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清淡 (qing dan) usage: any food, or from a diet?

I ate with a Chinese who mentioned the soup was 清淡 (qing dan): clear, and bland. On Google all I found were acupuncture and "macrobiotic diet" websites. Is 清淡 (qing dan) an adjective commonly applied ...
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“FLAG” meaning in ‘bullet hell-style subtitles’ (弹幕)?

Watching shows with 弹幕 (or bullet hell-style subtitles) the word ‘FLAG’ often shows up. What does ‘FLAG’ mean?
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Why do Chinese people say 一孕傻三年?

Just the other day, I heard this '一孕傻三年'. Does anyone have an inkling as to why Chinese people think this?
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Help with some book titles

重生之妙手医心 I don't get this because of "妙手医心." What does it mean? A wonderful hand and a doctor's heart? 大哥这种生物,少惹为 What is "少惹为?" 魔天记 Is it "devil's diary?"
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中学? middle or high school

中学 seems to be both terms for middle school (junior high school) and high school (senior high school). how does 高中 and 初中 relate to these words also? ...
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What's the English expression that means 感叹词:“坏了”

In Chinese there is a 感叹词:"坏了", means something went unexpected wrong. Example: 坏了,下雨了 坏了,手机忘带了 坏了,迟到了 What are the common English expressions that can express that "astonishing strike"? ...
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How to write “bei wu long” in Chinese and what is its origin?

Bei Wu Long in Cantonese means to make a big mistake. What are the Chinese characters for this? Is there a story for this?
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How to come from 二百五 to 二百九?

I know 二百五 stands for foolish/stupid and I assume I have to add up 二百五, 三八 and 二 to it to obtain 二百九. Is this right and if so, what does 二 mean and where did it get it's meaning?
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How to translate/use 一巧

All of a sudden in my course we've started using "一巧" everywhere, and I really do not understand it at all. example: 尽管我很喜欢这张唱片,可是我一巧也开始喜欢它,想到以后可以跟一巧一起听音乐,我决定把这张唱片给他。 which I understand all of, ...
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Why in China do they use k instead of m for the slope of a line?

In china they write y = kx + b Just wondering if there was a reason.
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才 in the sense of “only”

What does 才 mean in this sentence? 妈妈说,鼻子长才是漂亮。 (Quote taken from a nursery rhyme.) After looking in the dictionary my best guess is that it means "just" or "only", so as to make the ...
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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 “戀”/“恋” a word by itself?

As titled. I saw this lyrics with the sentence, 為什麼全世界的戀我都失一遍? Based on the structure, it looks like the word itself is a noun. If it is, what does it mean? I only know the word 戀愛/恋爱. Thanks ...
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What does the name of the singer “约瑟翰 庞麦郎” mean?

I did a quick search and have found: 姓名: 约瑟翰 庞麦郎 英文名: Joseeh Punmanlon I know it is supposed to be like "Snoop Dogg," "Buddy Guy" or something like that. But I'm still very curious on if that ...
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Translation: 地灾

We're getting 地灾 warnings over here...but what is a 地灾? Apparently it's short for 地质灾害... adsotrans dictionary defines it, word-for-word, as a geological disaster; which is pretty meaningless ...
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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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When is it appropriate to use 先生?

I'm trying to figure out when the title 先生 is used. Is it used for Mr., husband, honorary person, or something else? 谢谢
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What is the difference between 秀才, 进士, 举人, and 甲第?

秀才、进士、举人、甲第那些单词有什么区别?好像它们都是指在中国古代科举制度下成绩特高的考生。准确的区别是什么?哪些至今还在使用? (麻烦大家帮忙改正中文错误!) What is the difference between 秀才, 进士, 举人, and 甲第? They all seem to refer to students who did particularly well ...
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meaning of “然後三個三個分成小組”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n38D7DCDtbk http://southworks.com/blog/2009/06/21/the-cookie-experiment/ So,when Liu Anting refers to "然後三個三個分成小組" does she mean something along the lines of "And ...
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What is the meaning of this 征 in this sentence please

What is 征 here please? I guess it is either 征求 or 征集。Would either fit the bill? Maybe 征名 is a word? I think it is really '征集名字‘。 The background is, 兰州的‘读者文摘’ had to change the name of their magazine, ...
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What is in 侧面 this sentence?

I can't quite see what 侧面 is doing in this sentence, any tips please? I'll put the previous sentence for clarity. 今天,杨先生的银行存款很少,绝大部分都用来投资股市,一年下来,收益远远高出利息。 实际上,市民理财概念的变化,侧面反映了金融市场在入世以后逐渐与国际接轨。 Could ...
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What is the meaning of 用支 in this setence?

支 usually means support or branch, but here it seems to take on a different meaning. Unless it means they plan the support they use in their life on money? I also tried to replace 用支 with 用之 and 用纸, ...
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过道/走廊 what's the difference?

It seems to me that these two are pretty interchangeable for 'hallway' - at least in the writing I've read before. My question is, though, is there any difference in meaning? Any difference when to ...
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Correct context for 大河向东流哇

As part of my immersion process I am studying Chinese lyrics of songs that I like. Many times I find Chinese phrases that I understand all of the words but none of the context. In this case 大河向东流哇 ...
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How can I translate “精神需要”?

