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Aug
13
comment pronunciation: j/q/x/y + ün
Some anecdotal data points: My friends from Guangxi do pronounce 'ün' much closer to 'in' and I think that's the 'wean' sound OP was referring to. When it comes to 'un', however, their pronunciation is only slightly 'thinner' than Putonghua. Given that, the way they pronounce those two sounds are indeed more divergent than in Putonghua or Northern dialects, although I wouldn't call the pronunciations in latter case 'rather close'. On the other hand, my Taiwanese friends pronounce those two sounds just like Putonghua, which is consistent with your observations.
Aug
12
comment pronunciation: j/q/x/y + ün
@CaffHuang What about 'zoo'?
Aug
12
comment pronunciation: j/q/x/y + ün
I believe null is pronounced /nʌl/ in both BrE and AmE, isn't it?
Aug
12
comment Chinese equivalent of “Oh Burn”
I still don't get it. Is it like rejoice watching others burn and stirring it up in your mind?
Aug
10
comment Difference between 层 and 楼?
@Stephen Generally no. Note there are different types of formal writing and when we say something is colloquial we mean it won't appear in press release or educational texts, but could be fine in letters or literature. I think the scope is slightly different from formal writing in English.
Aug
10
comment Difference between 尊敬 and 尊重
@Stephen If you're native Chinese speaker and you chose to say that, people will think there must be a reason more than just 'I don't admire Mr. Zhang that much'. It's almost like saying 'I don't despise Mr. Zhang'.
Aug
10
comment How to say “had a child”
@Stephen From where I'm from (Northern China), 他最近生了两个小孩 does sound like he physically gave birth, and 他最近有了两个小孩 is understood but not the first expression come to mind (because it leads the listener to wonder where did the kids come from). The most natural thing to say, as this answer suggested, is 他老婆最近生了两个小孩.
Aug
10
comment Difference between 层 and 楼?
@Stephen Yes 我家住三楼 is a valid colloquial expression.
Aug
10
comment Difference between 尊敬 and 尊重
@Stephen Language wise no but culture wise yes. In ancient Chinese, 'respect', as well as 'loyal' and 'filial piety', presume complete agreement and obedience. Time has changed and modern Chinese people do not believe in that 'blind respect' as much anymore but the word still carry that implication, more or less.
Aug
8
comment Difference between 资料库 and 数据库
Nope, 资料库 is not understood as 'database' in mainland China.
Aug
8
comment 追忆 vs。怀旧 how to say “To reminisce”?
"Yearning for the past" is spot-on!
Aug
8
comment Would you say 当动词 or 是动词?
@Stephen Not exactly but I'm lack of a better way to describe it. To raise another example, check out this sentence: 'In English, the present participle for a verb can be used as a noun or an adjective'. '英语中动词的现在分词形式一般可当名词或形容词'. Instead of saying 'swimming是名词', we'd say 'swimming是swim的现在分词形式当做名词'.
Aug
7
comment What is the difference between 免费 and 无偿?
@Stephen In that case I'd recommend you to use neither, just say '送' is clear enough. Adding either word makes it sound like a calculated move hence depreciates her sincerity and generosity.
Aug
7
comment Translating an English menu
Very nice translations. I am hungry:)
Aug
7
comment The meaning of 废柴码农
@user3919509 How bad is 废柴 depends on the context. Generally I feel it's very similar to 'idiot' in English. 码农 is not too negative or not at all.
Aug
7
comment 怎么… with 的 and 了
I'm not sure what I understand the 'more specifically see' part...
Aug
6
comment How should this painting's title, signature and yin (chop) be correctly translated?
@HenryHO Right.. It's possible a two-character name, and actually makes more sense since her Zi is 子兰, her name is very likely ending with 兰.
Aug
5
comment How should this painting's title, signature and yin (chop) be correctly translated?
@HenryHO Yes it looks like 之. Will update the answer. Thanks!
Aug
4
comment 信子 meaning “tongue”
@user3306356 Got it. Thanks.
Aug
4
comment 信子 meaning “tongue”
What is 'KEY' and 'ABC'?