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bio website sydneygrowers.com
location Australia
age 94
visits member for 2 years, 8 months
seen May 16 at 1:39

Have been learning Chinese for about 10 years now. Although I get to practice every day with my wife and family, I am still only average.

Where I live is about 80% Chinese speakers so I have plenty of people to practice with and it's like living in China without actually being there.


Jan
4
answered How can I improve the speed of my spoken Chinese?
Jan
4
accepted What is the correct way to say: “I thought you were somebody else.”
Jan
3
comment Using 一样 instead of 同一 for “the same school”
Is this sentence not correct? 他们不是去一样的学校吗?
Jan
3
comment What is the correct way to say: “I thought you were somebody else.”
I thought that might be the case. Is 我以为你是其他的人 also valid? I had a couple of ideas but wasn't sure if either of them were correct.
Jan
3
accepted Character to use for the onomotapoeic sound “choong!”
Jan
3
accepted Effective and polite way to end a phone conversation
Jan
3
accepted Site for reading the same news article in English and Chinese (简体中文)
Jan
3
accepted Different names for each of the fingers
Jan
3
asked What is the correct way to say: “I thought you were somebody else.”
Jan
3
comment Expressing the location: 哪里 or 哪儿?
@alenanno Actually the li after na is often written without a tone mark as it is two consecutive third tones. I have just finished reading a childrens book with pinyin to my son and can confirm this to be correct.
Jan
3
revised Where can I find sorted word lists used by native students?
added 670 characters in body
Jan
3
answered Where can I find sorted word lists used by native students?
Jan
2
answered Do you write every character?
Jan
1
comment Why does Chinese lack some level of abstraction in some idioms? (e.g. 兄弟姐妹)
I would also argue in English we usually say "Do you have any brothers [and|or] sisters?" rather than "Do you have any siblings?". 兄弟 is brothers and 姐妹 is sisters. The order is just status from oldest to youngest.
Dec
30
answered What does 民以食为天 mean?
Dec
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Where can I find a downloadable database of English to Chinese words?
Dec
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Etymology of 他妈的
Dec
29
reviewed Approve suggested edit on When and why is right to left writing used?
Dec
29
comment Difference between 想 and 要?
@DonKirkby - On mainland China 他 is used for both male and female. I've only seen 她 used as a stylistic thing for advertising and some old formal writing. From my understanding 她 is still used in TW regularly.
Dec
28
revised When and why is right to left writing used?
added 6 characters in body