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What does “禦姐” mean?

I was reading a description of a web novel, and it said something about "禦姐/御姐", and I'm wondering what does it mean? I know it is describing females, but what would be a good english translation?
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How to say “in front of everyone” in Chinese

I have 在大家面前 and 在公共场所。It is for the sentence "I don't want to say this in front of everyone."
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How to say this sentence in Chinese [closed]

Do you know what this guy thought about the breakfast in that restaurant? It's never too early to get diarrhea!
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What's “that” and “which” in Chinese

I know that for sentences such as "this is a port that has been closed for 20 years" I could use 的 or start another phrase. Is it this way for "which" as well?
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Translating a sentence

"I'd rather be a dick than a swallower" Pretty straightforward. I tried to solve it by using google translate and what little of Chinese language knowledge I've got but I'm still not sure about it. ...
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An English equivalent of “還真是抬舉他了”?

I understand what it means, ([I] really overpraised him or something), but I can't figure out a good english translation of it. It has the meaning of "overlooking" or "looked up" or something, but I ...
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Ingredients of zongzi

Chinese friends brought us zongzi from China. I copied ingredients from two packs: Pack 1 桃豆蜜枣粽 糯米,饮用水,蜜枣,鹰嘴豆,白砂糖,食品植物油。 红枣桂圆粽 糯米,饮用水,花生,红枣,桂圆,白砂糖。 Pack 2 蛋黄鲜肉粽 ...
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What would 黑著臉 mean?

黑著臉, Directly translating it, it would be "blacking his face", so is it something like "his face went dark" (Not even sure if that means anything or is proper in english). Could it also be something ...
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What does this headline mean?

女子700万买下学位房学区调整致算盘落空. I looked the words up individually using MDBG and also used Google Translate to get a general idea, but it still didn't make any sense.
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What is the translation of this nameplate? [closed]

I'm in a need of this product and I can't seem to find what this nameplate means anywhere. I'm looking for a name of the manufacturer or something that point me to that.
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What's “ended in a disaster” in Chinese?

I think it's 以灾难结局, and that people will understand that. However, is there a more authentic term or is this it?
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What is the meaning of this?

I was on the internet, and I found this slogan 我待国足如初恋. Does this mean "I treat national soccer like first love?"
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Chinese use of abstract “saw?”

I'm trying to accurately translate an abstract use of "saw." Example: the Korean War saw fighting between America and the PRC. 朝鲜战争看到了美国与中华人民共和国之间的战斗。 Now, I have no idea if that sentence is ...
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How to say “gibberish” in Chinese?

I have been on multiple sentence bases and have found words such as 胡言乱语,词不达意。。。But is there another, better term?
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Subway door announcement mystery

I think probably every metro system around the world has to have an audio announcement warning passengers to stay away from the train's doors as they're closing. Here in New York, a pre-recorded voice ...
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What is the difference between 参加 and 参与?

I have been using these interchangeably, until today I was corrected, being told that one "参加活动”, not "参与活动“. I then looked up the definition, but it wasn't too helpful. How do I know when to use ...
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How can I translate “The Ghost Town's Beauty” into Chinese?

I want to write a short story and I want to give it both an English and a Chinese title. I can read a little bit of Chinese, but unfortunately I was unable to properly translate the title myself. The ...
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Translation for “ray of sunlight after rain”

I am looking for a Chinese translation of the Swahili word kianga, which has the following meanings: burst of light burst of sunshine clear up (after rain) ray of sunlight after rain clearing up (of ...
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I am trying to decipher what type of tea I have in this canister

I received this tea as a gift and was told it was green tea, but it doesn't taste or smell like green tea. When I try to match the characters up to chinese characters, it doesn't seem to match any of ...
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Can someone translate this to Chinese simplified? “Capital Stacks”

This is a financial term, and I'm hoping for the most professionally used term. Capital Stacks A description of the totality of capital invested in a project, including pure debt, hybrid debt,and ...
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How to say: subway line is not in operation

How to say in Chinese: Today part of the blue subway line is not in operation. Should it be 在操作? Or another word?
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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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口是心非 歌词 : “怕是怕” What does “x Shi x” mean?

I was listening to one of my favorite Chinese songs, 口是心非 (duplicity) by 张雨生, and there's a line in the chorus that says 于是爱恨交错人消瘦 怕是怕这些苦没来由 a) what does x 是 x mean? b) what does it mean in ...
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Translation of “要” in “我去要出租车”

"我去要出租车" What is the meaning of "要" in this sentence?
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How to ask for a given choice of options?

In English one way to ask which option is the right one is by using whether: Could you tell me, whether you are a student, teacher or visitor? How would this be realized in Chinese?
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Is 你好,北京 grammatical?

Today Victoria Beckham tweeted it. But is this reverse form (as opposed to 北京,你好) correct?
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Can the famous paradox 白马非马 be translated into English?

