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English slang translation

Is there a Chinese equivalent of the colloquial English term, "like a boss?" Not an literal translation but an equivalent thereof.
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Large List/DB of (Mandarin) Chinese Geographical Names and Entitites (for NER)

Is there a freely available list of geographical entities, like cities, provinces (in China and abroad), names of rivers, mountains, etc.? I am looking for something like GeoNames, but it doesn't ...
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When should I use “很” before an adjective? [duplicate]

Very early in the process of learning Chinese as a foreign language we are taught: 我是好 is incorrect because 是 is only used before nouns and 好 is not a noun. 我很好 is the correct way to say the former ...
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Could saying “慢慢吃” to a stranger cause offence?

I learned that the equivalent to "bon appetit" in Chinese is "慢慢吃" (perhaps also "请慢用"). This is a polite thing to do in English. But since it literally means "eat slowly", I'm wondering if some ...
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How to interpret 休息不了多长时间吧?

他是‘业余作家‘。 您在白天应酬、工作之后,晚上是怎样进入写作状态的,您晚上休息不了多长时间吧? Have I got this right, seems she is asking the question in reverse. 您晚上休息不了多长时间吧? = How long do you sleep at night? His answer is '我大概一天睡四到五个小时。‘ ...
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When “to be” should be used? When omitted?

There are cases in which "to be" is translated with 是 ( shì ), while in some other cases it seems not to be translated at all. When should 是 ( shì ) be used? When omitted? Here some examples: 我很好 wo ...
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What does “强横” mean when it is used to describe an inanimate things?

强横实力 From zdic, 强横 means "brutal and unreasonable", which does make sense. However, at the end of the line, it also adds "describes a person like that". But if it is used as a description for ...
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What is the origin and meaning of 焗烤

焗 was an uncommon character in Taiwan 20-30 years ago, limited mostly to Cantonese restaurants, and it was an unusual type of cooking. The MOE 國語辭典 gives this description of 焗: ...
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What does this 鼎力 mean here?

关键是减少烟民数量,要实现这个目标,光靠医生的劝导是不幸的,还需要国家采取措施鼎力支持。 When I look up 鼎力 I get 'your kind help' or 'thanks for your help'. In the above sentence, I think it just means 'help', or are there other connotations? ...
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What character is 刄 + 点?

Here's a pic I took in HK today What's the 刄 + 点 char? In 堂飲2 xxxxxxx 28元 I'm guessing its similar to mainlands 两, for alcoholic drink sizes. I tried zisea & zdic to no avail... edit: ...
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The meaning of “宝藏”?

I know that "宝藏" can mean "underground mineral deposits", but it can also mean "treasures". My question is this: In addition to the two definitions above, can "宝藏" also mean a location that stores ...
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Verbs of two words

In 你想走的时候就走吧。 it seems 的就 is supposed to be taken as the verb. At my current knowledge level, I wouldn't know how to match those two together and recognize 时候 as modifying the verb. How can I learn ...
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Breaking a sentence into grammatical structures

There's a very robust deck of Anki flash cards I've been using to build vocabulary. But sometimes I get stuck when new grammatical constructs are shown. The deck says 你想走的时候就走吧。 is translated "Go ...
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What is the function of 贴 in 四贴袋?

I can't figure out what 贴 is doing here: 中国革命先行者孙中山综合了西式服装与中式服装的特点,设计出了一种直翻领有袋盖的四贴袋男用套装,定名为中山装,此后几十年,中山装大为流行,成为中国男子喜欢的标准服装。 ‘四贴袋‘ is 贴 a 量词 here?
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In 霸王别姬 is 霸 just a name?

I have not seen the film or read the book, I can't judge. Is this 霸 just a name, or does 霸王 really mean 'the tyrant king'?
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What is the oldest known Chinese audio recording?

I have tried search engines and Wikipedia articles on the history of audio recording, in English and Chinese, but couldn't come closer to this. What is the oldest known recording of anyone speaking ...
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What does 探个究竟 actually mean?

