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I lived in China for a couple years. My Chinese isn't too bad, but I'm always trying to get better. Special interests in:

  • Etymology
  • Historical phonology
  • Winning arguments in other languages

Aug
8
comment How does CJK Decomposition compare to the Wikimedia Commons Chinese characters decomposition data?
Sjors, what are you using the data for? When you don't say explicitly, people on this site tend to assume you are using whatever you ask for to study Chinese, which I doubt is the case here.
Aug
8
comment Segmentation of Pinyin syllables with diacritics
@xiaohouzi79 Those are legitimately ambiguous cases (hence the apostrophes you see in "proper" spelling of Cháng'ān). The default (no apostrophe) case should be "changan" -> "chan" + "gan", even though that's almost certainly wrong semantically.
Aug
6
comment How to differentiate “radical plus 0 strokes” characters?
Follow the link. They are literally all listed as being "Kangxi radical 102 + 0 strokes".
Aug
6
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What's the difference between 不停 and 不斷?
Aug
1
comment Translation of text on stamp
@NS.X. I'm not sure what the intended meaning of the stamp was, but if they were trying for the English word "conscious", then "self-disciplined" is probably not the intended implication.
Jul
31
comment Translation of text on stamp
@YuHao Doesn't 自律 mean "(self-)disciplined"?
Jul
31
comment Translation of text on stamp
Maybe they didn't know English either? Conscious is the usual spelling :)
Jul
31
comment Paifang inscription identification
Welcome! Here's an upvote.
Jul
23
comment Pronunciation differences between pinyin 'zh' and 'ch', and between 'qi' and 'xi'
Where are you from? The comparisons with dr and tr make sense, especially if you pronounce them retroflex.
Jul
23
comment Pronunciation differences between pinyin 'zh' and 'ch', and between 'qi' and 'xi'
She's French, she pronounces t's like Mandarin d's.
Jul
23
comment Development of 輸
Thanks for the tips!
Jul
23
comment Development of 輸
How did you go about researching the changes in meaning? I had a hard time and didn't get far.
Jul
22
answered Development of 輸
Jul
22
comment What do you do when the dictionary doesn't give you a meaning that fits your sentence?
What is the context of the sentence fragment? Is 直接 standing in for 有直接的关系?
Jul
22
comment When can I use 透?
@XL_at_China Reading some of the other answers is a good prerequisite for adding your own...
Jul
22
reviewed Reject suggested edit on When do I use 着 to indicate action in progress?
Jul
21
comment Any difference between 早安 and 早上好?
Edit more information into your answer please! At the very least, whether you're from the mainland or taiwan.
Jul
20
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Deciphering a seal
Jul
20
comment Difference between 學習 and 學
@NS.X. Interesting! 1. Certainly don't want to confuse anyone, so I'll leave 读书 out. 2. Agree to disagree :)
Jul
20
comment Difference between 學習 and 學
Hmm. Actually 读书 would have been fine. You can say 读英文课 = study English, and 读书 = study (in general, 书 as dummy object). I'll leave it out though, as 读 and 念 confusingly mean both "read aloud" and "study", even though I mean "study" in this case for both transitive and intransitive.