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Is there a politically neutral Chinese term for Greater China that is acceptable to all Chinese speakers?

maybe "大中華區". most multinational corporations used this term to describe the regions you mentioned. such usage is correct, in context of nowadays, or recent decades. historically, taiwan was ...
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What does 泉 mean in 道具泉, in the context of a handbill?

Obviously it was referring to the host 關灝泉 Kwan Ho Chuen(香港中文大學哲學系博士生) In Hong Kong, people often nickname someone by his job. For example. 李先生 is a 經紀, people who mainly know him as a 經紀 might ...
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What's the etymology and significance of yuenyeung (鴛鴦)?

鴛鴦 is actually the name of a bird; more specifically, the mandarin duck. Here's an image: (Look at how cute they are!) In Chinese culture, the mandarin duck is a symbol of lovers, much like ...
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Alternative name for Hong Kong 香港

香江 ABC Canto: PLACE WORD another name for Hong Kong; refers to especially to Victoria Harbor which resembles a river separating Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon Peninsula 是次畫展於香江舉辦 si6 ...
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Why does Cantonese sound vaguely British?

Mandarin has a strong R sound like American English “car”. But Cantonese doesn’t have an R sound. The Cantonese vowel eoi sounds very similar to British English long O. But neither Mandarin Chinese ...
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How would you say, "Don't let price interfere with your happiness" in Cantonese?

"咪俾個價錢掃你興啦!" 咪 = 唔好 = Don't 俾 = allow / let "個" .... It sounds more natural with this quantifier 價錢 = price 掃你興 ~= 減低你嘅樂趣 ~= 影響你嘅樂趣 = interfere with your happiness "啦" .... It sounds more natural ...
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Which IMEs (input method editors) are actually most used in each of PRC, ROC, and Hong Kong?

I'll just dump words, and put all data at the end to support my claims as much as I can. Mainland The most common input editor by far on the mainland is pinyin input. Sougou, Windows or Mac's native ...
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What are the most popular new year greetings in Cantonese?

A few suggestions for you: 恭喜發財 gung1 hei2 faat3 choi4 新年快樂 san1 nin4 faai3 lok6 -- All purpose happy new year. 身體健康 san1 tai2 gin6 hong1 龍馬精神 lung4 ma2 jing1 san4 -- Mostly for older people (...
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What are the most popular new year greetings in Cantonese?

In Hong Kong, the two most popular greetings in Cantonese are 恭喜發財 新年快樂 I am not sure about other Cantonese-speaking areas.
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How to say "Don't count on me" in Cantonese?

In your situation, the most colloquial and natural expression that I can think of is "我嚟得就嚟” (If I can come, I will.) The speaker is not committing, nor is s/he ruling out coming. Another expression ...
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How to interpret the oracle poem (諸葛武侯乩文)?

in the year 1933, a taoist style planchette writing (扶乩) was done at 蓬瀛仙館, in hong kong; for the purpose of asking divine revelation. the poem contained two parts, part i: 天數茫茫不可知.鸞台暫說各生知 世界干戈終爆發....
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Spoken Cantonese | using '緊', and difference between continuous and progressive aspects

In Cantonese grammar, 緊 indicates a ‘progressive’ aspect while 住 indicates a ‘durative’ aspect. Both aspects are part of the ‘continuous’ aspect of English grammar. 佢著緊件外套 (she is putting on an ...
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What are the most popular new year greetings in Cantonese?

Cantonese and Chinese new year greetings are actually written the same. The only difference is about the accent. Here are some of the most popular new year greetings. 心想事成 (xīn xiǎnɡ shì chénɡ) - ...
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What qualities does Hong Kong Mandarin have?

In Cantonese, N and L are often mutually mixable. For example, nian2 年 could be like nien or lien. So when a Canto speakers tries to say it, it could be like nlian2. Another classic example is 你 ...
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(Cantonese) How to say there are always two sides to a story?

I think 另有內情 ling6 jau5 noi6 cing4 fits the bill.
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How to say "Don't count on me" in Cantonese?

I presume that you mean "Don't count me in.". In this case, you can say, "唔使預我" "使" here is pronounced as "sai2" (i.e., same as 洗) 唔使 = don't / no need 預我 = expect (/ prepare for) my presence Edit:...
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(Cantonese) How to say there are always two sides to a story?

凡事都有兩面。 There are always two sides to every story. 凡 = every 事 = issue (story) 都 = always 有 = has 兩 = two 面 = sides
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Most common words in Cantonese?

I am working on some tiny SMT project at the moment and I was looking for this too, the only one I could find is this word list from this corpus of mid-20th century Hong Kong Cantonese, It might not ...
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What is 貼地 and 離地

“貼地” is like “down to earth”, or “keep one's feet on the ground” “離地” is the opposite, “with one's head in the clouds” there’s a place called “kennedy town” (堅尼地城) in hong kong. for most people, the ...
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Slogan “澀得起,就係我”

澀 here refers to 苦澀 (bitter) 澀得起,就係我 means "Can afford to taste bitter, that's me" (We know how much bitterness is appropriate in lemon tea) A lot of popular food and drink contains ...
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Most common words in Cantonese?

Here is one ::::::::::::::广东话常用语对照表 http://www.360doc.com/content/11/0228/19/4410155_96958044.shtml
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How do you say "snap judgment" in Cantonese?

I don't think there is a Cantonese phrase equivalent to it. Usually we just use a sentence like "唔好咁快下结论" to express the idea of "Don't make a snap judgement".
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Most common words in Cantonese?

You can also turn Mandarin lists (of characters) into Cantonese aids by using CantoFish for Firefox. It will also give you Pinyun / Jyutping for the 360 doc mentioned above. Also, using the ...
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Most common words in Cantonese?

Try the following websites: http://www.cantonese.asia/attachments/school/canchars.htm http://www.chinapage.com/language/suyu/gdfy/gdfymain.html and cross-check the results with the ancient meaning ...
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(Cantonese) How to say there are always two sides to a story?

Not a Cantonese word per se, but you can use the good old 兼听则明, which means "Listening to both sides of a story makes Jack a bright boy." A complete form would be 兼听则明, 偏信则暗. The latter part means "...
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(Cantonese) How to say there are always two sides to a story?

I think 凡事都有两面性 is okay. 凡事=任何事=everything. 任何事物都应该从正反两面考虑。有其利,必有其弊。
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What are the most popular new year greetings in Cantonese?

Here are some ways to say happy new year (in Mandarin and Cantonese): 新年快乐 / 新年快樂 Happy New Year in Chinese 'New Year happiness!' In Mandarin: Xīnnián kuàilè /sshin-nyen kwhy-ler/ In Cantonese: ...
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腦力 the way to say "mental strength" in Cantonese?

It is not good to take things out of context. Try to explain what you mean by 'mental strength', then translate that. Do you mean 'great intelligence, intellectual prowess' or 'a robustness of ...
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How to say "Don't count on me" in Cantonese?

This answer has been edited: There's no direct translation since the term "Don't count on me" in Cantonese is used in a sense of "don't rely on me" instead of "do not make decision base on me". ...
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