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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

Aug
14
revised Why is the 会 in 会计 pronounced kuài?
Adding more historical pronunciation info as requested in comments
Jun
28
revised Loanwords with Chinese Equivalents
Other transliteration for blog, other translation for cheese, generalize tomato sauce to sauce
Jun
3
revised Using variants of 那
adding which to 哪
Feb
8
revised What qualities does Hong Kong Mandarin have?
palatal -> velar correction.
Jan
30
revised 麻油Q米血 on a menu in Taipei
Corrected origin.
Jan
29
revised When to use “下一个” and when just “下一” to translate English “next”?
Added info on 小时
Nov
7
revised Similar pronunciations of tea/茶 across languages
Added an interesting map i found
Oct
18
revised Chinese idiom for “tilt at windmills” or “fighting against windmills”
Explaining the English expression and its origin in Don Quixote better
Oct
14
revised Special meanings applied to numbers 0 - 10
The writer had implied that the character 拜 was pronounced like the number 8 (ba) instead of the pronunciation bai.
Oct
7
revised About Confucius' Ta-Hio
deleted 27 characters in body; edited tags
Sep
17
revised What is the difference between 看不起 and 看不上?
Attempt at translation
Sep
17
revised What is the difference between 看不起 and 看不上?
Attempt at translation
Sep
7
revised Is there on-line Thesaurus of Association for Chinese language?
Added a tag.
Sep
5
revised Learning how to use measure / count words properly
FYI, I had never encountered "fluorescent tube" until a minute ago. I guess they're both right.
Sep
4
revised Learning how to use measure / count words properly
Added English for all examples.
Aug
16
revised Why does 首饰的饰 have the 饣radical?
Added analysis #3, which Claw suggests is the most plausible, incorporating his arguments.
Aug
12
revised Difference between 學習 and 學
Reverting edit with explanation.
Jul
20
revised Difference between 學習 and 學
Fixed some stuff.
Jun
19
revised Can someone verify the meaning and age of these ancient Chinese characters?
Addendum w/more detailed analysis of one character
Jun
18
revised Can someone verify the meaning and age of these ancient Chinese characters?
updated one explanation