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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

Mar
31
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
Just saying that it's more like diglossia than multiple dialects sharing the same writing.
Mar
31
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
The formal writing in HK and Taiwan is heavily influenced by Mandarin though. If they just wrote down what they would say in their dialect, it would not necessarily be easily understood (e.g.,侬今朝下半天有辰光伐?)
Mar
30
comment Pronouncing pinyin “c” in Shanxi dialect
Many dialects merge zh with z, ch with c, and sh with s. Usually the preference is for the z-c-s series, but it's possible to go the other way too.
Mar
29
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
Also, what does "Cantonese is anti-foreign" mean? PS, outside of China, many countries speak more than one language (e.g., Swiss people speak German, Italian, French, and Romanche; Belgians speak Flemish and French).
Mar
29
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
The whole topic of this thread is "Why is Cantonese considered only a dialect instead of a separate language?". Westerners think that two things that are so different must be different languages. Your argument for why they are not different languages was "because they're so different". In the comments, you've presented a perfectly reasonable explanation: all Han languages in China are considered dialects of Chinese for political reasons. Your actual answer doesn't make sense though.
Mar
28
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
This sounds like a great argument why Cantonese should be considered "a totally different language", not that it "truly is a dialect"...
Mar
28
comment List of hanzi and their components
+1 Awesome resources I haven't seen before.
Mar
27
comment List of hanzi and their components
@qdii Hahaha, well your existing tool seems to have the data you need.
Mar
27
comment List of hanzi and their components
@deutschZuid No I don't. But I'm a computery guy, so Chinese-related datasets are pretty darn interesting to me.
Mar
26
answered List of hanzi and their components
Mar
25
comment How can I skip characters I can't read when reading aloud?
@MatthewRudy马泰 As he says, "什么 or 什么什么 can substitute any numbers of characters".
Mar
23
answered How would one say “my computer died”?
Mar
22
comment Translating the idiom “thinking outside the box”
@AngelLeliel Please write this as an answer! "框框" is used the same way as "box" is (in a metaphorical context).
Mar
22
comment Is it possible to use the verb particle 过 for future events?
@孤影萍踪 I agree, and that's why I commented. Chinese doesn't have grammatical tense, it has grammatical aspect. That's why it's important to show that and are not about tense.
Mar
21
comment Is it possible to use the verb particle 过 for future events?
Deserves upvotes, not downvotes! The distinction between aspect and tense is a major reason that Chinese particles can be difficult to learn (coming from an English-speaking background), so showing examples where particles that could be misunderstood as "past tense" are used in the future is useful in explaining the distinction!
Mar
14
comment Difference between 喜乐 and 快乐?
tao, many people have pointed out that 喜乐 is a much less common word than 喜悦. Was 喜乐 a mistake? Or were you intending to ask about it.
Mar
13
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
To give an example in 上海话:侬今朝下半天有辰光伐?. 侬 doesn't mean anything in MSM (and the morpheme is unrelated to 你). 今朝 and 辰光 aren't words in MSM, even though they're made of existing characters. 下半天 is in the dictionary, but I've never heard anyone say it. 有 is the same. And 伐 is just a phonetic representation of the shanghainese morpheme (also written w/the uncommon character 𠲎--that' 口+伐 if it doesn't show up). So... not sure how useful the common script is in terms of mutual intelligibility.
Mar
13
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
The similarity can be pretty superficial though. Common words are very different, and many morphemes don't even have equivalent characters.
Mar
13
revised Why does 首饰的饰 have the 饣radical?
Improved it
Mar
13
answered Why does 首饰的饰 have the 饣radical?