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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.
Jan
14
comment Should names in idiomatic expressions be capitalised?
Thanks for including the link to the original source, this is exactly what I was looking for. I'm dealing with flashcards here, so it's sort of dictionary-like, but I'll still stick to lower case.
Jan
14
accepted Should names in idiomatic expressions be capitalised?
Jan
14
comment Should names in idiomatic expressions be capitalised?
Well, since there are standards for how to write, I want to know what they are. Pinyin is of course mostly use in educational contexts, which is the case for me as well.
Jan
12
comment Should names in idiomatic expressions be capitalised?
I edited the post, it was published accidentally before I was finished writing it, sorry!
Jan
12
asked Should names in idiomatic expressions be capitalised?
Oct
22
comment Online resources for meanings and examples of radicals in simplified Chinese
I compiled a list of the 100 most common radicals here: hackingchinese.com/… It contains simplified, traditional, variant forms, meaning, pronunciation, example characters and colloquial names.
Oct
5
comment Is there any difference in pinyin between bia and ba in pronunciation?
There is no syllable "bia" in Mandarin, so your question is impossible to answer. For instance, the "bia" in "biao" and "bian" aren't pronounced the same way, so it doesn't make sense to learn snippets of Pinyin finals, always learn "-iao", "-ian" and so on as whole units!
Sep
24
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Aug
13
revised pronunciation: j/q/x/y + ün
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Aug
13
answered pronunciation: j/q/x/y + ün
Jul
9
comment How offensive is 他妈的?
We're talking about the perceived rudeness of the word and in this case there's simply no way that it equates to "very". We're not talking about how it functions grammatically!
Jul
5
revised Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese
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Jul
5
comment Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese
I haven't used all of these, but of those that I have used, I find Perapera most useful.
Jul
5
comment Why Is The Color Red Considered Lucky In Chinese Language and Culture?
I'm sorry, but it doesn't. Please use the information you have provided to explain why it's red and not green (or some other colour).
Jul
4
comment Why Is The Color Red Considered Lucky In Chinese Language and Culture?
However, this doesn't really explain why it's red and not green, blue or some other colour. Since the beast is made up, it could have been afraid of any colour.
Jul
3
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
2
awarded  Notable Question
Jul
2
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Jun
6
comment How to pronounce the “的” in “他妈的”?
What do you mean? I would say this expression is very colloquial in itself, so saying that one pronunciation is more colloquial makes little sense to me.