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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

Sep
26
comment Difference between 部门 and 系
I have seen 英语系 = English department before. Also, could you clarify what you mean "work for the English major"?
Sep
23
comment What traditions do people follow when naming a second child in Chinese?
@AgreeOrNot I had a professor named 赵启光, with two older brothers 赵启正 and 赵启大 (presumably, if there had been a 4th, he would have been 赵启明)
Sep
21
comment Regional variations of “柴米油盐酱醋茶”
The OP is asking about variations on the 7 necessities, not the usual form.
Sep
21
comment What is the Chinese word for “home office”?
FYI Soho is not a commonly used term for home offices in my experience (in the US). When I hear "soho", I think SoHo. It seems there are some English acronyms that are used more widely in Chinese than in English?
Sep
19
comment Are there any good reverse transliteration strategies?
If you figure this out, tell me how! So far as I can tell, transliteration is wildly inconsistent, and there aren't any exact rules (although there are a few competing authorities on the transliterations in the news perhaps?)
Sep
19
comment Use of 而 preceding verb
+1 Good examples and explanation. I disagree with your interpretation in the first 2 examples being 而 = "to"/infinitive. I'm pretty sure they're just turned around versions of the "而⋯⋯,是为了" pattern. That is, "为(了)⋯⋯,而⋯⋯".
Sep
18
comment 该 - How do you know when to use it? Nothing to do with 应该
Yeah, presumably it's short for 活该? Anyhow, I haven't heard it suggested the demonstrative 该 is negative.
Sep
17
comment 该 - How do you know when to use it? Nothing to do with 应该
True, but that is not the usage the OP is asking about.
Sep
11
comment How is the 儿 ending pronounced outside Beijing?
@Growler No, it's a statement. The implied question is "perhaps there's an example with more universal appeal/applicability"?
Sep
11
comment How is the 儿 ending pronounced outside Beijing?
Most people I know say "New Orleans" with every syllable pronounced...?
Sep
10
comment How come 驚 evolves to 惊 in mainland China
Double plus good!
Sep
8
comment Are there any free fonts designed to help learn/read Chinese?
He doesn't want to use characters to learn Pinyin, he wants to learn characters, using Pinyin.
Sep
7
comment Are there any free fonts designed to help learn/read Chinese?
It would be impossible to provide such a font that worked for all cases, as some characters have different pronunciations based on the context. I'd go with applications or browser extensions, where you can highlight a word and get a lookup.
Sep
7
comment Is there on-line Corpus for Chinese language?
Please clarify what kinds of queries you need to run. For instance, why wouldn't google meet your purposes (you can limit to Chinese results only)?
Sep
7
comment Is there on-line Thesaurus of Association for Chinese language?
Please clarify what you mean by "verbal associations". Can you give an example of such a list, for, say, English?
Sep
3
comment Why are intermediate cardinal directions read differently in Chinese?
@simon I think someone could do more research on this and come up with a better answer or an edit. 平仄 is defined in terms of Middle Chinese tones, not Modern Mandarin ones, so this could be right.
Aug
30
comment How to use 如 to make comparisons or analogies
@tao should be 如飞机一样快.
Aug
30
comment Proper translation of the word “confidence”
Welcome to Chinese StackExchange, here's an upvote to start you off. Why don't you add some example sentences, and maybe more people will upvote you :)
Aug
30
comment How come 驚 evolves to 惊 in mainland China
Taiwan uses Manadarin! Traditional/simplified is completely orthogonal to Mandarin/other-dialects.
Aug
30
comment How to say “giving someone the benefit of the doubt” in Chinese?
I think this answer does an excellent job addressing the meanings that the OP was really looking for. +1 for persistence and updating your answer as more information became available!