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This sucks :) (was: Re: Some help with Latin)

From:Douglas Koller <laokou@...>
Date:Saturday, September 29, 2007, 14:48
From: Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>

> I did not know Mandarin allowed so much 'chi1'. I only learned
> 'chi1 fan4' - 'eat rice = eat' > 'he1 cha2' - 'drink tea' > 'xi1 yan1' - 'suck smoke = smoke' > 'xi1 qi1' - 'suck air = breathe'
> All these can be with 'chi1' also??
"chi1 cha2" and "chi1 shui3" have a regional je-sais-trop-bien-quoi about them, but I heard at least the former now and again. "chi1 yan1" was definitely in currency (disqualifier: my home base on the mainland was the provincial capital Nanchang in Jiangxi, a Gan area), but, as Eugene points out, could have been a localism grafted onto Mandarin. "xi1 yan1 (back to "tabako o suu") is the norm, as, I hope (Eugene?) is "chou1 yan1" ("pull smoke," cf. "take/have a drag"). As for Hokkien, the Taiwan years elicited "t


Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>