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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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Mar
27
comment What is the meaning of 当仁不让?
Thanks so much for the thoughtful, in-depth answer. Much appreciated!
Feb
17
comment Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese
Youdao looks neat, anyway to get it to display pinyin?
Jan
29
comment What is the English equivalent of 拜托, and what is it's proper usage in Chinese?
What's the difference between the two? I always thought it was more or less the same thing, which perhaps explains some of the confusion! Would you be able to explain a little more?
Jan
29
comment What is the most common way to say 'indecisive' in Mandarin?
Thanks for the clarification - much appreciated!
Jan
24
comment What is the exact meaning of 吃豆腐, and where does the expression come from?
That is an awesome story! It's really interesting learning the origins of expressions like this. Thanks :-)
Jan
24
comment What is the most common way to say 'indecisive' in Mandarin?
I was after the first meaning - what is the difference between all of the words you listed? When should I use each different expression?
Jan
23
comment What's the difference between 星期X and 周X?
Just adding, 礼拜 seemed pretty common when I was living in Beijing as well.
Jan
20
comment Meanings behind “吹牛” and “拍马屁”
Interesting - I'd never thought about the meaning behind these expressions - thanks for the clear insight.
Jan
20
comment What is the most common way to say 'indecisive' in Mandarin?
The most common ones I have heard are 犹豫不决 and 磨, although I have heard several different answers before.
Jan
20
comment What does 触控 mean in this sentence?
Would you be able to give me an example sentence? Then I will accept this as the answer. Thanks!
Jan
19
comment Useful resources for learning Taiwanese?
That sounds really helpful - I'll go through and have a good look now. Much appreciated.
Jan
19
comment Which expression do native speakers actually use: Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (or other)?
Thanks! I just wanted to make sure it was clear :-)
Jan
18
comment What readers are available at the 1,000 word level?
@stevendaniels - that looks interesting - I've added my name to the list as well, so feel free to sign me up when it comes out :-)
Jan
18
comment What is the correct way to write 'niu bi', and how did it get its meaning in Chinese?
I have never head 'niu cha' before - what does that mean? How do you write it? Thanks for your answer
Jan
17
comment What is the meaning of 当仁不让?
That's a great explanation! Thanks a bunch - very helpful! And love the real life example ;-)
Jan
17
comment What Android games give good reading practice?
I personally don't get the close votes on these types of questions - surely this is of value to people learning the language? Unfortunately I don't use Android so I can't make any suggestions, but I think it's a good question.
Jan
16
comment Is there a Chinese equivalent song of 'auld lang syne'?
Thanks very much - I will check out the music you suggested. Cheers!
Jan
16
comment Is there a Chinese equivalent song of 'auld lang syne'?
It comes from Scottish originally - just a common song for singing around the new years holiday. I suggest you check out the Wikipedia page to give you some more information about it.
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.