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Oct
23
reviewed Reviewed When native Chinese refer to China, what's the difference between 大陆, 中国 and 中国大陆?
Oct
23
reviewed No Action Needed Meanings and pronunciation of 截
Oct
23
reviewed No Action Needed Complimenting someone on their appearance
Oct
23
reviewed Looks OK Chinese idiom for “tilt at windmills” or “fighting against windmills”
Oct
23
comment What exactly does 媽个八子 mean?
@AgreeOrNot If you listen to 单田芳's storytelling 《乱世枭雄》 or 《民国十大军阀演义》, you'll understand how the phrase is actually pronounced and how it's (extensively) used by the Northeastern warlords to show defiance to others.
Oct
23
comment Complimenting someone on their appearance
@50-3 It would be good if you can scope down on these factors: casual or formal, spoken or written, descriptive or appraising, and gender and age of the person to be applied.
Oct
21
comment Chinese idiom for “tilt at windmills” or “fighting against windmills”
From the existing answers and comments, we can conclude there is not a single Chinese counterpart which matches all characteristics of the English phrase. It has to be translated differently according to the context.
Oct
21
comment Trying to think of creative name for beginner Chinese class
Maybe it's just me but use 东亚 for China sounds arrogant. 东/东方/远东 for China sounds fine, although they are also much more than China, can't figure out why.
Oct
21
comment How do you say 'dates back to' in Mandarin?
@Rowan please mark it as answer if it answered your question:)
Oct
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese
Oct
20
comment What exactly does 媽个八子 mean?
妈(了)个巴子 is Northeastern dialect, it means of 妈了个逼 (your mother's vagina) and it is much worse than 你妈的. This expression is known to all Northern China but primarily used in Northeastern China.
Oct
20
comment Meanings and pronunciation of 截
@MinimusHeximus It's tone number. The most formal way to mark tones in Pinyin is to use diacritics, i.e. jié. However, diacritics are difficult to input or even unavailable (e.g. on typewriters), the numeric tone marks are commonly used as an alternative.
Oct
20
answered How do you say 'dates back to' in Mandarin?
Oct
19
comment Meanings and pronunciation of 截
The spirit of 截拳道 is to intercept and counter attack instead of block (defense), so the short summary could be misleading for the question.
Oct
19
answered Meanings and pronunciation of 截
Oct
18
comment Chinese idiom for “tilt at windmills” or “fighting against windmills”
@Stan I think the difference is the original idiom has strong associations to the book, that is the absurdness and pathetical-ness from the surrealistic story. To convey that, the book has to be mentioned, like 堂吉诃德式的不自量力.
Oct
17
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Teaching Pinyin and Characters together vs Teaching Pinyin then Characters
Oct
17
reviewed No Action Needed What's the most accurate translation for “copping a feel”?
Oct
17
comment What's the most accurate translation for “copping a feel”?
I would mention 耍流氓 instead of just 流氓. 流氓 can refer to all kinds of immoral behaviors (e.g. in 流氓无赖), while 耍流氓 has a strong implication on sexual harassment.
Oct
17
reviewed No Action Needed How to say "歪打正着“ in English?