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“like” and “to be like” in Mandarin

I've been struggling with how to say "like" or "to be like" in mandarin. Other languages I know can do this quite tersely and basically all in the same way. Of course they're all Indo-European, and 3 ...
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Pronunciation of 这 (ze4 or zen4?) in 天气这么好

Not entirely sure, but a friend (mother tongue 普通话, originally from 沈阳(Shenyang)) recently pronounced 这 as ze4 or maybe zen4 when she said 今天天气这么好. 这 isn't such simple word I find, as it can be zhe4 ...
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Should Pinyin be written as it is (collectively) pronounced or in terms of the individual syllables?

As in the title, should something like 不对 be written as bù duì (as in the individual characters) or as bú duì (the way it's actually spoken)? I know that my teacher writes e.g. 你好 as nǐ hǎo (i.e. ...
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Where can I find a good resource for writing work-related emails in Chinese? [closed]

I have some Chinese coworkers and I would like to email them more often in Chinese, but I don't know a lot of phrases and conventions for writing emails in Chinese, especially asking information for ...
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Learning resources for Minjiang dialect (岷江话)?

岷江话 岷江话,又称为岷江小片,是四川话的一个分支,主要分布于四川盆地西南部岷江流域及长江两岸,同时在盆地中部分布有一个由西充、盐亭、射洪三县组成的方言岛。岷江话的主要特征是入声保留,独立成调,拥有一套仅用于入声字的紧元音韵母,在部分地区还保留有喉塞音韵尾,因而并不符合“入声归阳平”这一《中国语言地图集》中划定西南官话的标准。在《中国语言地图集》中,...
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What's the meaning of 登假 in old daoist scriptures like Zhuang Zi?

In the old daoist text Zhuang Zi, we see 登假 at least twice in the Inner Chapters (5.1 and 6.2). In the first part, it gives the meaning of departure and "going up" (to isolation in the mountains? To ...
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Is there a chart of all possible Chinese syllables using Hanzi?

I have been able to find many charts that describe all possible Initial and Final combinations in pinyin, but I'm wondering if there is anything available like that that uses Hanzi only? I made ...
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How do say “less” when modifying a noun?

For example in Taiwan I want to ask the people making my latte to put less honey in. So how would I translate: Today, please put in less honey than yesterday. My bad translation attempt (added ...
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How do I type in a Chinese character that I don't know how to pronounce?

I often want to be able to type a character that I don't know how to pronounce. I've read online that most input systems let me type a "u" and then be able to type a radical in. This has had little ...
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Why is 走 distinguished from 辵?

Why is 走 distinguished from 辵? They both mean to go/walk, according to the dictionary. Why weren't they merged during simplification?
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Does this sentence sound awkward?

I recently tried to compose a sentence to some who told me they were translating a book from English to Chinese. I responded to them: 太好了!很不幸,我的中文知识不足够的,所以不可能帮你们。加油,我很兴奋的! As I am not a native ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. To clarify, common interests here refer to personal interests or interests in activities, rather than ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Is the Cantonese diminutive (粒) the same as the Mandarin (子)?

Is the Cantonese diminutive (粒) as in 鸡粒炒饭 the same as the Mandarin (子)? Is that the right character to use? UPDATE: Sorry for the mistake, I really did mean 粒, not 里.
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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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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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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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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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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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How to express gratitude as a house guest?

How would the following sentence come across as a part of a thank you letter to a family receiving you as a guest in their home in Taiwan? The letter is to be sent before arriving as a "thank you in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does this announcer say after the words 改变?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0D-ot2tso8 This is that somewhat controversial commercial for laundry soap. It's at about the :40 second mark. Is he saying 帅哥? Thank you, Rachel
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Need help in translation. Problems with 了. Again :)

The sentence is (1)突然父亲嘘了一口气 and (2)突然父亲嘘一口气 I would have undertand them if it's not the for the "突然" part. My take: (1) "Suddenly father exhaled (once)" (like "ooooh" and then maybe ...
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Are Chinese symbols built from more elementary symbols or forms?

I know nothing about the Chinese language but, while we ate in a Chinese restaurant with lots of Chinese symbols around me, I asked myself if these symbols could be built up from elementary lines or ...
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i want to know what i say in text is correct [closed]

Nǐ hǎo. Wǒ shì shuí? Wǒ de míngzì shì SHAYAN Dàn nǐ kěyǐ jiào wǒ (xué yǎng). Wǒ yǒu èrshíliù suì. Wǒ yǒu liǎng gè xiōngdì hé yīgè mèimei Hobbies and interests: Wǒ xǐhuān chī de shíwù yě hē Soft ...
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Bare verbs meaning and 了

As I study usage of different aspects markers in Chinese I started to realize that my problems with those markers come from simple fact that: "I don't see any much in them." Reason for this is: ...
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Artist seal and meaning

I am trying to identify the artist that this seal belongs too. The closest I could find was either Chen Hongshou or Yang Jin but both are different stylistically from the picture that bears this seal. ...
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What does this say? [closed]

Just the kanji written out is fine, I can probably figure out what it means on my own.

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