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Are both 他游了三个小时泳 and 他游泳游了三个小时 fine?

I've learned about separable verbs, 离合词. I learned that separable verbs such as 游泳 must be divided into the verb (游) and the object (泳) when particles like 了, 过, 着, etc. are attached to the verb or ...
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Why did people sometimes call Liu Bei “明将军”?

Reading some historical texts on Liu Bei, the famous Three Kingdoms warlord, I was surprised to see that in more than one occasion, he is referred to as 明将军. What does this name mean, and where did it ...
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Question about complement of frequency? (Using 过 and 次)

I know that it is grammatical to say "我游了三次泳." If I wanted to say, "I saw you three times," could I say it as "我看过你三次见"? Thank you, Rachel
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How can I memorise easily the four tones? [duplicate]

I am still trying to memorise tones of Chinese words. In another post I gave a link for 3rd tone words. When I will have written sentences that are easy to remember, I think I will succeed in fixing a ...
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Why does 節 mean both “festival” and “to save, to control”?

why does a "bamboo joint" (as etymology suggests) mean: "control / to restrict / to curtail / to economize" and at the same time "festival / holiday"? I'll post partial a answer from the ...
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Why the popular name for Pandas 熊猫 consists of its words in inverse order 猫熊?

According to Pleco dictionary the popular name for Pandas is 熊猫, while the "original" name is 猫熊. Its characters meaning order change from: popular: bear cat original: cat bear
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Men's and women's Chinese names [duplicate]

I wonder, how precisely one can judge by name if the person is a man or woman. I would appreciate the most comprehensive list of attributes which can connote the gender of a person if we see his/her ...
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What is the preferred relationship title for “my mother's mother's big brother's son”?

This recently came up during a visa application, and we had a hard time coming to a definitive conclusion, even with Chinese family members :( What is the preferred relationship title for "my ...
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What does 都是套路 mean?

I had a friend type it out, but Google translate said it meant "Routine", and she insisted that's not what it means. Apparently it's slang? Has anybody heard this before, and know what it translates ...
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Why 息 means news?

Why 息 means news? Etymology suggest it means "rest" - "From nose indicating breath and also phonetic 自 and heart or chest 心. Meaning to rest." sorce: ...
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How to express “x out of y”?

The phrase I'm trying to grab is usually used when stating survey results or something of the like, e.g.: A survey found that 7 out of 10 men go to the gym every week. Could this be translated ...
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Original Chinese version of the mango poem

I was reading an article about mango's cultural significance in modern Chinese history. It mentioned about the following poem which was translated from Chinese: Seeing that golden mango / Was as ...
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How to say 热闹 in English [closed]

How does one say 热闹i in English? I did some google search and the possible candidates are lively, busy, and noisy. The connotation of 热闹 is crowdness, happy, noise, and excitment. Busy street in my ...
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Is the “shh” expression of silence used in Chinese?

Do Chinese people put a finger on the lips and use the expression "shh" to ask for silence? According to this answer in the English Language Stack Exchange, this expression originated from English ...
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99 views

Politeness in referring to a recent death

Some people in the US normally avoid saying a person has "died." They say the person "passed on," or "has left us." Are there similar, gentle ways in Chinese to avoid saying a person died? Would it ...
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How to express sarcasm?

As far as I know sarcasm is not commonly used in Chinese. In English and many other languages, sarcasm is a matter of pragmatics and usually expressed by applying different intonation or stressing ...
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Is written Hakka the same as simplified Chinese?

Hakka is a dialect of Chinese and therefore should be considered when speaking however what about writing? From a translation perspective is there a specific way to write Hakka or is this the same as ...
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Differences between 喜欢, 要, and 想? [duplicate]

Could someone explain to explain me the difference between the three verbs 喜欢 (xihuan), 要 (yao), and 想 (xiang)? 我喜欢喝一杯啤酒。 (wo xihuan he yi bei pi jiu) 我要喝一杯啤酒。 (wo yao he yi bei pi jiu) 我想喝一杯啤酒。 (wo ...
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115 views

Difference between 不得不, 不免 and 必然?

All of these words mean must or inevitable, but is there a difference between them?
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Questions about the meaning and position of 一下

My textbook gives me the following two examples of 一下, saying that the 一下 in each sentence doesn't mean the same thing: 你去问一下老师 (Just ask your teacher) 我打了孩子一下 (I smacked my child) Question 1. I'd ...
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Why do Chinese people give their guests tea to drink? [closed]

My question is as the title. In China, 给客人沏茶 is considered hospitality and courtesy, especially right after guests come in. Is there a reason or a story behind the practice?
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Do people in China say 新年快乐 at Spring Festival?

The questions Is there a traditional Chinese New Year greeting? and Which expression do native speakers actually use: Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (or other)? describe various greetings for ...
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How do I answer 这是哪儿?

I'm confused about answering 这是哪儿. Should I answer directly and say that this is a restaurant, or if I should give a general answer and say this is Utica, if someone asks me that question?
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An unknown, calligraphic Traditional Chinese character

I'm a Vietnamese preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year and have found this piece of decoration. I think the Chinese character on that is a Traditional one, pretty calligraphic and notably ...
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产业 vs 企业 vs 商业. What's the difference?

