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What is the difference between 几乎 and 差点儿?

Recently I've studied these two words: 几乎 and 差点儿. My book says that they have different meanings and they are used in different contexts, however I don't quite grasp in what way they are different, ...
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How do I decide whether to use 可以, 会 or 能?

According to every dictionary I've seen so far, there is a big overlap in these: 可以 = can, may, be able to 会  = can, be able to, able 能  = can, may, able, capable How do I properly choose which ...
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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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How to express “I think” (not I feel)

I'm wanting to say, "I think China is the world's second biggest country." As, in, "I'm pretty sure this is the fact." I would have originally used 觉得. But apparently this is only for opinions? As ...
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What is the difference between 起码 and 至少?

nciku.com states that 起码 is an adjective meaning "minimum" and 至少 is an adverb meaning at least; but the examples seem to use both words interchangeably. Is one more colloquial than the other? Or is ...
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准备过奖黑板政治生物历史脑 in English please? [closed]

My friend wrote this on his timeline, and I need to know... Please help me.... 准备过奖黑板政治生物历史脑. What does this mean??? Btw, he is not an advanced Chinese speaker,so some grammars might be incorrect.. ...
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How can I change the icon used for a keyboard input type in Mac

I do a lot of writing in different languages and have keyboard input types set up with hot keys so I switch easily. I'm currently in Taiwan studying Mandarin and added the "traditional" Chinese input ...
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Using 当然 as an exclamation?

I'm wondering... To answer someone's question as to whether something is so or not, can you simply reply, "of course it is!" just as we do in English? Example: Can you swim? (你会游泳吗?) Of course I ...
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When to use “他的太太” and when “他太太”?

I've read the two different sentences, of which one uses "他的太太" and the other uses "他太太". How can I tell the difference between the two? For example, in the following sentence: 现在他想他的太太。 现在他想他太太。 ...
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Starting a sentence with “actually…”

I'm wondering how to express a certain function of "actually" in Chinese. Up to now I've always used 其实。But I'm not sure this is right for what I want to express. How would you translate this: A: ...
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沒地X, what is the third character?

I was watching a TV show, and some of the dialogue is giving me trouble. The father is teasing his son's love intrest (the pictured girl). At least I think that's what's happening. They as her if ...
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How do you say “we don't have any common interests”?

I was trying to say this to someone and it came out "我跟你们没兴趣", which I can tell isn't right.
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Etymology or any mnemonic for 況 and 状?

Does any one have good etymology theory about those HanZi? My take: 状 - fence + dog inside ~ then this mutated to a "situation or disposition" meaning. 状 - remnant of 壮 + dog = huge dog. how this ...
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Where can I find a dataset for Chinese characters to back an app I want to write?

I've been spending a lot of time learning chinese, and have some ideas for apps that would make this complicated process easier. I'm looking for datasets (ideally free) that I can use to back an app ...
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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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Meaning of the kanji 目娱乐节今日?

I adv also trying to figure out the meaning of the kanji on one of my T-shirts: Here is what I got in pleco: From this I could only make out "I'm looking forward to an entertaining festival ...
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Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese

This is a specifically created Community Wiki which gathers resources for learning Mandarin Chinese and it has been approved by the Community itself. It should be clear that the resources are not ...
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What comes after 不愁 is it negative or positive?

So, I know that 不愁 means to "not worry about" but I'm trying to figure out its exact usage. In particular, I'm trying to figure out if the phrase after 不愁 is always negative? For example, I know ...
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142 views

Do you add “在“ before saying ”___年“?

I'm trying to remember what is the proper way to use time. Do we ever add 在 before a year when writing? Or do we generally not add it? Here's an example sentence that I wrote. Would you add 在? ...
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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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What does 你找我有事吗 mean?

I got this from the Spoonfed Chinese shared deck on Ankiweb. The translation, which was included in the deck, was "Did you find me about something?" and Google says "Are you looking for me?". If I ...
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Use of the word BOTH in Chinese.