On the lid of the barrel(桶) it says '不可偷看‘ I have the sentence:人很好奇,走过来弯下腰把脑袋伸到桶里探个究竟。 探 = explore, 究竟 = outcome, result 探个究竟 = 'take a look' or 'see what happens' or both OK?
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Could anyone give a proper English translation to "干货”?

Here "干货” means something useful, informative rather than "dehydrated goods" or "dry goods", which basically means some informative materials or knowledge... I've consulted this question from many of ...
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Do 向 and 学 or 学习 work together here?

I'm not sure how to interpret 向学 in these 2 sentences。I think that 向 and 学/学习 work together. 1) 小张一心向学,厉志要成为一名科学家。'一心向学' = 1 mind to study = single-mindedly (to) study?? 1) is from iciba and they ...
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How to say something is “an acquired taste” in Chinese? [closed]

A : "Do you like to eat Durian?" B : "No not really" A : "Yeah, I guess it's really an acquired taste"
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Hong Kong Cantonese: Derogatory Terms For Mainlanders

What derogatory terms are there for mainlanders in Hong Kongnese Cantonese? I know there's a lot of terms that start with 北 but specifically I'm not sure.
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Tradtional Chinese fonts for website

anyone know common usage of Tradtional Chinese fonts for website? I have come up with this list after a bit of Googling, but not sure. 微軟正黑體, Microsoft JhengHei 新細明體, PMingLiU 細明體, MingLiU
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Are used to and 以往 really the same?

I have this question: 中国经济以往都是什么样的发展模式? I would like to translate it: China's economy used to use what kind of expansion method? 以 can be 'use' and '往‘ can be 'to' in English, so that ‘used to' and ...
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你是第幾任總統/校長?How to translate this into English properly? [closed]

你是第幾任總統/校長? I'm a Chinese. Like the title suggests, I struggle to translate this into English. I struggled to find a translation for "任". Please help.
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“Are you still married to Mary?” How to translate this?

I'm a Chinese, but I'm having trouble translating this to Chinese: Are you still married to Mary? I have never asked this before, but someone asked me if I know the Chinese translation of this. ...
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How many syllables does Chinese have?

I'm just reading a book about China and Chinese customs from Heike Barai. She says that Chinese only has around 300 different syllables, whereas modern German has about 10 000 and I suppose English is ...
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Tree: 树 (shù) vs 木 (mù)

Is there any difference between 树 (shù) and 木 (mù), in the meaning of "tree", or they are interchangeable?
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What is the etymology of “嗨”?

What is the etymology of "嗨"? Is it used because it sounds like the English word "Hi"? I tried looking it up, but Wiktionary doesn't have any etymology information in either the English or Chinese ...
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Are there differences between 朋友 and 我朋友 in modern Chinese?

When a friend sends me a photograph of a vase, saying 是朋友的, and some months later presents it saying: 我朋友的 should I then usually assume, that the friend became a girlfriend/boyfriend ...
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What is the textbook used to learn Chinese in Havard and MIT? [closed]

I know that Havard has an excellent East Culture Research center but what about the teaching of Chinese there?
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Why some characters have different sounds? [duplicate]

My translator (Pleco) says that 乐 is pronunced as le. However, 音乐 seems to be pronunced as yīnyuè. Why? Is it possible to know if a character has different sounds depending on the context?
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Etymological character reference [duplicate]

Is there an authoritative etymological reference for characters? It looks like all books I'm reading about Chinese characters have their own explanation. To me, all of them seem reliable, but I ...
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韵/声 Dictionary Organization: Why?

I have a copy of《四川方言词语汇编》published in 1987. Unlike most modern dictionaries organized alphabetically (A-Z) by pinyin, this dictionary is organized: 黑白韵 挥堆韵 湖图韵 堤西韵 狮子韵 ...
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Is "一“ in 一线城市 first or second tone?

