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I'm a language student and teacher who has quite a lot of opinions on how to learn languages more efficiently. Since I think there is a severe lack of people discussing how to learn (rather than just what to learn), I'm running a website called Hacking Chinese, welcome!


Jul
5
awarded  Announcer
Jun
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comment Can I use a rare character like 飂 in a name?
I would also consider the number of strokes. My Chinese contains a total of 46 strokes and is a pain to write on every single piece of paper I hand in. :) 飂 is a good start to get a name with even more strokes.
May
12
comment Adding tone marks to characters
It works fine now, thanks a lot! I published an article about why I think this is useful here (including how to do it, of course): hackingchinese.com/?p=3738
May
12
comment Are tones sometimes glossed over?
@StumpyJoePete: Ok, sounds reasonable, thanks!
May
12
comment Are tones sometimes glossed over?
@StumpyJoePete Hm... this isn't perhaps the right place to discuss this, but I was under the impression that answers should strive to be complete. Is it really a good idea to post an answer that only targets a small fraction of the question?
May
11
comment Are tones sometimes glossed over?
@StumpyJoePete: I haven't really figured out what's common practice here. Is it okay to just edit someone else's answer? I mean, I don't want to write my own answer if I simply don't agree with one part of this one.
May
11
comment Are tones sometimes glossed over?
In addition, the rules given for many consecutive third tones aren't right either. It's simply not true that you can just count the number of third tones and determine which should change. It depends on much more than that, such as semantic units and rate of speech.
May
11
comment Adding tone marks to characters
The first code snippet works well and generates this result: dropbox.com/s/h9c9zvlk2iwcqjd/version1.png The second one replaces all characters with dots, it looks like this for me: dropbox.com/s/le0dtq4p150hbz4/version2.png I'm using Firefox 20 on Ubuntu.
May
10
comment Adding tone marks to characters
I think something broke when you updated the code. The old version works fine, but not the new one.
May
8
comment Adding tone marks to characters
I just noticed that it doesn't seem to handle neutral tones very well (it doesn't do anything). I suppose this is trickier to do, but is it possible to simply remove everything for syllables that have neutral tones?
May
5
comment What is the correct pronunciation of 垃圾?
The standard pronunciation in Taiwan is le4se4.
Apr
25
comment What's the difference between 了, 著 and 到 when used as verb complements?
I did mention that the question related to when the complement referred to possibility of completion or of achieving a goal, so 睡到 and 睡著 isn't a good pair to compare, because 睡到 doesn't imply possibility at all, but rather duration (sleeping until [time]). Comparing 買不到 and 買不著 is perhaps more interesting.
Apr
25
comment What's the difference between 了, 著 and 到 when used as verb complements?
Neat! This basically means that I can think of 著 as a slightly more colloquial version of 到 in most cases (except in some fixed expressions and some situations where there seems to be an established habit of saying one over the other). In sentences like 睡到天亮 isn't just a simple complement, so those don't pose a problem. However, what about sentences with objects? In the examples above, we have several with objects which seem to violate your explanation of Case D: (2) 我去的时候,车已经开了,我没**见着**他们。 (6) 我经常**找不着**北。 Are these bad examples or is there something else going on?
Apr
24
asked What's the difference between 了, 著 and 到 when used as verb complements?
Apr
24
accepted Adding tone marks to characters
Apr
24
comment Adding tone marks to characters
And it works! Thank you so much! Is it okay with you if I share this (along with the motivation as to why I want to do it) in a blog post? I will of course give you credits. I know other people are interested in doing this.
Apr
21
comment Adding tone marks to characters
Mostly Word or OpenOffice, but I have limited experience of InDesign as well. No LaTeX though.
Apr
20
comment Adding tone marks to characters
Thanks for the reply, but I think my description above is fairly accurate? I want to add tone marks (not pinyin, not anything else) above characters in a line of text. That's it. 1) Yes, that's the goal. But it's NOT for cramming or recall or any kind of quizzes, but for reading. 2) I don't want the Pinyin, that would defy the purpose since students would then read the Pinyin and not the characters. 3) Yes, that's what I think most people are doing, but I was looking for an alternative to adding all the diacritics manually. All automated versions I've seen have included Pinyin/Zhuin too.
Apr
20
comment Adding tone marks to characters
Going with numerals might be the best option. Apart from the fact that some learners (including you and me) seem to think that they are easier to remember, they are also easier to see and much easier to produce.
Apr
17
revised Adding tone marks to characters
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