"Đồngbằng"

Translation:The plain

2 years ago

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"plain" as in "bland" or as in "even ground / stretched area"?

2 years ago

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as in even ground/stretched area :)

plain as in "bland" is "giản dị"/ "đơn giản"

2 years ago

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Should be "the plain."

2 years ago

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From Chinese 平 píng (Hong Kong Cantonese ping4, Guangzhou peng4), ‘flat’.

2 years ago

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You know there's a Chinese course on Duolingo, and this is the Vietnamese course, don't you?

2 years ago

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You know there are plenty of people who came here with some background in Chinese (like me) and these connections are immensely helpful mnemonics for us, don’t you?

2 years ago

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Well, maybe. But to avoid confusion or misusing later, you should keep in mind that Vietnamese and Chinese came from different families (Vietnamese - Austroasiatic, Chinese - Sino-Tibetan). Hence, aside from the borrowed words, the sentence structure, pronunciation, and etc. are totally different.

2 years ago

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Thanks, knowing the Sino-Vietnamese origins of the words really helps my understanding of the language. I really appreciate it!

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đồng = field

bằng = flat (from 平 - Mandarin píng, Cantonese ping4)

2 years ago
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