Quick question: Is "一“ in 一线城市 first or second tone? If it is first tone, is this because it is being used as a number? Cheers, Stephen
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Does this 中国是 。。轮番上市 mean 'flooding the market'?

The 是 here without a following 的 seems a bit odd. 中国目前是新车和降价车轮番上市,使准备买车的消费者不知如何选择。 I see that 轮番 means 'one after another' but I get the sense of 'flooding the market'. Is that correct? ...
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Chinese word for X chair in a musical group when it isn't 1st or 2nd chair

In English, in an orchestra one might say that one's chair position is 2nd Violin, 5th chair. The 2nd Violin part is easy to say: 第二小提琴. But the 5th chair part is troubling. My question is the Chinese ...
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Can I substitute 合适 in place of 量身打造?

5万元左右的经济型小车,无疑是为广大工薪阶层量身打造的代步车。 Costing roughly 50 thousand Yuan, a small, economical car is, without a doubt, the most suitable vehicle for the salaried classes I think I could write 最合适的代步车 ...
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Why not include “的” in “传统音乐”?

I have found the following two sentences: 他们正在演奏传统音乐。 这是一个传统的玩具。 Why does the former not use 的 but the latter does? I know you can remove 的 if you express family's relation as stated in other ...
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The meaning of a Chinese inscription found under a little sculpture

I bought a figure of a taoist wise some years ago, and in all these years I have been unable to decipher the tiny seal (1cm x 1cm) under the figure. It is an important figure in my life and I would ...
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what's the difference between 会, 可以, and 能? [duplicate]

Are they used interchangeably or do they really have separate uses? I keep getting confused between the three.
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Open Software Two-Line Add Pinyin To Characters

Is there any open software that adds a second line of pinyin to a line of characters? i.e.: converting “你好” to: nǐhǎo 你好 Converting to ni3hao3 would be fine to. Open, namely, so that I ...
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How to say “see you this weekend?”

My Mandarin teacher told us “星期四见” to say "see you on Thursday." How would I say "see you this weekend"? “这个周末见” or “末见这个周”? Or something else entirely? This is being used to end a letter, so I don't ...
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What is this 予以 doing in my sentence?

From the meanings I find for '予以 = give, grant' I can't really see what it is doing here. Maybe the Chinese is '予以推进 = give/produce advancement', but 予以 may also mean 'impose' I believe. Maybe the ...
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the Master is stopped from investigation?

it's Analects chapter 10 when the master comes to a country does he ask about the government? and then: 抑與之與? the last 與 is probably the ending particle. 抑 means to restrain to restrict. The first 與 ...
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Use of 如何 versus 怎麼樣

This is kind of a two-part question: 1) If you say "你如何喜歡你的菜?" are you asking, "how does the food taste to you" or "how do you prefer your food to be cooked"? To me it seems that if you are asking the ...
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What does it mean? [closed]

With the great search for plane debris currently taking place in La Reunion island, a metal has been found with what seems to be Chinese written on it (it might be a plane debris, but nobody can be ...
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Which dialect of Chinese has the fewest tones?

Standard Cantonese has six tones, Minnan, spoken primarily in Taiwan and Fujian, has five to seven; and so on down to Mandarin, based on the Beijing dialect, which has only four. (I don't count ...
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Is “Year of the Goat/Ram/Sheep” due to the Chinese language?

I've heard that the current lunar year (for most of 2015) is sometimes called in English the Year of the Goat, Year of the Ram, or Year of the Sheep. I've also heard that the reason for the different ...
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What is this 运行 in this sentence?

中国加入世界贸易组织后,国内的汽车行业与汽车市场运行环境发生了前所未有的改变。 Sometimes in colloquial English we say 'shift' to mean 'sell'. Is '运行环境‘ something like that? 运行环境 maybe 'sales environment' or ‘turnover' (交易额) ??
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What is the best translation for 投胎?

If you look online, translation for 投胎 is 'reincarnation'. It suits phrases like 投胎转世 but often does not feel quite right in other context. For example: 你急什么,赶着去投胎? Not sure if anyone would ...

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