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What are the rules for using commas and periods in Chinese?

What are the rules for using commas (, 逗号) and periods (。 句号) in Chinese? In English I'm fairly confident of when to use commas and when to use periods. I learned in school what run-on sentences were ...
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What are some good resources for 相声 and 小品?

These two seem to involve lots of colloquial Chinese and I want to know where I can learn it. I want to focus on the Beijing/Tianjin dialect.
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Forming sentences with resultative and directional complements

When studying Chinese, I've often found that there are different ways to say the same thing, for example using a verb with a directional complement rather than a verb with resultative complement or a ...
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How is non-standard Cantonese spoken by some mainland Chinese speakers different from “standard” pronunciation?

As someone who's more or less a native Cantonese speaker, I've noticed that some speakers from mainland China (from Cantonese speaking areas) sound "weird", in that I could clearly notice a difference ...
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What is in 侧面 this sentence?

I can't quite see what 侧面 is doing in this sentence, any tips please? I'll put the previous sentence for clarity. 今天,杨先生的银行存款很少,绝大部分都用来投资股市,一年下来,收益远远高出利息。 实际上,市民理财概念的变化,侧面反映了金融市场在入世以后逐渐与国际接轨。 Could ...
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Is the word “以后” in “回家以后” an adverb?

My question is as titled. Per my understanding the "以后" in "回家以后", "从此以后", etc. is a preposition. So I am surprised the textbook says 以后 is an adverb here. Can anyone find a grammar book, dictionary, ...
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Is 同性恋 considered a slur?

Is calling a homosexual person 同性恋 rude, offensive, or a slur? My dictionary translates it simply as "homosexual" but then in the usage examples gives "fairy," which is definitely a slur in English ("...
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The usage of 的 at the end of the sentence [duplicate]

(那件衣服可不是我洗的)我洗衣服很干净的。 Can someone try to explain to me the function of 的 at The end the sentence "我洗衣服很干净的"? Shouldn't it have been “我衣服洗得很干净”. Does “我洗衣服很干净的” follow any pattern/structure? Thank you....
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How Many Characters Are There Where The Radical Is The Same As The Main Component?

How Many Characters Are There Where The Radical Is The Same As The Main Component? Example: 字海网:  字海网: 𧙿 This question is definitely answerable as there are only a certain amount of ...
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How is the meaning of 不得已 formed?

I am under the impression that Chinese multi-character words form their meaning from that of the characters that form these words. (Let me know if I am mistaken!) I know that 不得已 means "to have to". ...
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Anybody know what she say in this song?

I don't understand what she say at 0:38 http://www.allocine.fr/video/player_gen_cmedia=19551143&cfilm=145804.html Anybody know? It's not the mandarin language, am i right? Thanks a lot.
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Difference between 察覺 and 覺察

I often use the word 察覺, which, I believe, corresponds to 發現 in colloquial context, meaning "to realize". But I recently encountered the word 覺察 in a similar context as the following: 小偷覺察屋子裡有人,...
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How do you say “proud of you” in Chinese?

As in if a child does something good, their parents might say "I'm so proud of you" or "Mum is so proud of you". The only word in the dictionary I seem to be able to find for pride seems to be about ...
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好久不见+了=OK or wrong? What does the “le” add?

"Long time no see" is 好久不见 in Mandarin. I would be inclined towards adding a 了 at the end. Would that be all right? And in that case, what does the 了 add?
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Translation help please [closed]

I believe I have a carved stamp but do not know the translation..And information would be greatly appreciated.
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What does 眉如點倉 mean?

眉如點倉 眉 - Eyebrow 如 - Like 點 - Dots 倉 - Granary/Sea/etc So his eyebrows were like ...? Not too sure what it really means.
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Is my translation right?

执行总统或国家情报总监指出的其它与影响国家安全情报相关的职责 My translation is, "to carry out the other responsibilities that are related to the national safety intelligence that are indicated by the president or the Director ...
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How come 東/东 has a second meaning 'owner/master' or 'host'?

Examples include 房东 or 财东 and 东道, respectively. What is the etymology behind this additional meaning?
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What is the polite/proper way to address elderly whom I am not familiar with?

I was wondering what is the polite way to address elderlies I do not know. Take the following context for example. Perhaps I visit a store and there is an elderly woman running the register and I ...
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What is the meaning of 准新 in this sentence?

I have this sentence: 由于二手车市场准新车越来越多,加上价格原因,特别是二手车保值率的提高与稳定,使得交易日趋活跃。 Does 准新车 mean 'nearly new cars'?
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The pronunciation of 的 [duplicate]

I have always pronounced 的 as "dė", regardless of the context, but I have heard people pronouncing it as "di"(fifth tone). For instance, 我的(di)姑娘 暖暖的(di) 漫長的(di)歲月 I do not remember ...
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Why is 大消费组 used here?

我分管该公司研究部大消费组6个消费类行业。 I'm in charge of 6 consumer industries of the research department in this company. I don't understand 大消费组. It seems to be redundant. Why is 大消费组 used here? What does it mean ...
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Can't translate this particular symbol

I have this message on my Android phone. I tried to translate it using OCR tools and Google translate. But there's one symbol I can't find anywhere: it looks like "ṔA" (the 4th symbol at the top from ...
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How Recent Is the Divergence In Taiwan- and PRC-Accented Mandarin Speech?

