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the difference between: 1.had eaten before ate and 2.had eaten when ate

the difference between : I had eaten a pound of chocolate before I ate my dinner. I had eaten a pound of chocolate when I ate my dinner.
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What is the best translation for 炒作?

What is the English equivalent of 炒作, in the context of a celebrity doing 炒作?
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Why do Chinese people give their guests tea to drink? [on hold]

My question is as the title. In China, 给客人沏茶 is considered hospitality and courtesy, especially right after guests come in. Is there a reason or a story behind the practice?
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Do people in China say 新年快乐 at Spring Festival?

The questions Is there a traditional Chinese New Year greeting? and Which expression do native speakers actually use: Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (or other)? describe various greetings for ...
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How do I answer 这是哪儿?

I'm confused about answering 这是哪儿. Should I answer directly and say that this is a restaurant, or if I should give a general answer and say this is Utica, if someone asks me that question?
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1answer
81 views

An unknown, calligraphic Traditional Chinese character

I'm a Vietnamese preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year and have found this piece of decoration. I think the Chinese character on that is a Traditional one, pretty calligraphic and notably ...
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48 views

What does this say [on hold]

WHat does this say I have a large paper cut artwork trying to find out more about it
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3answers
104 views

产业 vs 企业 vs 商业. What's the difference?

产业 vs 企业 vs 商业. I think the 3 of them means enterprise. What's the difference between them?
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What is “Nordic hamstring curl” in Chinese?

I've searched nordic hamstring curl and its synonyms glute ham raise and natural ham curl on Baidu. None of top Chinese articles had Chinese words for it, they just used the English words: ...
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33 views

What are some good (native) Chinese online message boards & forums? [on hold]

One of my favorite ways to practice writing is by posting to discussion and Q&A forums, like Quora and StackExchange. Are there platforms similar to that in China? Or how can I find Chinese ...
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How can I get exposure to mandarin usage and pronounciation?

I have been taking Mandarin classes at university. Due to illness I have missed a lot and fallen way behind. Now I wish to continue learning on my own. I find it very hard to remember the ...
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100 views

The correct usage of 大约 vs. 差不多

I am a bit confused by the appropriate use of 大约 and 差不多. I have learned to use 差不多 in many cases where I am talking about an approximate amount, value, extent, etc. of something, or speaking about ...
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60 views

Does anyone know origins of 万一?

Does anyone knows how 万一 became a phrase with "just in case" meaning? Is it a shorthand of a longer phrase or chengyu?
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Is this FREE Chinese Courses Helpful? [closed]

I just found a FREE Chinese Courses Online, Have anyone try this before? Will this be helpful for beginners? They have script with pinyin for the courses as well! FREE Chinese Lessons
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1answer
38 views

What is the difference between 利润, 利益,盈利?

I have noticed that all of them mean benefit or profit in English. Can someone help me understand when to use each word?
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1answer
65 views

Making sense of '推魏大肚'

《锦城旧事》 在这灌县城中得此三者之利的,当推魏大肚。 What does 推魏大肚 refer to?
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What is the Mandarin term for great godparents?

What does my child call my godparents? Do my godparents become "great godparents" now that I have a child, similar to my parents becoming grandparents?
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Please can someone tell me what this says in engish? [closed]

Just wanted to know what this symbol was. My friend got the tattoo 15 years ago and she has no idea what it is.
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153 views

How to translate “黑科技” into English?

As titled, how to translate "黑科技" in to english? Is there any translation better than "fictional technology"?
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2answers
90 views

In Cantonese, what is a less “childish” way to call one's own parents?

I know the standard ways of calling one's parents—"媽媽/母親" or "爸爸/父親", mother and father respectively, the former more familiar and the latter more formal; or the more familiar/childish way—"媽咪" or ...
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What are the 1,500 chengyu for the 2015 chengyu convention

The 2015 Chengyu Convention apparently tested contestants on 1,500 different chengyu. Where's the list of the 1,500 Chengyu?
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What does 前後鼓吹 mean?

can anyone tell me what 前後鼓吹 means? In context: 賜以秬鬯一卣。寵以前後鼓吹。知悉。 I grant you one vessel of black millet herb-flavoured liquor, and I proclaim my favour for you. Let it be known. Something like ...
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2answers
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How can I improve my tonal range?

Practical conclusion after many helpful comments: I will drill on mimicking the recordings of Lin Sounds of Chinese section 4.2 on tones. I need conscious drill to break old habits. I will focus on ...
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What is the difference between 裡, 裏 and 里?

I grew up learning simplified Chinese characters, but we are now living in Hong Kong, and so I need to teach my children traditional Chinese characters. I can't seem to figure out the difference ...
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What can we make of the name 九儿?

Two questions about the childhood name of the pivotal character in Mo Yan's Red Sorghum Clan: Her childhood name was 九儿. Does this suggest she was one of (at least) nine children? I do not recall ...
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2answers
90 views

How to determine the end of words?

