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Why Is The Color Red Considered Lucky In Chinese Language and Culture?

A constant feature in all things Chinese is the color (colour, for those yank-challanged among y'all) red. As common knowledge goes, it is because red is considered to be lucky. Why?
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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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Is this sentence ambiguous?

This chapter is talking about ways to get out of your Contract of Employment without paying a penalty (违约金). My book quotes 《北京市劳动合同规定》第三十五条 (四)用人单位未依法为劳动者缴纳社会保险费的。 If I translate this, it seems to ...
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What is the role of 清楚 in this sentence?

What is the role of 清楚 in this sentence? Could they have written '核实得清楚‘ = 'verify clearly' or does ‘清楚‘ somehow work with '拖欠‘ = verify (the property) is clear of arrears. I suppose it doesn't ...
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Can 弗 Mean Dollar In Chinese?

弗 means dollar (as in USD, $) in both Korean and Japanese. Korean 불 [弗] a dollar Japnese ドル noun dollar (from Dutch, orig. an abbr. of ドルラル; also written as 弗) (see ...
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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 does 坏坏的 mean in “坏坏的问道”?

坏 is obviously bad/broken, and 问 is ask. So, does that mean 坏坏的问道 means something like "asked spoiledly" or something similar? There is no need to translate it since I'm just looking for the ...
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What are the meanings of the WeChat emoji? [closed]

Although this question may not seem to be about Chinese at first, it is for me. I imagine almost all of you who live in mainland China have WeChat, and have found it to be a useful tool for learning ...
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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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Why do Chinese people say 孕傻三年?

Just the other day, I heard this '孕傻三年'. Does anyone have an inkling as to why Chinese people think this?
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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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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 would be the English for 公示?

I have this definition for 公示:指政府机关或团体下达的指示、通告等。 and this sentence: 卡拉OK版权费征收标准的公示一出,老板和消费者对此都有不同的反应。 After the copyright-fee levy standard for Karaoke (bars) was 公示'published'(??), bosses and ...
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Can 当作 ever be used with a direct object behind it?

If you look up 当作 it says something like 'treat as, regard as, look upon', however, from what I can see, it only gets used in combination with 把 or 被。 Is this 把 a word with meaning, or a particle? Is ...
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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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How to translate “很不起眼儿” in English

What's the best (传神) translation of "很不起眼儿" in English? 例句: 不认识他的人觉得他很不起眼儿,认识他的人觉得他很优秀。 辨析: A more formal term that related to "很不起眼儿" is "其貌不扬", but "其貌不扬" will normally be "很不起眼儿", yet ...
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Meaning of 狂牛 in this context?

你在說什麼? 你是又被變種狂牛攻擊喔了喔? I'm what the second sentence means. It translates literally to something like Have you been attacked by a mutant mad cow again? But I'm sure that's not the ...
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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 does “叱吒” mean?

After some searches here and there, why does "叱吒" translate to "rebuke"? Could it also mean something like "being at the top of [location]"?
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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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“I will,” “I can,” “I will (probably)” A fundamental problem with 會

I've always been a little wary of talking about the future in Chinese using the character 會, my early teachers made it ambiguous or demanded that I use a 的 at the end of every 會 sentence, but then ...
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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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Can I replace 均 with 都 here?

Is this sentence still acceptable if I replace 均 with 都? Or to put that another way, have I got the meaning of 均 here correct? 发达国家对产品生产等整个过程均需符合环保要求。 发达国家对产品生产等整个过程都需符合环保要求。
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When to use 世界 and when to use 国际

These two terms are broadly speaking translations of "world" (世界), and "international" (国际). Recently, I've been reminded that "international" in English can be used to mean "many nations" rather than ...
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What does “生命诚可贵 爱情价更高 若为自由故 二者皆可抛” mean?

生命诚可贵 爱情价更高 若为自由故 二者皆可抛 I think it means "life is expensive, but love is even more so. However, both are not as good as freedom."
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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 is the meaning of this comic? [closed]

这个油的质量绝对好,买了一年多,也没出人命! This was in the Google Images for "地沟油."
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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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How accurate is this Google translate?

参与联合国教科文预算管理委员会 Google translate said "UNESCO participation in the budget management committee."
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What is 声 in this sentence?

What is the meaning of '声‘ in this sentence? 近2/3的进口车也大幅降价;而2004年、2005年和2006年,车市降价声已经是此起彼伏。
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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: ...
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Can someone please tell me what 工艺鞋 are?

工艺鞋 I think this refers to some kind of decorative shoes which are actually never worn, but I'm not sure. Why would you want to buy shoes you never wear?
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What does bianniu 变牛 mean?

I have seen this expression in a few texts, including news articles, but it does not seem to be commonly used. Here are a few examples of context: "...第二舰队变牛了以后调到了第二舰队当先任参谋..." ...
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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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What does 国产地效船双船 mean?

Apparently it means "domestically produced fixed-wing amphibian aircraft" but I can't find this on any dictionary. Can you break it down for me?
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What does 精益 mean

I have: 厂里组织了几次丰田生产模式的培训,她逐渐了解了精益生产模式。 The online dictionaries I use don't give 精益 as a word, but I'm pretty sure it means 'optimum' here. I find '精益求精‘ roughly 'always trying to improve' but I don't ...
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What does 战斗机 in this line mean?

他的花心只是为了成为备胎中的战斗机. It has something to do with a guy being a spare tire, but what about "fighter jet?"
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What is the meaning of 不该不欠? [closed]

I didn't get much information about this. I looked it up on "Baidu" but there wasn't much.
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百强 specification?

百强 (MDBG): top 100 (e.g. top 100 towns) Adsotrans: top one-hundred CFDict top 100 Cebu Pacific calls themselves a 百强企业 on their advertisements 蓝润集团 calls themselves 百强蓝润 on their ...
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What is the meaning of the last phrase here?

Can anyone help with the last part of this text. I put the section title and the whole paragraph, so you might be able to decipher it. I can't see what they are saying. 2 other times people here have ...
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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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Can I replace 当 with 是 in this sentence

Listening to this text, it sounded like 当属 is a word. I can find lots of examples of 当属 acting like a word, but dictionaries don't seem to regard 当属 as a word. Could I simply replace 当 with 是 here? ...
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What is the meaning of 有针对性地

The sentence is: 企业通过以上两张表格可以了解到目前员工最需要什么方面的培训,然后可以有针对性地给员工补充“能量”。 The use of '有针对性' with '地' here confused me. It seems to say '(have relevance)ly give', 'relevant' or 'relevantly give', either ...
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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 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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A Complex Chinese Character

I randomly saw this character on the blog a while ago and saved a image of it as shown below. Is this even a character? If so, what does it mean? When is it used? What was the origin of it? How do ...
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What does 眉如點倉 mean?

眉如點倉 眉 - Eyebrow 如 - Like 點 - Dots 倉 - Granary/Sea/etc So his eyebrows were like ...? Not too sure what it really means.
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How does the particle word “呢” work?

My teacher said that a particle word in Chinese is a function word, but don't quite understand what is means. How does the particle word such as "呢" work? Also, are there any other Chinese particle ...
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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 ...