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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
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?
Mar
31
comment Japanese 気分転換 in Cantonese?
I don't know about Cantonese specifically, but you might take a look at 耳目一新 and 面目一新
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.