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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
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.
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."
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.
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).