Discussion group / 杂谈 / 雜談

Moderator: OldBoring

User avatar
OldBoring
Language Forum Moderator
Posts: 5473
Joined: 2012-12-08, 7:19
Real Name: Francesco
Gender: male
Location: Loma
Country: IT Italy (Italia)
Contact:

Re: Discussion group / 杂谈 / 雜談

Postby OldBoring » 2017-06-24, 15:20

Huh

User avatar
księżycowy
Language Forum Moderator
Posts: 9418
Joined: 2006-09-13, 23:51
Real Name: Paweł
Gender: male
Country: US United States (United States)
Contact:

Re: Discussion group / 杂谈 / 雜談

Postby księżycowy » 2017-06-24, 17:58

What's confusing you?
Or are you thinking?
Biblical Hebrew (he) Japanese (ja) | Munster Irish (ga) Seneca (see)

Hent
Posts: 1314
Joined: 2012-11-06, 16:15
Gender: male
Country: CZ Czech Republic (Česká republika)

Re: Discussion group / 杂谈 / 雜談

Postby Hent » 2017-07-20, 17:26

Damn. Why is Chinese so difficult? I went to buy a pack of cigarettes to this pawn shop and the guy was speaking Mandarin on the phone. So I asked him 你是中国人吗?, but I guess I pronounced ren as zn (Sichuanese way IIRC) and he didn't understand me. So I asked him again and then I asked him in Czech and he said yes. After that I asked him what city he's from (in Czech) and he said Peking (instead of the Mandarin word)

After that I asked him 你好吗? and he replied with 你好 which made me a bit confused. Not sure of that was a reply or not :)

I said 谢谢 and left, but come on that's basic stuff!! So what happened?

1. He didn't expect me to speak Chinese.
2. I mispronounced sth.
3. I was mumbling.
4. I was tipsy.

Or combination of all 4 reasons... :(

vijayjohn
Language Forum Moderator
Posts: 17657
Joined: 2013-01-10, 8:49
Real Name: Vijay John
Gender: male
Location: Austin
Country: US United States (United States)

Re: Discussion group / 杂谈 / 雜談

Postby vijayjohn » 2017-09-16, 4:30

Dr. House wrote:Damn. Why is Chinese so difficult?

When there's less interest in learning a given language in a particular country, there are also fewer resources for learning it.
When there are fewer resources for learning it, it's harder.
I went to buy a pack of cigarettes to this pawn shop and the guy was speaking Mandarin on the phone. So I asked him 你是中国人吗?, but I guess I pronounced ren as zn (Sichuanese way IIRC) and he didn't understand me.

Most people aren't going to understand Sichuanese Mandarin.
After that I asked him 你好吗? and he replied with 你好 which made me a bit confused. Not sure of that was a reply or not :)

It is. As I understand it, there isn't a whole lot of difference between 你好吗? and 你好, and usually, to ask each other 'how are you', native speakers say 你怎么样?


Return to “Chinese (中文)”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest