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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
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
awarded  Citizen Patrol
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).
Jan
3
answered What is that use of 得?
Jan
2
comment Why is Economic translated to “經濟”?
@JohnSiu The characters and were adapted from Chinese. The word 经济 was created in Japan, and it was borrowed into Chinese. Lots of words are like this (e.g., 科学, 社会, 電話)
Dec
30
comment Why does the word 萌 mean “cute”?
@MatthewRudy马泰 With desire, yes. And it makes your nose bleed if you're Japanese.
Dec
30
answered Why does the word 萌 mean “cute”?
Dec
28
answered Resources for learning Shanghainese
Dec
27
comment Why is 的 (de) sometimes pronounced “di” even though it is used as a possessive particle?
Excellent answer!
Dec
25
comment 茶 - How to identify varieties of tea?
Note to those who don't know: What we call "Black tea" in English is 红茶="red tea" in Chinese.
Dec
24
comment What is the difference between using 光 vs using 只?
This deserves way more upvotes.