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May
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comment Pronunciation of 那个
All good answers, but I awarded this one because of the authoritative citation. Thanks!
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
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
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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
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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).