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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 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 ...
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What does '所至‘ mean?

What's the best way to think of the phrase in English? It seems to be a very formal sort of expression. For example, "多数是工作时数超长疲劳所至." Thanks, Rachel (Edit: Thank you. I didn't realize it was a ...
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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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Is 得弄 one word here or two?

I have 首先得弄清楚我们需要什么。 I see 得弄清楚 is a fairly common combination of words. Is 得弄 one word or 2 words here? Should I read de nong or dei nong? Should I translate the sentence to 'First we need to ...
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What does the underscore (_) mean in Chinese?

Some examples of Google search: 风中的树_新浪博客 历史转折中的邓小平_电视剧_央视网 ...
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Roots of the difference between 谈,论,说,讲,议, 叙,言,报,告,述

All those talk, discuss, chat and ect. In any language there are a lot of words expressing different connotation of people speaking. In my own language (russian) there are lot's of them BUT I can ...
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洗发剂 and 洗发水 difference

Even though my dictionary regards them both as a shampoo, I wonder if 洗发剂 is more a conditioner for the hair and 洗发水 more a regular watery shampoo? Is there a difference? Thank you.
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What does 软文 and 小号 mean in internet slang?

Just like the title said, what does 软文 and 小号 mean in intenet slang?
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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'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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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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What is this 予以 doing in my sentence?

From the meanings I find for '予以 = give, grant' I can't really see what it is doing here. Maybe the Chinese is '予以推进 = give/produce advancement', but 予以 may also mean 'impose' I believe. Maybe the ...
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Difference between 换钱 and 挽钱

My take is that 挽钱 (wǎn qián ) would mean to withdraw money from an ATM and 换钱 (huàn qián) to change money ... or am I mistaken?a
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Usage of the word 欠 and 了 in 那我一分钱也不欠你的了

I've been struggling to get my head around how to properly use the word 欠. The dictionary has to lack, as a meaning, but I can't find any example sentences with it used that way, only owe. ...
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What is the difference between 激动 and 冲动?

What is the difference between "激动" and "冲动"? So for example, what is the difference between: 先别激动,冷静一下。 and 先别冲动,冷静一下。 Thanks.
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Difference between 最高领导人 and 主要领导人之一?

I've just been looking at the wikipedia entry for Xi Jinping and the word used for the position he will be taken on Wikipedia is incumbent "paramount leader" with paramount leader pointing to this ...
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What do 为至 and 即随之而至 mean?

First phrase: 身死无名为至愚. Second one: 他的犯罪记录即随之而至. What would be a good way to translate those phrases?
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Can I change this '下‘ for '前面‘?

I have this in my text: 在绿色、环保已成为全社会共识的大背景下, 。。。 ‘背景下’ says to me ‘under a background' which seems odd. I would rather locate things 'in front of' a background. Can I change '背景下‘ for '背景前‘ or ...
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Meaning/Translation: 熟肉 [TV Series]

I've seen the word 熟肉 associated with TV Series'. For example: What does it mean? What's a good English translation?
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Meaning/Usage/Translation: 耳膜 vs. 鼓膜?

What's the difference between: 耳膜 and 鼓膜? Apparently they both check out to eardrum in English. 汉语大辞典, even, defines 耳膜 as 耳中鼓膜。 Can 鼓膜 be used in other places then?
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Meaning & Etyomology: 博眼球?

The only meaning of 博眼球 I've been able to come across is the following from a 百度知道 answer: 回头率高,吸引人的意思 but is it really that simple, is that all it means? 'An eyeball-turner?' What does 博 mean ...
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What is the difference between 假如 and 例如?

What's the difference between 假如 and 例如? As far as I know, their usage is the same.
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Politeness in Mandarin

I like to say please sometimes when I want to be polite to someone when asking them for something. Is this customary in Mandarin? For example, if I wanted to ask for some water, I might ask my ...
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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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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 write “Oh” in Chinese (哦,噢,喔)

In WeChat, QQ, text messages, and the like, it is common to see 哦, 噢, and 喔 used to express an acknoledgement that the other person has said something. They all seem fairly close equivalents to the ...
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What is the meaning of 附件 here?

What do they mean by '铅笔附件‘ and '配套件‘? '铅笔附件‘ maybe: the box that the pencils come in? Or the lead in the pencil, in case it contains harmful chemicals? 宁波检验检疫人员提醒文具出口企业,要重视铅笔附件和配套件的安全性能。
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How is the meaning of 不得已 formed?

I am under the impression that Chinese multi-character words form their meaning from that of the characters that form these words. (Let me know if I am mistaken!) I know that 不得已 means "to have to". ...
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Does this sentence talk about second cars or second hand cars?

I'm pretty sure this sentence is referring to '2 car families', but I'd like to check. How should I interpret ‘二次购车’ here? Maybe they are talking about second hand cars, or families that have ...
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What does it mean by “失敗就懷孕”?

I'm reading a web novel, and it states: “大約是失敗就懷孕之類的任務吧……” What does "懷孕" mean or represent in this context?
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Is there a word in Chinese to mean “mostly”? Is “大多” appropriate?

As title, is there a word in Mandarin Chinese to mean "mostly" ? For example, I am going to tell my friend who wrote a letter to me that "I mostly got what you man", is it appropriate to say "大多" that ...
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What does the measure word 一片 mean? and how to use it?

In the textbook, we learned that 一片 is the measure word for thin, flat objects such as leaves. But it seems to mean differently in 一片草地. What does the measure word 一片 mean? and how to use it? 
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Meanings and pronunciation of 截

What are all meanings of 截? as in 截拳道? Is it pronounced "Jeet" or "Jee"? I'm interested in the word "jeet" and how it may be used.
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询问奸雄所见略同的由来 and how does it relate to chinese

The quote"我很想询问奸雄所见略同的由来" seems very interesting to me. And in Google Translate, it translates to "I would like to ask the king's men great minds think alike the origin of." It doesn't seem to make ...
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What is 猫舅 in the following sentence?

I assume this is a cultural thing that I am not aware of, but a friend just updated their status to say: 希望猫舅变成天使守护全家 Xīwàng māo jiù biàn chéng tiānshǐ shǒuhù quán jiā Who or what is 猫舅?
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How to use 主持 in composition

I know the basic meaning of 主持, which is "taking charge of". But I don't know how and on what occasion I can use this word. Can I just use this for all the things which someone is responsible for? ...
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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 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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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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What is this 运行 in this sentence?

中国加入世界贸易组织后,国内的汽车行业与汽车市场运行环境发生了前所未有的改变。 Sometimes in colloquial English we say 'shift' to mean 'sell'. Is '运行环境‘ something like that? 运行环境 maybe 'sales environment' or ‘turnover' (交易额) ??
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What does this character mean? 

What does this mean: ? It's in traditional form, because that is what appeared when I copied and pasted an emoji from Gmail into Gchat. I don't have a traditional dictionary, so I looked up what I ...
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What is the meaning of 建设 here?

I have this text from my book. I thought 建设 means 'build, construct', by association maybe 'develop', but I can't figure out what it is doing in the second sentence. I put the 3 sentences for context. ...
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What is the difference between 油漆, 涂料 and 油彩 please?

I need some help with something. I am trying to find the word for oil paint. Artist oil paint, like the stuff Winsor & Newton makes. But I can not find the exact word. 油彩 is the closest I can ...
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Could you help me explain the meaning of “顺其自然”? [closed]

I don't know what does this phrase mean in English. Please explain it with some example sentences. Thanks a lot!