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On 3/20/2020 at 4:31 PM, Dawei3 said:

It took me ~3 months to begin to hear tones



May I trouble you further?


I was talking to someone and this '3 months' thing came into play


I was asked how long learning?


I don't know how to distinguish 3 months, and March. (same with days as well as months)


Is there a word placed in the middle, like with 3 people?


sorry again basics! but I can't seem to work this out, and not in films

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On 3/21/2020 at 1:39 PM, TaxiAsh said:

May I trouble you further?

You absolutely can, just remember that new threads are free, and if you have a new question unrelated to a previous thread, you'll see a better response if you start a new thread.


With that in mind, I've split this off from the "Introduce Yourself" topic, because it has nothing to do with introducing yourself :mrgreen:


@TaxiAsh, P.S. with regards to your question in the other thread about quoting, just highlight the text you'd like to quote and a button should popup saying "Quote selection".  Click that, and the text will be inserted as a quote in the reply field.


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On 3/21/2020 at 1:39 PM, TaxiAsh said:

I don't know how to distinguish 3 months, and March


March =           三月      Sān yuè    (third month)

3 months =     三个月  Sān gè yuè


gè 个 is a general-purpose measure word.



Measure words, also known as classifiers, are a fascinating sub-topic in themselves. There are hundreds of them. 



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