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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.
Aug
18
comment How to differentiate between “On Top” and “Above”
@drHannibalLecter: See my attempt to address your point below.
Aug
18
comment What is 德国 and naming history in China?
Vietnam is Chinese for "extreme south." Imagine how the Mexicans might feel if we referred to their country as the "extreme south."
Aug
18
comment What's an appropriate conversational response to 这是什么?
Welcome to the site. An upvote to get you started.
Apr
30
comment What is the exact meaning of 吃豆腐, and where does the expression come from?
A comparable American expression is "eating someone's lunch." That is taking a business or social opportunity that really "belongs" to someone else. Flirting with some man's "tofu lady" wife would fall into that category.
Mar
17
comment Use of 蓝 (Blue) in a Specific Context?
I figured it was a love song, except that my Chinese is too weak for me to be sure. But I wrote a Spanish version (my Spanish is a bit better.) spanish.stackexchange.com/questions/338/rendering-of-to-fear
Mar
17
comment Use of 蓝 (Blue) in a Specific Context?
Welcome to the site. Good answer. An upvote and acceptance to get you going.