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What are these words in this video about how the snake (Satan) tricked Eve into eating the forbidden fruit?

Even though the priest in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnMeISMY6eM)is speaking in Mandarin, he includes a lot of non-Mandarin words and expressions. Can anyone tell me what they mean? I'...
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When is f not pronounced?

I've seen that in Beijing Mandarin f can be pronounced as something of a final consonant when in an unstressed syllable, e.g. 豆腐 dòu fǔ = dòuff. However, in other cases it disappears in unstressed ...
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Any evidence for z(h)uang (这么) and luang (那么)?

I keep hearing: zuang [tsuaŋ] and luang [Ĩuaŋ] for 这么 and 那么, respectively. I believe it is Minjiang dialect (岷江话, 岷江小片). I've flipped through a couple of books I have but I haven't been able ...
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What kind of nuance does 呗 have?

In the northeastern dialect, 呗 is sometimes added to the end of a sentence. Although I use it often as well, I don't really know how to explain why it is used and what nuance does it carry. My first ...
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Spoken unsubtitled Min in a (now deleted) Youtube video: characters?

Long ago, I ran into the song 媽媽歌星, and in particular I have a download of a video where there were two spoken parts in Min, without captions. It is rather unfortunate that the video in question is ...
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Can people carry on a conversation with each side speaking a different form of Chinese, like in some movies?

For example, in the movie Ip Man, the "northerner" martial arts fighter who comes to Foshan to challenge the local martial arts fighters always talks in Mandarin, while everybody he talks to (the ...
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Resources: Chinese Minority Languages

China has a lot of minority groups and each group has its own language, if not a bunch of them. What resources are there for learning Chinese minority languages? For example: Naxi Dongba script : ...
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What does 蕉 mean in Cantonese?

I've seen 蕉 translated into Mandarin (and dubbed into Mandarin) as 肏. CC-CANTO doesn't really give anything much for 蕉 in Cantonese. words.hk doesn't give any results, either. I'm guessing 蕉 just ...
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Why does Cantonese sound vaguely British?

Speaking as a native speaker of American English, I notice from my perspective that Cantonese speakers tend to sound more "British" than Mandarin speakers. I'm not just referring to Hong Kong, but ...
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Taiwanese brand of computers called 嘉馬電腦

From what I can tell, 嘉馬電腦 means The Auspicious Horse Computer. Is this a reasonable translation? Is 嘉馬電腦 a normal-sounding brand name to Chinese-speakers? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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is 尿 still pronunced `yao` in 江西话?

《广安方言与民俗词典》 says: 【yào】尿“niao4”的音变。此为江西话在广安一些地方的遗存。在实际语言运用中,要注意区分“要来了”与“尿来了”、“我要”与“屙尿”等相似音。 俗语:“打尿噤”,指因尿急身体突然颤动一两下。 “口水多,无尿屙”,讽刺话语特别多的人。 “你娃儿沟子一翘,老子就晓得你要屙尿”,比喻十分清楚对方的意图。 歇后语:“鸡公不屙尿——各有各的道”,指公鸡饮水但不排尿,...
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Did 李白 and 杜甫 popularize/standardize any 方言?

Two of the most well known Chinese poets ABC says: poet, second in fame only to Li Bai of Du Fu. Did either 杜甫 or 李白 popularize or standardize any sort of 方言 through their works? (Certainly not ...
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What's the tone on 河南话's 中 (as in: very good)

What's the time on 河南话's 中 meaning very good? It sounds like 3rd tone but I'm not sure.
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What languages have been approved by SARFT for use?

An answer from another question linked this article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangzhou_Television_Cantonese_controversy which says: Due to Mandarin’s status as the official language, use of ...
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Are things ever dialect checked?

I'm wondering if things (in general) are ever dialect checked? 哈尔滨啤酒 has a commercial where they go around singing the name 哈啤 over and over again but it sounds a lot like SB in Southwestern Mandarin....
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Is 𠱑 An Acceptable Form Of 逗 In Sichuanese?

The book 《蜀籁》writes the word 逗猫惹草 as 𠱑猫惹草 and also contains many other usages of 𠱑 where 逗 would normally be. 逗 in Sichuanese is read dou in the first tone (tone value: 55). 逗 in theory should be ...
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How to say, “Did you hold your cellphone close to your face?” in Cantonese?

As the question states, how do you say, "Did you hold your cellphone close to your face?" in Cantonese?
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條 or 個 as classifier for road (路) in Cantonese?

I usually hear 路 used with 條 as the classifier, but sometimes people also use 個. in cantonese, which is the correct classifier? are both correct?
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Is it a common requirement for Chinese interpreters to be fluent in two or more dialects?

