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What is this 予以 doing in my sentence?

From the meanings I find for '予以 = give, grant' I can't really see what it is doing here. Maybe the Chinese is '予以推进 = give/produce advancement', but 予以 may also mean 'impose' I believe. Maybe the ...
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Why not include “的” in “传统音乐”?

I have found the following two sentences: 他们正在演奏传统音乐。 这是一个传统的玩具。 Why does the former not use 的 but the latter does? I know you can remove 的 if you express family's relation as stated in other ...
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Why is 的 necessary in 你是什么时候买的苹果?

I've found the following sentence: 你是什么时候买的苹果? However, I'm convinced that this sentence should be 你是什么时候买苹果的?. Why does the sentence above require 的 after 买? What purpose does it function for?
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The meaning of a Chinese inscription found under a little sculpture

I bought a figure of a taoist wise some years ago, and in all these years I have been unable to decipher the tiny seal below the figure … It is an important figure in my life and I would be extremely ...
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Why do Chinese people say 孕傻三年?

Just the other day, I heard this '孕傻三年'. Does anyone have an inkling as to why Chinese people think this?
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How to say “see you this weekend?”

My Mandarin teacher told us “星期四见” to say "see you on Thursday." How would I say "see you this weekend"? “这个周末见” or “末见这个周”? Or something else entirely? This is being used to end a letter, so I don't ...
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Does Mandarin Ever Use 𫘏? And What Does It Mean?

Here's 汉典's rendition of 𫘏: 𫘏 according to 四川方言词语考释 dictionary means 板着(脸). 字海 【字海】 该字暂无解释!希望有识之士提供! 汉典 暂无解释,欢迎补充。 Does Mandarin Ever Use This Character? If So, In What ...
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Ways to politely insult somebody's intelligence in Mandarin?

I know of many words to insult people and call them stupid, but a majority of them are incredibly offensive. There are more polite phrases, such as 真笨, which I've seen used within families (as a plain ...
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what's the difference between 会, 可以, and 能? [duplicate]

Are they used interchangeably or do they really have separate uses? I keep getting confused between the three.
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Open Software Two-Line Add Pinyin To Characters

Is there any open software that adds a second line of pinyin to a line of characters? i.e.: converting “你好” to: nǐhǎo 你好 Converting to ni3hao3 would be fine to. Open, namely, so that I ...
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Why do people say “man dianer a” when you leave their shop?

When you leave a shop, you often hear the shopkeeper saying something like "man dianer a", which sounds like 慢点儿阿 (something parents say to their kids to get them to walk more slowly [even if they ...
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What is this 运行 in this sentence?

中国加入世界贸易组织后,国内的汽车行业与汽车市场运行环境发生了前所未有的改变。 Sometimes in colloquial English we say 'shift' to mean 'sell'. Is '运行环境‘ something like that? 运行环境 maybe 'sales environment' or ‘turnover' (交易额) ??
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Mices and rats: differences between shǔ, lǎo shǔ, Xiǎo lǎo shǔ, etc

What is the difference between all the different available kinds of rat and mices, like shǔ, lǎo shǔ, Xiǎo lǎo shǔ? Can 鼠 be used alone? Is 小家鼠 the proper word to mean a nice little mouse in a ...
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Sheep or goat? 一只羊跑过来

In the sentence: 一只羊跑过来 Would a Chinese person typically assume this is a goat or a sheep?
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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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the Master is stopped from investigation?

it's Analects chapter 10 when the master comes to a country does he ask about the government? and then: 抑與之與? the last 與 is probably the ending particle. 抑 means to restrain to restrict. The first 與 ...
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Use of 如何 versus 怎麼樣

This is kind of a two-part question: 1) If you say "你如何喜歡你的菜?" are you asking, "how does the food taste to you" or "how do you prefer your food to be cooked"? To me it seems that if you are asking the ...
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What is the best translation for 投胎?

If you look online, translation for 投胎 is 'reincarnation'. It suits phrases like 投胎转世 but often does not feel quite right in other context. For example, 你急什么,赶着去投胎? Not sure if anyone would laugh if ...
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Which dialect of Chinese has the fewest tones?

Standard Cantonese has six tones, Minnan, spoken primarily in Taiwan and Fujian, has five to seven; and so on down to Mandarin, based on the Beijing dialect, which has only four. (I don't count ...
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What does it mean?

With the great search for plane debris currently taking place in La Reunion island, a metal has been found with what seems to be Chinese written on it (it might be a plane debris, but nobody can be ...
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Earliest usage of 力不从心?

What's the earliest usage of 力不从心? The earliest I've seen is: 《後汉书·西域传》 今使者大兵未能得出, 如諸國力不從心, 東西南北自在也。 Anything earlier than 后汉书? 445 is, apparently, the given year for completion of 后汉书.
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When is the spelling and the pronunciation different?

I noticed that sometimes certain finals in Chinese sound differently when combined with different initials. For e.g., what is spelled "u" sometimes is pronounced "ü". Other times, I think the final ...
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Asterisks in Jyutping Cantonese

I have come across a couple of Cantonese words transliterated in Jyutping which had * in the tone number. For example, on CantoDict, the word 广东话 is transliterated as gwong2-dung1-waa6*2. What does ...
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Job requirements for typing Chinese

Many government positions in Taiwan have typing speed requirements. In Taipei city job announcements I've found which mention this requirement, the minimum runs from 40-60 characters a minute. This ...
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What is the meaning of '中国面孔'?

