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Colloquial Equivalent of: Speedy Gonzales

If people are very fast, or do things quickly, sometimes we will refer to such a person as Speedy Gonzales in English? Are there similar references for people in Chinese?
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Translate identification mark on a Chinese bowl

I am trying to translate the identification mark on a bottom of a Chinese bowl. I am almost positive the right two characters translate to "Jingde" but I can't seem to be able to figure out the left ...
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Translation: “Shape” (as in “in shape” / “out of shape”)

how to translate shape as in: to be "in shape" or to be "out of shape"? just 健康?
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What is the meaning behind “淵騫”?

What is the verbatim meaning? What is the meaning of the concept within Chinese philosophy? Well i do not know why the algorithm keeps asking about the quality of standards, this makes me want to ...
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Character Gaps On Comic Conversation : 6 [closed]

I am reading a comic book to learn more Chinese. I have some problems with seeing some characters in this older copy of a book (the Chinese character is sometimes too dark to distinguish strokes and ...
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Colloquial Translation: Dynamics

It seems that a lot of colloquial English terms are actually seen to be quite formal or academic in Chinese. In English we have the term dynamics as in: group dynamics, social dynamics, ...
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Can someone please translate this for me? [closed]

http://i.solidfiles.net/690a5c4a8c.jpg I really need it as fast as I can, sorry if it's not appropiate to request translations like this, but it's for a relative of mine who really needs it. It's ...
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Better ways to translate 积极?

Alright before I get a bunch of crappy answers saying things like: > postive > active > energetic > vigorous > proactive I just want to say these are not the words -or- phrases ...
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Meaning of 之下 in this sentence

加上本来就对空心怀反感的贵族们煽动之下,发生了示威游行。 My translation would be: Moreover originally the nobles that felt disgusted by Kong were stirring up under the situation, so they made a march. What is the meaning ...
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“C'est la vie” (such is life) in Chinese

On Wiktionary there are two ways listed for saying "such is life" / "c'est la vie" in Chinese. Both look like literal translations: 這就是生活, 这就是生活 (zhè jiùshì shēnghuó) 生活就是這樣, 生活就是这样 (shēnghuó jiùshì ...
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How to translate “build server” [closed]

and also: "to build", "a build", a "code drop", etc .. I'm working with a software development team and i'm struggling with specific software related vocabulary.
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How to say "自身的兴趣“ in English

How do you say something is your "自身的兴趣“, instead of being forced by the outside, in English Is "inherent interest" fine? Thanks!
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What does the word pronounced as “ma” in cantonese chinese mean in English? [closed]

What does the word pronounced as "ma" in Cantonese Chinese mean in English? I understand that this syllable has five different meanings according to how it is inflected. What are the five different ...
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Punctuation and Footnotes in Mandarin Chinese

I'm trying to translate a research paper into Mandarin Chinese and I was hoping I could get some insite on proper footnote placement around punctuation. For example, if I'm trying to footnote twice in ...
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What is the meaning of 相邻权?

I know nothing at all about the law, so I don't know how 相邻权 might be translated in English. ‘neighbours law' doesn't seem very jurisprudent! Any tips please? ...
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How to say “in front of everyone” in Chinese

I have 在大家面前 and 在公共场所。It is for the sentence "I don't want to say this in front of everyone."
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What's “that” and “which” in Chinese

I know that for sentences such as "this is a port that has been closed for 20 years" I could use 的 or start another phrase. Is it this way for "which" as well?
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An English equivalent of “還真是抬舉他了”?

I understand what it means, ([I] really overpraised him or something), but I can't figure out a good english translation of it. It has the meaning of "overlooking" or "looked up" or something, but I ...
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What would 黑著臉 mean?

黑著臉, Directly translating it, it would be "blacking his face", so is it something like "his face went dark" (Not even sure if that means anything or is proper in english). Could it also be something ...
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Chinese use of abstract “saw?”

I'm trying to accurately translate an abstract use of "saw." Example: the Korean War saw fighting between America and the PRC. 朝鲜战争看到了美国与中华人民共和国之间的战斗。 Now, I have no idea if that sentence is ...
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How can I translate “The Ghost Town's Beauty” into Chinese?

I want to write a short story and I want to give it both an English and a Chinese title. I can read a little bit of Chinese, but unfortunately I was unable to properly translate the title myself. The ...
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毛虫,肉虫,2 kinds of caterpillar

毛虫,肉虫,2 kinds of caterpillar, Wikipedia and 百度百科 both state that larvae of butterflies come in two varieties, 肉虫 and 毛虫 (in that order: 幼虫的形状多样,有肉虫,也有毛虫。), and there are plenty of pictures of both ...
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Why use name of particular hairstyle 堕云髻 (low cloud bun?

The translation of Der Prozess (审判)by Franz Kafka contains the following sentence 他凝视着她的头发;她那头微微发红的头发梳得很整齐,中间分开,脑后束成一个堕云譬(apparently a misprint of 髻)corresponding to:"He looked at her hair in front of ...
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What would be the shortest translation for 'Home Delivery' on a restaurant flyer?

送饭上门 is what I have now, but for aesthetic reasons I would like to have a 2 character word. Is 送饭 enough on a restaurant flyer (that's the context I am working with) or do I need the whole four ...
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What is the meaning of this calligraphy?

