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bio website intuitionhq.com
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I've spent three years living in China, and speak pretty reasonable Chinese (+ my girlfriend is a translator). I love Macs, travel, and the internet, and I'm always trying to get in shape. Anything else you'd like to know? Just ask.

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Jan
14
revised What good resources are available to assist first time travellers to learn basic Chinese?
edited title to make it read better
Jan
13
accepted Which website/service can give good example sentences in Chinese?
Jan
12
comment Special meanings applied to numbers 0 - 10
@Gapton - I don't think the question is only around traditional meanings, just any meanings that can be associated with numbers, so hopefully my answer is valid :-)
Jan
12
comment How are new words added to the Chinese language?
@xiaohouzi79 Sure, go ahead - I'd be interested to hear more different examples as well.
Jan
12
comment Correct terms for a roadside gutter and gutter on a roof
I've heard Chinese people use 屋檐 before, and just checked with several native speakers who said the same thing, so I'm pretty certain it's one option, although possibly not in use all over China.
Jan
11
asked What good resources are available to assist first time travellers to learn basic Chinese?
Jan
11
comment Special meanings applied to numbers 0 - 10
Interesting, I hadn't heard that one before. Thanks for letting me know :-)
Jan
11
revised Correct terms for a roadside gutter and gutter on a roof
edited for clarity
Jan
11
answered Correct terms for a roadside gutter and gutter on a roof
Jan
11
answered Special meanings applied to numbers 0 - 10
Jan
11
asked How are new words added to the Chinese language?
Jan
11
awarded  Enthusiast
Jan
10
comment Difference between 对 and 双
That's a super helpful answer - I was always curious behind the reasoning, and that makes a lot of sense. Thanks!
Jan
8
answered Why are sites like youku and baidu so slow overseas?
Jan
5
accepted How can I improve the speed of my spoken Chinese?
Jan
5
accepted Why is stroke order important when writing Chinese characters?
Jan
5
comment Why is stroke order important when writing Chinese characters?
Interesting - thanks for sharing that. Not sure I agree, but it's nice to have some more insight!
Jan
5
comment Why is stroke order important when writing Chinese characters?
Exactly - I just don't see the correlation, that's all.
Jan
5
comment Why is stroke order important when writing Chinese characters?
Hey, would you be able to reference your first point there? I can understand that for cursive writing stroke order could influence the shape, but if you are writing 一笔一划, I can't see why it would make a difference, and surely if you can write the characters, it doesn't matter what the order is?
Jan
4
asked Why is stroke order important when writing Chinese characters?