产业 vs 企业 vs 商业. I think the 3 of them means enterprise. What's the difference between them?
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What is “Nordic hamstring curl” in Chinese?

I've searched nordic hamstring curl and its synonyms glute ham raise and natural ham curl on Baidu. None of top Chinese articles had Chinese words for it, they just used the English words: ...
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What are some good (native) Chinese online message boards & forums? [closed]

One of my favorite ways to practice writing is by posting to discussion and Q&A forums, like Quora and StackExchange. Are there platforms similar to that in China? Or how can I find Chinese ...
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How can I get exposure to mandarin usage and pronounciation?

I have been taking Mandarin classes at university. Due to illness I have missed a lot and fallen way behind. Now I wish to continue learning on my own. I find it very hard to remember the ...
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The correct usage of 大约 vs. 差不多

I am a bit confused by the appropriate use of 大约 and 差不多. I have learned to use 差不多 in many cases where I am talking about an approximate amount, value, extent, etc. of something, or speaking about ...
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78 views

Does anyone know origins of 万一?

Does anyone knows how 万一 became a phrase with "just in case" meaning? Is it a shorthand of a longer phrase or chengyu?
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What is the difference between 利润, 利益,盈利?

I have noticed that all of them mean benefit or profit in English. Can someone help me understand when to use each word?
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Making sense of '推魏大肚'

《锦城旧事》 在这灌县城中得此三者之利的,当推魏大肚。 What does 推魏大肚 refer to?
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What is the Mandarin term for great godparents?

What does my child call my godparents? Do my godparents become "great godparents" now that I have a child, similar to my parents becoming grandparents?
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Please can someone tell me what this says in engish? [closed]

Just wanted to know what this symbol was. My friend got the tattoo 15 years ago and she has no idea what it is.
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How to translate “黑科技” into English?

As titled, how to translate "黑科技" in to english? Is there any translation better than "fictional technology"?
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2answers
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In Cantonese, what is a less “childish” way to call one's own parents?

I know the standard ways of calling one's parents—"媽媽/母親" or "爸爸/父親", mother and father respectively, the former more familiar and the latter more formal; or the more familiar/childish way—"媽咪" or ...
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What are the 1,500 chengyu for the 2015 chengyu convention

The 2015 Chengyu Convention apparently tested contestants on 1,500 different chengyu. Where's the list of the 1,500 Chengyu?
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What does 前後鼓吹 mean?

can anyone tell me what 前後鼓吹 means? In context: 賜以秬鬯一卣。寵以前後鼓吹。知悉。 I grant you one vessel of black millet herb-flavoured liquor, and I proclaim my favour for you. Let it be known. Something like ...
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How can I improve my tonal range?

While people in China generally understand my tones (unless I use the wrong tone by mistake), I find I do not match either the height of their highs or the drop-off of their falling tones. My voice ...
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What is the difference between 裡, 裏 and 里?

I grew up learning simplified Chinese characters, but we are now living in Hong Kong, and so I need to teach my children traditional Chinese characters. I can't seem to figure out the difference ...
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What can we make of the name 九儿?

Two questions about the childhood name of the pivotal character in Mo Yan's Red Sorghum Clan: Her childhood name was 九儿. Does this suggest she was one of (at least) nine children? I do not recall ...
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102 views

How to determine the end of words?

Chinese does not use a word separator. How a novice learner can detect the word's boundaries?
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118 views

Help with pronouncing 道 precisely

Practical conclusion from the responses: No digital media currently focus on the precise pronunciation of Pinyin Dao, or Beijing for English speaking students of Chinese. You must look to sources on ...
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Etymology of the character 也

I've already done some research on the character 也, but I haven't find something that pleased me. I've seen explanations going from "horn" and "snake" to "vulva" and "around". Where did it come from? ...
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Translation of 这里开了家医院

I found a translation of 这里开了家医院 to "There is a hospital here" but this translation seems to ignore the word 开了。 Does the word 开了 add addition meaning to the sentence which the translation does not ...
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What is the difference between 看法 and 想法?

Both can mean "view/idea/opinion". For example, I can say: 对这个问题有两种不同的看法 (there are two different view on this question) Would it be reasonable to replace "看法" with "想法"?
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Structure of sentence with 喜欢+V

I would know what is the correct place of 喜欢 in my sentence, or if the both are valids what are the differences. 1/ 我喜欢坐飞机去 2/ 我坐飞机喜欢去
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How do I translate “舒服不如倒着,好吃不过饺子” in English? [closed]

This phrase means There is nothing more comfortable than lying down. There is nothing more delicious than jiaozi. I would rather find more local version. Thank you guys. I love dumplings ...
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5answers
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Is 多早晚 wrong or right

In that site it says 多早晚 means "When". I asked a friend from Singapore, she told me that no one uses that, and it's a mistake. I would like to know if you use it, and in which context. ...
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What is this character? [closed]

I would like to know what this necklace means, thank you

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