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Why can't I say "我的腰不好”

My teacher said it wasn't a good thing to say - why? For example, my back really hurt - is this not what I should have said? How do I express that my lower back hurts?
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Is 老外 meant to be a negative term? [on hold]

当我询问有关观光和娱乐咨询当地人为什么我引导到目的地有这么多的外国人? When I ask locals for advice about sightseeing and entertainment why I am directed to destinations with so many foreigners?
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4answers
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Differences between 凉 and 冷,冻 and 冰

I was wondering whether anyone could tell me if these words are completely interchangable all situations. If not, how am I to discern which to use?
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3answers
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Why are there four ways of writing 黄?

My keyboard does not allow me to input them all but I have found four (similar) ways in total of writing the Chinese character for yellow (黄). Why is this and how have these four forms come to differ? ...
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2answers
116 views

Ways to write “strength”

What is the difference in writing strength as 力 or 力量 ? I have seen it both ways and am not sure of the difference.
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Difference between V+着+V and 一边+V+一边+V

Is there any difference between: 他们说着话吃饭。 他们一边说话一边吃饭。 他骑着自行车听音乐。 他一边骑自行车一边听音乐。 Thx
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What Chinese language(s) have pronunciation ㄍ丨(romanization: gi)

Heard pronunciation ㄍ丨(romanization: gi) recently in a dialect of south western mandarin. I was trying to trace it together with something else. Seems like Hakka pronounces 机/機 ㄍ丨but I couldn't ...
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1answer
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How to express gratitude as a house guest?

How would the following sentence come across as a part of a thank you letter to a family receiving you as a guest in their home in Taiwan? The letter is to be sent before arriving as a "thank you in ...
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How to distinguish between 吧 and 嘛, 罢 and 嘛

At the end of a sentence in a conversation, how does one distinguish between 吧 and 嘛, 罢 and 嘛? Thanks.
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Can someone translate this for me? [on hold]

Can someone please translate this for me? Sorry the image is so tiny, I tried to make it bigger but it would just get blurred in the end. I'm just curious and I've already tried to copy and paste it ...
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3answers
163 views

Meaning of text on a picture

I have a piece of artwork, a paper rubbing (see the images attached) with a piece of text on, which I'd like to know the meaning of. I suspect it is in Chinese, but I'm unsure. Online tools like ...
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1answer
50 views

What do these kanji mean: 吉庆有余

Can someone please tell me what it means? I don't understand the 2nd kanji and can't find it online.
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When to use “他的太太” and when “他太太”?

I've read the two different sentences, of which one uses "他的太太" and the other uses "他太太". How can I tell the difference between the two? For example, in the following sentence: 现在他想他的太太。 现在他想他太太。 ...
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Unclear expression in Pimsleur 3 “here is a small gift”

In the audio course Pimsleur Mandarin III an expression is taught which you can say when giving someone a gift. The expression itself is unclear to me, which one of these is it? yī diǎnr shǎo yì sī ...
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1answer
25 views

Cantonese and Thai similarities

Is there a similarity between Cantonese and Thai? I've noticed that some words such as the word for chicken is the same. Thanks.
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1answer
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I'd like to know any resource to check the Measure Word for a given word

There are many resources that offer a list of Measure Words, but I'm interested in finding a resource where I can type a word and get its Measure Word back. Thank you very much in advance to anyone ...
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What is the original title of James Ellroy (詹姆斯·艾尔罗瓦) <<无处藏身>>?

Is it correct to conclude it is "The Big Nowhere"? Replying to "clarify question" (users marking down question): Chinese translations in book form generally seem to have the original title at the end ...
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1answer
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How to write characters containing the ǚ pinyin symbol in most common Chinese Input Methods?

I am using four different input methods for typing 汉字. Most of them share the same principles for translating what you type in pinyin to Chinese characters. But I am unable to figure out how to type ...
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6answers
126 views

出于考虑 vs。 基于考虑 。 Do Taiwanese say 基于?

Question for you all. Recently, I've been using a textbook from mainland China. In the textbook, I learned 出于Sth考虑, which means roughly "Out of consideration for ___" My teacher, who is Taiwanese, ...
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48 views

What does this announcer say after the words 改变?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0D-ot2tso8 This is that somewhat controversial commercial for laundry soap. It's at about the :40 second mark. Is he saying 帅哥? Thank you, Rachel
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Need help in translation. Problems with 了. Again :)

The sentence is (1)突然父亲嘘了一口气 and (2)突然父亲嘘一口气 I would have undertand them if it's not the for the "突然" part. My take: (1) "Suddenly father exhaled (once)" (like "ooooh" and then maybe ...
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How to determine what 即 means in a sentence

I was reading an advertisement that says: '阿里云免费体验! 注册即获得高达300美元体验套餐! 立即开通阿里云全球服务!' Would 即获得 mean 'immediately obtain?' 即 can mean so many different things, it's a bit confusing. Many thanks, ...
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双刃剑 vs。 两面刀 which is used more often?

