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How to say “thank you for …”?

In order to say "thank you", I can say 谢谢 or 谢谢你. What if I want to be more specific and say "thank you for (something)"? As an example, suppose I was invited for dinner at someone's place, and I ...
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help translating complex sentence [closed]

there are some sentences, I can not understand here are: 1) 为什么一有缺憾就拼命去补足? 2) 这个圆满就有了缺憾;但正因缺憾,未来就有了无限的转机,无限的可能性, these two sentences I dont understand can you translate and explain?
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How to translate “我爱的很野不会说谎等不等你都是一样” in English?

I am trying to translate this sentence, but I don't think that I am going on the right way. I don't know how to reach the final. Sentence: 我爱的很野不会说谎等不等你都是一样 Pinyin: wǒ ài de hěn yě búhuì shuōhuǎng ...
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美国意大利黑帮 - Expressing location without 在?

Yesterday in class I was correcting the mistakes in my translation together with my teacher. He gave us an article about the mafia in America and the Lufthansa heist at John F. Kennedy International ...
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How to translate “曖昧” into English?

I found there is no exact word to translate this phrase. Is there a way to describe this status?
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How would you translate The Martian's: “I'm going to science the s*** out of this”?

This is China's in theater subtitle version: 我得他妈的想办法活下去 A streaming video version: 只能开动脑筋想办法自救 Can you do better than the above? Namely by incorporating science into it, both of which don't include ...
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How to say “post” as in “post something online”?

I can't find a dictionary translation of the word "post". For example, Did you see what I posted on Facebook? or Have you seen my post on my Moments (Wechat)? Update: What do they say in ...
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Something I came across in a movie 你说它真它就真说它假

I came across this in a Chinese television show, which I would like some help to translate. 你说它真它就真,说它假它就假,它是真真假假假假真真谁也弄不明白. The first part I do understand. It means: "If you say it is real then it ...
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How do you say “tape it” as in, “taping a package”?

Google translate says "tape" is 胶带, and "tape it" is 用胶带. But to me, that's just saying "use tape". Is there a verb for the act of taping something? For example, how would you say "could you tape ...
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How to translate this usage of “afford”

How does one translate the following sentences? I can't afford to lose any more time. I can't afford to lose any more sleep. I've tried looking this up, but nothing quite matches the ...
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Would you use 为 or 给 (or neither) as a dedication?

I'm wondering how to write a dedication (in a book or on a memorial, for example). In English I would inscribe "For my friend." I like the somewhat ambiguous and all-encompassing meaning of this ...
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Translating Chinese

I have this exchange student next to me and last week I saw a friend of hers write something on her door and they seemed to have quite a lot of fun about it. Can someone translate it or at least say ...
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What is the correct Chinese expression for “Only child”?

I noticed lot of compound words using "只" for "only", but what is the correct way to say "only child" (a child with no brothers, nor sisters)? Thanks!
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Translate “feature” as a verb to Chinese

How would one translate "feature" as verb to Chinese? e.g This album features all the new artist from NYC. or This frying pan features all new design allows the user to cook in their sleep ..
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How does English to Chinese translation affect magazine layouts?

For a magazine, I know from a personal source that English text, when translated properly from German, fills out two thirds of the space the German source text usually takes up. Does anyone know how ...
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How to translate “穷则变,变则通,通则久” to English?

Is there any elegant and succinct way to translate “穷则变,变则通,通则久” to English? I felt the translation could be quite lengthy when I tried to explain every single character. Thank you very much.
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Is Chinese imprecise? [closed]

I admit that I am a beginner with Chinese, thus in no position to judge the language. However, I got the feeling that it's "vague" when I tried to understand its logic, by examining a Chinese text and ...
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Translation: Chinese relative names + numerals into English

Working on some translations but always come across things like: 李二嫂 王二叔 三奶奶 张幺伯儿 For 李二嫂 I think I came up with something like: The Li family's second eldest son's wife, ...
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What's the Chinese word for “bare-metal” (computer programming)?

Bare-Metal Programming Bare-metal programming is a term for programming that operates without various layers of abstraction or, as some experts describe it, "without an operating system supporting ...
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Most common/well known translation (transliteration) of “pizza” in Chinese?

Results for pizza in Chinese are numerous 比乍 披莎 比萨 匹萨 批萨 皮萨 披薩 I'm never sure which to use. Is there a most common/most well-known translation or transliteration for Pizza in Chinese?
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Translation of 档案专业人员

I found this string 档案专业人员 in a Chinese resume. Google translated it as "file professional" but I don't know what the proper word in English for it would be. I'd like to know which are the main duties ...
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How would you translate “throttling” to Chinese?

Just the word throttle or when it is used in phrases like "bandwidth throttling" or "throttle internet connection" Thanks for your help in advance.
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What is the difference (and english translation) between 风浪 and 涌浪?

As far as I can tell, 风浪 is waves created by wind, and 涌浪 would be waves created by tidal movements or surge waves. However, this is a very bulky way to describe them. What is the English for this ...
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How to say “newbie” or “noob” in Chinese?

What would be the most accurate term for newbie or noob, namely one that also conveys a dash of sarcasm and a bit of a condescending tone? I guess it should also be slang. 新来的 or 新手 are pretty ...
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Is there a word for “kosher”?

I'm looking for a translation of the word kosher in it's most strict sense: a food that is apt according to the jewish law. Google translates kosher as 犹太, but if I'm not mistaken, that just means ...
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How to parse “就算世界与我为敌”?

