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Translating song lyrics: SHE Starlight 2 verses

I'm working on translating song lyrics, and trying to understand the meaning behind the song 星光 by S.H.E. The lyrics I'm struggling with are: 也許是你笑的弧度和我很像 Translation guess: Perhaps its the shape ...
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Word that I kept hearing at the end of a sentence

I don't know any Chinese, but I went to a kind of sales pitch by a Chinese salesman. He kept saying a word at the end of some sentences. The best I could think of the English pronunciation would be ...
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Why so many variations for traditional 只 zhǐ (衹/祇/秖/隻)?

只 zhǐ is just simply 只 zhǐ in simplified writing. As far as I can tell the most common traditional form is 衹. Why so many variations for traditional 只 zhǐ (衹/祇/秖/隻)?
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What are some popular Chinese songs, or places where you can find them? [on hold]

I'm aware of Baidu Music. Any other suggestions?
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Should 屋 and 居 use radical 户 instead of 尸?

户 means home. So these examples are not suprising: 房 fáng (house), 扁 biǎn (flat), 扇 shàn (fan [mostly used indoor]), 扉 fēi (door) 尸 means corpse, and it looks like it refers to tail or something ...
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More explanations / types of usage for the particle 的

I got pretty well at using 的. I would like to know how the use of 的 is explained in China to Chinese pupils. I assume the explanations of 的 for learners of Chinese as a foreign language aren't the ...
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Does “Sabio” mean anything in Chinese, as a translation and a pronunciation? [on hold]

i m trying to find out if the Spanish word for wise "Sabio" means anything in Chinese, as a translation and a pronunciation. My friend has a small business called Sabio and is going to work in China ...
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Couldn't not access Huayu World Interactive Lesson [closed]

I'm trying to learn chinese from huayuworld.org. Unfortunately every time I accessed the interactive material, my browser always downloading something with .cdr and the page failed to load. This is ...
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Why do some Chinese characters for animals not use the radical 犭?

why some Chinese words don't use the rule of prefix?
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Translation of “繟”

In a version of the Dao De Jing that I found on Gutenberg.org, this character appears: 繟. I've done multiple searches of the web and of several dictionaries online, but wasn't able to find a ...
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Why 文以載道 but 以文會友?

以 is one of the most confusing words in Chinese. Texts that really challenge me are usually full of it. Today I saw something confusing again: I encountered the phrase 文以載道。The document claims it ...
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Is 创业者 the best translation of entrepreneur as somebody who is trying to run a startup?

I have looked for that word. The most common translation seems to be 企业家. However, I think 企业家 can be confused with big businessman. I want to say 我是企业家, but I'm not a big businessman. I'm just trying ...
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What is the difference between 阅读, 读, and 看?

What is the difference between the three read verbs, 阅读,读,and 看? A casual googling gets you some explanations but as I still can't get it correctly and it has not been posted here, I wish someone ...
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How to pronounce multiple consecutive third tones in a sentence [duplicate]

I learned that a third tone character is pronounced as a second tone if it's followed by another third tone character. My question is, how do I pronounce a sentence that has three or more consecutive ...
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What's the difference between this 的and this 得 when it comes to meaning in the following sentences [duplicate]

I know how they are used, but I don't understand how they differ in meaning in sentences like these. Eg. 他说的汉语很流利。 他说汉语说得很流利。 Kindly explain using examples if possible. Added further: Also, I ...
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Where is the right place of the 的 in this sentence

I am not sure where I have to put the 的 in this sentence, if someone could explain me 我的西班牙语只学了半年 or 我只学了半年的西班牙语
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How to translate "顾方略何如耳,不至学古兵法“?

In Chapter 111 of Records of the Grand Historian (史记), there is a famous quotation attributed to Qubing Huo: 骠骑将军为人少言不泄,有气敢任。天子尝欲教之孙吴兵法,对曰:“顾方略何如耳,不至学古兵法。” I checked the translation from many ...
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What is the difference between 交易就告成立. and 交易即告成立.?

What is the difference between 交易就告成立. and 交易即告成立.? The catch: Since every book says that 就=即 I considered to create a new sentence out 交易即告成立 by switchin characters.There is no instance of 交易就告成立 ...
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What is the difference between 钱 and 金钱 (and 款)?

金钱 is just 钱 with an added 金 but both mean "money". Are there any semantics or grammar differences between the two? Also, 款 seems to also mean money. I know 款 is usually used after 贷 but can it also ...
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Good books for HSK4/5 level (ideally not translated from English)? [closed]

I'm at the upper-intermediate level (low-mid HSK5 or so) and looking for books for extensive reading. I would prefer to learn about Chinese history and culture while I read, so books that are not ...
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Difference between 借 and 贷

Both can either mean "to borrow" or "to lend". I know you can combine both of them "借贷" to mean "debit and credit". But what are the differences in usage and semantics between those two words. They ...
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Difference between 生活 and 生命

Both 生活 and 生命 mean "life". Both can be modified by "好" (好生活/好生命). Like any language, I don't believe two words ever mean the exact identical thing. If anybody could point me to the subtle (or not so ...
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Chinese given names with 3 or more characters?

Most Chinese given names are 1 or 2 characters long. Were there any proper, Han Chinese given names of 3 or more characters, that weren't transliterations or pseudonyms? Surnames are different; while ...
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What does 她是笨蛋的学生 mean?

I and my Chinese friend are discussing about the meaning of "她是笨蛋的学生” So, can u guys tell me which meaning is correct, or which meaning is popularly used: "She is a fool student", or "She is the ...
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没有人不喜欢自己的。 what does 的 imply here?

