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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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How do I translate “附件是我做的方案针对目前我们存在的问题”?

How can I translate correctly this sentence?: 附件是我做的方案针对目前我们存在的问题 What do 方案 and 针对 mean in this context?
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How do I say “I've got all his albums”?

When talking about my favorite singer, how do I say "I've got all his albums"? I thought it was "他的光盘我都有" but I don't think it's correct because I can't find any results for that on Google.
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How to improve my Chinese writing

When someone has grasped the basic concepts of writing Chinese there comes a point where handwriting starts to look plain or mechanical. From what I have seen the lines look very straight and like ...
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What characters have been politically corrected before?

In the article "Mysogyny as reflected in Chinese characters", Victor Mair wrote: In the early days of the PRC, the government changed some characters for the names of minority ethnic groups so ...
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Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?

Can someone explain why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese, instead of a language? It is also for any language exist in China, both land and Taiwan (Cantonese, Hunanese, Fujianese, ...
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Where does the middle name go in a name that has been translated into Chinese?

Many westerners (like I) possess a three-part name in full. given + middle + family [名·中间名·姓] It's understood that―in China―middle names typically don't exist. Usually, westerners only ...
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Why the long-short romanization system (长短音) for Chinese dialects?

Most Chinese dialectical/topolectical dictionaries use the long-short romanization system (长短音) to write out pronunciations. Wikipedia mostly just mentions Shanghai, Wu and Suzhou for using the ...
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Information about the Nantong dialect

I want to learn the dialect spoken in Nantong. Are there any resources to help me?
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Where do I put adverbial expressions and other phrases in a sentence?

I know Chinese use the sequence S O V. I also know place follows time, for instance in these ways: t(ime), p(lace) S tp V O tp S V O t S p V O Where do I put further phrases, like adverbial ...
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How to tell when one word starts and another word ends?

I am doing some work with scanning Chinese text with my computer and I have run into a problem that I do not have with other languages. Because there are no spaces between characters, I cannot tell ...
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Stative verbs in Chinese: only for adjectives?

I've recently discovered that in Chinese, adjectives can function as verbs. An answer on this site stated that "all adjectives in Chinese can function as verbs". This was obviously an interesting ...
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Meaning of 这么多好吃

I want to get the correct meaning of this sentence: 我恨不得一下子把这么多好吃的都吃完。 I understand this sentence as "I wish to eat up all those delicious things, all at once". I don't fully understand the ...
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How to use 可爱,properly?

My understanding of the word is "lovable or cute". Can someone give me the context when it might be appropriate to use this term? For example, lots of folks find kittens lovable or cute. A sample ...
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To see, to watch, to meet - 看 vs 见 vs 看见 [duplicate]

I've seen 看 used on its own, 见 used on its own, and 看见 used together. My understanding: 看 means "to see" or "to watch", objects are typically inanimate (i.e. not people) 见 means "to see" or "to ...
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What does 你要买点儿什么? mean exactly? (吗 question vs. Wh- question)

I already learned that Chinese wh- questions don't require a 吗 particle but I got stuck on this sentence: 你要买点儿什么? Which does the sentence mean, "what will you buy?" or "will you buy ...
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書全經聖 - 1881 Chinese bible (what is the 2nd character?)

In collecting books, I've come across what appears to be an 1881 Chinese language bible. Being able to read some Japanese, I'm sure of all of the characters in the title 書?經聖, except for the 2nd one, ...
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Is it correct to say “在手机”?

Would it be correct to use the phrase "在手机”/“在手机上” etc. to express that I am doing something on my phone? For example, could I say 我听音乐在我的手机上。 Or can 在 only be used for my actual physical ...
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Negative sentiment for text

Could someone please explain why would the following text have negative sentiment? Is there any specific word or hidden semantics that makes it negative? Is completely subjective? Text: ...
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Can someone translate sentance from english to chinese? [closed]

If there was a price for my love, you could never afford it.
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What is the difference between 发货,出货 and 交货?

What is the difference between 发货, 出货, and 交货?
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Poems about parents love and care for children

I'm looking for poems about parents love, concern and taking care of their children. I'm aware of 孟郊《游子吟》: “慈母手中线,游子身上衣。临行密密缝,意恐迟迟归。谁言寸草心,报得三春晖?” But that's heavy on the "repayment" aspect. ...
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Bigrams ending in third tone where first syllable is second tone vs. third tone

This is regarding tone sandhi for consecutive third tones. I notice CC-CEDICT has over 200 bigrams with tone pair 3-3 where there also exists a separate bigram 2-3. One such example is: 白果 bai2 ...
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Why one -> many mapping between IPA and Pinyin?

