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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

May
5
answered What is the correct pronunciation of 垃圾?
May
4
comment What is the correct pronunciation of 垃圾?
Where are you that you have heard lese?
May
3
comment Why do you say 我没有错 instead of 我不错 to say “I'm not wrong”? When should I use 没有?
I'm still not getting it. In 我(知道)错了, it looks like that's the same as 我知道我错了 to me. In order for to be a N, it would have to mean "I know (an) error", not "I know that I erred (i.e., made a mistake)"; In the other scenario: 你没(做)错, I see it as an ADJ acting as a complement (结果补语) to the V (i.e., 做错写错 are like 听懂 or 打砸). Notice that you can add an object, so it doesn't make sense for it to be a N: 我写错作业.
May
2
comment Why do you say 我没有错 instead of 我不错 to say “I'm not wrong”? When should I use 没有?
Interesting. To clarify, you're saying that in my examples, is considered a shortened form of 做错? In that case, is acting as a verb, although not the way I had imagined (Note that in both 我错了 and 你没错, is the predicate).
May
2
comment Why do you say 我没有错 instead of 我不错 to say “I'm not wrong”? When should I use 没有?
Isn't the usual use a verb? 我错了,你没错,etc. Also, it is an adj in 不错, but it has some very curious restrictions (how often do you see 很错?) that make it a little different than 不 + normal ADJ.
Apr
30
comment Why do native speakers often say a character has “no meaning”?
While I can appreciate your frustration, it's not clear what your question is. SE is not a great venue for rants. Try editing to make it less emotional and more focused (what new information do you want from the SE community?).
Apr
29
comment Relative clause in Chinese
Great answer! And welcome to the site.
Apr
28
comment Why do you say 我没有错 instead of 我不错 to say “I'm not wrong”? When should I use 没有?
I wouldn't say completely idiomatic. 错 is usually a verb meaning "to make an error" (so naturally you negate past with 没有), but it's acting as an adjective in 不错 (so naturally uses 不). The idiomatic thing is that 错 has limited use as an adjective. You can say 这是错的 or 很不错, but it's rare to see 很错.
Apr
28
answered Relative clause in Chinese
Apr
27
comment Proper use of “closet”
Excellent answer!
Apr
26
comment Which dialect(s) to study before visiting Shenzhen?
Short answer: Mandarin. Cantonese is very common as well, but Mandarin is pretty universal throughout the country.
Apr
26
revised 质数 vs 素数​​​​​​​​
Translated answer into English.
Apr
26
comment Proper use of “closet”
No. Here is a picture of a closet. It's a small room for storing clothes in.
Apr
23
comment How would you translate the word '面子'?
Exactly: It's just "face". It's a direct translation from Chinese, but the usage is widely understood and long standing (since at least the late 1800's).
Apr
19
revised How do I type the lü for Character Romanization?
changed phrasing of first sentence.
Apr
19
answered How do I type the lü for Character Romanization?
Apr
19
comment How do I type the lü for Character Romanization?
@fmz See my very first comment: When using a pinyin IME for Chinese characters, type v instead of ü. Many of the answers people are giving are how to actually type a ü (not to type characters)
Apr
18
comment What are the characters on this image, and what do they translate to?
Hint: You might start looking at the 36 Stratagems
Apr
18
comment What are the characters on this image, and what do they translate to?
That picture hurts my brain. The characters are: 隔岸觀火. Now that you have the characters, do some research (e.g., look them up in a dictionary), edit your question, and then people may be more interested in answering your question.
Apr
17
comment How do I type the lü for Character Romanization?
@deutschZuid He's asking about entering it in a pinyin IME. If you actually want to type a ü on a mac, you just hold down u really long until a menu comes up with various u's with accents.