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Feb
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suggested approved 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 :)
Jan
15
comment How do we choose the correct characters for a westerner name?
@Petruza, to add to Huang's comment, I read that today names are limited to what can be input on the computer. This is because ID cards now are printed digitally so if the official cannot type your characters, they will ask you to change your name. Here's an article about it: "Name Not on Our List? Change It, China Says" - nytimes.com/2009/04/21/world/asia/21china.html
Jan
11
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Jan
10
comment Characters which have several different shapes
@Szabolcs, sometime there's only a small difference between two characters but it doesn't mean it's the same character. So as Huang said you need to learn them. They are different characters with different pronunciations and meanings.
Jan
10
comment Characters which have several different shapes
This question seems to be about a browser bug, which incorrectly chooses the wrong font, and not about the Chinese language. There's a thread about this font problem on meta.
Jan
8
answered Is there a lot of value in learning to write Chinese characters?
Jan
3
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Jan
3
comment Where can I find a downloadable database of English to Chinese words?
The OP asked for "the data file, such as a commas-separated file or spreadsheet, not the front-end software used to view it", and I don't think any of these links provide this kind of data.
Jan
1
answered Why does Chinese lack some level of abstraction in some idioms? (e.g. 兄弟姐妹)
Dec
27
comment Why were some letters like Q, X, C, chosen for Pinyin which confuse non-Chinese speakers?
Since you are from Argentina, you should know that roman letters are not pronounced the same in all the roman letter-based languages. "r" in Spanish is very different from "r" in French, which itself is different from "r" in English, etc.
Dec
24
comment Where can I find a list of commonly mistaken characters?
I doubt such a reference exists as there are plenty of characters that only differ by a few strokes. Just curious as to why you would need such a list?
Dec
24
answered What methods are available for looking up a character?
Dec
23
revised How do I decide whether to use 還是/还是 or 或者
since this is a popular question, I've added the simplified characters to make it more useful. Hope that's ok
Dec
23
awarded  Nice Question
Dec
23
revised How to practice reading for beginners?
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Dec
23
answered Authoritative source for translators