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Would you use 为 or 给 (or neither) as a dedication?

I'm wondering how to write a dedication (in a book or on a memorial, for example). In English I would inscribe "For my friend." I like the somewhat ambiguous and all-encompassing meaning of this ...
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Is the frequency of written characters much different from spoken ones?

I'm referring to frequency tables such as this one:. To take one example, it lists words like 商 and 业 in the top 500 characters and words like 买 and 卖 in the second 500 characters. That's true even ...
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What is the correct Chinese expression for “Only child”?

I noticed lot of compound words using "只" for "only", but what is the correct way to say "only child" (a child with no brothers, nor sisters)? Thanks!
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Does “sticker” have a transliteration?

I hear people use the English loan word sticker a lot in Chinese, perhaps even more than 粘粘, 贴贴 or what have you. Although a loan word, sticker prounced in Chinese mainly sounds like a ...
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How might 'pidgin' have represented a Chinese pronunciation of 'business'?

[Etymonline:] pidgin (n.) 1876, from pigeon English (1859), the reduced form of the language used in China for communication with Europeans, from pigeon (1826), itself a pidgin word, ...
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What is the difference between 响,声,and 音

What is the difference between 响,声,and 音. When I check the English translation, it says 响: echo, sound, noise, make a sound, to sound, to ring, loud, classifier for noises 声: sound, voice, tone, ...
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插,刺,捅,扎 what are the differences?

I looked up a dictionary and 插,刺,捅,扎 are all translated as "sting". Any difference between them? For example some are more casual while others are not...
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Saying “you too”

What's the proper way to respond a sendoff like 祝周末愉快 while repeating the same wish to the sender? In English, we might say something like "Thanks, you too." Is there a shorter or more appropriate ...
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Translate “feature” as a verb to Chinese

How would one translate "feature" as verb to Chinese? e.g This album features all the new artist from NYC. or This frying pan features all new design allows the user to cook in their sleep ..
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How to translate “穷则变,变则通,通则久” to English?

Is there any elegant and succinct way to translate “穷则变,变则通,通则久” to English? I felt the translation could be quite lengthy when I tried to explain every single character. Thank you very much.
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can dialectical final “ue” be written as pinyin “ue”?

The final ue can be found in some Chinese dialects/topolects. It, also, seems to also be written properly as uɛ if I'm not mistaken. The Wikipedia page for Sichuanese Mandarin lists an example: ...
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Number of population whose actual mother tongue is Mandarin?

It is, falsely, assumed that Mandarin is the mother tongue of all Chinese speakers (here we can understand Mandarin as 普通话/国语/华语). The mother tongue would be the language that someone learned at home ...
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What is the difference between 实质 and 本质?

I looked up a dictionary and 实质 and 本质 are all translated as "essence" or "core". Anyone who can explain the difference?
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Dizi poem on my dizi flute please [closed]

Could someone please translate the text carved on my dizi? Please, thank you, with all my heart
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Translating Chinese

I have this exchange student next to me and last week I saw a friend of hers write something on her door and they seemed to have quite a lot of fun about it. Can someone translate it or at least say ...
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Puzzling negation in a beginner's grammar book

From Jimmy Du's Essential Chinese, p. 46: I understand everything you say. 你说的我都懂。 I don't understand all they say. 他们说的我不是都懂。 Why is 不是 there in the second example, and not simply 不? I ...
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What is the difference in use between 迷失, 迷路, 走失 and 迷途?

All of the words are defined as "to lose one's way".
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Translation: Chinese relative names + numerals into English

Working on some translations but always come across things like: 李二嫂 王二叔 三奶奶 张幺伯儿 For 李二嫂 I think I came up with something like: The Li family's second eldest son's wife, ...
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Difference between 新式 and 新型

I looked up a dictionary and 新式 and 新型 are all translated as "new type". but when I look up a Chinese-to-Chinese dictionary it said that 新式 is 新的样式 and 新型 is 新的类型. and both seem to be different but ...
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Is Chinese imprecise? [closed]

I admit that I am a beginner with Chinese, thus in no position to judge the language. However, I got the feeling that it's "vague" when I tried to understand its logic, by examining a Chinese text and ...
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Difference between 谦虚 and 虚心?

In my Chinese textbook, 谦虚好学 is used, and 虚心求教 is used as well. They both mean modest, so when should I use each one?
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What is the correct saying?

In Zhuang Zi 5.2 we read: 聞之曰:『鑑明則塵垢不止,止則不明也。久與賢人處,則無過。』 Lin Yutang translation: "Now I have heard that if a mirror is perfectly bright, dust will not collect on it, and that if it does, the mirror ...
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When do I use the state complement?

Recently I have been confused about when I am to use the state complement. For example, if I want to say "In general I read the messages quickly", which sentence should I write? 我一般很快地看留言 我一般看留言看得很快 ...
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Are 耳光 and 巴掌 the same?

There is this sentence in this story 沙漠里的朋友: 今天我的好朋友打了我一巴掌. Here, can I replace 巴掌 with 耳光?
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Most common/well known translation (transliteration) of “pizza” in Chinese?

Results for pizza in Chinese are numerous 比乍 披莎 比萨 匹萨 批萨 皮萨 披薩 I'm never sure which to use. Is there a most common/most well-known translation or transliteration for Pizza in Chinese?
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Difference: 些 and 有的

A while ago I learned that some was 些 or 一些, but now I've also learned that there is another way to say some, 有的. My teacher didn't go into the difference in class and I forgot to ask her afterwards. ...
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Is 察颜观色 or 察言观色 the correct term to use?

