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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

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.
Apr
17
comment How do I type the lü for Character Romanization?
Type "v" instead of "u".
Apr
15
comment How to (hand) write Chinese character faster
@Derek Used in context, I don't think the merged characters in simplified are ever confusing (no one ever thinks "OMG, I'm swimming while playing!"). From the systematic perspective, it's kind of dumb/ugly that they merged characters, but I don't think it leads to miscommunications in practice.
Apr
10
comment Dissimilation of bilabial finals following Middle Chinese (法, 品, 凡)
Wish I could give this another upvote...
Apr
9
awarded  Enthusiast
Apr
4
comment Is this a translation of 逍遥游?
Thanks! Great explanation!
Apr
3
comment Is this a translation of 逍遥游?
Curious... what does 故 mean in this context? I'm having trouble parsing the sentence.
Apr
2
awarded  Custodian
Apr
2
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Why does 首饰的饰 have the 饣radical?