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Gharial - Yesterday, 01:37 AM in Chinese Pronunciation, Pinyin, and Audio Samples

Gharial avatar While browsing Pleco (as you do) I noticed that Arkansas has two CC-CEDICT entries, 阿肯色 and 阿肯色州, both glossed as 'Arkansas, US state', and with the latter's Pinyin given as all one word: Akensezhou (please excuse the lack of tone marks).   My inclination would be to leave out the 州, at least in informal speech, but it did get me wondering how the "full" version should be written in Pinyin (or indeed in English LOL).   Should it by analogy follow the rules given for Chinese place names (e.g. Beijing Sh...
Latest of 5 replies by Gharial at 40 minutes ago.

Which characters should be used for comparing fonts?

wibr - Feb 06 2016 10:04 PM in Chinese Characters

wibr avatar Most characters look very similar in different fonts while a few apparently leave more room for the designers. Recently, we had the topic about 起 (open or closed 己), but there is also 真 (edit: 直) which can have another stroke at the bottom or the 道 with an extra dot at the left side. Then there are different styles e.g. for Taiwan and Mainland China. The number of characters included in the font is also relevant.   So my question is: which characters 1) look very different in some fonts (so that a beginner...
Latest of 6 replies by Hofmann at Today, 12:20 AM.

Fuller's ILC Chapters 9 (說苑) and 10 (新序)

somethingfunny - Feb 06 2016 09:46 PM in Classical Chinese

somethingfunny avatar Hello and welcome to the first of (hopefully) eight threads covering the "intermediate texts" in section two of Michael Fuller's "An Introduction to Literary Chinese".  This is, in some ways, an extension of the threads covering Rouzer's NPPLC and the level here will start much higher than it did at the start of those.  Of course, don't feel you need to have read NPPLC, or have Fuller's book - all contributions are very welcome.     I am going to post two chapters per thread, which might...
Latest of 1 replies by somethingfunny at Yesterday, 07:28 PM.

Queueing up before you get to a restaurant

somethingfunny - Feb 06 2016 10:03 AM in Life, Work and Study in China in General

somethingfunny avatar I've just found out about this feature where you can get a queue number for a restaurant on the internet.  (It's probably been around for ages).  I was wondering if anyone had tried this for notoriously busy restaurants.  If you're not sure what I mean, you can see it in 大众点评 where you click a restaurant and there is a 排号 button.  I've never used it and would like to know how easy it is to use, or whether you're likely to miss your number and have to queue from scratch if you arrive a little...
Latest of 6 replies by somethingfunny at Yesterday, 05:59 PM.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Shelley - Feb 06 2016 08:06 AM in Food and Drink

Shelley avatar I am planning on cooking a chinese style meal for New Year on Monday and have always wanted to know how to do a good sweet and sour sauce.   Because of my nut allergy I can't use ready made jars or packets as they quite often use nuts or may have nut contamination so I would like to try and make some myself.   What's the basic method, in as much what makes the sweet and the sour? Anyone got one of those tried and tested old family recipes?   This is one of the things I never got to grips with in...
Latest of 15 replies by abcdefg at Yesterday, 11:28 PM.

Any words in Mandarin that can't be written in Chinese characters?

Supervin - Feb 06 2016 01:25 AM in Vocabulary, idioms, word lists . . .

As I'm aware, in some Chinese dialects, there are a number of words and expressions that can't be written in Chinese characters, and as a result use the alphabet or the romanization spelling of the word in those dialects to express those words at times in writing.   What are some of the words in Mandarin (any word, could also include slang, colloquial expressions, etc.) that can't be written in Chinese characters, and can only be written either with the alphabet or using the pinyin spelling of the word?...
Latest of 9 replies by 889 at Yesterday, 09:50 PM.

Chinese gambling action movie suggestions?

chloe.chew - Feb 05 2016 02:47 PM in Chinese Movies

So, I just rewatched 'God of Gamblers' and 'The Conman' and I am craving more sweet gambling action!!   From Vegas To Macau looks rather dazzling with so many superstars! I see the third movie is coming up too! For those of you who have seen it, what say you?   Thanks a lot!
Latest of 2 replies by ouyangjun at Yesterday, 09:11 AM.

Survey: Chinese Study Techniques

joshuawbb - Feb 05 2016 02:27 AM in General Study Advice and Discussion

Happy New Year all,   I'm sorry to come right in with a request. My girlfriend is currently writing her dissertation, and is researching the study techniques learners of Chinese as a second/foreign language may use, in particular when studying and practicing listening.   She's created a survey for anyone learning Chinese which is mainly focused on listening study, and would use the data in her dissertation to build a small picture of how learners prefer to study and the challenges they've faced.  ...
Latest of 0 replies by joshuawbb at Feb 05 2016 02:27 AM.

Some Advice on Future Study Direction.

RichardSTJ - Feb 04 2016 01:09 PM in General Study Advice and Discussion

Hi everyone, I wanted some advice on a few things going forward with my studies and wondered what everyone's thoughts are.   So I'm 29 and I've been in China (Tianjin) a year and a half, to be honest I never expected to get so into studying Chinese but it's just kind of hooked me, and somehow I am going to master this language. I started learning seriously when I got a Chinese girlfriend about a year ago.   So I'm somewhere between HK5 and HK6 level, I've not taken the official test, but I've taken som...
Latest of 6 replies by Flickserve at Feb 06 2016 02:46 PM.

Is there an expression similar to joie de vivre (joy of living) in Chinese?

tofuburglar - Feb 04 2016 07:19 AM in Vocabulary, idioms, word lists . . .

Hi everyone!     Is there way to say this in chinese? How would one go about saying he or she has the enjoyment of living?       Thanks guys!!!
Latest of 5 replies by Kenny同志 at Yesterday, 04:39 PM.