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Subjunctives in Chinese

I'm trying to render a song in Chinese from Spanish, precisely this one – lyrics here –, but I'm not sure how to translate the subjunctives at the start. The beginning reads: May the infinite become ...
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How to say “this?” interjection in chinese?

For example of a case: (I was in home walking holding a jar of chocolate candy, I was gonna go to upstairs) Mom: (She saw me and she called me from behind) "Where did you buy that?" Me: (I was a bit ...
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How to translate the following grammar-pattern: 让/叫 N+V —— N还/ 就真 V (呀)

I know that this is a pattern that expresses a reverse meaning of what is really expressed (some kind of rhetorical question) - and that the speaker is somehow showing a negative attitude. I suppose ...
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筛选 is the correct filter for 'search filter'?

When searching for airline flights, for example, there may be an option to filter by ticket price, or filter by airline, or filter by flight duration. I am looking for the Chinese translation of ...
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Do this for me and then we'll be even

I'm trying to convey "If you do x, we'll call it even." So my sentence is: 我们可以互相学习,我教你滑雪,作为回报你可以教我什么呢? we can both learn from each other... I teach you to ski... and in return what can you teach ...
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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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Why is Sherlock Holmes translated as “福尔摩斯” (Fuermosi)?

The last name of the detective Sherlock Holmes is translated as "福尔摩斯"(Fuermosi) in Chinese, which seems to be strange, since the Chinese pronunciation is nowhere close to the English one, beginning ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Help to translate “红烧肉” to a foreigner

How to translate "红烧肉" to a foreigner. The braise in soy sauce meat?
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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
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What does 卡了壳 mean?

Here's the context. I am guessing it means stumble. 其他选手则要么在微妙的措辞上卡了壳 Other contestants stumble on delicate phrasing But according to this it means quiet/silenced? Q: 步枪卡了壳是什么意思? A: 步枪卡了壳 - 不响 咯咯 ...
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Is my interpretation of this sentence correct?

http://economy.caijing.com.cn/2013-11-07/113534884.html 在这一重大的历史时点, 和讯网 对 著名经济学家张维迎就改革的 发展问题 进行了 一次非常深入的访谈。 "At this important historical point, Hexun.com has conducted a very in-depth ...
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What is a good English translation of 土豪?

土豪 [tǔ háo] seems to be a popular Internet slang term in the last couple years. The idea that I get is that it is a rich person who flaunts their money and is somewhat snobbish or spoiled. Is this ...
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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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How do I say “my wife baked these for me”?

How do I say "my wife baked these for me", where "these" can be cookies, pie, etc? In English I can use "make" or "bake" as the verb. Would I use 烘? When referencing one's own wife, is 太太 appropriate? ...
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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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What are the translations of these IT-related terms: app, service, consulting?

What are the right translations of these IT-related terms into (simplified) Chinese: app (as in iOS apps) service (as in application service) consulting (as in IT consulting) Is there a reliable ...
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How can I express the concept “There's nothing of which I'm absolutely sure” in Chinese?

Scientists and philosophers have at various times been quoted as saying: "There's nothing of which I'm absolutely sure" or "I'm not absolutely sure of anything". (Richard Feynman, for example.) How ...
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Is 同性恋 considered a slur?

Is calling a homosexual person 同性恋 rude, offensive, or a slur? My dictionary translates it simply as "homosexual" but then in the usage examples gives "fairy," which is definitely a slur in English ...
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How do I say “The story has to have a moral”?

Is there any way to say that when you write a story, it has to "have a moral"? (i.e. it has to teach you something). Is there a clear translation for that in Chinese?
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reason for saying/asking 什么叫活腻歪了 (what does tired of living mean) in tv series 敢死队:第11集

In a Chinese TV series 敢死队(第11集). it seems hard to understand why the peddler says to the detective (11:05) "what do you call(what is meant by) tired of living, I am looking for someone", ...
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Translation help:: How to translate 我们经常会怎么说 into English?

假如我们现在碰到有个人,觉得他实在太不争气,实在太让我们失望,我们对他又爱、又恨、又急,那么我们经常会怎么说? We often do what/as we say? This is from an ancient text so I'm not sure if the style of language back then is different from today's. ...
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What does 嘰咿— mean?

I'm reading a Chinese manga translation and have come across this note above a panel: 嘰咿— I'm not sure what it could mean or say in English. Can anyone help me? Thanks!
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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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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 best translation for 投胎?

If you look online, translation for 投胎 is 'reincarnation'. It suits phrases like 投胎转世 but often does not feel quite right in other context. For example: 你急什么,赶着去投胎? Not sure if anyone would ...
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How to say "歪打正着“ in English?

How do you say "歪打正着“ in English? I brought a gift to someone's place for appreciation of his help, but he wasn't there. Several days later, I went there with the gift again, and he was there, and ...
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What does 七年之痒 mean?

I looked it up and something about the Seven Year Itch but I'm kind confused. Does it have any deep meaning in Chinese culture?
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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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Why does 赤道 mean Equator?

Since 赤 means red, bare, and 道 means way, path?