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interchangeability of 帳 賬 and 線 綫

stapler - Today, 08:39 AM in Chinese Characters

Can you use either forms of these characters when writing words, or do some words preference one variant over the other?   Thanks! ^_^
Latest of 2 replies by stapler at Today, 09:08 AM.

上差, 东通 or 想飞?

蜜蜡脱敏感到长大 - Today, 07:12 AM in Grammar, Sentence Structures and Patterns

蜜蜡脱敏感到长大 avatar Which one would sound the best as an exclamation of surprise?
Latest of 0 replies by 蜜蜡脱敏感到长大 at Today, 07:12 AM.

Address format in China

ILikeBigWalls - Yesterday, 11:59 PM in Life, Work and Study in China in General

ILikeBigWalls avatar I reviewed previous posts concerning address formats for letters and packages coming into China and am left with some confusion about where I should place the postal code.  I was thinking the following might be successful.     To: P.R.CHINA 上海 上海市 杨浦区 200082 四平路1239号 同济大学 Name  专名   电话: 131nnnnnnnn   Or would it better like this---> 200082 上海 上海市 杨浦区?
Latest of 4 replies by JayXZ at Today, 08:59 AM.

How to translate the legal meaning "estate" into Chinese?

tooironic - Yesterday, 02:03 PM in Vocabulary, idioms, word lists . . .

tooironic avatar Is there a word for the legal meaning of "estate" in Chinese?   I'm talking about all the money and property owned by a particular person after one's death.   I know you can say 财产 to cover it, but I remember hearing somewhere that there is an exact word in Chinese, can anyone enlighten me?   Dictionaries have been of no help. Thanks
Latest of 5 replies by 陳德聰 at Today, 12:19 AM.

Self-doubt about English vocab affecting native speaker

metal.lunchbox - Yesterday, 11:00 AM in Life, Work and Study in China in General

I have a simple question. In China there is a kind of standard English vocab, everyone seems to learn almost the exact same vocabulary and the same one-to-one translation of those English words with Chinese. I'm oversimplifying it, but there's a lot of Chinese-style English that I see everywhere. For instance you'd be hard-pressed to find a Chinese university student who didn't learn to say, "I go there by bus" (instead of "I take the bus" or "I ride the bus"). Other examples are "enthusiastic" when it appears f...
Latest of 21 replies by ChTTay at Today, 08:38 AM.

Newspaper reading class!

edelweis - Sep 20 2014 09:17 PM in General Study Advice and Discussion

So I have an opportunity to attend a newspaper reading class, once a week in the evening after work, transportation is reasonably convenient with my current situation (direct and about 30') and the price is in the normal range for a leisure activity around here.   But the class requires: - good reading skills (they say 2000 to 3000 characters, and I'm probably still at the lower end), - good listening skills as the teacher will speak only Chinese during class (although I passed HSK4 some time ago and worked...
Latest of 10 replies by edelweis at Today, 03:41 AM.

Learning Swimming in Beijing

xelon - Sep 20 2014 09:02 PM in Beijing

Hi folks,   Just wondering whether does anyone know where to learn swimming in beijing? I'm not a total beginner in swimming as I can swim all the 4 strokes. I just wanna learn how to swim more efficiently and master the strokes. Appreciate any input / advice regarding this.   Thank you.
Latest of 3 replies by xelon at 2 minutes ago.

New career path for Westerners

geraldc - Sep 20 2014 06:10 PM in Society

geraldc avatar http://m.scmp.com/ne...ic-warden-henan If you can't find a teaching job, issue parking tickets
Latest of 2 replies by aone at Sep 20 2014 10:21 PM.

What's the difference between 我能怎么帮助你? and 我怎么能帮助你?

tooironic - Sep 20 2014 05:27 PM in Grammar, Sentence Structures and Patterns

tooironic avatar What's the difference between 我能怎么帮助你? and 我怎么能帮助你? A friend was trying to explain it to me the other day but I didn't quite get it. Thanks.
Latest of 6 replies by tooironic at Yesterday, 01:37 PM.

不好說,很難說

meatie - Sep 20 2014 12:07 PM in Vocabulary, idioms, word lists . . .

Are "不好說" and "很難說" the same?
Latest of 4 replies by 陳德聰 at Today, 12:23 AM.