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comment How to use jyutping as an input method on windows 8.1
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comment Am I so predictable?
@TommieC. Got it. Answer updated.
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comment Am I so predictable?
@TommieC. You can say something as simple as '没错', '你猜对了'. I am still not sure what you want to express though - just a positive acknowledgement or do you want to lead the conversation into something?
Oct
18
comment 家: why is a home a place for pigs?
Wild guess: bulls are raging, hence 'housing a bull' implies imprisonment; pigs are growing fast, hence 'housing a pig' implies nurturing.
Oct
14
comment An example of the difficulty of translation: “Now get off my lawn”. How would you translate this?
Great article. After reading through it, I have to agree that that translation is the right balance between message, style (phrasing is consistent with the rest of the article) and tone. There were some more slangy alternatives I could think of, but they brought inevitable side effects. I guess it's the trade off you'll have to make in translating allusions.
Oct
12
comment How do you say “To take a gap year”?
@Stephen 做个间隔年 doesn't sound good. Depending on the context you can say 开始间隔年 or 体验间隔年. See my update to the answer.
Oct
12
comment How do you say something is “very alcoholic”?
@Stephen 酒量 is usually associated with 大. 酒精含量/浓度 is usually connected with 高, although 大 is also correct and common.
Oct
11
comment how did victor mair came up to the conclusion that the reading of 道 in old chinese was *taolu ?
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Oct
9
comment Translation: ‘phone it in’
敷衍了事 is pretty idiomatic to me. Are you looking for something more colloquial or slangy?
Oct
3
comment What does 牛逼 mean? Can anyone define it?
In my experience, it's hardly insulting/provocative in any occasion (unless the listener took it wrong), but it can be very inappropriate to use. I think both the tone and the vulgar level is somewhere between 'holy shit' and 'holy fuck' in English.
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.