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Thoughts on the expression 腦洞大開?

腦洞大開 (Simplified: 脑洞大开) seems to be a phrase that's making its rounds in Sinophone online communities (a Google search may be illuminating), although its precise meaning as of yet still eludes me. It ...
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How do I say “It didn't help that..”

In english, we often use the transition "it didn't help that" to indicate that something bad had happened, and that there was another factor that potentially made it even worse. Ex. He was already ...
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how do you refer to continents in the abstract?

So, I've been trying to figure out how to refer to continents as a concept as opposed to specific continents themselves. For example, I know that the continent of europe would be translated as 欧洲大陆, ...
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how do you say “Playlist”

I've been trying to find a good translation for a playlist that you create for yourself (like on itunes or Youtube), but I haven't been able to find one. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Can you 伤害 a person emotionally?

Can I say “伤害人” in terms of hurting someone emotionally? Or is there another, better, way of saying this? For example, I'd like to say "最后还为了伤害他把这个秘密告诉给其他的家人" Is that a proper usage?
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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 is the verbatim and implied meaning of 路过?

路过 means to pass through. If one searches for images related to this word, one finds pictures of funny or strange situations carrying this word on them.
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的确, 确实, 实在, and 真正: what's the difference?

(Related a bit to Difference between 实际, 现实, 确实, and 实在 I guess. Good to link to it for posterity.) 的确, 确实, 实在, 真正 My dictionaries all say that all four can be adverbs with a meaning of ...
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An example of the difficulty of translation: “Now get off my lawn”. How would you translate this?

The last sentence: from http://cn.tmagazine.com/culture/20141013/t13adulthood/dual/ Now get off my lawn! 只不过离我远点儿! To me, "Get off my lawn!" means I'm old and some young kids did something to remind ...
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the word “menu” in the context of gaming

The word for a food menu is 菜单 Càidān, sensibly translating as "food list." But what would you call a game menu? I could only think of 选项 Xuǎnxiàng, but this "options", which may be a sub item in the ...
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Sentence Structure Edit Help

Is anyone willing to help me edit this monologue for grammatical errors? If so, I would really appreciate it. I have also included the pinyin and english in case it helps to understand what I meant. I ...
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Help Editing Short Monologue

Is anyone willing to help me edit this monologue for grammatical errors? If so, I would really appreciate it. I have also included the pinyin in case it helps to understand what I meant. I have chosen ...
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Need Help Editing (需要帮助的编辑)

Is anyone willing to help me edit this monologue for grammatical errors? If so, I would really appreciate it. I have also included the pinyin in case it helps to understand what I meant. I have chosen ...
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Can 把握 mean “self control”?

I'm trying to figure out what ”把握“ actually means (it seems to have a number of meanings that don't align with any translation in english). One sentence, that I thought was interesting was "她的把握全失去了" ...
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How do you say “To take a gap year”?

Is there a clear translation for the phrase "Take a gap year" (i.e. take a year off between your last year of high school and college (often for travel, work, etc.))? Thanks for the help!
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could you explain all the grammar which is included in the sentence: 君子務本,本立而道生?

i would like to understand how one could with respect to grammar analyse this phrase, for instance by a syntax tree or naming the unique features of wenyan grammar included in this example.
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How do you say something is “very alcoholic”?

I'm continuously confused on how to best say something is alcoholic. For example, I have heard 酒精很强, 很有酒精 , But I've also heard "酒量很高“ or ”酒量很大” Could someone clarify which of these is the most ...
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回答 vs. 回复 vs. 回应 vs.答复: What is proper usage?

I am trying to understand the appropriate way to say "reply" or "respond." Could you please help me disambiguate the above listed ways of saying "to reply," and any other that are commonly used? I ...
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what are some dictionaries about vocabulary of classical chinese?

vocabulary of classical Chinese, explanatory glosses on their usage, example sentences, semantic difference of similar characters used in modern vernacular Chinese and classical and such alike ...
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What is the difference between 升, 陞 and 昇?

There are some characters in Chinese which give me severe headaches, especially those that have the same pronunciation and mean more or less the same thing. I have learnt three characters which are ...
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how did victor mair came up to the conclusion that the reading of 道 in old chinese was *taolu ? [closed]

each Chinese sign corresponds with one syllable. now victor Mair proposed that at some point in the past the character for path was read *taolu. how can this be possible, what is the thought process ...
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When should 吧 be used?

I understand that it is used at the end of a sentence to indicate suggestion, but I want to know what kinds of everyday situations warrant its use. I'd appreciate two or three examples. Also, does it ...
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What's the difference between 说 and 讲?

It seems that in most cases, the two are interchangeable. For example: Is it 說 /说 / shuō or 講 / 讲 / jiǎng for "to speak a language"? Apart from fixed phrases, when would you use one rather ...
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What is the meaning behind “淵騫”?

What is the verbatim meaning? What is the meaning of the concept within Chinese philosophy? Well i do not know why the algorithm keeps asking about the quality of standards, this makes me want to ...
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what is the verbatim (word for word if possible) translation of the phrase 揚子法言?

it is the title of a some classic literature, could you gloss the title itself and maybe give some comment of the meaning of the literature itself.
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How formal is 如何 in the context of 最近如何?

