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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
6
comment Do acronyms borrowed from English use neutral tone (aka tone 0 or tone 5) for all syllables?
I think you may be hard up finding a written representation of how these are pronounced as a guide. They are an attempt by Chinese people to pronounce the English equivalent. So how do you go about coming up with a system that mimics and existing system with slightly different sound. It's just like the same melody in music that has been flattened 2 tones. How do you write something that is essentially the same?
Jan
6
answered Do acronyms borrowed from English use neutral tone (aka tone 0 or tone 5) for all syllables?
Jan
5
answered What does 厉害 mean, and in what context does it mean what?
Jan
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on translation tag wiki excerpt
Jan
5
answered What's the difference between 遇到 and 碰到?
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?