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减/減 (Reduce/Subtract/Decrease/Diminish): What's it got to do with water?

So here we have 冫+咸 (or 氵+咸) = 减(減). 减(減) means something along the lines of reduce/subtract/decrease/diminish or what have you. What has water got to do with this though? Logically one would ...
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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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Does anyone recognize the characters written on this home shrine? [closed]

So far I can read most of the characters on this picture, except 1 character. The characters on the center is: 忠義 (zhong1yi4 - Tiong-gī), which means: Loyalty and is related to the story of the ...
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problem with 要 - it seems to have several meanings

一看见这些楼房,他心里就想,自己一定要买上一套房子。 This is the sentence that I've come across. I've translated it as: Once he sees these houses, he thinks that he can definitely buy a house himself. But I'm always ...
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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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Meaning of 修养­­­­

The dictionary defines 修养 as: accomplishment / training / self-cultivation However many examples in context seem to have the sense of the development of being a gentleman / lady, or being ...
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Need help in translation. Problems with 了. Again :)

The sentence is (1)突然父亲嘘了一口气 and (2)突然父亲嘘一口气 I would have undertand them if it's not the for the "突然" part. My take: (1) "Suddenly father exhaled (once)" (like "ooooh" and then maybe ...
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What does 狸猫换太子 mean?

I came across this in a Chinese television show where someone says: "咱们狸猫换太子的计划". I can't figure out what "狸猫换太子" could mean. To my knowledge this means: "Leopard exchange for Crown Prince". Which ...
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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 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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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 '技能技术' Mean?

Can you please tell me how to translate "提高技能技术". Both "技能" and "技术" seem to mean skill, but "技术" also means technology.
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What is the meaning of '有机结合‘ here?

The sentence before he said: 一般企业更多雇用的是员工的双手和双脚,而不是员工最有价值和创造力的部位--大脑。 I have this sentence: 面对这一业界难题,我们公司看到的不是两难,而是有机结合。 Next sentence:(this is from my fltrp text book, so I assume it is good 汉语) ...
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What does this line mean?

哦,您原来跟齐天大圣一个姓埃我爸差点晕倒。。 I found this on http://m.zol.com.cn/xiaohua/detail45/44743.html.
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Need help with 你们不是向着我的吗?

I found the phrase discussed in the title of this question on the 海贼王 manga (One Piece). I have not found this phrase anywhere else, and have put this on other forums without much success.
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What are the arguments of 结合?

I have this sentence: 某酒类品牌的成功,在于它紧紧抓住都市文化的特点,将产品创新同城市文化、都市人怀旧心态紧密结合,大大提升了酒的档次,创造了酒的新概念。 Sometimes, no often, I get confused with Chinese, especially when sentences use 将 or 把。I rewrote the part I ...
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What belongs together here '年产数百万顿的'?

How should I read this: ,形成了年产数百万吨的强大产能。 Is it: A ,形成了 (年产数) 百万吨的 强大产能。or B ,形成了年产 (数百万吨的) 强大产能。 I believe '数百万‘ = 'several million', but I think '年产数‘ could be 'annual production figure'. ...
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What is the meaning of 这是给谁的礼物?

Yet another sentence where I know all the words but can't work out the correct meaning! In one of my textbooks I have a series of phrases: 给我礼物 给谁的礼物 这是给谁的礼物? Would I be correct in translating ...
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How am I supposed to understand 充分一些?

What does the phrase 尽量准备充分一些 mean? I have this sentence: 并非每个人都适合创业,但有想法的人可以大胆去做,尽量准备充分一些。 As much as possible prepare ample a little 尽量准备充分一些 Should I prepare a little, or a lot??
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What's the difference between 说 and 讲?

It seems that in most cases, the two are interchangeable. For example: Is it 說 /说 / shuō or 講 / 讲 / jiǎng for "to speak a language"? Apart from fixed phrases, when would you use one rather ...
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What does this sentence mean in this hand writing?

What does this sentence mean in this hand writing? Thanks!
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What is the difference between 发货,出货 and 交货?

What is the difference between 发货, 出货, and 交货?
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Which radicals are used mostly just as phonetic?

Some radicals do not seem to be commonly in use for their meaning, but only to convey pronounciation. As answer to this question and many websearches revealed. Is that true for many radicals? Could ...
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What does “吃你的豆腐” mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the exact meaning of 吃豆腐, and where does the expression come from? Someone made a joke with this phrase during dinner. What does "吃你的豆腐" mean other than the ...
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What is “一” doing in “事情一开始进展得很顺利,但后来我们遇到了困难”?

事情一开始进展得很顺利,但后来我们遇到了困难 I understand the meaning of the sentence, but I don't understand what is "一" doing in there? Could it be dropped? Would it change the meaning? Is it a part of the "一开始" as a ...
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Does xiang (third tone) mean “want” or “echo”?

