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Nov
15
comment What is etymology for 沙龙?
ステーション is more usual. Not sure, but japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/901/… may be relevant.
Nov
1
comment Etymology of 其他
It's more likely that 其の他 arose as a calque of 其他.
Nov
1
comment Are there more special numerals like 廿?
How is 廿 pronounced in Shanghainese?
Oct
29
answered Are there more special numerals like 廿?
Oct
8
comment Why do Chinese translations of English names sound very inaccurate?
Neither statement is correct. The Japanese <r> is a flap, and the only comparable thing in an English dialect is the alveolar tap in rapid speech for some speakers in butter.
Sep
6
comment What is the Mandarin equivalent for the Shanghai term for dirty?
Interesting. I wonder if it's cognate to Cantonese 污糟 wu1 zou1. The tones would suggest not, though.
Sep
2
comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
To my chagrin this whole thread is rife with mischaracterisations about the relationship between Cantonese and Mandarin. On the subject of Cantonese syntax absent from Mandarin, I'll list a few examples: reduced frequency of the 把 (ba) and 被 (bei) constructions, bare classifier+noun with definite reading, dative shift (as found in English), a richer system of modal particles.
Sep
2
comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
This answer is imprecise in a number of ways. The usual reflex of 不 in Cantonese is 唔 (Jyutping m4), and 不 bat1 when rendering Mandarin text or in set phrases. Secondly, Mandarin syllables can end in the null coda, or /n/, or /ŋ/, while Cantonese syllables can also end in /p/, /t/, /k/ or /m/. Third, the resemblance between Cantonese and Korean is superficial, only explained by the fact that Korean borrowed readings from Chinese when it still preserved those codas.
Aug
29
comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
@Krazer: Thanks for your reply. It's true that Cantonese stops are unreleased in final position, and it's true that a syllable with a null onset (regardless of whether the previous syllable ends in a stop) begins with a glottal stop. However, it's still not correct that "since they are unreleased, they are considered glottal stops". It's true that some Min (and Wu) languages have phonemic glottal stops in final position, but Cantonese does not. That said, I'm only familiar with Standard Cantonese.
Aug
28
comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
No, no. I realise that 7, 8, 9 correspond to entering tones, but unreleased stop and glottal stop are not one and the same. A glottal stop involves a constriction in the glottis. An unreleased stop is one without a release of air following the constriction. Do consult any phonetics textbook, or you can ask a native speaker who knows some phonetics.
Aug
28
comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
Glottal stops cannot end a Cantonese syllable.
Aug
28
comment Ordering food from a menu in a restaurant
I don't know if it's a Northern/Southern Mandarin thing, but I've only heard this up north. I don't think this (or its Cantonese reflex lai4/lei4) is used in Cantonese for this purpose.
Aug
27
comment Ordering food from a menu in a restaurant
You could also use 来, as in 来一份牛排套餐.
Aug
20
accepted 佰 vs 百: inconsistency in use
Aug
20
asked Visual puns and phrases
Aug
19
accepted Tone of 竟 and 境 in Mandarin and Cantonese
Aug
13
revised Is there any website of where I can look up the origins of a Chinese character?
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Aug
13
answered Is there any website of where I can look up the origins of a Chinese character?
Aug
11
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
11
awarded  Nice Answer