I understand the meaning of this sentence. Nobody doesn't like him/herself. My question is, why is there a 的 at the end? It is not a past tense sentence. And also there isn't any detail so that the 是。。...
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Is this usage of 不 before a noun acceptable?

In the first episode of the Chinese-Japanese anime collaboration 一人之下, we see Zhang Chulan (张楚岚) in a classroom at his university. Just prior to this, we see a still of a university building, with a ...
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如果真的有 what does this mean?

My friend who learns chinese sent me this. The google translator says that it means "if there".. Is this the right translation? Because to me, i think that five chinese characters should mean ...
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Stroke order of 㠭

I usually use yellowbridge.com when looking up stroke order, but they didn't have any information on 㠭. This isn't the first time this has happened, but usually it's easy enough to guess. However, ...
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Are these greens 苦木?

My garden neighbor gave me these greens. Is this 苦木? My neighbor said it is ku3mu4. Did I spell it correctly? What is it called in English?
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My Chinese Story, need correction, any suggestion? [closed]

Are you guys aware of any website service or any language exchange platform where one can post their stories or essays and get them checked? Also, below is my story, if anyone finds a very striking ...
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“May you live in interesting times”

I have often heard (and probably repeated) that there is a Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." Is there really such a saying in Chinese? I can't think of one, and can't even think how ...
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How to say “One of these” and three other mini phrases?

I'm very glad I found this website. Just a few months ago I've started learning Mandarin Chinese by myself and right now I'm in Sichuan. I try applying my little knowledge in daily life, but it's not ...
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Why is 是 in this sentence?

Can someone help me understand why 是 is in this sentence? 这件事情到底是解决了 I can't figure out what role it plays, and I think I usually see such a sentence without it. Does it form the passive or ...
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what does this symbol mean in chinese? [closed]

I saw a random image of Chinese character. Can someone tell me what letter it is. I had often seen it as a mysterious symbol. So where does one use this symbol? Is it spiritual or zen kind of symbol?
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how to say “learn” without involving studying?

All of the versions of 'learn' that people are explaining to me here in Taiwan involve studying (學到,學會) but I often find myself wanting to speak of learning in a way that has nothing to do with ...
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The phrase “Brush Stroke Order”

This is my first post here and I apologise if this isn't quite the right forum for such a question - although I'm hopeful that it is. I'll be happy to edit and refine my question if necessary, or ...
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What is “Black tie optional” in Chinese

I'm writing a wedding invitation in both Chinese and English. In English, the dress code is "black tie optional", which means guests are given the option to either wear a tuxedo or a proper dark ...
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砲響: were there cannons in ancient China?

After reading Romance of the Three Kingdoms, I was surprised to see a lot of references to 砲響 (the sound of cannonade). Here's a few examples: 嚴綱鼓譟吶喊,直取麴義,義軍見嚴綱兵來,都伏而不動;直到來得至近,一聲砲響,八百弓弩手一齊俱發。 ...
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Chinese for “rebirth”

I am translating a text about a man who got divorced and after many days of desperation, he eventually starts accepting his situation and so he totally changes himself and starts a new life and a new ...
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Why is Russia translated to 俄罗斯(E Luo Si)?

The Chinese Wikipedia article describes the name of Russia, and many of its historical Chinese exonyms. 按照俄语发音“Россия”,其名称应翻译为“羅西亚”。元朝时根据蒙古语译为「斡羅思」[b],到清朝初年许多文献中曾称为「羅剎」[c],但在以国家相称时则多译为「鄂羅斯」[d]或「...
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Do native speakers think about compound words as “东西”?

Something that interests me from a linguistic/neurological point of view: Do Chinese native speakers actually thinkg about the parts of compound words that have a completely different meaning from ...
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zh sound with a flat tongue?

This is from the Wikipedia article on retroflex consonant, but isn't this wrong? I assume that Mandarin zh, ch, sh, and r sound should be pronounced with your tongue curled up, rather than "flat?" ...
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Can Anyone Translate This Signature on An Ink Painting? [closed]

This is the signature on a Chinese ink painting. I can't decipher. Is anyone able to get a name from this? [
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How do I say “least” in the superlative sense in Mandarin?

I've seen "the least expensive" translated as 最便宜的. Does this inversion always have to happen, or is there a way to say "least"? Thanks
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A more direct translation for “I [verb] [x] more than [y]”

I don't know how to directly translate a sentence like this: I [verb] [x] more than [y] I would usually translate it like this: [x] 比 [y] 更 [some adjective that captures the same meaning as ...
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Confused with the use of 的 with respect to '住在上海旁边的一个小村子里’

I came across the phrase '住在上海旁边的一个小村子里’... I cannot understand the use of 的 in this phrase. Any help is greatly appreciated :) If you have the time to fully break down the sentence that would also ...
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Complicated that-clauses

I can deal with some easy that/who which clauses. At least I think so. For example: 我提供的幫助 根據我所看到的 But I am totally lost, when it becomes even slightly more complicated. The man whose ...
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Is there any printed or handwritten precursor to this 门 (door, gate) glyph?

I recently started seeing this odd rendering of the 门 character, may be it's only in the font that my browser defaults to. Here's an image (2nd character in the title): Does anyone know if this ...
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Spoken Cantonese | using '緊', and difference between continuous and progressive aspects

I'm told that 緊 serves the general purpose of '-ing' (according to HK native speaker, who also uses '梗' to represent this idea in text). This is supported by what I've found online, except with a ...
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What does this translate to? ㄨㄞ

I have this on a shirt and cannot find out what it means. My findings are that it is bopomofo/zhuyin phonetic for "Wai1". The only translations I found were "lop-sided" which doesn't seem to make any ...

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