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  5. "他有橙色的嘴巴。"


Translation:He has an orange mouth.

February 19, 2018



If an animal is anthropomorphized (like in a children's story, etc.), would the pronouns 他 and 她 be used? Or would only the pronoun 它 be used? (Or am I just overthinking this?)


它 is usually used for inanimate objects. The usage of pronouns in Chinese is a bit fuzzy, and depends much on the context (much like other parts of the language).


Usually it'd be 他 or 她,depending on the gender. For describing a normal animal, 牠 would be used.


Chinese is one of my native languages, and I've never seen or used 牠 before, wow.


OML my last sentence for chinese! but tbh duo made me facepalm loads of times during this lesson, teaching us about his ravishing feet and green feathers XD


So what's the difference between 嘴巴 and 口?


I think orange colored mouth is a better translation than just orange. Unlike red, green, blue, white, etc, which are just colors, orange is also a fruit (or really a berry!), that has given name to the colour. But orange colored was not accepted. It should have been.


Shouldn't this really be "He has an orange beak"? Or does Chinese 嘴巴 mean both "mouth" and "beak"?


While I agree with Mr.rM that 喙 is much an accurate translation of beak, I do think that if previous context has established "He" as a bird, you could use 嘴巴 to mean beak here.


Beak is accepted, too. :o)


Duo is not a person. So this should be translated as "It has an orange mouth/beak". for you have said before that Duo is a lovely owl. So it is an animal, not a person.

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    In Chinese we do use he and she for an animal, though in English we don't.


    English is my native language, and I've heard animals called "he" and "she." That's usually the case when we're close to the animal (like, if they're our pet), or if we're personifying the animal in some way (again, like we often do with pets).


    English genders and Chinese genders are both used on a case by case basis. In both languages, it's weird to call an adult human an "it", and you'd call an inanimate object an "it" unless it's anthropomorphised.

    Beyond that, it's just a personal judgement call about how "human" or "alive" the thing is.

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