128 Questions for the topic Chinese
How will I tell ages of my 3 younger brothers in Chinese?
Hi, i wanted to know that how will I say in Chinese that:I have 3 younger brothers. The one after me is 19 years old. The one after him is 14 years old and the youngest one is 10 years old.
Would it be more difficult for AI to interpret audio and parse meaning from a tonal language like Mandarin than it would be for English?
What is the meaning of Sage in respect of eastern folklore?
I am looking for a more concrete definition of what an eastern sage is and an explanation of the background of the eastern sage. Many translations of eastern martial arts feature sages. They are... more
Would it be okay as an Indonesian of Chinese descent to speak Indonesian only in Singapore and refuse to speak English or Mandarin?
Will the Chinese adopt a similar alphabet(s) like the Japanese (hiragana and katakana) or is the Chinese language too complex for it?
Why is it that when I hear a Chinese person say an r in Mandarin it sounds like a drawn out zh or j kind of sound? Am I hearing it wrong or is this an acceptable way to say it?
Why isn't there a geographically-based name for the Chinese/Mandarin language, as is the case with Cantonese, Fukienese, etc.?
Why is spoken Chinese not considered an easy language to learn as it has no past and present tense etc and no plurals?
Why is it that when writing Chinese vertically, there are sometimes some lines that are not aligned horizontally (like an indentation)?
Without context and knowing the person, what word should I use to express "aunt" in Mandarin?
Can I use 又 to give more than two properties of something?
Can I use 又 to express more than two properties that something has? I know this is ok: > 這個貓又快又好看。 (This cat is fast and good looking.) But can I write?: > 這個貓又快又好看又很高興。 (This cat is... more
How do you say "A story is set in another place"?
Does anyone have an idea of how to translate "This story is set in a small town". I've been looking around but I haven't found a good way to translate "Set in". Thanks again for any help!... more
A Golden Rule for When Chinese Repeat a Word Twice X Twice? 热热闹闹?
I have come across several times reading Chinese that they repeat words twice and then again. For an Instance what is the difference between 热闹 and 热热闹闹 ？ what is the grammar meaning when words... more
Are there relative pronouns in Chinese?
Are there words for relative pronouns, for example: The man, **who** was walking to the shop, was tall. Is there a Chinese word for the bolded "who"?
How to list adjectives in Chinese?
I am preparing for HSK 6, and its Reading Part 1, which asks you to identify a 语病 in a sentence, is notoriously hard. Here is one of the sentences from HSK 6 Reading Part... more
Difference between “当…时”, “…的时候”, and “当…的时候”?
What is the difference between : > “当…时” and > “…的时候” and > “当…的时候” when refer to "when" in Chinese? I have tried to look for an answer but I couldn't find a clear one.
Help with the confusions around 了?
So I am having a bit of a confusion with the use of 了. So the teacher gave me a sentence which is this: 我买了两个苹果。 She said that V+了+object requires the object to have specified quantity. After that... more
Are 平常 and 通常 essentially interchangeable?
In a few of my entries on Lang-8.com, several of my Chinese friends have changed 平常 into 通常 and vice versa without providing additional explanation. It it just a matter of personal taste?
Why is 不 sometimes put between the syllables of a 2-syllable word?
For example, > 看见 - 看**不**见 > 离开 - 离**不**开 but > 喜欢 - **不**喜欢 > 知道 - **不**知道 Why is this done and how do I know if I should or shouldn't do it when negating? Couldn't find... more