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Translation/Colloquial Equivalents: “There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat”

I've come across a few, very poor, literal translations for the English, “there's more than one way to skin a cat”: 给猫剥皮不止有一种方法 (谚)达到目的的方法不止一种 到达目标的设施多得很。 What colloquial ...
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translation for “melee” in Mandarin

How do you translate "melee" (as in close hand to hand combat)? I keep getting translations such as "collection of diamonds or diamond fragments", 碎钻. I've also gotten "乱斗", but this means ...
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Colloquial way to express the concept of “默写”

Say you've read a poem by William Shakespeare. You liked it very much so you remembered it by heart. Now you can recite it, i.e., read it aloud from your memory, or, you can write it down accurately ...
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How to translate game difficulty level terminology: “noob level”, “mature level”, “mad level”

I have a game that has 3 levels of difficulty: "noob level", mature level", "mad level". How can I translate these 3 terms into Chinese? (I don't use "easy", "normal", "hard" in my game because they ...
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How to translate “给力” in English? [closed]

The word 给力 is often used on Chinese social networks. What is the correct meaning of it in English?
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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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What is the equivalent of “冒昧打扰” in English?

In Chinese, we have the expression "冒昧打扰" màomèidǎrǎo. To put it into a sentence: 冒昧打扰,请您见谅。 màomèi dǎrǎo, qǐng nín jiànliàng Is there a similar expression in English?
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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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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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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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Meaning/Usage/Translation: 耳膜 vs. 鼓膜?

What's the difference between: 耳膜 and 鼓膜? Apparently they both check out to eardrum in English. 汉语大辞典, even, defines 耳膜 as 耳中鼓膜。 Can 鼓膜 be used in other places then?
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怎么用汉语说 ”early/mid/late 20's“ 或 “low/mid/high” 20's"?

比如,如果我要翻译: The temperature in Beijing tomorrow will be in its low/mid/late 20's 或者 I'm guessing she's in her early/mid/(high or upper) 20's 要怎么翻译? 更新: 1.)一般来说,early/low 等于 20-23, mid 等于 ...
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Translation of “you cut I choose”

I'm trying to give a presentation to my Chinese class on fair division procedures, and I want to describe the simple method of "you cut I choose". I think a literal translation would be something like ...
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Please sign in to send a message

How would I translate the phrase, "Please sign in to send the message". I would think it's something like, "Qing 登录 fa xin" -- is that correct?
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How do you say “to get back at someone”? Is it 找晦氣 or 找負氣?

According to CantoDict, 找晦氣 in Cantonese means, "to get back at someone or cause trouble over a past grievance". Link: http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/dictionary/words/50994/ CantoDict is sometimes ...
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What is the meaning of 未体?

Here is an example that came from a document talking about salary bonuses: 未体年假折现. My best guess for 未体 would be "haven't done". So the example above would be translated to "discount for not taking ...
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Is “酷比” an actual used word in any Chinese-speaking location? (Including colloquial and slang)

I've been looking at some very cheap tablet computers made in China and one goes by the English brand name "Cube" or "Alldocube" or "cube51". Their Chinese brand name is "酷比魔方" (Kù bǐ mófāng). I see ...
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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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Chinese tattoo help [closed]

I want a tattoo saying 時間 (time). However I was told this is not suitable for a tattoo. I wanted to know how to say time in chinese with a deep meaning. Is there a way to add a character so that it ...
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為無為, 則無不治 translation of Dao De Jing

these are to last lines of the third chapter of Dao De Jing.my question to the first line: Is the first 為 used in another meaning than the last one. I know what is 無為. Should I translate it: by 無為, ...
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Which Harry Potter Translation is better

I have two versions of Harry Potter (book 1) in mandarin chinese. Although the translation are mostly the same. There are enough difference to make me wonder if one is better than the other. By better ...
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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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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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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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Explaining 烦百事生 in 雨下得人心烦百事生

虹影 饥饿的女儿 Ying Hong - Daughter of the River has the sentence 雨下得人心烦百事生,看不到雨停的希望。(google 烦百事生)。Howard Goldblatt's translation reads:The effect of the rain is despair that you'll ever see the end of ...
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How to translate and answer the question?

I make my homework, but I am not sure in translating of a sentence and would be glad to become an answer from native speakers. The task is to write an answer to a question. The question is: 学经济的人多不多? ...
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How do I say that I'm Russian?

I know that I should add rén (人) after a country. I found these two in the dictionary: 俄罗斯 俄国 Which one should I use? What would be the difference between them? Thanks
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How to translate 食客 into English?

