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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is 老外 meant to be a negative term?

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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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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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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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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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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i want to know what i say in text is correct

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Percentage of simplified characters

I searched in here and elsewhere on the web and couldn't find the answer. What's the percentage of the most common characters (say, top 5000) that underwent simplification? Thank you!
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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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Is there any relation between the Cyrillic Ш (sha) and the Chinese 山 (shān)?

Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but the Cyrillic Ш/ш (sha) looks like the Chinese 山 (shān) and have similarity in pronunciation. Is there any actual relation between the two?
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Well-known Synonym: 打墙也是动土

打墙也是动土 ...
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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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Opening a Mahjong business. Does 熬云 sound like a business name? Have no idea what a normal Chinese business name sounds like

I believe this violates rules (at least it does in StackOverflow), because it's a subjective question. But this is a really big decision so I just wanted to tap any resources I could before moving ...
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Getting my eyebrows done = 修眉 (xiū méi); how do I use this?

Getting your eyebrows done is different in China than in the West. In China, it involves shaving (rather than waxing or threading), trimming, and plucking. Consequently, I have been asking for 刮眉毛 ...
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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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what is the of exact original/source text of “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”

I was browsing http://www.brainyquote.com/ website and found that the top one quote on hot topic "life" is an quote from Confucius(http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_life.html): "Life is ...
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和 并 与 及 跟 而 同 difference?

I have read about connectives 和 并 与 及 and asked some questions about them but still I'm somewhat not satisfied with my understanding. Let me summarize my knowledge: 1. 与 connects: words (old ...
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What's the difference between “睡不着” and "没睡着“?

Please help me clarify the difference between the two phrases: I thought that 睡不着 means that you cannot fall asleep (可能补语) for example: 我经常失眠, 睡不着觉。 and that 没睡着 means that you didn't sleep (结果补语) ...
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Difference between 还 and 又

Both 还 and 又 may be used to indicate an addition to the preceding information: 我买了香蕉、苹果还买了葡萄。 我们不但要努力学习,还要考得好。 昨天没考好,现在又撞伤了,真倒霉。 他要买肉又要买鱼。 May I exchange both in all above examples? If not, what ...
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Are the characters for sleep and feel the same?

I am learning Simplified Mandarin using Memrise. I just learned the character 觉, to feel. However, I'm pretty sure I learned earlier that 觉 meant to sleep. Is there a difference between the ...
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What is the story or reason of how 龙 came from 龍?

I'm just beginning to learn Mandarin and I have an excellent teacher. She tells me a lot of stories of how the characters came to be. Today we talked about the character for dragon, but she doesn't ...
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Similarities between connectives 就 and 而?

而 - is a connective like "and" in some situations. Etymologically this meaning comes from how hair in someone's beard are close together. 就 - is a connective in other situations. Etymology information ...
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How to say “ have fun ! ” or “ enjoy ! ” [closed]

I have the following question, I need to say to someone to enjoy a movie, or to have a nice time, in that case how should I say .... " have fun ! " or " enjoy ! " Thanks for your help.-
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The meaning of 拿 in this sentence

I have encountered the following sentence: 他就拿我没办法的信念 in the following paragraph: 抱着誓死不从,他就拿我没办法的信念,我只有拼命挣扎,但是我错了。 from the following text: http://health.sohu.com/20041120/n223089261.shtml I couldn't ...

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