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Please help me with this translation? [closed]

What does this translate to in English? Apparently it's a quote. 昨天是歷史, 明天是未知, 而今天是禮物
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To 了 or not to 了

I'm Chinese learner and as everybody else I'm puzzled by the verbal aspect 了. My research into the subject gave such results: 了 belongs to a class of perfective aspect markers just as many other ...
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What exactly does 阅兵 mean/translate as?

The word 阅兵 has been used a lot the last couple of days, for obvious reasons, mostly for one specific activity. Dictionaries define as follows: CC-CEDICT to review troops KEY ◊ review ...
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In how many ways can we say “go straight ahead”?

I have heard 一直走(Yīzhí) and 往前(wǎng qián)走, but it seems the online translators prefer 一直往前走(Yīzhí wǎng qián zǒu) or 一直向(xiàng)前走 (if we're going forward)... From the above which are the most ...
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What is the negative of 将会?

将会 (Jiāng huì) means 'will' and for its opposite meaning ('won't') I have seen 不将会 and 将不会. Is there any difference here? Is one preferable to the other?
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What is the difference between 随手 and 顺便?

These two have the same meaning which is "conveniently" but I'm not sure if there is any difference in using these two.
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What is the English for “地宮”?

I know that "underground palace" can be a translation of "地宮", but I'm not too sure on the "correct" translation. Seeing some pictures on baike, "underground palace" doesn't really seem to fit what ...
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How to interpret 本质 here?

When I look up 本质 I get English meanings like 'essence, nature, innate character', esoteric stuff like that. 学习必须讲究方法,而改进学习方法的本质目的,就是要提高学习效率。 I think 本质 here actually means 主要, 最初 and 本质目的 is ...
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What is this 所 here?

This is the sad story of a little piece of gold that wants to shine but can't, so it 哭泣着。 小石头也想:“是金子在哪儿都发光。” 于是他日夜吸收天地之精华,把自己沖涤得闪闪发亮,终究又被脏东西所掩盖。 终究又被脏东西所掩盖。in the end by dirty things 所 covered up ...
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Is it possible to 结交朋友?

This little text is talking about the importance of 人脉关系. If you want to be successful, you should make a lot of friends. (in brackets added by me, not in the original text) ...
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Does 危机 really mean both crisis and opportunity?

A lot of people, mostly those who haven't studied Chinese, like to claim something along the lines of "In Chinese, the word for crisis 危机, also bears the meaning of opportunity." This is usually ...
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What does 着急 mean in this sentence?

This text is talking about 应试教育 versus 素质教育。In this sentence the last phrase is a bit unclear. 应该说已经推动了应试教育向素质教育的转变,但是这个转变非常艰难,是一个痛苦的漫长的过程,我们不能太着急。 Dictionaries say ‘着急’ means 'worry, feel anxious' ...
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What is the meaning of 看在 and 分上?

看在孩子的分上,夫妇二人没有离婚。 In the phrase above, what do they mean? Neither is found in a dictionary. The sentence is said to translate to "The pair would not divorce because of the children".
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Which country is 岛国?

and now for a weibo post 咱们四川流行的“头上开小花”发卡已经火到国外了,还在岛国推特排行榜登上了第一,分分钟过万转……十一区网友有的表示“灰常萌应该引入动漫里”,还有的表示“大叔带上格外喜感想嫁”,当然最多的回复是“看来我已不懂时尚”[笑cry] I'm told 岛国 is either TW or HK, but how can I know which ...
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Who wants to visit whom?

In this sentence: 好久没有看望萧乾老人了,怕干扰他翻译和写作,怕影响他休养生息,但心里却常惦念着他。 I think 好久没有看望萧乾老人了, = 萧乾好久没有看望老人了, but I'm not certain and I don't know why I think this. Is there a rule of syntax being followed here? ...
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How to interpret the explanation of '巧夺天工‘?

