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Plurals In Masculine and Feminine Question!

你好! So... When I started learning Mandarin back in January I had a question stuck on my mind for a little while. Could you guys help out? I'm almost fifteen but still cannot get this one... Masculine and Feminine Pinyin sound exactly the same, so how is one supposed to know the gender without seeing the character?

I'm sure it's quite simple but if someone could explain it to me that would be awesome!

Examples:

F) 她 - tā

M) 他 - tā

Thx fellow Mandarin learnee's x

April 20, 2019

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/morethanjustacat

Sorry bud, but that's part of the beauty/quirks of the language.. Also, "it", 它, is pronounced the exact same way too. Personally I quite like this, because if you're orally referring to someone you don't have to specify their gender.

April 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Carmen_Chiem

No need to specify preferred pronouns in mandarin! :D

April 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/morethanjustacat

exactly!

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lisa265830

Chinese here. Most of the times we can guess the gender by the context, but sometimes when we can't speculate the gender and the information is important, we will ask is this "ta" a “男他” or “女她”。

April 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/morethanjustacat

or "动物它"

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Lex_tw

or sometimes saying "男生的他" / "女生的她", lol

April 22, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Bernard419937

I've always wondered this, thanks everyone for clarifying!

April 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/v27ly

fam, you don't. sometimes you base it on context but most of the time it's all the same. lots of kids who go to chinese school use the masculine "ta" for every situation :)) hope that helped!

May 3, 2019
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