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Feb
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Feb
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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.
Jan
22
answered Which is better for learning tones, Pinyin or Gwoyeu Romatzyh?
Dec
26
comment Bigrams ending in third tone where first syllable is second tone vs. third tone
Another good reason to not include tone sandhi rules in dictionaries or learning materials is that it destroys information. You can derive the correct pronunciation of 百 (bai3) from "bai3guo3", but if it's "bai2guo3" (with tone sandhi) instead, you would have to look up 百 separately to learn its pronunciation.
Dec
6
comment How would you translate The Martian's: “I'm going to science the s*** out of this”?
Remember that "science" isn't used as a verb in English normally either. I think translating it to a normal-sounding sentence don't do the original wording justice. @Stan: Think of it as "I'm going to use science to really solve this problem."
Nov
2
answered Word list for computer UI and technical. (Simplified character, pinyin, English)
Sep
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Aug
22
comment What does 了 mean in this sentence?
"I really don't find that very useful to master the grammar." I think that's something you can say only because you're a native speaker who have already mastered the grammar. It's a little bit like saying that pronunciation isn't important if you pronunciation is already flawless.
Aug
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Aug
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May
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comment Is Pronunciation As Important As It Used To Be?
I don't think using certain new characters or words in text on the internet as puns means that people normally pronounce these words like this. There would only be a shift in pronunciation if saying wāiguǒ when referring to foreigners became the norm and I don't think that's happening.
May
4
revised How come 東/东 has a second meaning 'owner/master' or 'host'?
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May
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Apr
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Apr
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comment Zhuyin (bopomofo) vs Pinyin
I just want to add that it's not difficult to learn both systems and that you might learn a thing or two by doing so.
Apr
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comment How should a professor address a woman student?
So 同学 is extremely weird?
Mar
27
comment What is the best way to learn tones?
You can use Audacity to do this easily. It's free and available for most platforms.