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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
15
revised Any difference between 早安 and 早上好?
Expanded and improved queries and results section.
Jan
14
comment How to mix Latin and Chinese script with style?
@商榮沛 My personal opinion is that the spacing rules you used in your question are the best ones (spaces between latin-script words; spacing between latin-script words and chinese characters, unless it's a number).
Jan
14
comment Resources for learning Shanghainese
I'm not arguing with your advice. I'm saying it doesn't answer the question "Anybody know of good resources that teach Shanghainese? This could range from either actual video lessons to even Chinese-subbed Shanghainese dramas."
Jan
14
comment Why is Economic translated to “經濟”?
Your comment is better than your answer! You should edit this information into your answer--you'll get my upvote at least.
Jan
13
comment Resources for learning Shanghainese
Does this list any resources?
Jan
13
comment Why is Economic translated to “經濟”?
Please read the post and existing answers... The question is not about the characters. It is about the word.
Jan
10
revised What are the relative literacy rates in for simplified and traditional characters?
Changed conversion links to google translate (which is context sensitive)
Jan
10
comment What is a polite way to ask “may I ask who is speaking?”
@Growler And in English, it's the opposite. "Who are you?" is very in-your-face and rude, while "Who is this?" is pretty standard.
Jan
10
answered What is a polite way to ask “may I ask who is speaking?”
Jan
9
comment Is the measure word optional in 这件毛衣?
I would think 这粒苹果 would be a little chunk of apple. Like if an apple exploded all over the place, you would go around picking up the 苹果, one 粒 by 粒.
Jan
9
comment What are the relative literacy rates in for simplified and traditional characters?
Answer improved by edit. Still recommend changing the link for the converter though.
Jan
9
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Jan
7
comment Writing Chinese Characters is Sloppy
I'd like to point out that one of the benefits of learning/using the right stroke order is that when you (or others) write quickly, some strokes will get elided or written sloppily, but in a way that reflects the stroke order. So, if you know the stroke order, you can reconstruct what the character should be, but if you don't (or, in the case of writing, if you didn't use the right stroke order), it will be more difficult.
Jan
7
comment Writing Chinese Characters is Sloppy
Practice makes perfect. Or at least it makes for handwriting that is bad in the same way as native speakers.
Jan
6
comment What is that use of 得?
@B.D I usually use "word"= and "character"=. It is of course true that some can be on their own.
Jan
5
comment What is that use of 得?
I would point out that 得到 and 获得 are also single words.
Jan
4
comment What is that use of 得?
@JohnSiu Oh yeah, it can be used in Mandarin. The pattern Verb + 得 + Adj. Phrase works for almost any verb.
Jan
4
comment What is that use of 得?
@JohnSiu That's another complement (the descriptive complement in the OP's link).
Jan
4
comment What is that use of 得?
It depends on your definition of a word.
Jan
4
comment What is that use of 得?
@qdii It's kind of a weird case. It's understandable you didn't know (where to look).