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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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What exactly does 阅兵 mean/translate as?

The word 阅兵 has been used a lot the last couple of days, for obvious reasons, mostly for one specific activity. Dictionaries define as follows: CC-CEDICT to review troops KEY ◊ review ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How would one translate “full of life?”

I would like to say, "She's so full of life". This is to mean she's energetic, she lively, exuberant, loves to live life. I came across two idioms: 生气勃勃 and 生机盎然, but from the examples I've read, ...
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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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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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Are there any good reverse transliteration strategies?

So I've been watching a lot of international news in chinese. I find that I have problems putting things in context because there are a whole lot of names of people and places which I don't know the ...
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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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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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Difficulty translating “makes”. How to translate this sentence:

I can't figure out how to translate this 对我来说,北方人的口音和语速makes it difficult for me to understand them. What's the best way to say this without losing any of the above meaning and structure?
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Is “Year of the Goat/Ram/Sheep” due to the Chinese language?

I've heard that the current lunar year (for most of 2015) is sometimes called in English the Year of the Goat, Year of the Ram, or Year of the Sheep. I've also heard that the reason for the different ...
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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 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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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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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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How do you translate “if she had not helped her, they both would be dead now” ?

How do you express in Chinese a conditional set in the past that did not actually happened? Like for instance: if she had not helped her, they both would be dead now
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What is the function of 當 in 當愛已成往事 ?

I think 愛已成往事 is complete chinese sentence, that means: love already turned into sth. of the past. Well, but how does the meaning changes when 當 is put in front of it to form 當愛已成往事 ?
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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 ...
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How to say X were said to do Y?

Example: The hijackers were said to demand the plane to fly to Iran The only think I could think of was 有人告訴 (somebody said), and putting it at the beginning, like: 有人告訴劫機者... Is this ...
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Is this a translation of 逍遥游?

I think this is from 逍遥游, but I'm not sure. I just can't locate the following sentence. Thus, the wise man looks into space, and does not regard the small as too little, nor the great as too ...
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What is the most appropriate translation for this law article?

In this Skeptics answer, a user provided a rough translation of a Chinese law article — from this source — about vehicles and pedestrians using Google Translate. So I thought, why don't we provide 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 ...