I am reading this set of poems for my humanities class. One of the lines is: Supposedly, the last character is xiang with a third tone and it means to "sound" or "echo". But I thought this ...
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Difference between 察覺 and 覺察

I often use the word 察覺, which, I believe, corresponds to 發現 in colloquial context, meaning "to realize". But I recently encountered the word 覺察 in a similar context as the following: 小偷覺察屋子裡有人,...
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Meaning and etymology of the expression “棒棒的!”

Someone wrote to me "两个月就写这么好,棒棒的!" I get the first part (though I don't think it's true - 哪里哪里 ;-)), but what exactly does that "appendix" stand for? I interpreted it as a kind of "clapping one's ...
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Dictionary meaning required [closed]

On my Chinese dictionary, there are a few characters that I don't know what it means. It says: 商务印书馆. I want to know what it means.
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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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Weird Chinese text next to the Great Wall [duplicate]

I was looking the Great Wall of China with Google Earth, and I found relly weird characters (that are the same size as the Great Wall) near it. I don't know what these characters mean, so here is ...
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Can 持续 have these 2 meanings?

I found these 2 example sentences, with English translations, for 持续。They are very different in meaning. Are both ok? 高温天气持续了几天。 The hot weather went on for some days. 持续 = continued 这足以持续到周末。It is ...
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What does “二人要通过许多小的管卡” mean?

From what I see from google, "管卡" is some sort of metal clamp? Would the phrase mean something like "the two of them passed through many small mechnisms"?
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What is the role of 曾经 in this sentence?

欧盟委员会曾经宣布,将暂时维持对中国皮鞋的反倾销税措施。 Can I write: ‘欧盟委员会宣布了‘ or ‘欧盟委员会宣布过‘,or even ‘欧盟委员会曾经宣布过‘instead? I mean, is it a past tense marker here, or does it mean 'once'?
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What does 整人 mean?

I found this in an article, and then looked it up on the internet. From what I see, it appears to be playing pranks on people.
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What is my name?

I am not Chinese, and know very little of the language, but I was born in China since my parents happened to live there at the time, and somebody gave me a Chinese name, which, unfortunately, I do not ...
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Meaning of 甜-Z (Z is the upper-case English letter)

This is apparently a jargon engineering term for something to do with frequency (Hz). I'm guessing it might be something to do with resonance ("sweet spot"?) but I've not run into it, and neither ...
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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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What is the difference between 交易就告成立. and 交易即告成立.?

What is the difference between 交易就告成立. and 交易即告成立.? The catch: Since every book says that 就=即 I considered to create a new sentence out 交易即告成立 by switchin characters.There is no instance of 交易就告成立 ...
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Similarities between connectives 就 and 而?

而 - is a connective like "and" in some situations. Etymologically this meaning comes from how hair in someone's beard are close together. 就 - is a connective in other situations. Etymology information ...
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Why 就范 means “to give in”?

What is etymology of this word? As far as I know 就 means: to start or to enter which sometimes is being interpreted as to take some thing (to enter a position of ...) So I just can't see why "...
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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) (如果你)多结交能认同你的做法、想法和才华的朋友,...
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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 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 is the meaning of '中国面孔'?

I think I know what this '中国面孔' means, but sometimes Chinese surprises me completely. 同时,也说明西门子这样一个跨国公司,已经开始选择完全的中国面孔来拉近和中国的距离。 已经开始选择完全的中国面孔来拉近和中国的距离 (Siemens) has already begun to select only ...
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What is the meaning of 变现?

I have this sentence, but I'm not sure what '变现‘ means. I think it's 'assets', but baidu has 'realize' and 'liqidate'. Is '变现‘ an abbreviation for a longer phrase? 三是租赁行业,利用虚假身份证明,骗取汽车租赁公司汽车进行倒卖变现; ...
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Is there a single English word equivalent that means 人各有志?

I think I could say something like "differing opinions/perspectives/thoughts/etc." I'm wondering if I could somehow say this with one word?
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What is the meaning of 刚一通过 here please?

当年,《中华人民共和国商标法》刚一通过,美国的《读者文摘》就立即为其中文文版《读者文摘》注册,并得到了相关部门的批准。 Does ‘刚一通过’ mean (a law) just passed through parliament , or in this case, the Peoples Congress in Beijing and ratified?
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What is the meaning of 吃瘪?

I'm sure it's not good, but what does 吃瘪 mean? 德国人的克星其实是Siri,只有Siri能让德国人吃瘪。 Germans' bane is Siri, only Siri can make Germans 吃瘪。
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What does this sentence mean?

I can't really catch the meaning of this sentence. It was only given as an example of the use of 统统, I have no more context. 无论是谁,到新公司后,原来档案都要统统装进铁皮柜,从头干起。 No matter who, after arriving at a new ...