I've always been wondering how you would say, "I went to china both for travel and to study Chinese." So if someone asked you, "你是去中国旅行的还是去学习汉语的?" (Did you go for travel or for study?), and you ...
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Neng [能] vs Ke yi [可以] [duplicate]

What is the main differences between 能,and 可以? They both mean "to be able to", or simply "can", correct?
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Pronunciation of 一 in 一边

I am struggling with the pronunciation of the 一 in 一边. The usage I am particularly concerned with is describing simultaneous tasks, as here. My understanding is that 一 is pronounced as first tone ...
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Ancient and modern Chinese honorifics

What are the most common Chinese honorifics? As far as I know we have: 大人=respect, like the -sama in Japanese 贵=your 臣=your servant 朕=I (only used by the emperor)
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Breaking a single line Chinese sentence into multiple lines for design purpose

I don't speak or write Chinese, but currently working on web project for my client. The site is available in four languages. The translated content for Chinese is given to me in word doc. The ...
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Reliable source for Chinese translation of Pali Canon Jataka tales (佛传故事/佛傳故事)?

Slightly different sort of question for everyone today, hope someone can point me in the right direction. I'm trying to do research on the Buddhist Jataka tales, originally written in the Pali Canon. ...
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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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The character 双 in the dish name 炒双冬。

How did the character 双 in the dish name 炒双冬 come to mean "bamboo shoots"? Isn't 双 just a character meaning "pair"? Also, why 冬(winter)?
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Is there a grammar rule for using 的 in this snippet 但是有意思的是?

As I understand ...,但是有意思的是,... means ..., but the interesting thing is, ... but I went through great pains to arrive at this. The culprit here that jammed the cranks in my head was the 的. Had it not ...
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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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Punctuation - 書名號 in writing a title and chapter of a documentation

It seems that 書名號 in English is called "Guillemet", I don't know if you knowing the English version makes it any better to understand. I wanted to refer to a section/chapter within a user manual. ...
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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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When does an adjective end in hu1 (乎)?

When does an adjective end in hu1 (乎)? To paraphrase, what do adjectives ending in 乎 have in common? 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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Give further examples of morphological alternation patterns such as Verb/Noun (处 chu3 / chu4) and Active/Inactive Verb (好 hao4 / hao3)

In this answer, a few examples of morphological alternation patterns are provided, like Verb/Noun (e.g. 处 chu3 "to dwell" / chu4 "a place") and Active/Inactive Verb (e.g. 好 hao4 "to like" / hao3 "to ...
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Rule: tone sandhi in topolectical dictionaries

I'm looking for a rule or a guideline. Dictionaries dealing with MSM (Modern Standard Mandarin) would never include tone sandhi into their entries, as people are supposed to know the rules and apply ...
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What's the meaning of “神” in “神经”?

I am a high school student who are curious with psychology. When I read the section on neuron, I find that the Chinese translation below is "神经". I am very enthusiastic about it because it seems ...
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表达 vs. 表现 vs. 表示 vs. 显示

These four words all express (get it, because they all mean express ha ha ha) similar meanings: to express/show/display/manifest/demonstrate/convey/indicate etc. I'm sure there are subtle differences ...
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What Methods Are Used by Mandarin Learners Who Speak Japanese?

I'm studying Mandarin via ChineseSkill for Android, and a problem has arisen. I understand a little Japanese, and so rather than listening to the spoken phrases that I'm supposed to translate, I find ...
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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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What Chinese language(s) have pronunciation ㄍ丨(romanization: gi)

Heard pronunciation ㄍ丨(romanization: gi) recently in a dialect of south western mandarin. I was trying to trace it together with something else. Seems like Hakka pronounces 机/機 ㄍ丨but I couldn't ...
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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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Differences between 凉 and 冷,冻 and 冰

I was wondering whether anyone could tell me if these words are completely interchangable all situations. If not, how am I to discern which to use?
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2answers
135 views

Ways to write “strength”

What is the difference in writing strength as 力 or 力量 ? I have seen it both ways and am not sure of the difference.
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2answers
92 views

Difference between V+着+V and 一边+V+一边+V

Is there any difference between: 他们说着话吃饭。 他们一边说话一边吃饭。 他骑着自行车听音乐。 他一边骑自行车一边听音乐。 Thx
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3answers
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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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1answer
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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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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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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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