I have found citations from ancient texts backing both interpretations on the Internet while searching for the correct form of the term: 清·唐甄《潜书·食难》:“吾老矣,岂能复俯首于他人之宇下,察颜观色,以求无拂于人,吾不能也。 However, ...
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Etymology of 我 - what it is

Tell me, please, how do it's radicals 手 and 戈 create it's meaning - I. I know this "A Pictogram (象形) of a rake-like tool or weapon, borrowed for sound to mean "me" (note oracle bone script form)." ...
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What's the Chinese word for “bare-metal” (computer programming)?

Bare-Metal Programming Bare-metal programming is a term for programming that operates without various layers of abstraction or, as some experts describe it, "without an operating system supporting ...
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What is the etymology of 餵?

I was surprised to find out about the character 餵 (wei4, 喂) because it doesn't seem to have a meaning other than an expression to answer the telephone. Since the telephone was only invented in the ...
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What is the difference (and english translation) between 风浪 and 涌浪?

As far as I can tell, 风浪 is waves created by wind, and 涌浪 would be waves created by tidal movements or surge waves. However, this is a very bulky way to describe them. What is the English for this ...
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Where can I find people to communicate in Chinese to learn and improve it? [closed]

I am a beginner in Chinese language. I have taken the Chinese - level 1 course on edX [MandarinX]. I did learn the basics which I could use when I travel and go to a restaurant while I am there as a ...
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How to say “newbie” or “noob” in Chinese?

What would be the most accurate term for newbie or noob, namely one that also conveys a dash of sarcasm and a bit of a condescending tone? I guess it should also be slang. 新来的 or 新手 are pretty ...
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Can you decipher what this seal stamp says and means? [closed]

I am told that this seal stamp character(s) are from the Chinese dialect, though I got it from my Japanese grandmother. She had it made and gave it to me. I was told it says 'strong and smart' and ...
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How to parse “就算世界与我为敌”?

I'm looking at the phrase: "就算世界与我为敌" and I understand that the gist of it is: "Even against the whole world" But, I don't fully understand how to properly parse it. In particular, the words: 与 - ...
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What is the correct style/format when including Chinese translations in academic articles?

For instance, I would like to write the following sentence about China: "Many songs were written to praise the Chinese Communist Party and the 'Motherland' ". By "Motherland", I mean 祖国 ( zuguo / ...
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How to type these old and rare Chinese characters?

I've tried to google these old Chinese characters using their closest approximations but still haven't found out any. I want to find these characters so that I can copy and paste them instead of ...
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Does an existential sentence with “有” only carry a non-specific noun?

Sentence 1: 桌子上有一本作业 Sentence 2: 桌子上有我的作业 I think both sentences are correct. However, I just watched a grammar video which mentioned the existential sentence with "有" can only carry a non-specific ...
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What is the origin of 抠门儿?

I understand that 抠门儿 is an informal phrase meaning dingy. But can't figure out how these three Chinese words combined together could be used to describe a person being dingy (extremely reluctant to ...
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美国意大利黑帮 - Expressing location without 在?

Yesterday in class I was correcting the mistakes in my translation together with my teacher. He gave us an article about the mafia in America and the Lufthansa heist at John F. Kennedy International ...
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Please help me translate what is carved on my dizi flute. Thank you! [closed]

I tried handwriting it in Google translate, but struggle to copy the characters. Please, help me! Thank you very much in advance!! http://s019.radikal.ru/i635/1511/0e/38a93e447481.jpg
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Difference between 盖,修,建

We probably all know these three (盖,修,建) can be used when we want to say "build a house" like: 盖房子 建房子 修房子 But is there any difference between them? (if possible please also explain the ...
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Difference between 公告 and 通知?

通知 and 公告 both mean a notification from the authority. But any difference? Could somebody help me figure out the difference with some concrete examples?
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Difference between 留神,留意,留心?

I am now learning 近义词 and got a problem with distinguishing the difference between 留神,留意,留心. The textbook says 他干什么特别留心,看书时也常常做笔记 (留神and留意arent allowed here) 多亏我对他留了一点心,这个情况没有告诉他 (留神 and 留意 arent ...
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Why is “他在椅子上坐” wrong?

Need help urgently!! Question #1: What are the differences between these three sentences: 1) 他坐在椅子上 2) 他在椅子上坐着 3) 他在椅子上坐 (wrong) Question #2: Why is "他在椅子上坐" wrong? Thank you in advance!
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How to say when a university was established

Chinese universities can use 建立于1926年 or 创立于1926年 or 创办于1926年to say "established in 1926." Are there significant differences between these? Also, is there any standard short form comparable to the ...
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自习 vs 自学: what's the difference?

What's the difference among: 自习 (Zì xí) 自学 (Zì xué) They should be something like "to study by oneself", "to study on one’s own", but still, I don't get the difference. Thanks!
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City Name on a Postmark

Can someone help me decipher the name of the post office (city name) on postmarks from 1953. I'm not sure if it's Nanking.
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Any difference between 损害,损伤,伤害?

I am having a hard time to decide which to use between the three options (损害,损伤 and 伤害)... Anyone can teach me the difference?
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Word list for computer UI and technical. (Simplified character, pinyin, English)

My Chinese is very rusty, and I would like to learn to recognize more Chinese characters that appear in the GUI of operating systems, and popular apps. For example: 取消 Qǔxiāo = Cancel 控制面板 Kòngzhì ...

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