@viciousbearmauling: Marathon that shit! So satisfying!
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A question for people still watching Mahouka: Did they skip the flashback of Tatsuya as a child committing genocide of the Chinese people?
C'mon, now. That would never fly on Japanese TV. If they had the balls to do that... well, I would be impressed in a weird way.
Mahouka - "I just caused this bigass crater on the center of the earth"...ROLL FUCKING END OF SERIES CREDITS. Fucking 10/10 let our lord and savior Tatsuya wash over you.
YO, I'M A WIZARD AND THAT'S FUCKED UP!
Nah, who am I kidding? If my onii-sama was like that I'd be all brocon, too.
This fell back to the second page, but because I promised, here's a little something on the languages of Taiwan:
The official language of modern Taiwan/The Republic of China is Mandarin Chinese, but much like the mainland, its linguistic landscape is a diverse one. The main spoken language of the island is Taiwanese Hokkien, often simply referred to as "Taiwanese." While there is debate on whether Taiwanese Hokkien is directly related to Chinese or belong to another independent language family, the current general academic consensus recognizes it as an offshoot of mainland Hokkien, the local language spoken in and around the Chinese province of Fujian. Due to interactions with the Dutch, Portuguese, and Japanese, Taiwanese Hokkien has incorporated a number of loanwords and differs from mainland Hokkien in significant ways despite still being mutually intelligible to some degree.
Mandarin Chinese became the official language of Taiwan after the Kuomintang fled the mainland after losing the civil war against the CCP in 1945. Much like its mainland counterpart, the KMT pushed heavily for Mandarin integration in schools. The effort was only moderately successful due to local resistance. Today, with the exception of members of the older generation, the majority of Taiwanese people can speak Mandarin fluently. Taiwanese Mandarin differs in subtle ways from Mainland Mandarin, particularly in vocabulary and pronunciation of certain words (for example, the character 和, meaning "[to be] with," is pronounced hé in PRC Mandarin, and hàn in RoC Mandarin). Since Mandarin is the official language used for all formal occasions and in higher education, it is associated with sophistication and higher social status. It is spoken most commonly in the northern metropolitan areas like Taipei, while Taiwanese Hokkien and other indigenous (the "formosan languages" of the aboriginal tribes, and Hakka, another dialect) languages dominate the south.
Note: Taiwanese Chinese is written with traditional Chinese script (also used in Hong Kong and Macau), as opposed to the simplified version used in the PRC. The difference is purely visual; there are no characters in one system that does not have a corresponding character in the other.
@halidyusein: Having been down in the trenches of both sides of this debate, I can safely say with confidence that the vast majority of people don't give two shits and just want to live in peace. That doesn't mean there aren't problems. The issue on the mainland side is one of arrogance, characterized by belittling and derogatory remarks toward the Taiwanese and the notion that the island can be taken any time by military force. The Taiwanese side sees the mainland government as some sort of evil dictatorship akin to Soviet Russia and North Korea as a result of constant fear mongering by the media and party politicians interested in fanning nationalistic vitriol for votes.
All of this goes away, however, at a personal level. Sure, twenty years ago I got some shit from a few Taiwanese kids because I was a mainlander, but my Taiwanese buddies also stood up for me and vice versa. I work in Shanghai today and meet plenty of Taiwanese people and we're all good friends. Whenever the issue of Taiwanese independence or reunification comes up, we just laugh about it because both sides of the current rhetoric is dumb as dicks and we all know it. It's all politics and semantics.
Yet, there seems to be a resurgence of animosity among the younger generation of the two sides. Maybe it's because the internet made verbal mudslinging so much easier, there's a lot of hate filled, almost racist bullshit being toss around by both sides on message boards and blogs. It's honestly disheartening to see something like this happen when we've seemingly made some progress in the last ten years.
Guess it's still too early to hope for some form of reconciliation.
EDIT: Sorry to end on such a downer! Promise there will be some on-topic, linguistic stuff on Taiwan, tomorrow! I don't speak a lick of Hokkien but I sure will write some shit about it!
@triumvir: pocket BKB is pretty nice, but Guardian Angel is just a weird situational skill. Great against physical damage carries and for going high ground, but it pretty much requires you to force fights. Getting caught on the back foot, Guardian Angel isn't going to help you turn the fight. Might be able to get away, but that's a big ult on cd, and chances are if you're picking an Omni, you're picking against a team with heavy physical damage. Using GA on retreat is a huge disadvantage going into the next team fight. While being ahead with an Omniknight is super awesome, falling behind on one is terribad. With no decent farming tools other than Purification (which costs lots of mana early on), you're in for a rough time. The skill ceiling on Repel is higher than most players realize since it can actually kill the hero it's cast on because it's magic immune to all targeted heals, including Omni's own Purification.
Would totally pick against Drow and CK, though.
@cramsy: Actual Chinese handwriting is probably the worst thing I've had to deal with in terms of understanding what is written (the next worse thing is probably a doctor's handwriting). I'm working in China right now, and sometimes when my co-workers hand me something handwritten I look at them and go "What fucking dogshit did you just scribble on this piece of paper?"
Conversational Chinese is a lot easier than Japanese, and probably Korean, as well, because grammar is optional. Context is king, and as long as you don't fuck up too badly, people will understand you just fine. Written Chinese is a whole different story, however. Screw up the sentence structure and it gets really awkward really fast.
I was born in Shanghai, and what is understood as "Mandarin Chinese" these days is, in fact, the predominant dialect in Northeastern China. I grew up speaking the Shanghai dialect, which is classified as a southern dialect. It shares basic linguistic frameworks with other Chinese dialects but has a profoundly different lexicon and pronunciations. A prominent feature of the Shanghai dialect that it shares with other southern dialects (like Cantonese) is the mostly flat position of the tongue when enunciating. As a result, southerners typically don't have the characteristic "rolled-up tongue" stereotype often associated with Chinese. Children back then never spoke Mandarin Chinese until upon entering elementary school. Local dialects were banned in schools and breaking the rule could potentially result in corporal punishment (I know because I did it a few times). Nowadays, the government is backpedaling on their language policies in an effort to "preserve local cultural heritage," but mostly it's for the sake of tourism. The damage is already done, however, as most of my younger cousins can hardly even speak authentic Shanghaiese.
My Japanese education mostly came from my aunt, who worked for a Japanese firm back in the late '80s, hence spoke fluent Japanese. My parents were pretty for this until I started getting shit in school from classmates and teachers who thought I had Japanese blood because I would occasionally use the Japanese pronunciations for things since the two languages partially share the same writing system (anti-Japanese sentiments were well and alive back then. Thanks, propaganda!). I moved to Canada at age ten, and learning English wasn't all that hard thanks to the mandatory language programs in the public school system. I picked up Japanese again in high school and ran with it all the way till graduation. My Japanese has gotten pretty rusty over the years due to disuse, but I can still understand things at a passable level.
TL;DR - languages are cool. Learn them!