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Meaning of “不了” in “忘不了/喝不了/…”

I know that 了 after a verb means a completion or termination of a certain action, such as: 吃飽了 (I am) full. 開始了 (It) has started. 不動了 (It) is not moving anymore. But what about 了 ...
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說-speak? why translated as pleasant?

學而時習之 不亦說乎 it is beginning of Analects. I would translate: to learn and take tome practising is it not said? (spoken)? but it is everywhere translated as pleasant. Why?
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How do you translate “start”?

I'm trying to ask, "Are you sure you want to start a new game?" My best guess is, 你確定要开始新遊戲? I'm not sure whether I used "start" correctly.
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What does 有模有样 mean?

Is 模 in this phrase mo2 or mu2? Literally, have mold/model, have appearance/shape. Does it mean something like takes shape? Context: Fire TV, which arrives after years of explicit rumors and intense ...
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What is 好高骛远 in English?

Google translate translates "好高骛远" into ambitious. I was wondering if you agree with that? I don't think ambitious carries the meaning of lacking capability.
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How would you translate the word '面子'?

I want to describe that a certain action gives you '面子', or that people do things to try and maintain or protect their '面子' but I can't think of an appropriate English word for it.
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Translating the idiom “thinking outside the box”

I normally hate overused catchphrases in English, like "paradigm shift" and "out of the box thinking". But I was recently chatting (in Chinese) with a friend about an earlier situation in which ...
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How are versions and dates formatted?

I'm writing a program and need to know how dates, versions, time, and numbers are formatted in Chinese. Example (in English): Version 1.0.0 (Build 0) How would that look in Chinese?
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What is the meaning of 當 and 自強 in 男兒當自強?

男兒當自強 is the title of the main theme in wong feihong, i was told its translation is "a man has to stand one's ground", i do not know how verbatim this translation is. 男兒 is man, 自強 is either "his ...
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翻译这个传统的中国地图 --坤輿萬國全圖--

我最近对这个古代世界地图产生了特别浓厚的兴趣。但因为都是文言文,没有断句,非常难懂。 我想请问有没有谁知道这幅由利玛窦原创的地图曾经被学者翻译过么? 在哪里可以找到全部文字的翻译呢? 它在这里。 I am very interested in these old Chinese maps, such as the 坤輿萬國全圖. They are so advanced, and ...
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In Dao De Jing, 常 should be translated as “eternal” or as “common”?

I'm doing a translation of the Dao De Jing, using some originals and some translations to english and portuguese. I've noticed that 常 chang is almost always translated as "eternal", "fixed", ...
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Relative clause in Chinese

How do you say "there aren't people I can talk to" ? 没有对他们可以说话的人?or else "the person with whom I had a fight last week is now a friend" and all those sentences that require with/to/etc.?
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Differences between 滑鼠 (huá shŭ) and 鼠标 (shŭ biāo)

I've seen both 滑鼠 (huá shŭ) and 鼠标 (shŭ biāo) used as translations for "computer mouse". Are there differences in meaning, and which is more commonly used?
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最后吃的菜 or 吃最后的菜?

I had a friend who said there is a slight difference in the two phrases. But I don't see any difference between the two expressions. Could anyone explain it? Thanks, Rachel
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I need help with the translation of 长和能力

I'm working with Chinese resumes and I've found 长和能力 as a section title. I tried to translate it using the Google Translate and it says it means "Length and capacity". Is there any alternative ...
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How to say “as you wish” in Chinese

I want to know what to say in the following scenario: I am pushing someone for his own good, and he is not doing what I want, so I would then say to him "Okay, as you wish." How can I express this in ...
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The meaning of a Chinese inscription found under a little sculpture

I bought a figure of a taoist wise some years ago, and in all these years I have been unable to decipher the tiny seal (1cm x 1cm) under the figure. It is an important figure in my life and I would ...
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What is smaller than 小

There are so many ways to say "tiny" it seems. What is the most common way to say "tiny" to something, as in size, an object. Like a tiny insect, or tiny butterfly. Small in English, is still ...
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What does this woman say in Chinese? (From the new Daredevil tv show)

I was watching the new Daredevil show and noticed this bit. I was hoping somebody might be able to explain what the elderly lady is saying...Thanks. Here is the clip: ...
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What is the difference between 将来 and 未来?

The dictionary translation is essentially the same. From the example sentences I've looked up, it seems the two can be interchangeable (though I could certainly be wrong). Also, I was told that 未来 ...
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A good English equivalent for “不過如此”?

I am aiming to have a short translation, so it would be preferred that it isn't too long. I have "Merely so" right now, but it doesn't sound too right in English and the meaning doesn't seem to be ...
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What does “蕊屁” mean?

At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyNNvgW1dSg&lc=z13jt1khfxr4zzw0k225sjfzzyn1hhebs04, someone wrote: 看完電影後整晚都在蕊屁OST Another person wrote in reply: +1 瘋狂蕊批 What does "蕊屁" mean?
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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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How to translate “range from X to Y”?

