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!
F) 她 - tā
M) 他 - tā
Thx fellow Mandarin learnee's x
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.
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”。
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!