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Is the sentence “我们要怎么去机场?” ambiguous?

我们要怎么去机场? The translation given is "How do we get to the airport?", but since 怎么 can also mean "why", can this sentence also be translated as "Why are we going to the airport?" I'm probably ...
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“Learn” vs. “Study”

I've read the thread on 學 vs. 學習, and I have a slightly related question. In English, the words "learn" and "study" are somewhat interchangeable, but also fairly distinct, in that there is a ...
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How is 之 used in these sentences?

不能实现梦想的人都有一个共通之处,那就是:想要一样东西,却怎么也不愿意为之付出 I do not understand the usage of 之 here. What does 之处 and 为之付出 mean? Thank you.
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Etymology of 白族

What's the etymology of 白族? Does the name 白族 indicate that the people of that ethnicity literally look like they have white skin and/or clothes, or is it meant to be a metaphor, with the colour white ...
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How is 马马虎虎 used?

I think it's used like 'so so' in English. Like 问题:你觉得怎么样? 回答:马马虎虎。 Am I correct in this? Are there other ways to use it?
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Difference Between 加 and 添

Do they both mean "to add", or is there some other context that I don't understand? Thank you in advance!
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Why ​摺 in Simplified Texts and not 折?

I've seen ​摺 (almost intentionally I would assume) written in numerous simplified texts, especially with the word ​摺叠​. Here's one example (emphasis is my own): 浙江在线 《以“色”诱人 专属定制》 ...
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Why should I choose 几乎 over 将近?

I had this 填空。 我国与其他国家_____ 同时起步,在这一项目上有一定的实力。 I could choose 似乎,几乎,将近,曾经 I can't see much difference between 几乎 and 将近, I am told 几乎 is correct. I there a definite, palpable reason for this?
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How best translate 真的要 in to english

I got the following sentence from Chinese pod: 对不起,我今天真的要扫你的兴了,我不能去。 The translation provided goes like this: Sorry, today I'm going to take the wind from your sails, I can't go. Though I feel a ...
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Difference between 中饭 and 午饭

What would be the difference between two of them? Is the first one used at all? My teacher says I should prefer the last one to be understood and to avoid confusion.
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Is this a typical Chinese way of saying 'lack of strength'?

Just checking: the following is not at all bad Chinese, or is it? 自主研发力量的薄弱,在某种程度上制约着民族游戏产业的发展。 I suppose I could also write: 薄弱的自主研发力量, Either way I seem to have 'weak strength' or 'strength's ...
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What does 'duang' mean in 'online Chinese'?

I see this word popping up on Weibo and Taobao. It's not written with any character, but spelled out in Pinyin. What does it mean? EDIT: For the annals:
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How to type strokes?

In the same spirit as my other question about how to type certain radicals, I would like to know how to type strokes themselves. I would like to be able to type all the strokes listed on the ...
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Translation: 机制 (better translations)

机制 is often translated, simply, as: mechanism(s), and often quite ridgidly so. Especially if we look at definitions of a word like 应急机制 KEY 1 emergency response mechanism(s) 2 contingency ...
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How do I make complex comparison structures with 比?

I'm trying to understand how a complex 比 structure would be like. Specially when it comes to comparing actions I get quite lost. Could anyone check if I got the patterns right? A 比 B + adjective ...
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Is there a Chinese-Chinese dictionary api or database available that I can use in my own app?

Is there a Chinese-Chinese dictionary api or database available? I want to include it in an app I am developing. By "Chinese-Chinese" I mean that if you look up a word in Chinese you get a Chinese ...
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Advice for Chinese listening exams?

I've got an upcoming Chinese listening exam this coming Wednesday but I don't really know what to do apart from repeating the set of ten or so listening tests we have to practice from online. They're ...
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Expression 不见不错 / 不见不散

Could someone please explain me how and when to use these expressions? Is there any difference between the two of them? Is it something like "see you later/see you there/see you soon"?
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Backwards Translation: “Self-Willed”

South China Morning Post (SCMP) ran an article recently called: "Online slang that found its way into leader's speech." The article said (emphasis is my own): Online slang that found its way into ...
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Is There A Chinese Version of Urban Slang Dictionary?

Many questions on this site concern various modern slang/dialect usages that require fairly extensive (and sometimes still unsuccessful) searches through the web. Every time I think about these ...
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毛虫,肉虫,2 kinds of caterpillar

毛虫,肉虫,2 kinds of caterpillar, Wikipedia and 百度百科 both state that larvae of butterflies come in two varieties, 肉虫 and 毛虫 (in that order: 幼虫的形状多样,有肉虫,也有毛虫。), and there are plenty of pictures of both ...
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Which one is correct, “有名” or “受欢迎”

I want to say "comics are so popular in japan" According to Google Translate, the word "popular" doesn't translate to Chinese as "有名". It translates as "受欢迎" I am confused about which one is correct. ...
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How to type 辶 using 拼音

How does one type the radical 辶 using the standard method of entering 拼音 (as opposed to, for example, 五笔)? (Typing "chuo" does not seem to bring this choice up on Windows using Microsoft Pinyin, ...
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What is the relationship between vernacular and literary Chinese?

I don't quite get the difference between and relationship of vernacular Chinese to literary Chinese. I know that "literary Chinese" does not represents sounds, the way an alphabet does, so it is ...
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How to spot (if possible) if a final 了 is part of an omitted 要 in a 要…了 construction or simply a past information?

There are some examples of sentence 了 that indicate future action which (seems to) have a 要 omitted: 我(要)走了,拜! - I am going to leave, bye! I know context usually helps with the issue of time and, ...
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How do you say "probably''?

