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Proper translation for “active table”?

For "Maximum number of active tables per W/W: 4", is "每位服务生接待已就座餐桌的最大数目:4" correct? Does "acitve table" mean "the seat is taken"? Thanks!
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What is 抢红包,订阅开奖提醒?

I could not find a better answer to express the red envolope meaning behind Chinese culture. Anyone could help? Thanks.
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Translating “should” to express what is probable or expected

I've struggled with this for a while, and I haven't found a definitive answer. In English we can use 'should' to indicate an estimation or probability. Merriam-Websters 4th definition is that should ...
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Dealing with expressions in classical Chinese letters: 月日 and 惶恐百拜

Are there standard translations for phrases like 月日 and 惶恐百拜, used in correspondence in premodern times? 'A day of a month' and 'I cower fearfully and bow a hundred times' don't really...y'know...WORK ...
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Is 熵 in any way part of the spoken language?

In my own language (Dutch) I can (jokingly) point at something that is decaying (or perhaps my tea getting cold, or my desk being disorderly) and utter the single word: ‘entropy’. Or I can, out of the ...
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Can anyone make my Chinese-English translation sound better?

I need to translate this passage in traditional Chinese into English: 教學年資:在本校升等時職級滿三年為50分,每增授課一學期加1分,最高分為70分。 Here is my own translation (Please bear in mind that I am still learning to how to ...
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How do I say “most of the time” in Mandarin?

大部分的时间? 大多数的时间? Or some other phrase?
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Help translating 针一的材质

Please help translating the following phrase: 针一的材质 Does it mean "first class material"?
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Help translating 安排当无品牌申报出到英国

Can you help me out with the translation of the following sentence? 少量的商品代理应该可以安排当无品牌申报出到英国 “Representative with a small amount of goods should be able to arrange customs declaration of the ...
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How do I say “I've got all his albums”?

When talking about my favorite singer, how do I say "I've got all his albums"? I thought it was "他的光盘我都有" but I don't think it's correct because I can't find any results for that on Google.
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How do I translate “附件是我做的方案针对目前我们存在的问题”?

How can I translate correctly this sentence?: 附件是我做的方案针对目前我们存在的问题 What do 方案 and 针对 mean in this context?
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Where does the middle name go in a name that has been translated into Chinese?

Many westerners (like I) possess a three-part name in full. given + middle + family [名·中间名·姓] It's understood that―in China―middle names typically don't exist. Usually, westerners only ...
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What is Chinese for CFD?

I have a simple question here. Does anyone know if CFD(Contract for Difference in stock trading) has a Chinese name? I googled it but could not find anything. Thanks
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What does this keychain say? [closed]

I got this keychain for Christmas without any packaging so I have no idea what it means. The only thing I can tell is that it is probably a single kanji character, other than that I can't tell.
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What does this phrase mean: 请回复我结果? [closed]

What does this phrase mean: 请回复我结果
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a better translation for the expression “psychology is dead”

Expressions such as psychology is dead in A cognitive scientist once told me that psychology is dead. are examples of personification, in this case, to convey the idea that psychology is using ...
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What is this mysterious elevator instruction: 禁止追逐打闹 or “prohibition of chasing”?

This instruction can be found on a notice inside the elevator in my office building in Tianjin: It says 禁止追逐打闹 (jìn​zhǐ zhuī​zhú​ dǎnào) which is translated to "prohibition of chasing". The icon ...
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Does anyone know the translation of this character? [closed]

What does this symbol mean? Does it even exist?
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How do you say an event will be casual?

Google translate tells me casual/unceremonious = "随便" But I always thought "随便" meant "whatever" I want to say "You can come over whenever, it will be casual"
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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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Meaning of text on poster [closed]

For many years ago I went to China and bought a poster. Now i really wonder what the charcters mean. I tried downloading some programs, but I couldn't translate the text. I understand this is not a ...
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What does 你要买点儿什么? mean exactly? (吗 question vs. Wh- question)

I already learned that Chinese wh- questions don't require a 吗 particle but I got stuck on this sentence: 你要买点儿什么? Which does the sentence mean, "what will you buy?" or "will you buy ...
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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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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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Proper translation for nib sugar, coarse sugar, decorating sugar

Supposing that one can find everything on Tfaobao, I tried it but I didn't find this specific type of decorating sugar for baking. 笔尖糖 or 粗糖 don't bring me proper results. I guess I am not ...
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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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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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Help me understand why 我艹你 means i f*** you?

This might seem as an unserious question but i was really stunned the first time I had an argument with a Chinese guy in League of Legends and he said: "我艹你". my first thought ofcourse was WTF!?! I ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...