I think I know what this '中国面孔' means, but sometimes Chinese surprises me completely. 同时,也说明西门子这样一个跨国公司,已经开始选择完全的中国面孔来拉近和中国的距离。 已经开始选择完全的中国面孔来拉近和中国的距离 (Siemens) has already begun to select only ...
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The grammar of 实事求是的石

I actually want a tongue twister for practice. But I want one that could be a Chinese sentence. Is the following at all acceptable as way to say "This is the 'seek truth through facts' rock"? ...
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Can I change this '下‘ for '前面‘?

I have this in my text: 在绿色、环保已成为全社会共识的大背景下, 。。。 ‘背景下’ says to me ‘under a background' which seems odd. I would rather locate things 'in front of' a background. Can I change '背景下‘ for '背景前‘ or ...
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Is this the way to say 'afford'?

'afford' in its meaning of 'can pay for' is not so easy to locate in Chinese. There doesn't seem to be one word. 'can't afford' is fairly easy: '买不起‘。 I have this in my text: ..., ...
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What is the difference between 好多 vs. 很多?

I'm an ABC and I find myself often using 好多. I was talking to my dad yesterday and I noticed that I said it, but something just didn't seem right. Is this correct or does it not make any sense? I'm ...
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When did the words 麻醉 and 麻药 first appear?

I want to know how long 麻醉 and 麻药 have been compounded to mean anesthesia and anesthetic respectively. What is the approximate date of the origin of those two Chinese words? Are their origins ...
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How to study Chinese? [closed]

My Chinese final is in a week and I need to get a decent grade, but the problem is I'm not sure how to really study for it besides cramming the vocabulary. Flashcards don't seem to work for me... One ...
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163 views

What's the difference between 只 and 才?

What's the difference between 只 and 才?When should I use 只 and when 才?Can you give me some example? Thank you
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Is there an official translation for oleogustus, yet?

io9 There are five acknowledged tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and (slightly more controversially) umami. For awhile now, researchers have suggested the existence of a sixth taste: fat. Now, ...
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What is “一” doing in “事情一开始进展得很顺利,但后来我们遇到了困难”?

事情一开始进展得很顺利,但后来我们遇到了困难 I understand the meaning of the sentence, but I don't understand what is "一" doing in there? Could it be dropped? Would it change the meaning? Is it a part of the "一开始" as ...
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Is it correct to say '较出色‘

Is '做得较出色‘ good Chinese? Seems to me, something is outstanding, remarkable, or it is not, in which case it is commonplace. I suppose this begs the question 'Where does remarkable begin?'
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Need help with translation (IT-specific) [closed]

I'm working on a computer program that communicates with a remote server. To keep communications secure my program should create a special digital signature. The problem is that algorithm of creation ...
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What is the origin of the word 雪茄 (cigar)?

I assume 雪茄 (cigar) is a loanword. Who can tell me what language this word was loaned from and, if appropriate, how it was transcribed? My own guess is that the word was transcribed from English and ...
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How do you say “Do you speak Chinese?” in Mandarin and Cantonese?

I realize that it's fairly easy to Google it but I'd never know how to say it. Are there any audio recordings out there? Thanks!
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Chinese Messages Written on a Pair of Jeans - Need Help Translating [on hold]

So we bought a pair of jeans yesterday, and when we got home last night we found this written on the inside. It's not unheard of for help messages from sweatshop laborers in foreign countries to be ...
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Modern loanwords in Chinese

I've noticed that in modern Chinese there's a lot of loanwords that are translated in multiple ways: 激光 vs 雷射 互联网 vs 因特网 Generally one version will sound similar to the English ...
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What's the difference between 同样 and 一样

I'm so confused about this two phrases, I think they can be used interchangeably in most circumstances, but here's the examples: 他们两个长得一样。 Why can't we say 他们两个长得同样? 妈妈点了一杯咖啡,我也一样。 Why can't we ...
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Etymology of 至关(重要)

至关重要 strikes me as a four-character idiom instead of a Chengyu, and it didn't even make an entry on 现代汉语词典 or ZDic.net. However, that couldn't explain the fact that the specific character combination ...
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最后吃的菜 or 吃最后的菜?

I had a friend who said there is a slight difference in the two phrases. But I don't see any difference between the two expressions. Could anyone explain it? Thanks, Rachel
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Chinese words for “everything can be viewed from a positive side”

What Chinese idioms or sayings (哪条成语或者俗语) can be used to express the following? Everything can be appreciated, when its own context is taken in consideration.
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Does Cantonese have a falling tone?

In all Cantonese romanization systems I could find, tone 4 is labelled the falling tone. However according to http://www.freehongkong.net/cantonese-pronunciation-cantonese-tones/ Cantonese does not ...
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362 views

How is pronunciation discussed in Chinese?

Here's an English example: Learner: Wait, how is c-o-w pronounced? Native: COW, like a K sound followed by ow. But in Chinese there are no phonetic letters. So how are children taught how to ...
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Can 持续 have these 2 meanings?

I found these 2 example sentences, with English translations, for 持续。They are very different in meaning. Are both ok? 高温天气持续了几天。 The hot weather went on for some days. 持续 = continued 这足以持续到周末。It is ...
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Mandarin Neutral Tone: Tone Value?

One of my dialectical dictionaries takes tone value 21 and compares it to Mandarin's neutral tone. The same tone, coincidentally enough, had been described in the same way to me by a local native ...
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Translate please please please please please [closed]

I need English translation of the Chinese notes in the attached file. please help me :) and let me know as soon as possible. Zohreh
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meaning of 等 in this sentence

From the economic observer: 前两个背离可以理解为经济结构调整过程中,产业结构优化等优势逐步显现 As far as I know, 等 means either wait or it is either used to end a list of objects. This sentence is also quite technical itself, ...

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