I had the phrase '巧夺天工‘ in my text, so I 百度 it. 百度 explains it thus: 专指人工的精巧胜过天然制成,形容技艺十分高超。, which is clear. However, they say '巧夺天工‘ comes from 古代成语,“微妙在智,触类而长,玄通阴了,巧夺造化。” and that is more ...
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What is this 让 in this text?

A strange old 听力 from a bygone era it seems, but this 通过让座者时 is holding me up, I can't get a handle on it. How is it meant? ...
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What does “兵器谱排行榜第一位” mean/represent?

Full sentence: 你们可真是兵器谱排行榜第一位,够贱 I did some googling, and it seems like "兵器谱" is a leaderboard for fictional weapons? I have absolutely no clue what this means in relation to "够贱". Source
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What's Baidu doing with all these crazy characters everywhere?

What's Baidu doing with all these crazy characters everywhere? Seems kind of meaningless to me.
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Why does the word 萌 mean “cute”?

A friend of mine said in a photo of me, my eyes looked very 萌(meng2). 你的眼睛很萌 My dictionary defines 萌 as; 萌 méng (动) sprout; bud; germinate But apparently in this context it means ...
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Does this 淘 just mean 买?

The little text I'm listening to has a poetic style. So I presume this is a poetic useage of 淘。Think it just means 'buy'. Is that right? 。。, 有很多特色的小商品店,可以淘一些特产带回家。Something like 'can fish up a few ...
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Tree: 树 (shù) vs 木 (mù)

Is there any difference between 树 (shù) and 木 (mù), in the meaning of "tree", or they are interchangeable?
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What is the meaning of 心理活动 here?

I have this sentence at the beginning of a short 听力练习。 就一般心理活动而言,人们并非总是喜欢被别人称赞的。 心理 = mental, psychological 活动 = activity, action Together 心理活动 just means 'mental movements'? = thoughts? Is that ...
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What is the difference between 汉语 and 普通话?

I've seen them used interchangeably, but I was wondering if there is a significant difference.
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The slang meaning of “Seven/七” in Cantonese

I have heard a few Hongkongers saying seven in a similar, likely identical, context. I assume they are addressing a person because when they say it, they make the L hand gesture. I could be wrong, but ...
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What is the origin and meaning of 焗烤

焗 was an uncommon character in Taiwan 20-30 years ago, limited mostly to Cantonese restaurants, and it was an unusual type of cooking. The MOE 國語辭典 gives this description of 焗: ...
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What is the exact meaning of 吃豆腐, and where does the expression come from?

I'm not talking about eating tofu, but the expression that means something more like taking advantage of someone. What exactly does 吃豆腐 mean, and where does this expression come from?
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How to interpret 休息不了多长时间吧?

他是‘业余作家‘。 您在白天应酬、工作之后,晚上是怎样进入写作状态的,您晚上休息不了多长时间吧? Have I got this right, seems she is asking the question in reverse. 您晚上休息不了多长时间吧? = How long do you sleep at night? His answer is '我大概一天睡四到五个小时。‘ ...
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What does this 鼎力 mean here?

关键是减少烟民数量,要实现这个目标,光靠医生的劝导是不幸的,还需要国家采取措施鼎力支持。 When I look up 鼎力 I get 'your kind help' or 'thanks for your help'. In the above sentence, I think it just means 'help', or are there other connotations? ...
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Why do people say “man dianer a” when you leave their shop?

When you leave a shop, you often hear the shopkeeper saying something like "man dianer a", which sounds like 慢点儿阿 (something parents say to their kids to get them to walk more slowly [even if they ...
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What is the function of 贴 in 四贴袋?

I can't figure out what 贴 is doing here: 中国革命先行者孙中山综合了西式服装与中式服装的特点,设计出了一种直翻领有袋盖的四贴袋男用套装,定名为中山装,此后几十年,中山装大为流行,成为中国男子喜欢的标准服装。 ‘四贴袋‘ is 贴 a 量词 here?
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What does 探个究竟 actually mean?

