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Mar
23
awarded  Yearling
May
20
accepted Example of using 吧 in conversation
May
20
comment Pronunciation of 那个
All good answers, but I awarded this one because of the authoritative citation. Thanks!
May
20
accepted Pronunciation of 那个
May
18
awarded  Teacher
May
17
asked Example of using 吧 in conversation
May
17
comment How offensive is 他妈的?
+1 for introducing me to the swearing tag :)
May
17
comment How do we know what characters correspond to Chinese names?
Wow, really good answer!!
May
17
answered How do we choose the correct characters for a westerner name?
May
17
asked Pronunciation of 那个
May
17
awarded  Editor
May
17
revised Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese
Added an offline dictionary
May
17
answered Is there a site that can split characters into radicals?
May
17
comment Is there a lot of value in learning to write Chinese characters?
That's funny, I frequently the word "draw" instead of "write" when referring to Chinese characters.
May
17
awarded  Scholar
May
17
comment Is there a lot of value in learning to write Chinese characters?
"Value" is subjective, but I'm interested in learning to write chinese characters because it's a very beautiful written language, and I think it improves reading to really carefully consider how each word is written. That's "value" to me. But if you're interested in Chinese say, as a business man, then you are correct. You'll probably save lots of time by not practicing writing.
May
17
accepted What font size for reading simplified characters on screen?
May
16
awarded  Student
May
16
comment How polite is too polite?
My teacher says 谢谢 a lot, sometimes several times in a row when she is thanking or praising a student. (She does the same with 好.) With regards to yelling across the restaurant: I wouldn't say that chinese are less polite to waiters. They just don't consider that to be impolite. Likewise, there are some things Chinese consider to be polite that Westerners are ambivalent about (such as not properly pouring tea for somebody else).
May
15
asked What font size for reading simplified characters on screen?