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Progressive Jew with an interest in Chinese


Feb
13
comment Origin of the word “娘惹”
@JamesJiao That's an answer!
Nov
5
comment Academic explanation for rhyming fillers with irrelevant meaning in doggerel
@DonKirkby Whoa! You blew my mind! Also money => "bread and honey" => bread. I'm wondering if this question (which is awesome) should be cleaned up and migrated to linguistics.SE
Nov
2
comment Academic explanation for rhyming fillers with irrelevant meaning in doggerel
@JamesJiao In Cockney rhyming slang, AFAIU, the apples and pears that you mention will even drop out in favor of the non-rhyming word, to become "I'm going up the apples"!
Sep
12
comment Dog radical (犭) for non-Han ethnic groups
Maybe I'm completely wrong, but I thought 犭 has to do with dog just like 氵 has to do with water, 灬 has to do with fire or 忄 has to do with heart. It's not that the character takes on the full property of that radical, but there's some of that meaning in the character.
Sep
12
comment Dog radical (犭) for non-Han ethnic groups
this is pretty helpful. thanks. Looks like it was the PRC not the KMT that started changing the ethnic characters.
Sep
6
comment Should the temporal indicators be in a certain order?
@JamesJiao I'm not sure what you mean. All I'm saying is that 午饭 is a noun (and the object of the sentence) not a temporal indicator. The grammar is fine.
Sep
5
comment Should the temporal indicators be in a certain order?
午饭 is not a temporal indicator, it's an object of the verb 吃.
Aug
31
comment pronunciation of 人 - regional or gender differences?
This. Also, southern accents, which err away from retroflexing, are (at least in Beijing) considered more effeminate.
Jul
17
comment Meaning of 一人付一半 in this sentence
is there a difference between 一人 and 个人 in this context? Are they interchangeable? (Ignoring the 我们俩 part which would make 个人 confusing).
Jun
6
comment 六一 and short date format
another example (and one we use in American English, too) is 九一一 == 9/11 == Sept 11
Jun
5
comment Pinyin tones pronunciation cheat sheet
You also need āng, ān, āi, uāi, etc. And aspiration (or not) of the consonant can change the way the vowel sounds.