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How can I type 吗 in Pinyin keyboard setup?

My Mac has a "Pinyin - Traditional" keyboard mapping that shows the most frequently used Chinese characters for the sound typed (i.e. "m" or "a") so I can select the Chinese character I want. This ...
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The origin of pinyin [duplicate]

Pinyin is really strange. It is like the English word, but with different meaning and pronunciation. I want to know the origin of pinyin. If someone can give a clear answer, I will be very ...
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Meaning of 酿 in this sentence

Taken from this news article What does "酿" mean in this sentence: 苹果iPhone 5酿致命意外
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What is the modern meaning of “送官究辦”

I saw this word from this: What does it mean?
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Difference between 消防车 and 救火车

Is there a difference between when to use one or the other? Both translate directly to fire truck.
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How to say properly translate “circulation”?

I know that 通风 means to ventilate, but how does one say circulation? Two specific sentences I'm having trouble translating are: He wanted to save energy, so he turned on the circulation fan ...
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What is a good English translation for “老乡”?

In what contexts can 老乡 used? How do they translate to English?
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Is it common to refer to cousins as “cousin-brothers”?

Most Chinese people I know don't have siblings. They refer to their cousin as "cousin brother / sister". Is this common? If so, is this a modern change, perhaps reflecting the one-child policy?
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What does the character in this Naruto poster mean?

I dont know how to type that character, otherwise I would try it out through other means. What does the character mean? It appears in a poster concerning the Japanese manga Naruto.
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Better translation for 春节联欢晚会 than New Year's Gala

On the night of New Years Eve in China many people watch the annual New Year's Gala. This in Chinese is called 春节联欢晚会 in English this is translated as New Year's Gala. So what exactly is a 联欢晚会? Can ...
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Earliest usage of 力不从心?

What's the earliest usage of 力不从心? The earliest I've seen is: 《後汉书·西域传》 今使者大兵未能得出, 如諸國力不從心, 東西南北自在也。 Anything earlier than 后汉书? 445 is, apparently, the given year for completion of 后汉书.
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written characters: bèi vs jiàn

I have two books displaying different meannings for characters that look the same to me: What is the difference (if any) among the character for "bèi" (shell, money) and "jiàn" (to see)?
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Measure words for music

I'm aware of the construct: 一首歌曲。 However, what's the difference between the following 声音 constructs? 一张音乐 一曲音乐 一段音乐
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解 Read as Jiai?

from《四川方言词典》: 解 jiai3 Originally, I just figured it was a topolectical reading but then I found this: “解”的准确读音是“jiai” ...
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Comparing intensifiers

There are a lot of intensifier in Chinese, like 很,真,挺,非常,相当,极为 ,太,and recently I found out about 蛮. So how can I use them effectively? In particular I want to compare the differences in degree of ...
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What is the role of 清楚 in this sentence?

What is the role of 清楚 in this sentence? Could they have written '核实得清楚‘ = 'verify clearly' or does ‘清楚‘ somehow work with '拖欠‘ = verify (the property) is clear of arrears. I suppose it doesn't ...
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What is a “亲传弟子” and how would you say it in English?

亲传弟子 I'm not sure how to say it words, but I believe that they are disciples that get things personally passed down by their master and they have a very close relationship with them. However, is ...
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What is the difference between 老X and X老 as a term of address?

Here is an exchange I saw in a WeChat group today: 李xx: 请大家为28号投票! A: 谢谢您,李老! 【抱拳】【抱拳】 B: 谢谢您,老李! 【偷笑】 A: “李老”是尊称,“老李”是称呼! C: 【强】 I'm fairly familiar with the usage 老X as a term of address. And I ...
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Prefix equivalents in English? [closed]

Are there any equivalent or similar prefixes or nicknames for 阿 or 小 (added in front of a name in Chinese) in English?
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Can someone translate this for me? It's a family heirloom [closed]

My grandfather found this during WWI, would love to know what it says
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When do you use 呢 ?

What is the difference between: 你在哪儿? 你在哪儿呢? Or in general: When do you use ne and what does it indicate apart from "and you? / what about you?"
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How to say “The general consensus is” or “In general, most people consider”

The exact sentence I'd like to translate is The general consensus is that most people consider Southerners to be friendly or One stereotype that Southerners have is that they are friendly. ...
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What would be the English for 公示?

I have this definition for 公示:指政府机关或团体下达的指示、通告等。 and this sentence: 卡拉OK版权费征收标准的公示一出,老板和消费者对此都有不同的反应。 After the copyright-fee levy standard for Karaoke (bars) was 公示'published'(??), bosses and ...
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Can 当作 ever be used with a direct object behind it?

If you look up 当作 it says something like 'treat as, regard as, look upon', however, from what I can see, it only gets used in combination with 把 or 被。 Is this 把 a word with meaning, or a particle? Is ...
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What is the difference between 油漆, 涂料 and 油彩 please?

I need some help with something. I am trying to find the word for oil paint. Artist oil paint, like the stuff Winsor & Newton makes. But I can not find the differences. I think 油彩 is the closest ...
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Place of 都 in a sentence meaning all

Where is the correct place of 都 in this sentence, before or after time definition? Is there a rule for this? 德国人今天不工作。
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How would you translate a name consisting of dictionary words?

