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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
1
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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
12
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Aug
4
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May
11
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'?
Added a simple translation.
May
4
suggested approved edit on How come 東/东 has a second meaning 'owner/master' or 'host'?
Apr
19
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Apr
13
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
10
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.
Mar
23
comment Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese
Bliubliu is actually not very good for Chinese. The dictionary is really bad (based on Google translate) and can only handle single characters, not words.
Mar
19
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Mar
8
answered Advice for Chinese listening exams?
Mar
7
awarded  Yearling
Jan
16
comment Should names in idiomatic expressions be capitalised?
I don't think this is relevant, really. I mean, most native speakers don't write Pinyin at all in daily life, right? We're talking about proper use of Pinyin as a teaching tool, so the way normal people use it isn't relevant, I think. It would be more relevant to see how average textbook writers (for foreigners and otherwise), plus dictionary editors deal with the issue, which is what others have addressed. I'm not saying anyone is right or wrong, I'm just saying that they way average people use something isn't necessarily the best way for teaching.