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Top new questions this week:

List of classifiers for Cantonese?

There are many resources listing classifiers for Mandarin, but do any pages exist that document classifiers for Cantonese?

cantonese classifiers  
asked by Crashalot 4 votes
answered by jogloran 3 votes

Making sense of 去华山怎么走比较好?

The following dialogue is in NPCR 2, Lesson 23, listening exercise 7 in the exercise book, and my attempt in translating it. I'm unsure about the sentence marked in red. I have not learned the …

asked by pg-robban 4 votes
answered by deutschZuid 5 votes

Any Phrases About Trees Growing From Peoples Graves?

I'm looking for any phrases (成语/俗语/谚语, 等) that talk about the meaning of tress growing out of graves/tombs/resting places (of the dead). Apparently having a tree growing out of someones grave is …

word-requests phrase  
asked by user3306356 3 votes
answered by Ave Maleficum 0 votes

What is the difference between 由于 and 因为?

What is the difference between "由于" and "因为"? For example, what is the difference between 由于今天是公共假期,我不需要上学。 and 因为今天是公共假期,我不需要上学。 Thanks.

meaning difference  
asked by chris97ong 3 votes
answered by Question Overflow 8 votes

Is Learning and Memorizing Chinese Characters much different than English?

Unlike English, Chinese is not a spelling language, which means there is no hint from the characters for pronunciation!!! Therefore, we can only work on the characters themselves to figure a way to …

mandarin simplified-chinese learning traditional-chinese language-learning  
asked by Chinese.Tutor.Frank 2 votes
answered by Stumpy Joe Pete 6 votes

Most common words in Cantonese?

There are many resources documenting the most common words for Mandarin, but none for Cantonese. Is there a list of the most common 500/1000/2000 words in Cantonese? Thanks!

cantonese hong-kong  
asked by Crashalot 2 votes
answered by Calvin Kwok 0 votes

Difference between 成员 and 会员?

Is there any difference between 成员 and 会员? Both mean member. I encountered this in a Level 2 Chinese workbook. Are they used in different contexts?

word-choice difference  
asked by user2246 2 votes
answered by NS.X. 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What does "你什么都不是" mean?

Literal translation: 你 - You 什么 - what / who / something / anything 都 - entire / all 不是 - blame My guess - It's all your fault?

asked by Steve 4 votes
answered by user238264 6 votes

How to say "as you wish" in Chinese

I want to know what to say in the following scenario: I am pushing someone for his own good, and he is not doing what I want, so I would then say to him "Okay, as you wish." How can I express this in …

translation idioms  
asked by Asadullah Ali 2 votes
answered by user238264 3 votes
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