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Does Shanghainese have a buzzing sound & what does it mean?

I overheard a Chinese man speaking over the telephone on the London underground last night. At one point he made a buzzing sound which in the context of his call I understood to be a word or at least ...
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Why “保重” means “take care”?

As far as I have learnt, for each Chinese word with more than one character, its meaning is formed from that of each character which it comprises. However, I cannot understand how the meaning of 保重 is ...
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Mnemonic or etymology for 御

I can't fiugure out suitabe mnemonic for 御. Does someone has a good idea? Thanks in advance
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Does 道上的人物 represent anything special?

xxx 也是道上的人物... Does "道上" mean something like "a good and legal path" while "道下" (not sure if even this is a word) means "the illegal ways"?
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What are the mandarin words for these Chinese altars?

I saw some various types of Chinese altars in some chinese countries: Altar that hanging on wall (I suppose this is altar for sky god): https://www.flickr.com/photos/ripi/3969597088/in/set-...
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What do 总 and 不时 mean here together?

他说,当公司总经理从他身旁经过时,总会不时地赞美他“你扫的地真干净“。 It seems I have 总 ‘always‘ and 不时 ‘occasionally' or 'often' together. Does the 总经理 always or occasionally laud said sweeper? Or is it 'on all occasions'??
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Difference Between 加 and 添

Do they both mean "to add", or is there some other context that I don't understand? Thank you in advance!
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Backwards Translation: “Self-Willed”

South China Morning Post (SCMP) ran an article recently called: "Online slang that found its way into leader's speech." The article said (emphasis is my own): Online slang that found its way into ...
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Translation: 'Overwhelm'

Overwhelm is a difficult word to deal with. I've seen 难不倒 translated as wouldn't have overwhelmed and XX 劳力 大 as something's power being overwhelming. Oxford has 难以忍受的 (heat, pressure) ...
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What does 且 mean by itself?

I was watching Blur's new music video, which includes a recipe for ice cream with instructions in Chinese. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp1ks7PTzng) At 3:03, the recipe says '将奶黄放入一个大,...
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What does 唐乐乐 mean?

In the context of "唐乐乐睁开眼睛,看着头上陌生的天花板。" What would be the meaning of the phrase "唐乐乐"? While I understand the rest of the sentence perfectly, this bit makes no sense to me. Thanks for any help!
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Generic word for a building

In English, we have the generic word 'building': as in "That building across from the book store". Here the speaker does not know or does not care to state the kind of building it is. Is there an ...
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Are the Chinese characters really pictorial?

Are the Chinese characters really pictorial? There is a discussion Here. What is your opinion? Please see the link and come back to give your insight. To be specific so that the question would be ...
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What is the translation for “generic brand”?

How does one translate "generic" brand. I've come across several translations: 通用牌子, 一般的牌子,杂牌。 But none of them really demonstrate a generic brand. The first one just means common, the second one ...
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How much more is '翻一番‘

I think this means 'double the sales volume', but 翻 can mean 'turnover' as in 'sales volume' or 'double'. '一番‘ seems to mean 'twofold'. I'm a bit confused. 。。。在未来十年内实现销售额翻一番, 。。。maybe = ...double ...
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Greeting in an Email Autoresponse: 您好, 亲爱的 or something else?

It's a pretty specific situation, so I hope you can help me.
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Confucius quote: what's the original?

The man who moves a mountain starts by carrying away small stones. This is (reportedly) a quote from the Analects of Confucius. I have tried looking for 山 in the whole Wikisource text and found the ...
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grammar sentences

I have been learning Mandarin since beginning of this year. I also learn from song. Then today I read some lyrics from song. I read some sentences : "我看不清楚", then I just think why it should be like ...
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Can I use a verb+的 construction to imply an item/noun?

I'm often don't which noun to use, but I can think of a verb to describe it. I know that 吃的 (to eat + 的) means food, so I was wondering if I can use it with other verbs as well, like 洗澡的 (to bathe + ...
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What is the purpose of 多 in 你多与别人就此事沟通?

I have a sentence with a given translation, as follows: 你多与别人就此事沟通。 = You communicate with other people. Why is 多 put into this sentence, it is not mentioned in the translation. What would be the ...
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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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Is there a “better” translation for “你我还没完呢”? Why is it “你我” without a possible “和”? And please can anyone confirm the function of “呢” in this one?

I was watching an American TV show with Chinese subtitles on. There was a scene where a character said, "You haven't seen the last of me, Ms.Ellison.", and the Chinese subtitle for it was,"你我还没完呢 ...
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German-Chinese online dictionary

Is there any online dictionary German-Chinese and vice versa that allows user participation? I know of handedict.de, dormant since 2011, forums down, but allows downloading a wordfile dict.leo.org, ...
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how can I change sentence not using 得?

my question is 大声回答 can be changed to 回答得大声 ? So if I can make other sentences using V+de (得)+Adj become Adj+V ?
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可怕 and 恐怖 are what kind of “terrible”?