In English I would write something such as Low paying jobs range from working at McDonald's to driving a bus. Or another way to put it Low paying jobs include anything from working at ...
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Translation: “So much for…”

How to translate so much for.... into Chinese? For instance: If you were going to go to a restaurant that you really like to eat and when you get there it is close. so much for eating here today If ...
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An example of the difficulty of translation: “Now get off my lawn”. How would you translate this?

The last sentence: from http://cn.tmagazine.com/culture/20141013/t13adulthood/dual/ Now get off my lawn! 只不过离我远点儿! To me, "Get off my lawn!" means I'm old and some young kids did something to remind ...
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What is a “Babu cream”?

I am working in a Chinese pharmacy & have a product with the English name "Compound Methylsalicylate cataplasma". This is supposed to be a translation from the Chinese "复方水扬酸甲酯巴布膏". As far as I ...
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Translations from TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine)

I have asked Chinese co-workers & checked sites such as Iciba & Google Translate to no avail. I know that this is talking about 2 points used in TCM, but I have no idea how to translate these ...
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Hakka song “kam-thung sim”: character approximation and translation required for a part

Background: Searching for songs as exercises of translation from Chinese, I came across kam-thung sim, the Hakka version of 感动天感动地. Unfortunately, there were no characters (well, except for those ...
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Is there a way to translate terms related to the family?

Traditionally, a person may be addressed by taking account of the person's gender, age relative to the speaker, familial relationship to the speaker, and whether or not the person is on the mother or ...
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How to translate “暧昧” into English?

Many dictionaries translate it to "ambiguity",but it looks so indefinitely. I'm looking for more expressive answer.
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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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Differentiating: 肚 and 胃 in English?

In Chinese 肚 and 胃 are two quite seperate things. In English, though, it's mostly just: stomach. Is there a good way to differantiate between the two in English?
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How to say “at the expensive/cost of”?

I want to say the following: 过了这几十年,中国的经济发展了很多,但是 [at the expense of]中国的环境。 I'm not sure if the last part of the sentence is how I would say "at the expense of China's environment"; it was more ...
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Meaning of 他急红了眼?

I've heard that expression while I was in Beijing, and I can't find the translation when I scroll the Internet. Do you know what it means?
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Asking a cafe/restaurant if they have Wi-Fi *and* electricity for using a device

In my travels in China I've found myself in need of a place to use my internet device. Its battery has recently ceased to hold a charge so I also need to be able to plug in my AC adaptor. My Chinese ...
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how to translate cyberbullying into Chinese?

cyberbully is someone who uses the internet to harm or frighten another person, especially by sending them unpleasant messages How to translate cyberbullying into Chinese?
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Why is Economic translated to “經濟”?

I know that it's a translation from Japanese, but I do not know why it becomes this. Could someone explain it in detail?
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How can we translate 不是……胜似 into English?

I just saw a friend's profile saying: Not a geek, but like a geek. Somehow I immediately translated it as 不是geek胜似geek. But it seems not right since I feel that 不是geek胜似geek is much semantically ...
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What are the different colloquial terms for Chinese mafia positions?

I am creating a Chinese game where you are working with the Triads. I am looking for a list of Chinese equivalent names for the 黑社会 (triads). Like (source: ...
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how to say It's a deal

When you make an agreement with someone, how do you say, both formally and informally, "it's a deal."? Like, formally "Do you agree to the contract?" "Yes. It's a deal." Informally, "I'll make you ...
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Can I use 我的腿累了 for “My legs are tired”?

I play soccer with a bunch of Chinese friends regularly and I want to say "my legs are tired". I already know 我跑不动了 and 我的腿很酸, but I'm not sure what is the best fit for the Chinese equivelant of "my ...
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English slang translation

Is there a Chinese equivalent of the colloquial English term, "like a boss?" Not an literal translation but an equivalent thereof.
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How to translate the famous saying “欲成大器,必先退之”?

The famous saying "欲成大器, 必先退之" is first said by Han Yu's wife, which is the origin of his courtesy name. How to translate this sentense into English though? My first try is: One should first learn ...
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Translations: 'Crack' as in 'Crack Knuckles'

How to translate 'crack'? As in: To crack ones knuckles? To crack ones fingers? and other joints/bones/etc? (Supposedly in 四川话 it's 'pi' - I don't know the character, hopefully @Huang can let us ...
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What is the appropriate translation for 'energy'?

There are many times when I want to tell someone that I don't have enough energy to do something. These are close but not exactly what I want: 我太累。 I'm not too tired, I just don't have as much energy ...
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What’s the meaning of 会 in this sentence?

In this sentence: 你明天这个时候会是在做什么?, I find 会 useless, especially since its English translation on tatoeba.org does not seem to reflect its sense. What meaning does it carry here?
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What does “滿腦門子的黑線” mean?

腦門子 would be forehead. 黑線 is black lines. Does it mean something like "veins popping on his forehead"?
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Translation from english to chinese:

I've tried to translate the first part of the song The final countdown, can you correct me? We're leaving together 我們離開一起。 But still it's farewell 但是,還有告別。 And maybe we'll come back 可能我們來到這兒一邊 To ...
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My patience is running out

How can I say my patience is wearing thin or my patience is running out. I guess if I were to translate it, I'd say 我的耐心越来越少 That doesn't seem right