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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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
May
30
comment Pronunciation of 山 (in Taiwan)
Instead, this is the result of influences from other Chinese dialects, mostly 閩南, which (as far as I know) doesn't have these sounds.
May
30
comment Pronunciation of 山 (in Taiwan)
Although you might be right in that a long occupation affects a language, I simply think this is completely unrelated to what we're talking about here. Are you suggesting that because 山 is pronounced "san" in Japanese, all retroflex sounds are affect in Taiwanese Mandarin, including zh/ch? Since the same phenomenon is prominent across southern China, I find it very hard to believe that this is related to Japanese.
May
29
comment Pronunciation of 山 (in Taiwan)
I would like to add that most Taiwanese people do make a difference between s/sh, z/zh and c/ch, but it's not as prominent and the difference might be lost on people used to a Northern dialect.
May
29
comment Pronunciation of 山 (in Taiwan)
Since most retroflex initials are affected, I really don't think Japanese is relevant.