Chinese does not use a word separator. How a novice learner can detect the word's boundaries?
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1answer
109 views

Help with pronouncing 道 precisely

Practical conclusion from the responses: No digital media currently focus on the precise pronunciation of Pinyin Dao, or Beijing for English speaking students of Chinese. You must look to sources on ...
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Etymology of the character 也

I've already done some research on the character 也, but I haven't find something that pleased me. I've seen explanations going from "horn" and "snake" to "vulva" and "around". Where did it come from? ...
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Translation of 这里开了家医院

I found a translation of 这里开了家医院 to "There is a hospital here" but this translation seems to ignore the word 开了。 Does the word 开了 add addition meaning to the sentence which the translation does not ...
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75 views

What is the difference between 看法 and 想法?

Both can mean "view/idea/opinion". For example, I can say: 对这个问题有两种不同的看法 (there are two different view on this question) Would it be reasonable to replace "看法" with "想法"?
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Structure of sentence with 喜欢+V

I would know what is the correct place of 喜欢 in my sentence, or if the both are valids what are the differences. 1/ 我喜欢坐飞机去 2/ 我坐飞机喜欢去
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1answer
127 views

How do I translate “舒服不如倒着,好吃不过饺子” in English? [closed]

This phrase means There is nothing more comfortable than lying down. There is nothing more delicious than jiaozi. I would rather find more local version. Thank you guys. I love dumplings ...
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5answers
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Is 多早晚 wrong or right

In that site it says 多早晚 means "When". I asked a friend from Singapore, she told me that no one uses that, and it's a mistake. I would like to know if you use it, and in which context. ...
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76 views

What is this character? [closed]

I would like to know what this necklace means, thank you
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1answer
123 views

她离开了三年了 vs. 她离开三年了 Is there any difference between the two?

她离开了三年了 她离开三年了 My two different textbooks say those two sentences respectively for the one same meaning: "It's been three years since she left." but I'm still not sure because my books are too old ...
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1answer
72 views

What does dian gui bu mean?

I've tracked 點鬼簿 as far as 張鷟《朝野僉載》. I thought it was something like 'augmenting the records of the dead', but I don't really understand it?
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2answers
105 views

What is the difference between 受 and 收?

They both can mean "to receive". It seems as if 受 has a more negative connotation than 收 but I'm 100% sure about the exact usage differences.
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2answers
108 views

What is the difference between 认为 and 以为?

They both mean "to think" or "to consider". Is there a usage difference between the two?
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Difference between 办法, 方法, and 方式?

From what I know, they all mean similar things (way, method), but 方式 can also mean style which makes it similar to 样式. Is there a difference in the way they are used grammatically or is the difference ...
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114 views

How to say “here you go” when giving a gift?

I believe you can informally say "gěi" when handing something over like the soy sauce during dinner, right? But what can you say when you give a gift? Like "Here you go" instead of just "Here". Or ...
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Questions about 时量补语

I'm learning about Chinese complement of time-measurement (时量补语). It sounds very tough though, and I'm now stuck on some sentences like: 她学汉语要学一年 我看电影只看了十分钟 My textbook doesn't explain a rule ...
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1answer
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How is 着 pronounced here?

In Mo Yan's Red Sorghum there is a line saying: 曾外祖母做了好饭好菜,说着甜言蜜语, The meaning is clear, and could be translated either "Greatgrandmother made good foods and said honeyed words" or "Greatgrandmother ...
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1answer
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Why is 景 written “wrong” on the Nestorian Stele?

I noticed that 景 is written on the Tang-era Nestorian Stele with the "boxes" switched, ie. the 口 is above and 日 is below. Would this be a standard way to write the character during that time, or is it ...
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2answers
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Are radicals a relatively new invention for looking up dictionaries?

According to this article, radicals were invented for looking up characters in a dictionary, and didn't exist until after the publication of the Shuōwén Jiězì [說文解字] (around 100 AD). Is it true that ...
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111 views

Translation needed for 4 Chinese characters

I know that separately they should mean something like "beauty", "love", "friend", "mad", but written like this, do they form a sentence?
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1answer
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“There was no attitude of poverty in his poetry” 絶無窮態

more Joseon dynasty classical Chinese. In the poetry he had written, in the end, there was no attitude of poverty. How was it he never became well-known? 其所爲詩絶無窮態。竟不振。何哉。 Does this make sense? Can ...
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111 views

Which is better for learning tones, Pinyin or Gwoyeu Romatzyh?

"If you go after Mandarin, choose the somewhat uncommon GR over pinyin romanization if at all possible. It’s harder to learn at first, but I’ve never met a pinyin learner with tones even half as ...
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1answer
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Whats the most well known 圣谕书?

四川方言词典 defines 圣谕书 as: (名)旧时民间流传的劝人行善,宣扬因果报应的故事书,本为*讲圣谕用的底本,所以称~:屋主人时常惯用小竹片撑开眼睑,坐在下面看~。(祖61) 圣谕书 sounds like an interesting version of "Chinese fables". I'm curious as to what the most well ...
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The meaning of 得趣…to get a taste for something?

More from Chouchengzhi. I would appreciate thoughts on my translation of the following...my supervisor doesn't like my translation of 得趣 at all! Does it mean something more like 'to get a taste for ...
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Another couple of doozies: 許臣時一中之… and 敢不勉增淸烈。益播芳芬。

Ok folks, I have another asshole section from the text I am working on, Suseongji (Chouchengzhi), by a 16th century Joseon literatus... This time, this passage is driving me nuts: ...

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