comment What are some profanity words in classical Chinese?
There are many bilingual versions of classical Chinese texts on line. You should go through them and look for the words you want.
Oct
24
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.
Oct
23
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