Just out of curiosity, if your name consisted of words which exist in an English dictionary, would you translate it as you would those words? Or would you translate it letter-by-letter? For example, ...
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Journey to the West / fire mountain

This question is not precisely about language, but really more cultural. It is about Journey to the West/西遊記. I am doing my Chinese homework, which is to summarize the chapter of 西遊記 where 唐僧 et al. ...
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How to ask for a given choice of options?

In English one way to ask which option is the right one is by using whether: Could you tell me, whether you are a student, teacher or visitor? How would this be realized in Chinese?
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What's the difference between 下巴 and 頷

chin seems to be translated as both 下巴 and 頷. Is there absolutely no difference? Is one more common than the other? I find it strange that there are two translations for so many words in chinese, ...
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成語 with 鮑魚, grammar structure?

so i stumbled upon this 成語: 如入鮑魚之肆久而不聞其臭。 it's like staying in a fish market and getting used to the stink long exposure to bad surroundings or bad company accustoms one to evil ways (source ...
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How should I interpret 最大限度 in this sentence?

我们最大限度地利用现有港口条件运货。 I think I should treat 最大限度地 as one word, namely 'maximally‘. Does that fit? 我们最大限度地利用现有港口条件运货。 we maximally exploit current harbour conditions transport goods (rough draft, not ...
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“Today” in Spoken Singaporean Mandarin

Is "今日" or "今天" more appropriate to use when speaking Singaporean Mandarin? Is it different than the one that is used in writing?
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Understanding/Translating: 空无

What is the best understanding and (English) translation of 空无? 汉语大词典: 佛教语。谓一切事物从因缘生,唯心所造,了无自性 《维摩经菩萨行品》: "观於空无而不舍大悲。" There are a lot of religious, if you will, concepts in here that I ...
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Is 是 being used as a measure word in this sentence?

现在,中国网民总数已经超过美国人口总数,但美国网购人数占其全部人口的75%,中国则只有25%左右,而且,中国网购消费者年均消费额仅为美国消费者的1/5。于刚认为,这是差距, 更是中国电子商务的潜力。 Is '是‘ in 这是差距 working as a 量词?Or should I read 'this is a disparity'?
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What does 原地踏步 mean in Cantonese?

Heard this on TVB: 原地踏步. What does the phrase mean? There's nothing in the Cantonese dictionary for this phrase.
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How to learn to read Chinese calligraphic paintings (and Chinese handwriting)?

I am able to read quite a few Chinese characters and can recognize most of the elements (combinations of radicals and other stroke sequences) which make up the 3500 or so or more characters found in ...
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What is the translation for 打出頭?

The three characters are very frequent ones, but nethertheless I find it hard to understand the meaning.
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What is the meaning of 去不去的 as in 去不去的问题?

I encountered at an online database for Chinese example Sentences: 在去不去的问题上徘徊不定 So far, I understand the elements of the sentences as follows: 徘徊不定 is the predicate of the sentence, made up of ...
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difference between 硕士英语A班 and 工程硕士英语

Just want to know there exact meaning as google translate gives same meaning but these words seems to have different meaning. What i am supposing is that 硕士英语A班 is masters english class and 工程硕士英语 is ...
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Colloquial Equivalent of: Speedy Gonzales

If people are very fast, or do things quickly, sometimes we will refer to such a person as Speedy Gonzales in English? Are there similar references for people in Chinese?
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Translate identification mark on a Chinese bowl

I am trying to translate the identification mark on a bottom of a Chinese bowl. I am almost positive the right two characters translate to "Jingde" but I can't seem to be able to figure out the left ...
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Translation: “Shape” (as in “in shape” / “out of shape”)

how to translate shape as in: to be "in shape" or to be "out of shape"? just 健康?
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What is the meaning behind “淵騫”?

What is the verbatim meaning? What is the meaning of the concept within Chinese philosophy? Well i do not know why the algorithm keeps asking about the quality of standards, this makes me want to ...
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Even though x still y sentence pattern

I am aware of 雖然 being used as although, however, I am not sure if it is appropriate for the following example situations. English examples: Even though he wore a helmet, he still suffered a serious ...
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What exactly does 门风帮闲 mean?

The follow is an except from 《水浒传》 第二回. Based on 端王's personality traits, he could have been a Shakespeare or, at least, a Balzac, or, perhaps, under favourable circumstances, a Galileo. I wonder ...
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“做學問” in English?

This question is about the translation of "做學問" in English. If I am asked to translate "做學問", then I would say "doing research". But somehow I feel that such translation of mine is insufficient to ...
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Why is the pinyin of these two character is so weird?

話's pinyin is hua instead of wua. 化's pinyin is hua instead of fua. We see that these two character pronounce differently when we speaks in mandarin. Why is the pinyin of these two character is so ...
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How to differentiate MacBook Air from MacBook Pro in Chinese?

In Chinese, Macintosh is described as 苹果的电脑, and MacBook series are described as 苹果的笔记本电脑. However, I don't know how to differentiate MacBook Air from MacBook Pro. Apple's Chinese page doesn't ...
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只 zhǐ appropriate use in context?

I am studying 常用漢字 and I ran across the following meanings: 只得 只好 只有 All of which were translated with the same English meaning "can do nothing." What was not given is the context in which one would ...

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