I'm looking at the phrase: "就算世界与我为敌" and I understand that the gist of it is: "Even against the whole world" But, I don't fully understand how to properly parse it. In particular, the words: 与 - ...
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Please help me translate what is carved on my dizi flute. Thank you! [closed]

I tried handwriting it in Google translate, but struggle to copy the characters. Please, help me! Thank you very much in advance!! http://s019.radikal.ru/i635/1511/0e/38a93e447481.jpg
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What is the correct style/format when including Chinese translations in academic articles?

For instance, I would like to write the following sentence about China: "Many songs were written to praise the Chinese Communist Party and the 'Motherland' ". By "Motherland", I mean 祖国 ( zuguo / ...
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How to translate “I hope I didn't embarrass you”?

"I hope I didn't embarrass you" 怎么翻译? 是不是:”希望我没让你没脸“ ?
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How do you translate “if she had not helped her, they both would be dead now” ?

How do you express in Chinese a conditional set in the past that did not actually happened? Like for instance: if she had not helped her, they both would be dead now
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Hell yeah! - How to express great joy?

I'm looking for some exclamations to be used in comics to express great joy and pride, such as: "I'm a good boy!", "Hell yeah!", "I'm so great!" or similar. Any suggestion? Thanks!
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How to translate “take Catholic orders”?

To become a Buddhist "monk" or "nun" is called chūjiā 出家. What is it called to take Catholic orders, other than dāng shénfù 當神父, etc.? Edit (after reading some comments): A former Dominican novice ...
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What is the meaning of 庸 in the phrase 毋庸置疑?

毋庸置疑 is a chengyu, its meaning is "beyound any doubt", but what is its verbatim meaning in literary Chinese ? 毋 is like "Don't" 置 is "to place, to put" 疑 is "doubt" 庸 here i am not sure which ...
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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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Is 我携带我的猫 grammaticaly correct?

I've been writing Chinese sentences just to get myself used to the language, and I tried writing the sentence I carry my cat. I translated this to 我携带我的猫 (Pinyin: wǒ xié dài wǒ de māo). It sounds odd ...
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Does this sentence sound natural?

I'm self translating common phrases in English, and I tried to translate "Excuse me, do you have the time?" and came up with “劳驾、做你有那个时?”. Is this a natural sounding sentence and is it correct?
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Original Chinese text to Lau Tzu's quotation

I read this quotation when I was reading some English paper, I am really curious to know what is its original Chinese text: In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired; in pursuit of ...
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Is the phrase 南狩之志,乃大得也 ironically ?

A random phrase from 周易 is 南狩之志,乃大得也. I tried to translate it using the following thoughts. 乃 is probably a conjunction and renders to "in fact, actually" to stress something not as expected. 大得 ...
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Is there an “official” translation of Malcom X's You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree"?

Malcom X once said: You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can't hate Africa and not hate yourself. It is a fairly well known quote. Are there any “official” ...
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What is translation for 或作譈懟,亦書作憞 ?

In the sentence from the Kang-Xi Dictionary 或作譈懟,亦書作憞, I looked up the characters 譈,懟,憞 all are pronounced dui4 and all are translated as to hate. I am confused and do not know how to deal with ...
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Is “girdling root” *really* 环根 in Chinese?

Baidu translates girdling root as 环根. Icibia quotes Baidu with the exact same entry. Baidu images returns nothing resembling a girdling root upon 环根 search. Baidu also returns very little about 环根 ...
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What is the translation for 淫之以色,啗之以利,養之以味,娛之以樂?

淫之以色,啗之以利,養之以味,娛之以樂 is a sentence from 六韜 (six secret teachings), a book about strategies. There are 4 lines each containing 4 characters and the same pattern: A 之以 B, wherein A and B are semantically ...
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What is the meaning of 庸 in 利之而不庸 ?

A random passage from Menzius is: 殺之而不怨,利之而不庸,民日遷善而不知為之者 The first two lines have the same structure V1之而不V2, wherein V1 is expressing someone doing something to another and V2 how this one ...
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What is the grammatical function of 當 and 自 in 爾男子,當自警 ?

Two lines from 三字經 are 爾男子,當自警. I understand 爾男子 as "you boys" as if asking for attention by adressing them. 警 is to warn or to guard or being in a state of attentive observation. Now as for 當 and 自 ...
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What is the meaning of 豫兮 in 豫兮若冬涉川 ?

A random phrase from the 道德經 is 豫兮若冬涉川 . I understand the part 若冬涉川 as "like crossing a stream in the winter" where "in the winter is used" is used adverbially, so a more verbatim translation might ...
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what is the translation for 或啁之曰 ?

A random phrase from Lun-Heng begins with 或啁之曰, as far as I understand its parts mean: 或 someone 啁 to chirp, to twitter 之 objectpronoun "it,him,her" as in "I like him, I talk about it" 曰 to say ...
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What is the meaning of 貪人之有者殘 ?

貪人之有者殘 is a phrase from 素書, I am not able to understand the grammatical structure of this sentence. for instance: 貪 does it mean greedy or make s.o. greedy, or consider s.o. greedy , or greed ...
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Asking Someone How Their Chinese Studies Are Going

I have a friend who has started learning Mandarin, and I want to ask them how their Mandarin studies are going. The first phrase that comes to mind is this: 你中文学习得怎么样? I'm not sure, however, if 怎么样 ...
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Why 干菜类 was mistakenly translated to Fuck Vegetables?

In the following famous sign which appeared in some supermarket in China: why 干菜类 was mistakenly translated to Fuck Vegetables instead of Dried Vegetables? Is there any hidden meaning in it? ...
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Befrending the Learned

it's Mozi, first two lines of Befrending the Learned: 入國而不存其士, 見賢而不急, "I would translate it: if one enters the country and doesn't have his soldiers(?), meets the valuable and doesn't have to worry." ...