I was told by friend who is a native mainland speaker that "最近如何", or anything containing "如何", is a very ancient/formal way of speaking. This was quite a shock to me—I was taught this sentence ...
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Translation: ‘phone it in’

Is there a idiomatic translation for ‘phone it in’ in Chinese? Bolded what I'm looking for above, I'm not looking for things like 敷衍了事, but something more idiomatic. In case anyone is confused as to ...
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could you give a semantically explanation of the phrase 聊斋志异?

聊斋志异 is the title of a famous collection of short stories dealing with the supernatural. what actually do the words the title is made of verbatim mean, what is the cultural significance of those ...
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What does 牛逼 mean? Can anyone define it?

牛逼 What does it mean? Someone gave a presentation on it in my school Can someone define it? Thanks!
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Do people use “昨晚”

Do people still use the term "昨晚“? Is it very 口语? Could it be used when writing a diary? Example sentence 昨晚十点我从我的家开始开到纽约。
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Why use 非 and 亚 for continent names?

Why was 非 chosen for 非洲 (Africa) and 亚 chosen for 亚洲 (Asia)? I can't find a particular reason to use these characters.
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What kind of typology does ancient chinese belong to?

modern chinese belongs to the group of languages are isolating, just like english, but even purer. english once was not isolating but posessed flection. is the situation with english similar to that ...
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Do people say “使用 。。 表达” or ”通过。。。 表达“》

I'm Trying to figure out what is the proper was to say "Use something in order to express something else" Is it 通过。。。 表达。。 or 使用。。。。 表达。。。 If it is actually a third option let me know! ...
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how does the immediate constituent analysis of the phrase/sentence 聊斋志异 look like?

What is the grammatical analysis of this phrase? What are the parts of speech? How can the whole sentence be split into smaller logical units? Is the title itself a real phrase or real sentence?
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In which parts of Asia do they speak Hokkien Chinese?

In which parts of China or Asia can you find Hokkien speakers? Also, where can you learn Hokkien Chinese?
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How to ask someone “Will you marry me”

So, not to look to far ahead. (Okay, not to look to far ahead at all). I'm interested in how to say" Will You marry me" I've read "你愿意嫁给我吗?“ “和我结婚,好吗” and “嫁给我好吗?“ Is there a clear "best" way to ...
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When your computer freezes/hangs/stalls, stays on same screen, input devices don't work - how do you say that?

我的电脑。。。 冻结 失速 卡住 ? Also got - 死机了 and 当机 from another board. Any others?
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What are ways to create “simplifed” Chinese characters?

Most Chinese characters have two parts, a radical and a phonetic. So different ways to simplify them might include the following: 1) Simplify the radical, retain the phonetic. Example: 调 2) Simplify ...
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German-Chinese online dictionary

Is there any online dictionary German-Chinese and vice versa that allows user participation? I know of handedict.de, dormant since 2011, forums down, but allows downloading a wordfile dict.leo.org, ...
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Even though x still y sentence pattern

I am aware of 雖然 being used as although, however, I am not sure if it is appropriate for the following example situations. English examples: Even though he wore a helmet, he still suffered a serious ...
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Differences Between Classes of *过 Verbs ( 通过, 经过, 透过, 穿过, etc. )

Original Question Although 通过 is the goto expression for passage through or across a space in informal, spoken Mandarin, there are specific alternatives used in more formal, spoken Mandarin as well ...
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How do I translate, “by pretending that something is real?”

Just as the title says. I really have no idea how to translate the word "by" in this sense. It's just a form of grammar I've never even been exposed to, so I wouldn't know where to start. Anyone know ...
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Reading Chinese without speaking it

I've been enjoying the book Chineasy and it make me wonder if it would be possible to read chinese without knowing how to speak it phonetically. Technically it might not be "reading chinese" because ...
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Is there any difference in pinyin between bia and ba in pronunciation?

Is there any difference in pinyin between bia and ba in mandarin? I noticed that some of the pin yin is the same pronunciation but some pinyin, for instance, bia, never be used in Mandarin
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What does the term “Chinese” mean?

The Wikipedia article on Chinese says that many varieties of Chinese are mutually unintelligible. That is, I can't just learn "Chinese" and speak "Chinese" with anyone living in China or Taiwan. What ...
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What etymology dictionaries are available?

What dictionaries (online, software-based or in paper form) explain the origins of a word and its evolution over time? E.g. how the character was once written, how the usage – and the meaning – ...
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what does it mean when you use "作“ as a measure word for people?

What does it mean when you use "作" as a measure word for people ? for example, in 沈从文‘s 《丈夫》 I read the line 都使这作丈夫的想起了村长同乡绅那些大人物的威风 Is 作 different from 位?
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How do you say “I do” as in when you are about to get married?

I'm trying to figure out what the chinese equivalent of "I do" would be. Is there a phrase that people say in Chinese that represents getting married? Or is there a direct translation for "I do"? ...
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Difference between learning Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese Hokkien for visiting Taiwan

I'm planning on visiting Taiwan as a tourist for about one week next year. Both Wikipedia and Wikivoyage say that Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese Hokkien are common languages there. What advantages ...
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What is the difference between 列车 and 火车

What is the difference between these two words? Both mean train. Is there any difference? Are they used in different regions?

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