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    #51
    what'd = what did

    What'd he say? = What did he say?

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    #52
    that'll = that will

    That'll be all = That will be all

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    I've no question about the 've and stuff but I want to know what this means:

    明けましておめでとう


    And how can you get this on the computer. Is there in China a special keyboard for this kind of language????

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    #54
    Quote Originally Posted by sanny
    I've no question about the 've and stuff but I want to know what this means:

    明けましておめでとう


    And how can you get this on the computer. Is there in China a special keyboard for this kind of language????
    As I recall, I copied and pasted that. And it means, I think, "Happy New Year!" (Or something close.)

    :)

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    #55
    couldn't, didn't
    • I couldn't hear her, so I didn't respond = I could not hear her, so I did not respond


    couldn't've
    • I couldn't've done what you said I did = I could not have done what you said I did

  6. sanny
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    明けましておめでとう

    is this Chinese, Japanese or Taiwanese actually?
    I also never heard of Mandarin, in what countries do they speak Mandarin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanny
    明けましておめでとう

    is this Chinese, Japanese or Taiwanese actually?
    I also never heard of Mandarin, in what countries do they speak Mandarin?
    It's Japanese.

    明 = a
    け = ke
    ま = ma
    し = shi
    て = te

    お = o
    め =me
    で = de
    と = to
    う = u

    "akemashite omedetou" means, "Happy New Year" :)

    Click on the link below to see where Mandarin Chinese is spoken.

    http://www.lmp.ucla.edu/profiles/profm02.htm

    All the best,

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    #58
    It'll = It will.
    • It'll be a while = It will be a while.

    That'll = That will.
    • That'll be the day = That will be the day.
      That'll never happen again = That will never happen again.

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    #59
    Which'll = Which will.
    • The bus, which'll be along in a while, will take you to the station. = The bus, which will be along in a while, will take you to the station.


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    #60
    ain't = am not

    Example:
    • I ain't going, and you can't make me.


    (Many if not most grammarians consider ain't nonstandard.)

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