How do you say "probably" in Chinese as in: "probably we will start having lessons next month"......can you use 可能 or 有可能? Can you give me an example of where these are placed in a sentence and how ...
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How do I say that something is “negative”?

I'm trying to explain to a Chinese penpal that certain word and phrases in English carry a negative connotation and so shouldn't be used in specific situations. I want to say "that phrase is very ...
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Is 我妈妈 or 我的妈妈 more natural?

The possessive particle 的 is often dropped when I see an expression like this, especially when referring to a family member (such as in this case). Which is more natural in casual conversation and are ...
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Which meaning of 意见 is indicated here?

Talking about 王嘉廉, I have: 他经常到客户不听取意见,并受到了很大的启发。电脑界最大的弊端是仅靠技术为驱动力,科技人员从不聆听客户的需求。如果有人愿意听取客户的意见,必定会有很大的发展机会。 I‘m pretty sure that '意见' is 'complaints' here, but I suppose it could just as easily be ...
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Difference: 小气 vs. 小器?

Especially in the sense of stingy, miserly. What's the difference between 小气 and 小器? I remember being told that one is more "correct", than the other, but I can't quite recall which. The search ...
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So I was reading this in an online dictionary

I can translate it word by word but is it a saying/quote??? 别把这天的彩虹, 放在明天的天空
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How to translate 掩耳盗铃 into English?

Preferably an idiom just as picturesque and succinct. Thanks. Here's the original meaning: The expression 掩耳盗铃 comes from a story about a person who decided to steal a bell. However, the bell ...
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Why is “连忙” wrong in the following sentence?

My question is as the title. The sentence is: 如果她来了,请你连忙告诉我。 The correct sentence is "如果她来了,请你马上告诉我". Why?
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Translation of “想要买什么东西吗?”

According to tatoeba translation of "Is there anything you want to buy?" is "想要买什么东西吗?" Is there use of 什么 and 吗 in one sentence? If there is not how can I translate"Is there anything you want to ...
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Why 奇蹟 (and not 奇迹) In Simplified Texts

I often run across the word 奇蹟 in simplified texts written just like that: 奇蹟. For example: Yes has an article entitled: 【上帝之子】全美票房创18亿台币奇蹟. Here's an excerpt also with said writing (emphasis ...
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What is the Chinese way to say “We had a lot of fun”?

I know an English sentence cannot be translated into Chinese word-by-word. So is there a idiomatic way to express the same meaning of "We had a lot of fun" in Chinese? (The context-- someone said this ...
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How am I supposed to understand 充分一些?

What does the phrase 尽量准备充分一些 mean? I have this sentence: 并非每个人都适合创业,但有想法的人可以大胆去做,尽量准备充分一些。 As much as possible prepare ample a little 尽量准备充分一些 Should I prepare a little, or a lot??
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Did some people only have names like 张三?

Some novels seem to say that in village life (or within a hutong) poorer children often had no personal given name. Some characters in realistic seeming novels are known only by family name and birth ...
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Placeholder name for a Chinese person targeting foreign audience, ie. John Doe equivalent

Suppose I want to make up a story featuring an unimportant Chinese character. How do I give the name, so it sound like Chinese, but do not carry too much particular meaning? That said, the Chinese ...
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What is the meaning of 做一个梳理

I have the following text: 最好在创业之前对你所要做的事情做一个梳理,包括注册公司的流程、选址之类的事情。 What does 做一个梳理 mean? I think it must be 'make a list'??
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A game for Chinese learners [closed]

I'm learning Chinese for 2 years, I created an app to make people like me keep practice their Chinese. How can I make this app more useful for Chinese learners? What techniques should I work on to ...
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Can anyone translate? Etching on the sword [closed]

I bought this sword online. No idea what it says.
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I need to write some chinese characters to copy paste [closed]

I need help writing this on my computer, so I can Copy/paste and if its possible, whats the meaning of it, thanks alot guys! here is the image:
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Is there a “Peking Opera dialect”?

Peking Opera has a distinct pronunciation, that is at first similar to Mandarin, but to astute listeners, certain characters appear to have alternate or even non-Mandarin pronunciations. Take certain ...
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Translation problem

Refer to the sentence "I have two dogs that catch anything I throw except those too heavy". If we are to translate the sentence into Chinese, we may say "我有兩隻能接住我丟的任何不是太重的東西的狗", which is awkward. If ...
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What is the meaning of 摸着石头过河

I have: 哪里呀,我也是没办法,摸着石头过河罢了! Is 摸着石头过河 'tapping in the dark'? No, I don't know how, I'm still tapping in the dark.
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Is there a difference between 復習 and 複習?

Both words have the same pronunciation, and cdict and some other dictionaries list them as variants of each other. I note that when I try to type it on Google Pinyin Chinese IME, 複習 comes up and 復習 ...
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Translation: “To Say The Least”

Looking for a colloquial way to translate: to say the least into Chinese. Hujiang says: to say the least的意思是: 至少可以这样说,退一步说 至少可以这样说,退一步说 英语句子 The logic of this was weird to say ...
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Translating “哩哏楞”

In the TV drama 追捕 第3集 梁队 (梁志群队张) and 鲁队 (鲁炼) are in 贺局's office discussing the case, and at 27:54 梁队 says to 鲁队: 甭给我来这个哩哏楞. (Dialog especially of the police officers consists mainly of Beijing ...
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Translation: 'Overwhelm'

Overwhelm is a difficult word to deal with. I've seen 难不倒 translated as wouldn't have overwhelmed and XX 劳力 大 as something's power being overwhelming. Oxford has 难以忍受的 (heat, pressure) ...

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