This slogan or motto is written in Chinese, though it comes from Korea. I have wondered many years what does it mean. Thank you for your help to understand it. EDIT: Thanks to the answers so far, I ...
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Translation: confabulation

How is confabulation properly translated into Chinese? Wikipedia doesn't have a corresponding entry. The only dictionary I can find this in, LDC English-Chinese Wordlist, just lists 交谈/闲谈 - which is ...
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“曲折的学习经历” in English?

How will you say "曲折的学习经历" without negative connotation? "torturous experience" is one that involves pain, suffering, or discomfort, and does it indicate some negativity? For example, a graduate ...
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Chinese proverb: If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the younger generation? [closed]

Is the following indeed a Chinese proverb and if so, is the author known, is it still commonly used and how is it spelled in Chinese? If you want happiness for a lifetime, help the younger ...
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Meaning of these signs

Could someone please tell me what these signs mean, the OCR couldn't read them.
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“upregulate” in Manadrin

My best scientific dictionaries have all crashed, and in any case they may not have this word either. I'm looking for a Chinese translation of the word "upregulate" or "up-regulate". Definition: the ...
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What's “ended in a disaster” in Chinese?

I think it's 以灾难结局, and that people will understand that. However, is there a more authentic term or is this it?
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How to say “gibberish” in Chinese?

I have been on multiple sentence bases and have found words such as 胡言乱语,词不达意。。。But is there another, better term?
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Can someone translate this to Chinese simplified? “Capital Stacks”

This is a financial term, and I'm hoping for the most professionally used term. Capital Stacks A description of the totality of capital invested in a project, including pure debt, hybrid debt,and ...
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Understanding "肯定“ and “一定” in this sentence

The sentence I'm having trouble figuring out is 这些行动是积极的,值得肯定,对于减少烟毒有一定的意义。 Regarding 值得肯定 does it mean it's worth acknowledging as a positive action ? As for 一定的意 does it mean has some ...
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Conventional meaning of (你)耳朵生翅膀(了)

虹影 饥饿的女儿 Hong Ying, "Daughter of the River" has this sentence: "不行,这样也不对,你耳朵生翅膀了,总听不见我的话?" Translated by Howard Goldblatt (ISBN 0-8021-1637-X) as: "No,that's not right either. Do you have wings on ...
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What's the Most Likely Chinese Version of this Odd “Chinglish”?

This Language Log post is an entertaining discussion of some possible explanations for an unidiomatic English phrase, "Suffered We Protect They", that has appeared on some Liuzhou SWAT posters. My ...
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What is the translation of 熱鬧?

I came across this word 熱鬧 (In this case, it means very crowded, noisy, lively) in an exercise and it tells me to change it into English. But I can't really find a suitable and precise word to ...
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How would you say, “Don't let price interfere with your happiness” in Cantonese?

How would you say, "Don't let price interfere with your happiness" in Cantonese? After asking a few Cantonese speakers, there were still no conclusive answers but a few suggestions: 1)冇俾價錢影響你快樂 ...
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What is being said in this scene from Looper?

I'm a user over at another Stack site, for Movies & TV. Someone posted a question there about the film Looper and a Chinese broadcast that is played for a few seconds during the film. We may be ...
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Chinese Year on a Postmark

Another postmark question: I don't know which year it is (perhaps 1918, 1928?).
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Looking for a translation of '舒适性‘ and '安全性'?

该品牌汽车以优良的舒适性和安全性赢得了众多车主的喜爱。 This brand of automobile uses first rate *comfortness and *safetyness to win many car owner's favour.
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Translating 2 subtitles (TV drama 03:31 and 03:39)

below find dialog of 2 druglords and the brother of one of them 江东和江南兄弟 and 林力华 at the start of part 8 of TV drama 国家形象, http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTA2MDgwNDQw.html 03:31 includes 拿手 ...
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What is the function of 乃 in 子甫至乃去乎 ?

i understand: 子甫至 - you just arrived a moment ago. 去 - go. 乎 - character that makes the sentence a question. What is the role of 乃 in this sentence?
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what's 奶酥 in english?

A lot of translations suggest it's "butter biscuit, but that's not the correct thing I'm thinking about. I'm referring to the filling in bread sold from bakeries that is flaky and sweet, sometimes ...
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what is the verbatim (word for word if possible) translation of the phrase 揚子法言?

it is the title of a some classic literature, could you gloss the title itself and maybe give some comment of the meaning of the literature itself.
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Mandarin Equivalent: 屙尿都屙不伸?

As the title says, what's the Mandarin equivalent of the phrase 屙尿都屙不伸? The phrase describes someone who can't do anything, and is pretty much useless. An English equivalent might be something like ...
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How to translate “连环夺宝”, the name of a game from China LotSynergy?

"连环夺宝" is a popular game operated by China Welfare Lottery. It can be seen in this video: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjkyNDczNDI4.html . I've heard it referred to as "Precious Stones" in English, ...
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What's the Mandarin equivalent of “定係”?

I'm writing up something in Chinese, and want to write the following (irrelevant information redacted): Do I need to bring XXX? [...] Or I can just bring a photocopy of it? I'm not completely ...
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Comparing “as A” and “as B”

While poking around the internet, I came across this sentence from a non-native speaker, which sounded off: 她是朋友比爱人更好。 Intended meaning: She is better as a friend than as a lover [for the ...
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Chinese symbols on a Murakami painting? [closed]

Recently at an art gallery, I was introduced to some works of Takashi Murakami. On quite a few of his paintings were symbols which looked like Chinese, some sort of a seal perhaps. There was a ...