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Sep
19
comment How to say “to light a candle"
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Sep
19
comment How to say “to light a candle"
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Sep
14
comment Tone three sandhi
possible duplicate of How does tone sandhi apply in people's names? . The questions are different but the answer covers your scenario.
Sep
13
comment How do you say “mentor” in Chinese?
Why 导师 and 良师 are thrown out? It is not obvious to me.
Sep
8
comment What are the real obstacles of romanizing Chinese characters?
@GeorgeChen Spoken Chinese doesn't have this problem when it is directly spoken out from meta (mind) language. There is only a small problem when it's read out from Chinese characters - sometimes there's ambiguity and people read it more than once to make sense. There will be a big problem if the romanization is unable to carry the semantics that characters do, which it doesn't, hence people need to read it multiple times to get the semantics right, then intonation, then pauses and stress. Speaking is not only about pronunciation but romanization is.
Sep
8
comment Subjunctives in Chinese
I believe 'may' in such poems means 宁愿. To rephrase this poem in one-liner spoken language: (as time goes by,) I would rather find the stars and sea vanish than seeing your beauty fade away.
Sep
6
comment Explaining “condescending” in Chinese?
@GeorgeChen I don't think condescending equals offending, or even closely related. Condescension is one of the reasons people may get offended, but on the other hand it is possible one person is condescending against another person but the other person doesn't feel offended at all.
Sep
6
comment Explaining “condescending” in Chinese?
From the question and comments, I am not clear which part of this ask is related to Chinese? Especially considering the upvoted answers are completely in English.
Sep
2
comment How do you say “Cafeteria Workers”?
Actually 师傅 here is like Master Shifu - a person who possesses certain skill and teaches apprentices. The difference is between master of cooking and master of martial art, but the sense of 'master and teacher' is the same.
Aug
27
comment Sound Loans in Chinese
I think understanding the character classification is very helpful for learning the language but once you've become proficient you'll treat characters even words as a whole and you'll be significantly less aware of the composition of the character. An example is the 'gotcha' riddle: 三点水加来来去去的去念什么. It gets more native speakers than language learners.
Aug
27
comment Could someone please translate this small writting for me?
I'd like to help you meanwhile I have to vote for closing because translation or text recognition is not within the scope of this website.
Aug
27
comment Etymology of 至关(重要)
@QuestionOverflow 至关生死 is a good catch. 至关重大 is a close variation of 至关重要 but much less common. The other ones are actually very rare, at least in Google results.
Aug
26
comment Etymology of 至关(重要)
@倪阔乐 Agreed. The point of my question though, is not whether 至关 is a word or not, but where did this specific combination (至+关+重要) come from and how it became popular, and why all other possible combinations/variations (至关+other adjective, 最关重要, 至决重要, etc.) are so uncommon.
Aug
26
comment When to use 一倍 vs 两倍
Regarding the last paragraph, 比骑自行车快一倍 is not saying it's "one time as fast" but "one time faster", which is legitimately equivalent to "twice as fast".
Aug
25
comment Rules on when to read characters in sequence
I am afraid 'the rule' is the entirety of Chinese grammar. BTW it's called 'Chinese word segmentation' in computational linguistics and is one of the biggest challenges in this domain.
Aug
24
comment How do you say “I quickly forgot…” (As in an emotion you were feeling)
我们一见面就聊的特别开心,我*都忘了*我还饿着肚子呢。
Aug
24
comment has iPad been genericized in Chinese?
To that point, today 苏达/苏打 is generally referring to 'soda ash' - the chemical substance of sodium bicarbonate; 苏打水 refers to 'sparkling water (with no or very light flavor)'; 碳酸饮料 refers to 'soda pop'. 汽水 used to be a popular word for 'soda pop' before 2000's, but today it's primary use is to differentiate 桔子汽水 (orange flavored soda) from 桔子汁 (orange juice). XX饮(料) (e.g. 碳酸饮料, 乳酸饮料, 体饮, 冻饮) has been the in-fashion expression since the new millennium.
Aug
23
comment combining noun and measure word
@user3306356 How about sweet and sour fish chips? 糖醋鱼条 baike.baidu.com/view/135554.htm
Aug
21
comment Translation Gaps On Comic Conversation : 2
@TommieC. No, Nobita is not a common Japanese name. The naive translation into Chinese should be 伸太, however, different publishers have chosen different names for this character that are completely made up. 大雄 is the most popular one. Some people believed it's liberal translation following the logic: Nobi (to extend, to stretch) => wishful name for kid to grow => prosper, vigor => 雄
Aug
21
comment What are the rules in Chinese for adjective order when multiple adjectives describe a noun
@SimonD the order in 又矮又丑 is a semantic thing, which has a lot to do with culture but not so much with grammar.