I am referring to Origin of zhuyin symbols table on wikipedia. Under Rhymes and Medials following 3 entries confuse me: Zhuyin IPA Pinyin ㄧ i i/y ㄨ u u/w ㄩ y ...
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What does this keychain say? [closed]

I got this keychain for Christmas without any packaging so I have no idea what it means. The only thing I can tell is that it is probably a single kanji character, other than that I can't tell.
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comparing 我一个弟兄们 with 我的一个兄弟

«听审现场»20151226 谁在说谎 (好象更早期广播的重播) http://cctv.cntv.cn/lm/tingshenxianchang/index.shtml,civil case plaintiff 李付成 at time mark 01:42 says: 我一个弟兄们(有三间老房子), would 我的一个兄弟 (or at least 我的一个弟兄) not be more ...
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Can someone please check this piece of writing? [closed]

I don't know if this is the right place to ask for a correction, but I will try. Can someone please check this piece of writing and tell me if there are any mistakes? Thank you so much for the help. ...
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What is Chinese for CFD?

I have a simple question here. Does anyone know if CFD(Contract for Difference in stock trading) has a Chinese name? I googled it but could not find anything. Thanks
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Chinese language?

There are three articles in wikipedia that disturbs me. Chinese language Mandarin Chinese Sinitic languages Let's think about this for a moment. Mandarin Chinese is the official ...
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What does 这个书包看起来不大 mean?

Can somebody please help me in the translation of this phrase? 这个书包看起来不大 What does 起来 mean in this context?
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案: why is a bench also a case?

Sorry about the cryptic title. 案 is a character that can mean "bench"/"desk" but it can also mean "(legal) case" or "file": 长形的桌子或架起来代替桌子用的长木板:~子。~板。书~。条~。拍~而起。 ...
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Why do Chinese writers have three different names?

I've been reading about Chinese writers and apparently they have too many names! For example, in the article of Wikipedia about 黃遠庸 (Huang Yuanyong) there's first this name as the title of the ...
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Is there really no unicode for “扌𬙙”?

(扌+方)的释义--字海网(叶典网) Getting 非unicode but it's kind of hard to believe. Is there really no unicode for "扌𬙙"?
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谁 as relative pronoun?

至少今天她都不想再见到聂离了,谁让聂离骗了她。这是对聂离的惩罚! Can 谁 here be translated as the relative pronoun who? My literal translation would be: At least for today she, who has let Nieli to deceive her, doesn't ...
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A Complex Chinese Character

I randomly saw this character on the blog a while ago and saved a image of it as shown below. Is this even a character? If so, what does it mean? When is it used? What was the origin of it? How do ...
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Meaning of 则是 in this sentence

My vocabulary state that 则是 means: "then is", However I don't understand how to translate the following sentence 而段剑则是神情严肃地站在聂离的身边。 I can translate it perfectly fine by omitting 则是, so not sure ...
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Does anyone know the reason why 生地黃 is called 地黃 [yellow earth]?

Does anyone know the reason why 生地黃 is called 地黃 [yellow earth]? I don't know if 六味地黄丸 took the name from 生地黃 or viceversa, but either way I couldn't find neither the etymology of 六味地黄丸 in English (I ...
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Other than ChinaSMACK, do any other glossaries of acronyms used in Chinese, like PK, ZF, GCD, TMD, JC, etc exist?

This is the ChinaSMACK glossary. Wondering how outdated it is. Would something more up to date and/or more comprehensive exist, or this is pretty much it? Thanks in advance. Edit: Found This from ...
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a better translation for the expression “psychology is dead”

Expressions such as psychology is dead in A cognitive scientist once told me that psychology is dead. are examples of personification, in this case, to convey the idea that psychology is using ...
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What does 低喝了一声 mean?

低喝了一声 I could not see how 喝 here means drink, so I tried to look further in my dictionary and it says: The same as 嗬, which is an onomatopoeia Which kind of makes sense since I also found a ...
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Descriptive / generative grammar of Mandarin?

Does anyone know where I can find a descriptive grammar and a generative grammar of Mandarin, in English or French?
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What does “大开大合” mean?

I checked this out, but I couldn't really understand the meaning behind it. 形容文思跌盪,放得開,收得攏。 Does it mean good introduction, and good conclusion or something similar?
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What is this mysterious elevator instruction: 禁止追逐打闹 or “prohibition of chasing”?

This instruction can be found on a notice inside the elevator in my office building in Tianjin: It says 禁止追逐打闹 (jìn​zhǐ zhuī​zhú​ dǎnào) which is translated to "prohibition of chasing". The icon ...
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和 or 或? When to use “and”s and “or”s

A very short, isolated question: No hopes or dreams In English, it's very clear that this is "neither hopes nor dreams" i.e. there are no hopes, and also no dreams. In Chinese, which word, 和 or ...
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How do you say an event will be casual?

Google translate tells me casual/unceremonious = "随便" But I always thought "随便" meant "whatever" I want to say "You can come over whenever, it will be casual"
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How to use 整 as in exactly

I"m trying to figure out the grammar/syntax behind using "整". I know that it means "Exactly" when used at the end of numbers, but I'm wondering does it come before or after the noun described by the ...
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A Golden Rule for When Chinese Repeat a Word Twice X Twice? 热热闹闹

I have come across several times reading Chinese that they repeat words twice and then again. For an Instance what is the difference between 热闹 and 热热闹闹 ? what is the grammar meaning when words get ...

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