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Aug
24
comment Learning Traditional first with the goal of learning both
+1 to learning whichever you think you'll use most as it will be more applicable and will give you more motivation. Once you get the hang of one, you can "absorb" the other with exposure. Keep in mind though, there will probably be more resources for Simplified. I'm learning Traditional atm and generally find sites/lessons provide either Simplified+Traditional, or Simplified only.
Feb
12
comment Are there sentences where 跟 and 和 are interchangeable?
Just curious, in this usage of 和 (and I guess most usages) can you pronounce it with either 'he' or 'han'?
Jan
31
comment When and why is right to left writing used?
I think it's only confusing for ppl learning the language. I remember seeing a poorly written sign: mix of horizontal-left-right and vertical-right-left. I could make no sense out of it, but my mum read it with no problems (even with the mixed horizontal/vertical layout).
Dec
24
comment Selecting resources to improve reading for upper-intermediate level?
are these physical books? or online resources?
Dec
19
comment Some characters look different handwritten and on the computer - how to learn the differences?
@xiaohouzi79 cool thanks. Do you know if then, the blue one is how it is usually written for traditional chinese? (or if it's just a font issue)
Dec
19
comment Why do I see 我 for I, but is pronounced WAH
It could potentially be a different dialect - 我 in Taiwanese is pronounced "wah"
Dec
19
comment Some characters look different handwritten and on the computer - how to learn the differences?
I'm using a mac. I don't think it's a missing font issue (can see the character as you guys see it in firefox and also when I bring up word/pages and play around with the fonts). I'm thinking it is the default Chinese font used for Mac that is to blame (quick google gives: zonble.github.com/tcfail/en.html)
Dec
19
comment Some characters look different handwritten and on the computer - how to learn the differences?
Changing to Unicode in Chrome doesn't seem to make a difference, but using Firefox shows the same as what you've got above. Now I'm slightly less confused knowing it is the encoding/font causing the difference. Thanks!
Dec
19
comment Some characters look different handwritten and on the computer - how to learn the differences?
@Kabie ic ic, opened word and tested out a few fonts - indeed depending on font the character changes. Do you know which is used in Mainland and which in Taiwan?
Dec
19
comment Some characters look different handwritten and on the computer - how to learn the differences?
I had a look at that question before asking this one. I guess I'm more so asking what characters look different when in print (vs handwritten), as opposed to learning to read cursive/shortcuts/slang handwriting.
Dec
18
comment How widespread is the use of 妳?
As far as I know, in traditional Chinese 你 can be used for both male/female (ie. to some extent it is gender neutral). However, 妳 is only used for female (similar to 他 and 她).
Dec
14
comment Techniques for learning and retaining characters
+1 to SRS method of learning. I use Train Chinese. It's pretty good as it supports simplified/traditional and you can practice via your browser or a mobile running Android/iPhone.
Dec
13
comment How to describe differences between Cantonese and Mandarin?
One difference between the analogy of American/British English is that pronunciation in Cantonese and Mandarin are different enough for one who is fluent in Mandarin to not understand something said in Cantonese (and vice versa) - they maybe able to catch snippets here and there.