I was looking at job postings for interpreters and found a few for generic "Chinese" interpreters, a few more for both Mandarin & Cantonese, and just one for Mandarin only. To my surprise, I didn'...
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What is the line between 新派 and X普 in topolects?

Not sure if there is a definite answer to the question. A lot of dialects distinguish between 老派 and 新派 for old-pronunciations and new-pronunciations. Many 新派 pronunciations though are heavily ...
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Why is inital /ŋ/ considered hick-ish?

There seems to be a habit of dropping /ŋ/ initials in topolects/dialects for fear of seeming like a redneck. Consider: Canto: 屋 nguk1 vs. uk1 [the new ABC Cantonese dictionary only gives the uk1 ...
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About a line in 爱拼才会赢

Here are the full lyrics of the song in the title as found here, where a video is also found: 一时失志不免怨叹 一时落魄不免胆寒 那通失去希望 每日醉茫茫 无魂有体亲像稻草人 人生可比是海上的波浪 有时起 有时落 好运 歹运 总嘛要照起工来行 三分天注定 ...
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地位 sounds like tek-ui or te-kui: singer's mistake or lyrics should be different?

In the Hokkien song 男人的汗 (Min title 查埔人的汗, lyrics here, there is the following line: 人生行到遮 地位亲像山 It should sound: Lin-sing kiann kau tsia    te-ui tshin-tshiunn suann Instead, in the ...
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Comprehension of untoned speech in Cantonese

Do Cantonese speakers still understand speech when all syllables are spoken in a neutral tone (similar to the Mandarin's 5th tone)? And to what extent do they understand it? I spoke to a Cantonese ...
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What is the 蜀语圣经?

Looking for old dialectical works. Figured there should be some topolectical Bible translations in the very least. Came across this forum post: 小時候曾經參加過天主教會的聚會,神父或牧師在每回講經佈道前總會打開放滿各種語言文字聖經的書櫃,...
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“Why” in Beijing Dialect

I've been wondering how to correctly say "why" in Beijing dialect. I know that in colloquial beijing mandarin 什么 is pronounced as shém with a final m. I thus thought the same was for 为什么 as weishem. ...
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Help translating two lines of Zhang Shaolin's “Hakka homesickness” (客家乡情) + some weird pronunciations in that song

Song video. Lyrics, romanization (based on what I hear in the video), translation attempt. 张少林的“客家乡情”(客家话) 爱记乡情 齐家都係客人 最緊有煞拼求進 (AX 建议的写法) 莫忘乡情 齐家係自家人 只只回故乡寻根 叔公叔婆来相认 亲戚送礼来好热心 到处都有人亲 做事耐苦 人乌白也分明 ...
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Two questions on a sentence in a Min song

The sentence We are looking at the first sentence of the part of Liû-lõng kàu Tām-tsuí sung solo, which is typically found written: 扞着风琴提着吉他 双人牵做伙 According to my research, noting that I ...
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About an extra sentence in a Min song in a CD

光盘上在这首歌的结束又多一句话:“na li bo sua tsong lai thi pue tua”(若你无线总来?袂大?); maybe “tsong ai”, maybe “na bo sua”…就是“若你无线总爱紩袂煞” | Nā lí bô suànn tsóng ài thīnn buē suah | 如果你没线总要缝不完… but it sounds like it ends ...
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How many different dialect known to exist in the Chinese language and what are they?

From what I know there is Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese But are there other minority dialect? I've heard one spoken outside the mainlands, can anyone confirm?
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The pronunciation of 的 [duplicate]

I have always pronounced 的 as "dė", regardless of the context, but I have heard people pronouncing it as "di"(fifth tone). For instance, 我的(di)姑娘 暖暖的(di) 漫長的(di)歲月 I do not remember the ...
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Chinese language?

There are three articles in Wikipedia that disturb me. Chinese language Mandarin Chinese Sinitic languages Let's think about this for a moment. Mandarin Chinese is the official variety of China and ...
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Which Chinese dialect is it rewarding to learn? [closed]

A dialect or rather a language. Of course, Mandarin is the most popular one. But nonetheless, in Hong Kong, for instance, Cantonese is more popular, it's almost the one Chinese language there and ...
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Help Editing Short Monologue [closed]

Is anyone willing to help me edit this monologue for grammatical errors? If so, I would really appreciate it. I have also included the pinyin in case it helps to understand what I meant. I have chosen ...
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How to say in Cantonese, “He is very sensitive to criticism” [duplicate]

What is the right way to say, "He is very sensitive to criticism" in Cantonese?

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