食客 were honoured guests living in the houses of kings and princes for free. They had neither property nor rank; and they scarcely ran any errands. They were not even officially employed. They ...
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意饺: English Translation?

I've seen 意饺 translated as ravioli. Obviously 意饺 = 意大利 + 饺子, but does it only refer to ravioli? There's a lot of different kinds of Italian "dumplings", no? Can it refer to other things besides ...
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造反有理 革命無罪: What are the standard English translations of this?

Perhaps one is "To rebel is justified / Revolution is no crime." This however does not seem to me to fully capture the phrase. I was wondering if there are perhaps other standard translations?
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How to say related term in Chinese

I want to say Today I discovered that 得 has a related term 不得不 which is used to emphasize somebody had to do something they didn't want to. In fact I'm not even sure what to call that ...
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What is the grammar of : 除非,你堅持躲在潮濕的甲殼裡更快樂。

I recently encountered: 除非,你堅持躲在潮濕的甲殼裡更快樂。in an email. The context is that the writer was telling me to cheer up. I can recognize some of these words. It seems to start off with "unless you ...
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Translation of 我想会吗? - I thought, is it possible?

Is my translation right? Here's the context (conversation about Snowden): A: 未证实的意思呢就是还没有去证实、证明它是一个事实。 B: 嗯。我想,会吗?他可能已经在暗中做安排了吧。 A: 这个只是他们的官方说法嘛,呵呵。 Does it mean different things in ...
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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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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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Translation: “世界上,治疗心脏病最好的方式就是不要开刀。” [closed]

Looking for another retrograde translation. Here's the excerpt: 美国有一个心脏病之父,他一生开过,开胸开一万多人。他,美国的心脏科医生都知道,尊称他为心脏病之父。他死掉以后呢,在他的墓碑上面,刻了......了一句话在上面:“世界上,治疗心脏病最好的方式就是不要开刀。” This obviously comes from ...
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Translation: “people with upright eyes will arrive”

Related: Confucian Messianism, Mencius, etc Still going through Popular Religious Movements and Heterodox Sects in Chinese History by Hubert Seiwert (In collaboration with Ma Xisha) and came across ...
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How to say “After +Verb” in Chinese?

How to say "After +Verb" in daily conversation? For example: "After eating my candy, I will go there". "After he saw you were coming, he left". "After she found the book, she called me". etc. So ...
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Do I use “扔掉” or “倒掉” to expressing getting rid of 死水?

I know this is very specific, but I was looking for a translation for standing/stagnant water (context: mosquitoes), but found out it `死水`(if that's incorrect though, someone please kindly notify me). ...
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What grammatical elements are contained in the sentence 你不听不就得了?

A book on function words contains the example sentence: 管他说什么呢, 你不听不就得了。 The first part is simple: 管他说什么呢 = "no matter what" s.o. says (管 as conjunction). The second part however is unclear to me. ...
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How is this sentence translated into Chinese “The man, who kissed the woman, who betrayed him with the man, who loved the one, whom nobody knew”?

I do not know the technical term for this kind of sentences, but obviously there is some fractal vibe to it.
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What does 功亏一篑 mean and its origin?

What does 功亏一貫 mean in English and its origin? And what does 貫 mean?
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Colloquial translation of “increase in price”

What is the common used colloquial translation of "increase in price"? I know some of them like: 涨价 提价 价格上涨 Which one do you often use? or if there is better alternative, please let me know.
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Help translating the phrase, “was seen as.”

The sentence I am trying to translate: "Revolution was seen as desperate and dangerous." I am aware of the grammar pattern, sb 把革命视为危险的 for "see as." However, this usage is incorrect because the ...
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How to say “in my opinion” in chinese?

For example, "In my opinion, this music is very good". The translation indicated by Google, 在我看来, seems rather dodgy to me.
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Can someone translate this charm? [closed]

We found this charm in a box of buttons, and I'm curious what it means... For all I know it may not be Chinese, but it looks like it. I tried translating it using the Google Translate app... While it ...
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Is this Chinese? If so can you tell me what it says in english? Thank you [closed]

Is this Chinese? If so can you tell me what it says in english? Thank you
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Tamen dou1 hen3 hao3

As I am reading the New Practical Chinese Reader From: Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese And I got to the translation of Tamen dou hen hao and I was wondering something. The translation of ...
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What does 算你狠 mean?

I've been pondering on this one for a while, but I'm still not sure about the best wording for it. It seems to be often used by someone who has been defeated/humiliated/etc, implying something along ...
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How to say properly translate “circulation”?

I know that 通风 means to ventilate, but how does one say circulation? Two specific sentences I'm having trouble translating are: He wanted to save energy, so he turned on the circulation fan ...