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Jul
2
comment Does there exists an English word for 汉化 ?
@Lost1: The Chinese government would not agree with you that Chinese is really Han," OPENLY. (But it would secretly be pleased.)
Jul
2
comment Accidentally Saying Chinese Swear Words
And "xing gao" just refers to "sex" (literally, sexual communication). So be careful with this stuff.
Jun
16
comment How offensive is 他妈的?
@congusbongus: Yes. Clarified that with a new comment.
May
29
comment Pronunciation of 山 (in Taiwan)
@OlleLinge: An "occupation," particularly if prolonged, might have affected "most retroflex initials." Because a different occupier might well have produced a different result. Look that the way that a number of Norwegian words became more like "Swedish" than "Danish" versions after Norway was transferred from Denmark to Sweden in 1814.
May
14
comment 一片空地 and 一片草原 - what's the difference/relation
Chinese is ok for an answer. This is a Chinese language site.
May
11
comment How should I introduce my wife?
@xpt: My father left China for the United States in 1947, so his usage of 内人 dates back to that time. That's not "hundreds" of years ago (less than 70).
Jan
16
comment How to translate “你给我滚” properly
I don't think that's right. The expression has more of a connotation of "Leave me alone," rather than "do something I say."
Jan
14
comment How to (hand) write Chinese character faster
@MichaelLai: I was talking about the physical "writing." You're referring to "character recognition," which is really more part of "reading."
Jul
19
comment Why are intermediate cardinal directions read differently in Chinese?
@StumpyJoePete: You're right, Chinese uses "south-north," and "east-west" axes. Apparently "south" and "east" are "good directions, and "north" and "west" are "bad" directions. That might be worth a question, although I'm not sure it would be considered "on topic." Your thoughts?
Jul
19
comment Why are intermediate cardinal directions read differently in Chinese?
@QuestionOverflow: Word order (e.g. the negative comes before or after the verb) is a key feature of most languages. I would not be deterred in this regard by the reference to geography. If I were to tag it again, I'd probably include "word order" in the tags.
Jun
10
comment Do 和 and 及 refer to two different kinds of “ands?”
@Stan: Which is why I asked the question. Because I "knew better" (in Mandarin). Thanks for your help.
Jun
10
comment Do 和 and 及 refer to two different kinds of “ands?”
@Stan: I am a Chinese-American who "picked up" Chinese (Cantonese) at home, but am not truly bi-lingual.
Apr
14
comment How do I know when I am “fluent”?
+1 "Know as much vocabulary as the average five year old native speaker." I guess that's a "useful" definition of "fluency."
Mar
13
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
@StumpyJoePete: I meant, where a given character means the same thing in both Mandarin and Cantonese. That's not true in English and Finnish, where words are "spelled" differently, even if they use the same alphabet.
Mar
12
comment Why do the names of some Chinese companies consist of “repeated” words?
@CongXu: If you turned your comment into an answer, I'd upvote it because it's help. Don't worry that it is "short;" so was my question.
Mar
11
comment Why do the names of some Chinese companies consist of “repeated” words?
Great answer. an early upvote for you. Maybe an acceptance later (I like to wait a day or two to give others a chance).
Feb
14
comment How to use 凭 as a preposition
Welcome to the site. An upvote to get you started.
Aug
31
comment Difference between 与,和 and 跟?
Welcome to the site. An upvote to get you started.
Aug
28
comment What is 人 doing in 你现在人在哪里?
I'd say it sounds more natural. It's helpful but not mandatory.
Aug
28
comment What is 人 doing in 你现在人在哪里?
That's my understanding, although it isn't often used that way.