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Pronunciation of 壹 / 一 in Mandarin
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It's a form to distinguish between 一 yi and 七 qi, which are similar and may lead to misunderstanding when talking, specially on the phone.

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What is the difference between 认为 and 以为?
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Putting it simple: 认为 - think or consider 以为 - thought or considered (but I was wrong).

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Phrases to acknowledge being corrected in Mandarin
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You shouldn't worry about the 知道了 sounding rude as the English equivalent "I know! (you don't need to tell me that)". That 了 there indicates a change of situation, so it's not quite "I know", but "I ...

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What does 别把这天的彩虹, 放在明天的天空 mean?
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别把这天的彩虹放在明天的天空 Don't take today's rainbow and put it on tomorrow's sky. It should mean something like: If you are happy now, it doesn't mean you will still be happy in the future. If things are ...

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Character name help (beautiful?)
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真怡 - zhen1yi2 - really happy. Hope this helps.

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Translation of 这里开了家医院
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这里 开了 家 医院。 Here opened a hospital. They opened up a hospital here. Translating is also a task of creation. Translators can change a bit the original meaning so the sentence sounds better in the ...

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What is the difference between 好多 vs. 很多?
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好 may be used with the meaning of 很. The difference is that it's more colloquial. Source: myself =P

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Why is 跟他一起去不去 wrong but 跟不跟他一起去 right
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Most Chinese prepositions are also verbs. For example: 在: to be (at) (verb), at (preposition) 跟: to follow (verb), with (preposition) 给: to give (verb), to, for (preposition) etc. For that reason, ...

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Mandarin Chinese Alphanumerical Ordering
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I'd use the 10 heavenly stems (天干): 1 - A - 甲 2 - B - 乙 3 - C - 丙 4 - D - 丁 5 - E - 戊 6 - F - 己 7 - G - 庚 8 - H - 辛 9 - I - 壬 10 - J - 癸

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Why not include "的" in "传统音乐"?
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Usually, when you have a noun marking the characteristic of another noun, it usually doesn't take 的, since 的 many times expresses possession。Example: 中国 X 茶 Chinese tea (the tea's feature is being ...

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What are these 2 的s doing here?
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1 - 可以明确的(matter) - (the matter) that one can see clear is... 2 - 我(是)九月份进的 (it's part of a 是...的 structure) - I entered on September...

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What is the purpose of 并 in 他虽然并不聪明, 可是很努力?
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并 (at negations) = (not) at all 他虽然并不聪明, 可是很努力。 Although he's not clever at all, he's very diligent.

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Confused about 们 in this particular sentence "你们家有几口人"
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That's a cultural issue: Chinese people tend to "collectivize" things when they are talking about institutions or groups of people. So, even if there are only two people talking, they tend to use 你们 ...

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What is the grammatical structure of: 我把你们带到茶馆来。
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If you are following NPCR, I suggest you take a look at lesson 16 on book 2. You should first understand 我把照片带来了. 带 (carry) + 来 ("here") = 带来 (bring) 我把照片带来了。I brought the photo. Compare: 我把照片带去了。...

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If it is possible to figure out pronunciation of Chinese text
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"If you have a Chinese text, i.e. just the characters and no Pinyin or anything, I'm wondering if it's possible to figure out the meaning of the text." You would have some problem in there, because ...

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What is the purpose of verb reduplication?
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In my understanding (I'm not a native Chinese) it's just a regular verb duplication. But, when it's duplicated in the past, the 了 particle is put in between the verbs. 我看看 = 我看一看 = 我看一下 = I'll take a ...

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How do you translate "place" in an address into Chinese?
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I think that, since the receiver is American, the address should be in English anyway, or the postal services won't even be able to read it. So it should be: 1 Gustave L. Levy Pl, New York, NY ...

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What's the difference between 秒钟 and 秒?
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That is a question common to 134% of Chinese students (yeah, I just made up a nonsense number), and I personally think it's one of the most difficult issues in the Chinese language. About 50% of the ...

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How does the grammar of 拿把伞 work?
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The number one is omitted. The full sentence should be: 我下楼去给你拿一把伞。 Both 拿一把伞 and 拿把伞 mean "to take (one) umbrella".

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Usage of 的要 in 頭髮太長囉,該剪的要剪一剪了
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The word "hair" is omitted on the second sentence. The complete sentence would be: 頭髮太長囉。 該剪的 (頭髮) 要剪一剪了。 該剪的 (頭髮) means "(the hair) that needs trimming" (here "的" works as "that") 要剪一剪了 "must ...

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Structure: X is the most Y of Z
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If a characteristic following a noun is a 2 (or more) character adjective or a multi-character phrase, it should have 的. 漂亮的国家 很好的老师 etc.

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What does the zhe 着 after a verb do?
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It's like a "to be participle". It's not actually "to be -ing". Compare: 门开着。 The door is opened. 他在开门呢。 He is opening the door. You can understand it as a -ing construction only if it follows ...

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Which verbs DO NOT go with 了 and or 过?
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Many of my students have this question. And what you are trying to ask is not which verbs don't use 了, but which verbs don't use 了 to express past tense. Basicaly Mandarin "separates" verbs into ...

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Difference between 生活 and 生命
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生活 - everyday life. 生命 - from birth to death.

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hanzis used on their own, hanzis exclusively used in words
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The vowel priority rule is as follows: 1 - a 2 - e/o (they neve appear together) 3 - i/u (if they appear together, the last one takes the diacritic) Note that the vowel that takes the diacritic is ...

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What is the role of 没 here?
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They are the same as the verb + 不 + verb structure, but negating a the past action: 洗不洗 - do you wash or not? 洗没洗 - did you wash or not? 听不听 - do you listen or not? 听没听 - did you listen or not?

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How many Chinese characters have multiple readings/pronunciations in Mandarin?
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Under the 3000 most used characters according to Jun Da's list, there are 470 characters with at least 2 different readings. I counted myself and used the 现代汉语词典(第六版) from the Commercial Press as a ...

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How to pronounce words with double fourth tones?
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Yes, they do feel uncomfortable to pronounce, but they are indeed pronounced two 4th tones. Except the 不 case, in which it changes to 2nd + 4th.

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Use of 如何 versus 怎麼樣
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I feel that what you are asking is pretty much the difference between 怎么 (colloquial for 如何) and 怎么样. The difference is that 怎么 is used in a verbal predicate sentence, and 怎么样 for an adjectival ...

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What is the difference between 电视 and 电视上?
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Both sentences are correct, with no big difference. That 上 means "on": 电视说... - The TV says... 电视上说... - On the TV it says...

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