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Improve reading speed at advanced level

I have actively studied Chinese for about 10 years now, and I can speak, read, and write at the advanced level. However, my reading speed is abysmally slow. It takes me about 7 minutes to get through ...

learning reading  
asked by The_Anomaly 4 votes
answered by 2ndQuantized 4 votes

Why has zuò//láo // in between?

I am going through the word 坐牢 using the Pleco dictionary. Generally they will not keep // in between two characters. But I can see // for this. zuò//láo What does // mean? Can zuò and láo be used ...

meaning pinyin dictionary input-methods  
asked by user27485 3 votes
answered by L Parker 2 votes

Should words like 一般 or 平时 be put before or after the time reference?

So, for example, I want to ask — When do you usually do your homework? Should it be 你什么时候(一般/平时)做作业 or 你(平时/一般)什么时候做作业 Crucially, I'd like to know why should it be done the way it should be.

adverbs word-order time  
asked by Simullacra 2 votes
answered by L Parker 3 votes

Difference between 整理 and 收拾?

What would be some examples of things you would 整理 and things you would 收拾 ? Are they completely interchangeable or is there some nuanced difference ?

asked by Kantura 2 votes
answered by Tang Ho 1 vote

The relationship between 羞 and 醜

Since 醜 is the traditional version of 丑, why is the lower part of a traditional 羞 丑 but not 醜? I found this 羞, (會意兼形聲。據甲骨文,以手持羊,表示進獻。小篆從羊,從醜,醜亦聲。“醜”是手的訛變。本義:進獻) But it doesn't explain why it is 丑.

asked by Zhang 2 votes
answered by Fishuman 1 vote

How are 连A带B and A着B different

他连说带笑 / 他笑着说 他连唱带跳 / 他唱着跳 Do these sentences have the same meaning? and if I change the position between the two verbs, do they still have the same meaning? 他连说带笑 / 他连笑带说 他笑着说 / 他说着笑

grammar meaning word-choice difference  
asked by sudarat 2 votes
answered by L Parker 1 vote

Retention of 其 as a modal particle in modern Chinese

There is a recent Chinese Stack Exchange question on the significance of 其 in 尤其, given the meaning of the word is largely contributed by 尤. I am quite confident that some of the answers in the thread ...

vocabulary etymology classical-chinese particles  
asked by L Parker 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Is "JJ" slang for "penis" in Chinese?

Reading the comments to the news article 巴西女排变性球星将竞选国会议员 已瞄准东京奥运 about a Brazilian volleyballer who is transgender and wants to play in the Olympics, we have two comments: Both use this term "JJ&...

slang internet-slang  
asked by Becky 李蓓 2 votes
answered by Tang Ho 1 vote

Why say 少说两句 to break up a fight?

In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (~25m45s), during an argument the protagonist calls another pregnant woman a 骚货 ("slut") and they start physically fighting. A third woman tries to break them up and ...

meaning slang  
asked by Becky 李蓓 8 votes
answered by dROOOze 13 votes

What is the difference between 哈哈, 呵呵, 嘻嘻, and 嘿嘿?

I always see 哈哈, 呵呵, 嘻嘻, and 嘿嘿 in WeChat, QQ, etc, but I don't really understand the subtle differences between them and when to use them appropriately, especially 呵呵. I use 呵呵 myself now, but I'm ...

meaning difference  
asked by Suragch 21 votes
answered by wolfrevo 24 votes

What software can detect the parts of speech of written text?

What software or online tools can detect the parts of speech in a piece of written text (e.g. to predict if a word is a verb, adjective, etc.)?

grammar software academic  
asked by Village 10 votes
answered by cburgmer 6 votes

Is it possible to type traditional characters with a pinyin IME in Windows 7?

I am now used to typing Chinese using a pinyin IME from my time in mainland China. But as far as I know the pinyin IMEs usually generate simplified characters. I'm now in Taiwan and having trouble ...

pinyin traditional-chinese input-methods characters  
asked by hippietrail 2 votes
answered by hippietrail 2 votes

What's this new Chinese character which looks like 座?

I keep seeing this new Chinese character on social media: What is this?

asked by Mou某 19 votes
answered by Mou某 22 votes

茶 - How to identify varieties of tea?

I'm looking for vocabulary to help puzzle-out the kind of tea contained in various packages from the Chinese characters on their labels. So far I recognize 茶(tea) and 叶(leaves). (Apparently these ...

asked by mgkrebbs 5 votes
answered by tomriddle_1234 11 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Why don't people use 專名號 to avoid ambiguity?

For example, consider the following sentence: 大多數真核細胞有高爾基體。 For those who are unfamiliar with biology, he/she may not know if 高爾基體 should be understood as (高爾)(基體) or (高爾基)(體)。Two avoid confusion, it ...

asked by Zuriel 1 vote
answered by L Parker 0 votes

Who knows the most number of characters in Chinese?

I am mainly just curious as to the answer. And it would be interesting to hear if it is different for simplified and traditional. I know there are 80,000+ characters and most native speakers will ...

mandarin simplified-chinese traditional-chinese  
asked by user55570 1 vote

Why is 很多 sometimes before the noun and sometimes after the noun?

I have sometimes seen 很多 after the noun and sometimes before and I don't understand what the reason is for it being in different places. For instance, here it follows the noun, "活动": ...

grammar word-order  
asked by A. Bell 1 vote
answered by L Parker 0 votes
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