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Dec
7
reviewed Reviewed Another meaning of 同志
Dec
7
suggested suggested edit on Another meaning of 同志
Nov
21
revised What is the meaning of 报 here?
added examples in Chinese.
Nov
21
answered What is the meaning of 报 here?
Aug
29
comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
@jogloran Can you tell me where I am mistaken? I realize that this might differ depending on dialect. It is to my understanding that since the p, t, k stops occur only in syllable final position & are unreleased, there is an unavoidable addition of a glottal stop before any following vowel, creating an overall choppy feeling to the language. From what I've read, the glottal stop can be found in most of the Min dialects. I realize that standard Cantonese, spoken in Guangzhou region (including Hong Kong), does not have this sound, but can be found in 東莞 and 陽江 regions within Guangdong province.
Aug
29
revised How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
struckout contested part about glottal stops.
Aug
28
comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
@jogloran To clarify my answer a bit more, the 3 other are not tones in phonetic sense. There are 9 different tones in 6 distinct tone contours. The 3 tones describe a syllable which ends in a stop consonant, such as p, t, k (a.k.a. "entering tones" (入聲), and since they are unreleased, they are considered glottal stops). Native speakers I've talked with explain it like you suck the air back in, instead of letting it out. e.g., compare: and here.
Jul
5
comment How to ask someone to take a photo?
You can also invite them to do so (请) or ask if you can inconvenience/trouble (麻烦) them, too. I.e. (能)[请/麻烦][你/您] + preposition + noun phrase + 吗.
Jul
5
comment Are there any online resources for learning Chinese 4-character idioms
@BertR My mistake, it was late when I typed that (I wasn't in the right state of mind). You are indeed correct that phrases such as 一般来说 and 由此可见 are not Chengyu (at all). They are in fact hypotactic phrases, which people often confuse as something else since the Chinese language is a (mostly) paratactic language. 总而言之 is another example of such a phrase.
Jul
5
comment Are there any online resources for learning Chinese 4-character idioms
@BertR I think jaffa's logic is flawed here: 4-character idioms ARE Chenyu. 独一无二, 由此可见, and 一般来说 ALL are considered to be 成语. All four-character idioms are chengyu, but not all chengyu are four-character idioms.
Jul
4
answered Are there any online resources for learning Chinese 4-character idioms
Jul
1
revised How do you say “preferences” as opposed to “demands”?
more context on alternative choices.
Jul
1
revised How do you say “preferences” as opposed to “demands”?
added 15 characters in body
Jul
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answered How do you say “preferences” as opposed to “demands”?
Jun
20
comment Is there a word for “kosher”?
This Hudong entry backs up your answer.
Jun
9
awarded  Scholar
Jun
9
accepted In what instances can use you use 干嘛 over 干吗 (and vice versa)?
Jun
7
revised Connotation of 吗 questions vs. affirmative/negative questions
differences clarification.
Jun
7
answered How to describe a puppet show
Jun
6
comment In what instances can use you use 干嘛 over 干吗 (and vice versa)?
I noticed that with questions that have an ambiguous context such as "劳动不给报酬,你干吗?" Here, "干吗" can mean "同意吗" (do you agree), "为什么" (why), or "干什么" ([what are you] going to do). Would the use of 干嘛 here help prevent the ambiguity issue?