Many have compared the differences in standard (news broadcaster) accents in of Taiwan 國語 and PRC 普通话 to the differences in British and American accents. What linguistic factors have contributed to ...
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Chinese literature vocabulary

I'm looking for synonyms of everyday words, and I realized many of these "complicated words" are used in Chinese literature. Is there a name for this group of words? For example, we sometimes read 蓦然 ...
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What does “老” in “老虎” and “老鼠” mean

As I remember, 虎 and 鼠 are standalone nouns, meaning tiger and mouse, respectively. However, it seems that 老虎 and 老鼠 are more commonly used. Why is 老 used as a prefix for 虎 and 鼠? Why do we use 獅子 ...
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Chinese Languages With Multi-syllabic Readings Of Single Characters

Are there any Chinese langauges (topolects/dialects) that have multi-syllablic readings for single Characters? Like, Japanese, for instance has a lot of multi-syllablic readings for single ...
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Why is 情结 used here?

然后该文作者笔锋一转,接着就指出了中国这种民族主义自豪情节的另一个方面. But then, the author of this article accurately points out another aspect of this Chinese nationalistic pride. I thought "自豪" alone is good enough, because it ...
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Asking “which language do you speak?” on the phone

I work at a medical call center. Many Asians will call in asking for a translator so we can schedule their appointments. Most of them will understand when I ask, "which language, Cantonese or Mandarin?...
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What is 声 in this sentence?

What is the meaning of '声‘ in this sentence? 近2/3的进口车也大幅降价;而2004年、2005年和2006年,车市降价声已经是此起彼伏。
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Help to understand this phrase?

作者首先提到了中国 媒体对于西方世界民主制度的一贯批判手法 The writer first mentions that the Chinese media have always been critical of one thing in the Western World’s democracies. I don't get "一贯批判手法." I suppose it means ...
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Why is 对…不置一词 used like this?

该声明对东盟一些成员国长期以来在南海的大规模填海造地和军事建设活动不置一词。 I am having trouble with 对...不置一词。 So apparently, the sentence translates to, "This statement is not saying anything to stuff the ASEAN member nations have been ...
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the meaning of “grass dogs (dogs of grass)”

天地不仁,以萬物為芻狗 that's Dao De Jing Chapter 5, I give a try: heaven and earth are not benevolent (I understand) 萬物 all the creatures 為 act 芻狗 grass dogs? dogs playing on grass? dogs made of grass? What ...
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Does this sentence talk about second cars or second hand cars?

I'm pretty sure this sentence is referring to '2 car families', but I'd like to check. How should I interpret ‘二次购车’ here? Maybe they are talking about second hand cars, or families that have ...
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Origin of the slang “機車”

I know that "機車" is motorcycle and it is also used as a slang word, but I was unsure of its meaning. Thus, i checked this page, and I was confused by its ambiguity when translated to English, as ...
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Translation Resources: Star/Constellation Names

What resources are available for translations (well English equivalents) of Chinese 星官 (constellations) 星名 (stars)? For example: 宦者 3 星官名。 How -or- where can I find the English equivalent for ...
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Translation/Meaning: 棒棒机

What exactly is a 棒棒机? I know it's a simple, ordinary kind of cell phone. Is it the same as the English: burner? What constitutes a 棒棒机? What equivalent phrases do we have in English?
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The slang meaning of “Seven/七” in Cantonese

I have heard a few Hongkongers saying seven in a similar, likely identical, context. I assume they are addressing a person because when they say it, they make the L hand gesture. I could be wrong, but ...
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Formality of “悲哀” as opposed to “悲傷” and “哀傷”

From what I have learned, or I remember I have learned, 悲哀, 悲傷, and 哀傷 all mean sadness and are interchangeable. However, as I remember, I have read 悲傷 and 哀傷 in academic/professional writings, but ...
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What does this translate to in English? [closed]

幼师 喜欢翻唱微博: 动词大茗音 Please help translate this for me, thanks!
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Meaning of “不了” in “忘不了/喝不了/…”

I know that 了 after a verb means a completion or termination of a certain action, such as: 吃飽了 (I am) full. 開始了 (It) has started. 不動了 (It) is not moving anymore. But what about 了 ...
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What is the meaning of 有针对性地

The sentence is: 企业通过以上两张表格可以了解到目前员工最需要什么方面的培训,然后可以有针对性地给员工补充“能量”。 The use of '有针对性' with '地' here confused me. It seems to say '(have relevance)ly give', 'relevant' or 'relevantly give', either ...
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為無為, 則無不治 translation of Dao De Jing

these are to last lines of the third chapter of Dao De Jing.my question to the first line: Is the first 為 used in another meaning than the last one. I know what is 無為. Should I translate it: by 無為, ...
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When to use 一言难尽

When is it appropriate to use 一言难尽? Please supply a scenario where this would be a good reply. I have found this in my dictionary but I want to make sure I use in in the correct context.
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Questions with multi-syllable verbs

What would be the difference between 你认识不认识他? and 你认不认识他? Are they the translated with the same "Do you probably know him?
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The real meaning of “傲嬌”

Until recently, I have known the meaning of this word as described on the wiki page. I thought it is used to refer to people, particularly female, who are cold on the outside and hot, as in intimate, ...
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Does “些” Work As A Suffix (Ever) In Mandarin Similar To “们”?

些 xiē 【名】 [方言]:们〖-s〗——表示复数的词缀。如:婆娘些;娃儿些;老师些 Although marked as dialect (read: topolect), I'm curious to know if this usage is ever acceptable or found in MSM (Modern Standard Mandarin)...
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Is 得弄 one word here or two?

I have 首先得弄清楚我们需要什么。 I see 得弄清楚 is a fairly common combination of words. Is 得弄 one word or 2 words here? Should I read de nong or dei nong? Should I translate the sentence to 'First we need to ...
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A translation for “嫂子”?

I know what 嫂子 means literally, but is there an alternative meaning for it? For example, it's like a "title" I suppose when a person doesn't know their name and just calls them that.
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How to say “you don't need to.”

In every language I know, the expressions for saying someone does not need to do something are often used to say they had better not do it. Suppose I want to tell someone in an e-mail, in Chinese, ...

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