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Mar
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comment What are the most common mistakes when pronouncing Pinyin?
This question is too subjective unless a proper source is provided. Personally I don't mistakenly pronounce "shuo" but often confuse "cu" and "shu", but that's just me, and it's irrelevant to a Q&A website.
Mar
19
revised Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese
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Mar
19
comment 的-地-得, when do you use which?
A grammar book I read recently suggests that it's not so important which is which and that you can use 的 in all the cases (maybe not in an important exam but in everyday use). That was confirmed by a Chinese friend who told me to use 的 where it should have been 得. To be confirmed though, but check out recent grammar books.
Mar
16
accepted When should 了 be after the verb and when should it be at the end of the sentence?
Mar
16
accepted What is the difference between 狗 and 犬?
Feb
8
comment Did phonological systems (namely bopomofo) standardize Chinese phonemes?
In fact, the earlier system seems to be the fanqie (300 AD), which was used to indicate the pronunciation of Chinese characters (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanqie ). This is an interesting question though - can a romanization system influence how the language is pronounced? In theory, it shouldn't, in practice, that seems possible (since pupils learn with it).
Feb
4
revised How is the “r” sound pronounced?
month -> mouth
Feb
4
suggested suggested edit on How is the “r” sound pronounced?
Jan
28
comment How did 东西 come to mean “something” in the expression “吃东西”?
It's not just for food, it's to say "something" in general. It's quite a convenient word when you don't know how something is called - eg. 我要这个东西! Really don't know about the etymology though.
Jan
24
revised Is there a lot of value in learning to write Chinese characters?
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Jan
24
comment Is there a lot of value in learning to write Chinese characters?
Hmm... this is an interesting answer though not sure I agree with it. I know nothing about linguistic research but the fact that physically handicapped people can comprehend a language doesn't mean that writing doesn't help (or that it's not more difficult for them to learn). I've asked a question on Cognitive Sciences about this. There's an interesting answer although it doesn't include direct references to linguistic research articles - cogsci.stackexchange.com/q/68/63
Jan
16
comment Is there a traditional Chinese New Year greeting?
A translation of all this would be useful :)