I'd like to know which of these two phrases you use more often. I know that in general they both mean "a double edged sword" is one used more in Taiwan or in mainland China?
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Translation verification for a notice

Hello everyone I hope you can help me with a translation. I am looking for a Cantonese teacher (or speaker for that matter) in my area and I want to post a notice. I have asked and received a ...
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hanzis used on their own, hanzis exclusively used in words

i know that a few hanzis cannot be used alone, on their own, in Chinese. i am looking for a list where i can find them. someone can help ? just for the most frequent :-) is it allowed to use 爸 ...
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i want to know what i say in text is correct [on hold]

Nǐ hǎo. Wǒ shì shuí? Wǒ de míngzì shì SHAYAN Dàn nǐ kěyǐ jiào wǒ (xué yǎng). Wǒ yǒu èrshíliù suì. Wǒ yǒu liǎng gè xiōngdì hé yīgè mèimei Hobbies and interests: Wǒ xǐhuān chī de shíwù yě hē Soft ...
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Bare verbs meaning and 了

As I study usage of different aspects markers in Chinese I started to realize that my problems with those markers come from simple fact that: "I don't see any much in them." Reason for this is: ...
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51 views

Are Chinese symbols built from more elementary symbols or forms?

I know nothing about the Chinese language but, while we ate in a Chinese restaurant with lots of Chinese symbols around me, I asked myself if these symbols could be built up from elementary lines or ...
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137 views

How do I say “share with me” in Chinese?

I'd like to know how to form a sentence such as, "He shared this information with me," "She shared her recommendations with me." I believe the "with" here is not 跟,和 or 与, since the "sharing" action ...
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275 views

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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1answer
43 views

Artist seal and meaning

I am trying to identify the artist that this seal belongs too. The closest I could find was either Chen Hongshou or Yang Jin but both are different stylistically from the picture that bears this seal. ...
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3answers
138 views

Question about use of 不比

I have a question about making comparisons in Chinese. What's the difference between saying '我不比她差' and '我比她不差'? Thank you, Rachel
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57 views

What does this say?

Just the kanji written out is fine, I can probably figure out what it means on my own.
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Meaning of 则 in 欲速则不达?

What is the meaning of 则 in 欲速则不达? Does it mean fortune, wealth, success? I couldn't figure out out.
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Tao Yuanming Poem

I am reading this poem by Tao Yuanming. 飲酒詩二十首之五 結盧在人境 而無車馬喧 問君何能爾 心遠地自偏 採菊東籬下 悠然見南山 山氣日夕佳 飛鳥相與還 此還有真意 欲辨已忘言 I have a general idea, because I found the translation below on Wikipedia. But ...
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1answer
61 views

Is Regulated Verse Used In Modern-Language Poetry?

According to The Infallible Wikipedia, most modern Chinese poetry (新诗) is metrically free and unrhymed, sometimes hard to distinguish from a short essay. Are rhyme or tonal schemes along the lines of ...
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Why is stroke order important when writing Chinese characters?

I often see people having a big focus on correct stroke order for writing Chinese characters. My question is, for most learners, is it important to know the stroke order, and if so, why is it ...
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38 views

What are the eight trigrams? [closed]

What are the eight trigrams? I am wondering this after seeing the definition of the Chinese character 坤 (kun1: female, feminine). Thanks.
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0answers
32 views

Imperial examinations: what are these? [closed]

What are imperial (provincial) examinations? I came across this term while looking up the meaning of 举人。Thanks.
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2answers
120 views

What's the difference between 生态环境观 and 生态伦理观?

I think that "生态环境观" refers to ecology and that "生态伦理观" refers to environmental ethics. Can anybody confirm this or correct me? Thanks!
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2answers
148 views

Nixon quote in 《全城高考》 [closed]

Did Nixon really say: "当中国的下一代忘记自己文化的时候,我们就可以去攻打这个民族," as asserted by the teacher in 《全城高考》? I have searched online but found nothing in English about such a quote, only many Chinese questions along ...
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2answers
119 views

Use of complement 到

When using the complement 到, like in 买不到, being able/unable to achieve the goal - is connected to the subject or object? For example 这本新书很受欢迎, 你现在去买, 一定买不到。 (cannot buy because there are no books ...
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1answer
73 views

Word for developing and refining a product: Choppa - dowa?

and thank you for making time to help me with this question. I met with a supplier recently, and they told me that in China there was a word for the process of developing and refining a product. ...
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4answers
229 views

Help with translating old signs

I recently bought an old wooden item that shows 5 traditional (?) Chinese characters. I tried my very best to translate them by researching all kind of pages, but cannot find some parts I need. Can ...
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5answers
397 views

GoldenDict Chinese-Chinese Dictionary?

I have an intermediate grasp of mandarin and would like a Chinese-Chinese dictionary. One where I input Chinese characters and it returns me a Chinese definition. I am using GoldenDict and have tried ...
2
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1answer
62 views

Historical Question, Possible Wade-Giles, Sichuan river name

I am currently reading an entomologists diaries from the late 19th Century - A.E. Pratt. He travelled Sichuan Province and published his journal, To the Snows of Tibet through China, in 1892. Pratt ...
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3answers
83 views

Sentence structure

I am student of chinese language, level 1 and I will have to make a presentation about my city. I would truly appreciate your help. The title is "City of students". Could it be translated to "Da xue ...
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4answers
197 views

translate “percent” in chinese 百分之 or 百分比?

is there one by the two words above usually used for " percent " ? or is it usual to use any of them ? wenlin software gives 百分比 as percent. mdbg dictionary on line gives 百分之 :-)
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1answer
70 views

How do you say “It was added a language menu.”?

I would like to know how I should say "It was added a language menu" I know that 语言菜单 its language menu, but what about the verb? and the person? How I can make a sentences like this one? Thanks (:
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3answers
178 views

When is a 方言 a language and not a dialect

I have always thought, perhaps wrongly, that it was mutual intelligibility that was the deciding factor as to whether a 方言 would be considered a dialect or it's own separate language. Wikipedia's ...

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