This is embarrassing, but let's face it. It is a problem caused by Chinese grammar. A white horse is not a horse. -- false, but no paradox. White horses are not horses. -- false, but no ...
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How best translate 真的要 in to english

I got the following sentence from Chinese pod: 对不起,我今天真的要扫你的兴了,我不能去。 The translation provided goes like this: Sorry, today I'm going to take the wind from your sails, I can't go. Though I feel a ...
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Translation: 机制 (better translations)

机制 is often translated, simply, as: mechanism(s), and often quite ridgidly so. Especially if we look at definitions of a word like 应急机制 KEY 1 emergency response mechanism(s) 2 contingency ...
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Backwards Translation: “Self-Willed”

South China Morning Post (SCMP) ran an article recently called: "Online slang that found its way into leader's speech." The article said (emphasis is my own): Online slang that found its way into ...
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毛虫,肉虫,2 kinds of caterpillar

毛虫,肉虫,2 kinds of caterpillar, Wikipedia and 百度百科 both state that larvae of butterflies come in two varieties, 肉虫 and 毛虫 (in that order: 幼虫的形状多样,有肉虫,也有毛虫。), and there are plenty of pictures of both ...
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Which one is correct, “有名” or “受欢迎”

I want to say "comics are so popular in japan" According to Google Translate, the word "popular" doesn't translate to Chinese as "有名". It translates as "受欢迎" I am confused about which one is correct. ...
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How do you say "probably''?

How do you say "probably" in Chinese as in: "probably we will start having lessons next month"......can you use 可能 or 有可能? Can you give me an example of where these are placed in a sentence and how ...
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So I was reading this in an online dictionary

I can translate it word by word but is it a saying/quote??? 别把这天的彩虹, 放在明天的天空
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How to translate 掩耳盗铃 into English?

Preferably an idiom just as picturesque and succinct. Thanks. Here's the original meaning: The expression 掩耳盗铃 comes from a story about a person who decided to steal a bell. However, the bell ...
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Translation of “想要买什么东西吗?”

According to tatoeba translation of "Is there anything you want to buy?" is "想要买什么东西吗?" Is there use of 什么 and 吗 in one sentence? If there is not how can I translate"Is there anything you want to ...
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Can anyone translate? Etching on the sword [closed]

I bought this sword online. No idea what it says.
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Translation problem

Refer to the sentence "I have two dogs that catch anything I throw except those too heavy". If we are to translate the sentence into Chinese, we may say "我有兩隻能接住我丟的任何不是太重的東西的狗", which is awkward. If ...
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Translation: “To Say The Least”

Looking for a colloquial way to translate: to say the least into Chinese. Hujiang says: to say the least的意思是: 至少可以这样说,退一步说 至少可以这样说,退一步说 英语句子 The logic of this was weird to say ...
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Translating “哩哏楞”

In the TV drama 追捕 第3集 梁队 (梁志群队张) and 鲁队 (鲁炼) are in 贺局's office discussing the case, and at 27:54 梁队 says to 鲁队: 甭给我来这个哩哏楞. (Dialog especially of the police officers consists mainly of Beijing ...
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Translation: 'Overwhelm'

Overwhelm is a difficult word to deal with. I've seen 难不倒 translated as wouldn't have overwhelmed and XX 劳力 大 as something's power being overwhelming. Oxford has 难以忍受的 (heat, pressure) ...
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What does 且 mean by itself?

I was watching Blur's new music video, which includes a recipe for ice cream with instructions in Chinese. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp1ks7PTzng) At 3:03, the recipe says ...
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Translation of “we”, pronoun in official company introduction material

I am translating a document that looks like an official introduction of a company maybe to be placed on their website or marketing material. In the document, the first sentence starts with the name ...
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How can 蔫 be translated as “mischievous”?

《饥饿的女儿》虹影 著 ch. 2, sect. 4 has the following text: 在学校, 最蔫的男同学对我也没兴趣, is translated by Howard Goldblatt as: "even the most mischievous boys in class showed little or no interest in me". How is this ...
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How does one best translate 老在 into english

I couldn't find any translation in my dictionaries. Though. In context it seems to mean 'always'?! 这孩子老在班上捣蛋。 Is this correct. Cheers
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Translation needed for Chinese vase [closed]

Can anyone translate this for me? I need a translation for the bottom of this vase.
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What is the translation for “generic brand”?

How does one translate "generic" brand. I've come across several translations: 通用牌子, 一般的牌子,杂牌。 But none of them really demonstrate a generic brand. The first one just means common, the second one ...
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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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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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What would a good gaming translation for 灵术 be?

I found this online, and I'm not really sure how it can be translated to english. 灵 = spirit 术 = technique/surgery So I think it would either be spirit technique, or spirit surgery, but neither ...