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Sep
28
comment “Actually” as a sentence-starter of speech filler
@ColinMcLarty yeah
Mar
8
comment The origin of 鸡贼
Welcome to CL&U, don't worry you'll get the hang of it :)
Mar
7
comment What is the equivalent of “make sense” in Chinese?
Welcome to CL&U!
Mar
1
comment How do I practise grouping characters into words? At which stage of learning should one expect to be good at this?
My main point is that building vocab builds this skill, I don't think that grouping needs to be practiced independently :)
Feb
27
comment Differentiating “to do a burnout” and “burning tyres”
@ZangMingJie ahh great! Thanks.
Feb
26
comment Differentiating “to do a burnout” and “burning tyres”
TL;DR = "Too long; didn't read". It's used either as a reply to someone who has written too much, or as in my case where the TL;DR section is an abbreviated version of the full version.
Feb
26
comment Differentiating “to do a burnout” and “burning tyres”
"Burnout" is quite common for this activity. I think in the US they also say "peel out". "Burn rubber" can also just mean to drive fast, and by extension to do anything fast "we need to burn rubber on this project".
Feb
25
comment Why does 三八 mean gossip?
So the term originates from the name of the international day?
Feb
24
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
It's a generalisation. I'll edit accordingly.
Feb
23
comment What does 嘞 mean
What sort of feelings?
Feb
23
comment What do Chinese do if they forget how to write a character?
From watching Chinese people write, the usual reaction is to sit there thinking "F***! How did I forget how to write that?!?"
Feb
23
comment Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?
The same could be said for Portuguese and Spanish, or German and Dutch, or Sweedish and Norwegian: Common root, original characters the same :)
Feb
22
comment Early childhood Chinese language immersion accent exposure
Welcome to CL&U! Thanks for your input :)
Feb
20
comment Chinese tattoo help
My favorite was when I saw a girl with 火 tattooed on herself - I didn't have the heart to explain to her that it's pronounced "Whore"
Feb
20
comment Pronunciation of 一 in 一个
perhaps you could mention something about the "shortening" of the 一 in 一个. In normally paced speech it becomes so short that the tone is irrelevant. Like English "this is for you" being pronounced "this is f'you", 一个人 sounds to me much more like "y'ge rén" (yes I am aware this is not valid pinyin :)
Feb
20
comment Chinese tattoo help
I voted to close - It's off topic. This is a question about culture. Furthermore it's subjective. Oh and if you want my advice - Don't get any tattoo!
Feb
18
comment 馅饼 in Cantonese
Can you post a couple of pictures?
Feb
16
comment Is the expression 学识渊博 usually used in a pejorative sense?
So 褒义贬用 means "a sarcastic compliment" or "to make a sarcastic compliment"? I might add that to CC-CEDICT.
Feb
14
comment 'Simplification' of 夠
good link.. taught me a lot about the "simplification" process
Feb
12
comment Is there a list of characters specifically used for western proper nouns?
I read an article about how some of the (very) rare characters cannot be typed into a computer - some of these were used for names and now cannot be because each person must have a computerised record.