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comment Are there any online dictionaries that supply IPA transcriptions for Mandarin?
As others have pointed out, you probably don't need such a dictionary. If you learn how the initials and finals are written with IPA, even if you include syllables with neutral tones, there are still less than 100 items. If you don't want to learn them, keep a reference table handy. I do think IPA is useful for learning, though, and actually wrote an article about it here, which includes a resource collection for Mandarin IPA: hackingchinese.com/…
Apr
26
comment What is the correct sentence structure in pinyin?
It sounds like something like the Chinese Grammar Wiki would be good for you: resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar
Apr
21
comment Usage: Spaces in Chinese
I'm not entirely sure what you're asking. In general, Chinese uses no spaces whatsoever, at least not within sentences. Check any book or any website in Chinese and you will find that this is the case. This includes names.
Apr
13
reviewed Approve Do people still use 炒冷饭?
Apr
7
comment Radical Pronunciation - Helpful to Learn?
Yes they do, at least if you stay within one system. Otherwise those characters would need to be listed twice in dictionaries and I don't think that's ever the case? If it does happen, it would be cool to see an example!
Mar
27
comment Radical Pronunciation - Helpful to Learn?
I think this answer is misleading. First, 想 doesn't have three radicals, it has just one, like all other characters (心 in this case). This is not just nit-picking, it's extremely important for the answer of the question. The other part is not the radical, it's a phonetic components 相 which you definitely need to learn the pronunciation of because it gives the pronunciation of the whole character. So, no, don't learn the pronunciation of radicals, but do learn the pronunciation of common phonetic components.
Mar
7
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Feb
28
comment Difference Between 计算机 and 电脑
Is this analogy really helpful? From what I know, it has nothing to do with platform vs. OS in Chinese.
Feb
26
comment Difference between 前面 and 面前
I remember having the same question when I started learning, but looking at the structure of both words reveals how they are used (just like you say).
Feb
18
comment Question about complement of frequency? (Using 过 and 次)
Take a swim, go for a swim.
Feb
17
comment Do I have to include 是 in 你的生日(是)什么时候?
I think this is about what people actually say, not what someone somewhere thinks we ought to say.
Feb
13
comment Politeness in referring to a recent death
Is there any translation of the Monty Python's parrot skit? :)
Feb
11
reviewed Approve Differences between 喜欢, 要, and 想?
Feb
8
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Feb
8
reviewed Approve Chinese language?
Feb
2
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
1
comment How can I improve my tonal range?
I want to chip in here and say that there is research (that I can't find at the moment) that suggests that many students who learn Mandarin as a second language do have a too narrow pitch range, which is what OP describes here. It's not necessarily imagined and can sometimes be a problem. I have no good solution for it, though, other than trying to work on it if you think it's a problem.
Jan
27
comment Which is better for learning tones, Pinyin or Gwoyeu Romatzyh?
That might help, but has there actually been any attempt by any government to simplify their own language to make it easier for foreigners to learn? Even if someone tried, I have a very hard time believing that it would work.
Jan
23
revised Which is better for learning tones, Pinyin or Gwoyeu Romatzyh?
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Jan
23
comment Which is better for learning tones, Pinyin or Gwoyeu Romatzyh?
This is what I meant. I said "changing transcription system to Gwoyeu Romantzyh will not help", meaning that I think sticking with Pinyin is the preferred option. I have clarified my answer to remove any uncertainty about this.