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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

Jan
26
revised Expressing “Fair enough”
added 171 characters in body
Jan
26
asked Expressing “Fair enough”
Jan
26
comment What is that use of 得?
+一百万 This is a great answer! I will point out that from a logical point of view (which may not reflect usage), 不记得 means "I don't remember" while 记不得 means "I can't remember". Not very significant in practical terms.
Jan
25
comment Help translating
@JamesJiao Good point. Edited.
Jan
25
revised Help translating
additional products -> accessories
Jan
25
answered Help translating
Jan
25
answered Difference between 更好 and 比较好?
Jan
25
comment Where can I find sample Simplified Chinese mailing address data?
@Alenanno Sorry, chat isn't working for me. Reopen if you think this edit improves the question to an acceptable level.
Jan
25
revised Where can I find sample Simplified Chinese mailing address data?
Made the question more broadly applicable
Jan
24
comment Where can I find sample Simplified Chinese mailing address data?
@Alenanno I'm going to throw out a wild guess and say the OP is programming something that needs to know something about the structure of Chinese addresses. Although he just asked for external data links, he should have asked for an explanation of Chinese addresses, which is broadly applicable. In any event, I'm personally interested in the intersection of Chinese language and data science, so I'm glad to help.
Jan
24
comment Where can I find sample Simplified Chinese mailing address data?
@Alenanno Disagree about it being off topic. The question needs to be rounded out a bit, but asking "What format are addresses in?", "What are some sample Chinese addresses and their structure?" and "Can you help me find a corpus of Chinese addresses?" all seem perfectly reasonable for this site.
Jan
24
answered Where can I find sample Simplified Chinese mailing address data?
Jan
23
comment How do native speakers of Chinese pronounce Latin characters?
@NS.X. Lol at 果粉
Jan
23
comment How do native speakers of Chinese pronounce Latin characters?
Interesting. I've seen the J=钩, Q=(皮)蛋 before, but not the other ones. How do people say "apple" key?
Jan
22
comment Resources for learning Cantonese
@Claw The article was not particularly clear on what morphological environments trigger it... any resources for someone curious?
Jan
21
comment What etymology dictionaries are available?
+1 for resources on actual etymology, instead of only character "etymology".
Jan
17
comment Graded Mandarin Chinese podcasts or e-books
+1 When I said "Little kids books", I meant the kind they're forced to read for school. Your suggestion is great! I recall reading some of a book of translated folk tales (Ali Baba was one of them), and I thought the level of reading was quite appropriate.
Jan
17
comment Where can I find Cantonese poetry?
I actually like this question. It's community-wiki worthy imho.
Jan
16
comment Graded Mandarin Chinese podcasts or e-books
Good question. I don't have an answer, but I'd like to butt in before others do offer some suggestions: Little kids books are really pretty bad for language learners, in my experience. The educational system seems designed to pack useless chengyu in children's heads from an early age.
Jan
16
comment How should I understand 集合?
Are you sure 博大宽泛 is referring to its ubiquity and not its broad generality? If the latter, then it could be saying that being a kitchen-sink language has led to its success or something. I don't feel confident enough to make an answer though.