Before heading to town to find something to eat, a friend suggested I should be the one driving the 摩托車. I told my passenger it was illegal for me to drive, but they insisted. I drove fast, ran red ...
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Help translating 海南鸡饭

I've come across Zhang Shaolin's Hoi-nam kai-fan (characters 海南鸡饭, lyrics only in subtitles), a song in Hakka. It is split into three parts. This question concentrates on part 1, part 2 being here and ...
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The position of 给

I‘ve notice that sometimes 给 changes its position in the sentece. Look at these examples: • 我发给你一个邮件 • 我给你发一个邮件 Both are correct but what different meaning/shadow do they express?
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Is there a difference between 显得 and 看起来?

Recently, I've been reading a short story writting by 丁玲 and I noticed she often used the term "显得" where I would have said "看起来”。 I'm trying to figure out when I should be using 显得 vs. 看起来. It seems ...
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What does this symbol mean on my ring? [closed]

Unknown symbol on my ring. Not sure if Chinese, but I've tried all written translations- and still no answer
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Proper term 劝合不劝散

Came across this, old(?), term today: 劝合不劝散. A quick baidu gives me a lot of variants on this term though: 劝合不劝离 劝合不劝分 And 劝和不劝散 劝和不劝分 劝和不劝离 I would imagine anything with 和 would be a more ...
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has iPad been genericized in Chinese?

The other day I heard this guy referring to his 平板电脑 as an iPad (爱怕德) - when it was just some generic tablet computer. Chinese contains a lot of genericizations - 可乐 for soda, etc. Is this one too, ...
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(麻薯), what kind, if not then what is it?

Someone translated this 麻薯 as a "potato" and Google Translate says it's Mochi, If it is a potato, could anyone share what kind? When I tried some research I came up with what looks like a character ...
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What's the grammatical structure of 这是你第一次来中国吗?

I am confused about the sentence 这是你第一次来中国吗? I think I know the correct translation: "Is this the first time you go to China?" However, I am confused about the grammatical structure of the sentence. ...
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Characters used to specify low/standard/medium/high quality/definition in video sharing websites

I wonder what are the most common characters used in video sharing websites to specify options for the vide reproduction quality, in particular for this one.
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How do you say “Clean” as in “clean a city”

How would one say "clean" as in "Clean a city" For example, in english we would say. "Once a month everyone in Rwanda leaves their house to clean the city" Could I say "打扫城市“ ”把城市弄干净”? Or is there ...
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tones when singing a chinese song? [duplicate]

if tones are so important in chinese as to even distinguish shades of meaning, how can a chinese sing a song? in music every syllable has its own note/tone, so when we sing a song, we must disregard ...
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來鴻去燕 interpreting idioms

So I am studying idioms and in many cases I come across one whose words I understand but whose meaning must apparently lie in a deeper story. The Wise Talk app gives: 來鴻去燕 (lai2 hong2 qu4 yan4) ...
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What is the difference between 阻拦, 阻止, 阻挡, and 阻碍?

Title says it all; what's the difference between 阻拦, 阻止, 阻挡, and 阻碍?
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Mandarin Equivalent of 啥子树子招啥虫?

Heard 啥子树子招啥虫 used in the same sense as "不是一家人,不进一家门" - I was wondering if there is a similar phrased expression in Mandarin for the first, mentioned, expression.
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translate: Today I worked through 2 chapters of my grammar book

How do I translate this? Today I completed 2 chapters of my grammar book The grammar book being an instructional book on Chinese grammar with exercises. My best guess 今天我做两章完了语法的书
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Meaning of 之下 in this sentence

加上本来就对空心怀反感的贵族们煽动之下,发生了示威游行。 My translation would be: Moreover originally the nobles that felt disgusted by Kong were stirring up under the situation, so they made a march. What is the meaning of ...
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How to say “Peekaboo” when playing hide and seek

I have tried to find how to say "peekaboo" in chinsese when playing hide and seek. I 've just found 门门! but I don't know it is corect or not. Could you tell me how to say "Peekaboo!" and "Play hide ...
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Where to put the time phrase

Does an adverb of frequency usually occur after the verb? How should I say "how often do you play sports?" 你运动多久一次? OR 你多久运动一次?
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Does chinese songs have a natural word order?

In English, it is hard to rhyme. So writers sometimes resort to rather awkward sentence structures, just to get the song to rhyme. Recent example from Maroon Five: I'm at a payphone trying to call ...
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Is there any authoritative works related to measure words?

I know that the Chinese ministry of education did release a lot of authoritative books on how characters should be simplified, how their stroke orders should be, and other similar stuff. But it doesn'...
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Japanese 気分転換 in Cantonese?

Is there an expression in Cantonese with roughly the same meaning as the Japanese 気分転換 (I guess it's 氣分轉換 in Chinese characters)? I would include an English translation but something might get lost in ...
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Chinese equivalent of the English word candid

I was just reading this news article and I'm interested to know which word or phrase would have been translated from Chinese to English as "candid": China's foreign ministry described Tuesday's ...
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What does […] 给盯背过去 mean?

The full sentence was more or less: 差点没把人家给盯背过去 I was wondering if it was a phrase, or if it just meant that they were staring at the person's back.
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Which tone is it (in pinyin)?

Following on from this question Asking "what's the pinyin/character for X?". I've had difficulty previously asking native speakers which tone I should use for a particular character if ...
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Learning resources for ZhengMa input method?

I've been for some time learning chinese characters along with the Zheng Ma input method. I found it convenient for coming with Windows and being able to easily convert to my Dvorak touch-typing, as ...

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