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Sect vs School for “宗門”

宗門 In the context of ancient China times, and in a fantasy novel, where people collect disciples for martial arts and whatnot. Would xx sect be better or xx school? Or even xx faction instead of ...
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I need help translating >how< a word would be spoken

I am trying to find someone that will help me take words that are spoken in Spanish, such as Hola, and represent the sounds made by hola in Chinese Pinyin so someone who doesn't speak Spanish could ...
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How to translate “For all you know”? [duplicate]

What are the best ways to translate For all you know? For example: For all you know, she could be lying to you. In response to a friend getting upset that her friend isn't picking up her ...
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How Archaic is James Legge's Written Chinese in this Side by Side English/Chinese Book?

I'm not sure if this is even an appropriate question for this venue, but here's hoping. I want to read the translated works of Zhuangzi on this site, but I'd like to know how archaic the original ...
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How to translate “doesn't lift a finger” and “without lifting a finger”?

I recently same across this stumbling block in conversation; in one case I wanted to say "doesn't lift a finger" and in another "without lifting a finger". These phrases mean that someone is extremely ...
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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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How can I translate this correctly into English “今晚怎么意思”

I have a group of friends who regularly meet to play soccer, someone asked on WeChat: 今晚怎么意思 The reply given was the time that we start "7" (meaning 7pm). I may be missing something very ...
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The Chinese of “Browse Teachers” : 访问老师?

I have a tutoring website with many teachers on it. On the front page, there is a button to browse the profiles of all the teachers. Is 访问老师 the correct translation?
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Meaning of 脏话 in 这里能说脏话吗

I just came across someone asking this in online chat: 这里能说脏话吗 I've taken that to mean, is there anyone here who can speak x?. It's the x bit I'm unsure of. If I look up 脏话 in a dictionary it says ...
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Preferred translation for “log out” or “sign out” (such as a web site): 注销, 登出, 退出?

We're having trouble figuring out the preferred Simplified Chinese translation for "log out" or "sign out" for a web application we're translating. Our third-party translator thinks it's 注销, and an ...
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What does “理所应当的美好” mean?

我们确信, 在 Mac 的世界中, 你只需放飞自己的想象力。 享受一切**理所应当的美好**。 So 享受一切理所应当的美好。translates to: Enjoy all beauty as it should be? Sentence is from here: http://pinyin.sogou.com/mac/ Other Examples with 理所应当的美好 More ...
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"不甘心“ in English?

How shall we say "不甘心“ in English? For example, "经历多次失败后,仍然不甘心放弃过去的种种努力和自己的理想”. Note that "is not willing to" means "不愿意“, still not exactly "不甘心“. Consider an example, "经历多次失败后,仍然不甘心放弃自己的理想”, ...
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What's the meaning of 高冷?

Could anyone tell me, what's the meaning of this word: 高冷? Haven't found any translation in the dictionary or any explanations.
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What is the English translation for 劲爆?

I saw this word in a news headline. It isn't found in any of 4 dictionaries I checked (PLC, CC, ADS for Pleco; YellowBridge.com). 劲 jin4 means strength, energy, or enthusiasm 爆 bao4 means explode or ...
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What does this text on a vase mean?

We have recently received this vase as a gift from a business partner. I am very curious what this text on it means but am not in a position to ask them. I wasn't able to use Google Translate ...
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再一次地, why is 地 used?

Here are some sentences for context. To me, leaving out the 地 preserves the meanings: 再一次地感谢大家 让我再一次地想你 微笑,再一次地让我们微笑 Is 再一次地 a set phrase/固定短语? Here's one w/o the 地: 再一次战胜自己
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Translation of “this much and no more”

I found this sentence and its English translation on tatoeba.org: 我知道的就這麼多了。 Beyond this I know nothing. Now I'm trying to parse the sentence structure, and I'd like some confirmation or a ...
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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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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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Am I so predictable?

When I go to my favorite restaurant, I often order the same thing. I order in Chinese and apparently I've become predictable. How can I ask an equivalent (not necessarily equal) phrase of "am I so ...
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Is the symbol in the images a chinese letter?

Is the symbol in the images a chinese letter, and if it is, what does it mean?
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What's the subject of this sentence?

I found a short sentence on tatoeba.org and I'm not exactly sure what it means. 好像找到了。 My best guess is that it means, "Seems like you found it." Is that right?
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When describing an idiot, “一根弦的傻子”?

一根弦的傻子 From what I see, "An idiot with one root/string?" I don't really understand where the meaning would be taken from. Would an English equivalent be something like "An idiot with only one ...
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The real meaning of “傲嬌”

Until recently, I have known the meaning of this word as described on the wiki page. I thought it is used to refer to people, particularly female, who are cold on the outside and hot, as in intimate, ...
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Any english equivalent for “前輩” or “晚輩”?

