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Nov
12
comment What does 了mean in this sentence?
@Stan I'm actually really confused here. Why is 了 after 在? The verb is 落, and 在房间内 is the complement indicating location.
Nov
12
comment In Dao De Jing, 常 should be translated as “eternal” or as “common”?
@Rodrigo The sources I read all suggest that it means "unchanging" or "enduring" in the opening passage. I cannot speak to other usages in the book. As you point out, both characters can mean both things in different contexts.
Nov
11
comment Is 去 (qù) pronunced /tɕʰu/ or /tɕʰy/?
Because the answer is misleading and would probably confuse more than help someone searching for an answer. Try looking for some questions where, after reading the existing answers, you think "I definitely have something important to add" or "my answer would serve as a complete answer, better than what's here."
Nov
10
comment Is 去 (qù) pronunced /tɕʰu/ or /tɕʰy/?
The u in qu has no English equivalent... It's like a German ü.
Nov
10
comment Which is the correct sentence? Question about birthday
This isn't really relevant to the question that was asked. The sentence in question is "你(的)生日(是)几月几号?" which is definitely not a 是...的 form. The two words in this sentence really don't have anything to do with eachother.
Nov
10
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Nov
8
comment How to distinguish the difference between the pronunciation of different erhuayin?
Although this has useful information, I don't think this really answers the question, which is, as far as I can tell, "How do you tell the difference between ger/genr/gengr (or any series of -r/-nr/-ngr)?". If you look at the chart, it suggests that the -r and -nr syllables are always pronounced identically, but the -ngr syllables have nasalized vowels. I personally have never been able to hear a difference. But then I moved south and it didn't matter any more :)
Nov
8
reviewed Approve How to distinguish the difference between the pronunciation of different erhuayin?
Nov
8
comment How to distinguish the difference between the pronunciation of different erhuayin?
@shuangwhywhy As much as I hate 儿化音, even CCTV newscasters use it (although much less than the average northerner), so I think it's greatly exaggerating to say that standard Mandarin "doesn't have" any 儿化音.
Nov
7
revised Similar pronunciations of tea/茶 across languages
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Nov
5
answered In Dao De Jing, 常 should be translated as “eternal” or as “common”?
Nov
3
comment What does “&” (Ampersand) means in Chinese language?
I think this must be the explanation. It's part of an artist's self-chosen "name" (Iain Baxter&) who has an exhibit at the garden in question. His works of art all seem to have an ampersand in them.
Oct
31
comment Why is the 車 in Chinese chess pronounced jū?
@user58955 The Latin is unrelated (it derives from PIE *krsos). The Burmese might be related, but in general, you need to provide good, systematic reconstructions to prove relation ("sounding similar" is not good evidence).
Oct
30
comment Complimenting someone on their appearance
I feel like example words are important (you can't mix and match all of these at random).
Oct
30
comment Why is the 車 in Chinese chess pronounced jū?
@user58955 Baxter gives distinct MC and OC for the two pronunciations of 车 (here and here), but both OC pronunciations do end in -a. Your explanation is actually different and much better than this answer--it's not an "ancient" pronunciation that's been retained. It's a(n initially small) distinction that has become larger through phonological change.
Oct
29
comment Why is the 車 in Chinese chess pronounced jū?
I'm not sure this is a good explanation. Historical reconstructions suggest that there have been two very different pronunciations of 車 for a long time (MC & OC).
Oct
27
reviewed Approve Usage of word 到 in 我很高兴见到你
Oct
23
comment How do you say 'dates back to' in Mandarin?
The dictionary pronunciation for 溯 is su4, not shuo4, although I'm sure they're both used in practice (My pinyin IME recognizes zhuisudao and zhuishuodao as "追溯到")
Oct
23
comment Where to start learning mandarin
Ahhh they're not hieroglyphs!
Oct
22
comment Meanings and pronunciation of 截
@MinimusHeximus I can understand why you are mishearing. The pronunciation is jiéquándào (pinyin) = [tɕjɛ tɕʰyɛn tɑʊ] (IPA) = "jee-a choo-en dao" (how an american might approximate it by spelling). You are presumably hearing the beginning of the next syllable (quán ~ "choo-en") as a "t".