On the lid of the barrel(桶) it says '不可偷看‘ I have the sentence:人很好奇,走过来弯下腰把脑袋伸到桶里探个究竟。 探 = explore, 究竟 = outcome, result 探个究竟 = 'take a look' or 'see what happens' or both OK?
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Do 向 and 学 or 学习 work together here?

I'm not sure how to interpret 向学 in these 2 sentences。I think that 向 and 学/学习 work together. 1) 小张一心向学,厉志要成为一名科学家。'一心向学' = 1 mind to study = single-mindedly (to) study?? 1) is from iciba and they ...
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Are used to and 以往 really the same?

I have this question: 中国经济以往都是什么样的发展模式? I would like to translate it: China's economy used to use what kind of expansion method? 以 can be 'use' and '往‘ can be 'to' in English, so that ‘used to' and ...
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In 霸王别姬 is 霸 just a name?

I have not seen the film or read the book, I can't judge. Is this 霸 just a name, or does 霸王 really mean 'the tyrant king'?
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Are there differences between 朋友 and 我朋友 in modern Chinese?

When a friend sends me a photograph of a vase, saying 是朋友的, and some months later presents it saying: 我朋友的 should I then usually assume, that the friend became a girlfriend/boyfriend ...
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How should I deal with 产生 in this sentence?

I have this sentence below, but I don't really know how to deal with 产生。Any suggestions? I have basically ignored it. 1. was my first attempt, then I wrote 2., which I prefer. Does that agree with the ...
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What does 'twitter/facebook Town Hall' mean in Chinese? [closed]

I watched the video ' Obama's Twitter Town Hall- Full Video ' in Youtube.But I knew the Town Hall means '市政厅',and what does it mean here?
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How do you use 附近的 in a sentence? Also, 所有的? [closed]

I am learning Chinese, and I was confused on how to use the previously mentioned phrases in a sentence. Is it possible that someone could put them into a basic sentence so I could get a basic ...
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“母牛流产了“ - ”The cow cast her calf"? HSK Anki flash cards

I'm reviewing the HSK1-limited-part1 flash card deck on Anki, and I keep coming accross this one flash card. On the front, it says 母牛流产了 and for the definition, The cow cast her calf What ...
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Is 工作详细情况 similar to work experience?

I´m working with Chinese resumes and I´ve found this expression 工作详细情况" I´d like to know if it could be translated as work experience. Is it the same thing? Could 工作详细情况 work as a work ...
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The meaning of 废柴码农

Someone called me a 废柴码农 after I made a silly mistake. I suppose it must be something negative but what does it actually means?
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I need help with the translation of 长和能力

I'm working with Chinese resumes and I've found 长和能力 as a section title. I tried to translate it using the Google Translate and it says it means "Length and capacity". Is there any alternative ...
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Does 2010年10-12 means October to December of 2010, or October 12th, 2010?

I wanna know whether 2010年10-12 indicates a range or an specific date. Thanks for your help!
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What does 九洚 mean?

My friend asked me about the character in this picture: He said it's a map, and that part looks like a lake with rivers as its branches, so he thought it's a lake name. I've tried to search it in ...
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What's the difference between 确实, 的确, and 实在? [duplicate]

I never understand the difference between these three words, and nobody has never been able to explain it to me. I searched about it on many books, and websites, but I just didn't get it. Can you ...
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What's the difference between 确实, 的确, and 实在? [duplicate]

They all seem to have the same meaning. What's the difference between them? Thank you.
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Difference between 特色, 特殊, and 特别?

What's the difference between 特色, 特殊, and 特别? Can you please show me some examples? Thank you.
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What does 惟覺 mean here?

While lying in the hospital, I am thinking about 唐詩。 Particularly about this one: 多情卻似總無情,   惟覺樽前笑不成。   蠟燭有心還惜別,   替人垂淚到天明 I think I can more or less understand it, but I have no idea what 惟覺 ...
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What does 狗改不了吃屎 mean?

What does 狗改不了吃屎 mean? I think it is a proverb. Something do to with god? In my research, is it similar to 江山易改,本性难移?