It's used in respect for talking to a superior and respectfully, so is there even an english equivalent for it or is it just a special title used for Chinese?
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Chinese equivalent of “I'm stealing that joke”

Is there a Chinese equivalent of I'm stealing that joke? I just heard a hilarious joke, and I'd like to say "that's a great joke, I'm stealing it" (i.e. I will use it myself). Is there a Chinese ...
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How to say “I prefer x over y”?

For example: I prefer eating fried rice over fried chicken. How to say that in chinese? How about this? 我较喜欢吃炒饭比炸鸡 我炒饭比炸鸡较喜欢吃
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Are there multiple translations for 不上边?

Trying to translate this: 始终是碰不上边的... From the beginning, not able to meet (in agreement) with those above? I searched on "不上边" in 百度 and it seems there are multiple ways to interpret it - ...
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how to correctly translate 我想你

When I started learning Chinese I was taught that this term would mean I miss you However have recently seen this been translated different ways into English. 1st I miss you 2nd I'm ...
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Translation of text on stamp

We got this stamp as a gift. What does the chinese characters translate to? It seems too long to just translate to "conscius".
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Proper use of “closet”

I apologize if this is very elementary: I've never heard of closet referred to as 壁橱, only as 衣柜, but the direct translation doesn't seem apropriate. I've also heard 衣柜 used to reference cupboard as ...
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Does 外行的想法 mean “rookie mistake”?

I found this sentence and its translation on tatoeba.org. Is there a better way to translate it into English? 這是外行的想法。 That's a layman's idea. I looked up 外行, and it does mean amateur or ...
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What is the meaning of 捅破 in this text?

The following text is taken from the serial of 寒夜: 一直到有一天 一个偶然的机会 我的心事 或者说是我们的心事 被我们的学生捅破 感情是不能被捅破的 一旦捅破 就如同大坝破堤 汹涌而出 He's talking about his love for the heroine of the series, then ...
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How does 甘梅地瓜 mean sweet potato fries?

I bought some 甘梅地瓜 (gān méi dì guā), or just 地瓜 (dì guā), and this is what I got: They seem to be sweet potato fries. I'm wondering how 甘梅地瓜 translates into "sweet potato fries"? Google indicates ...
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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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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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English translation of The Odes of Confucius (詩經)

Some time ago I read two Chinese poems and now I can't find the original Chinese version, only the English translation. Maybe you could help me with a link or a title! The poems are from The Odes of ...
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When your computer freezes/hangs/stalls, stays on same screen, input devices don't work - how do you say that?

我的电脑。。。 冻结 失速 卡住 ? Also got - 死机了 and 当机 from another board. Any others?
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信子 meaning “tongue”

信子apparently can mean (snake's)"tongue" but only if 吐 also occurs near it (s. all examples below) http://news.sina.com.cn/s/p/2014-08-03/051130621113.shtml headline:半夜如厕 小臂粗大蛇 蜷缩地上吐信子 within ...
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Is there a difference between 你无意之中流露出来 and 你无意流露出来?

In a casual conversation, one person didn't know he unwittingly revealed he doesn't like whatever, ice cream. The other person says... 你无意之中流露出来 which translates to roughly to "You let it slip." I ...
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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 would be the proper word in English for it. I'd like to know which are the main duties ...
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How to say she short changed me (without negative conotation)?

For example, if I went to the bank to withdraw money from my account and my account showed I took out $50, but the bank teller only gave me $40. I don't want to imply the bank teller was trying to ...
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Translation for “things you don't agree on”

I attended a wedding last weekend and wanted to say something along the following lines: "In the first year you will probably find there are many things that you don't agree on". I couldn't think of ...
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how to say ”(尤为)难得“ in English?

How would you say "难得“ and ”尤为难得“ in English? For example, 他在自己生活困难的情况下,资助老弱病残,尤为难得。 Thanks!
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Translating the word “feelings” for conversational use

When I look for a dictionary translation of "feelings", I see two translations: 情怀 and 情面. Which of these two would be better suited to translate the following sentence The woman rhetorically ...
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如果你不介意 : appropriate translation from English?

I recently heard, 如果你不介意 (literally: "if you do not mind."). Is the literal translation from English also a correct, native one? Or is there a more common way to prefix such a question?
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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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Using 色 with colors

I'm making something to teach students Chinese colors... Let's say they have to match a color to a square- Is it okay to just use 红, 蓝, 紫, etc on each block just as long as they know 色 means color... ...
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Having trouble translating this: 多是不跑步的替跑步的操心

My rough translation is "better not to run than to run and worry about it." It's the double 的 and 替 that's throwing me off. Is my translation close? Here's the context: ...
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(Better) Translations of: 稀罕/稀奇?

In Chinese 稀罕 and 稀奇 are often used negatively to express disdain, e.g.: ABC 我不稀罕你的钱。 Wǒ bù xīhan nǐ de qián. I don't care about your money. And 你以为我稀奇你的东西? Dictionaries often ...