This is an example sentence in my textbook: "建立良好的人际关系,是每个社会人的精神需要" 精神 is translated in the dictionary into "spirit, mind, consciousness". Here I believe it must be modifying 需要, which is acting ...
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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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What does “须发皆张” mean?

须发皆张 须 - Beard 发 - Hair 皆 - All 张 - Spread/Open up If it was directly translated, it would be something like "[someone's] beard and hair all spread open", but what does that even mean? I ...
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Why “保重” means “take care”?

As far as I have learnt, for each Chinese word with more than one character, its meaning is formed from that of each character which it comprises. However, I cannot understand how the meaning of 保重 is ...
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What do 总 and 不时 mean here together?

他说,当公司总经理从他身旁经过时,总会不时地赞美他“你扫的地真干净“。 It seems I have 总 ‘always‘ and 不时 ‘occasionally' or 'often' together. Does the 总经理 always or occasionally laud said sweeper? Or is it 'on all occasions'??
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可怕 and 恐怖 are what kind of “terrible”?

Before heading to town to find something to eat, a friend suggested I should be the one driving the 摩托車. I told my passenger it was illegal for me to drive, but they insisted. I drove fast, ran red ...
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What is the difference between 阻拦, 阻止, 阻挡, and 阻碍?

Title says it all; what's the difference between 阻拦, 阻止, 阻挡, and 阻碍?
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How to say “Peekaboo” when playing hide and seek

I have tried to find how to say "peekaboo" in chinsese when playing hide and seek. I 've just found 门门! but I don't know it is corect or not. Could you tell me how to say "Peekaboo!" and "Play hide ...
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What does […] 给盯背过去 mean?

The full sentence was more or less: 差点没把人家给盯背过去 I was wondering if it was a phrase, or if it just meant that they were staring at the person's back.
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What is the function of 是 in this sentence: 你是怎么学习英语的?

Am I right to assume that the question is about the other person's personal method of studying English? And would omitting the 是 make the question more general? (Is this an example for the ...
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Can you decipher what this seal stamp says and means? [closed]

I am told that this seal stamp character(s) are from the Chinese dialect, though I got it from my Japanese grandmother. She had it made and gave it to me. I was told it says 'strong and smart' and ...
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Understanding “當地的頭腦”

What does "當地的頭腦" mean? I saw a shirt with that written on it. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the earth and brain. Does "当地的头脑" mean the same thing? Even if it doesn't make sense, would ...
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Meaning and usage of 得瑟(嘚瑟)

嘚瑟 [dè·se] (usually written 得瑟 in my limited observation) is apparently 东北方言. I've seen a couple dictionaries/explanations that say it means to "show off". I hear this word fairly frequently, but I ...
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What is the meaning of 串串儿?

The only translation I can find has to do with strings...? I heard this phrase when someone was speaking about 四川菜, is this related to 火锅? Is this phrase a joke of sorts about the Sichuan dialect ? ...
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Which meaning of 意见 is indicated here?

Talking about 王嘉廉, I have: 他经常到客户不听取意见,并受到了很大的启发。电脑界最大的弊端是仅靠技术为驱动力,科技人员从不聆听客户的需求。如果有人愿意听取客户的意见,必定会有很大的发展机会。 I‘m pretty sure that '意见' is 'complaints' here, but I suppose it could just as easily be ...
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When should 吧 be used?

I understand that it is used at the end of a sentence to indicate suggestion, but I want to know what kinds of everyday situations warrant its use. I'd appreciate two or three examples. Also, does it ...
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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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The usage of 醒来 vs. 睡醒, and a little bit about 睡觉。

I was asked to translate the phrase "I wanna wake up where you are". One of the options that came up was 我想在你的身边睡醒 which turned out to be not so pleasant to a native Chinese ear. A better ...
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What is 去意 here?

I think I understand the first part of this sentence, but sometimes Chinese surprises me completely, so I'd like to check. The text discusses 2 pilots who quit their jobs. Have I read it correctly, or ...
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What does “現代修真” mean?

現代修真 Is a type/category of novel, but what does it mean in English? 現代 Is basically modern, but what would 修真 mean in this case? If 修真 means "Cultivating True Virtue", it doesn't ...
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Is there a difference between 有趣 and 有意思?

They seem to mean the same thing, but I've seen 有意思 quite a few times in my books, and never 有趣. When is 有趣 used and why (especially in comparison with 有意思)?
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Is their a trick to find out the intensity of words with similar meanings?

I know that the intensity for the Chinese "but" is 不过》可是》但是》却 and I know that there are other words like this, but I wonder if there is a way to recognise which one has the stronger meaning, without ...
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What is the purpose of 制 in this sentence 夏时制开始

Just received this in a message from a friend trying to determine what time we meet this coming Sunday. 星期天几点开踢? 夏时制开始 Daylight savings starts early this Sunday at 2am. So what is the purpose ...
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What is the meaning of the last part of this sentence?

I can't quite get the last part of this 专家:这个问题不能一刀切。对于东部的企业,因为起步较早,有一定产业规模和资金积累,所以调整产业结构,提高技术含量,不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。 Can I rewrite the last bit thus: 不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。= 发展趋势的要求是不断向产业链的高端的提升。 ...
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What does “大概” mean? Are there any words with the same meaning?

I looked up in the dictionary, there are 12 meanings for it! well aiblins anywhere belike supposedly probably prob. maybe mayhap presumedly presumably ordinarily somewhere easily mainly Just ...
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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 ...