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時刻 (shíkè) vs 瞬間 (shùnjiān) vs 時候 (shíhòu) for “moment”

As a beginner I'd like to learn the most useful word to express the equivalent to English “moment” meaning “a very brief period of time.” I've found at least three Chinese words and would like to ...
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How to correctly order the words in this sentence?

This is a question from an exercise book that I'm currently working through, to rearrange the given words into the correct order. I believe the format is along the lines of "The person who was [doing ...
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“醡” and “炸” in “醡醬麵” and “炸醬麵”

I've just noticed that the English Wikipedia gives these spellings for "Zhajiangmian": Simplified Chinese 炸酱面 Traditional Chinese 醡醬麵 Whereas the English Wiktionary gives these: 炸酱面 ...
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What is the difference between 参观 and 游览

What is the difference between 参观 and 游览. I know they have a similar meaning but are distinct in some ways (i.e. you can 参观 some places and 游览 others)?
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How is adding oil going to beneficial to the situation? 加油

Is anyone able to explain the history behind this cheer? At the face of it I'm unsure how this could be a cheer as 加 translate to add/plus/apply and 油 translates to oil/fat/grease you would think ...
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Finding the “second character”?

A lot of words in Chinese have been shortened into single-syllable, and thus single-character, words. Often times though these single syllable words are not 'clear' enough in speech, in writing though ...
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Is this book in simplified or traditional Chinese?

To learn Chinese, I'm going to read the Chinese edition of a book I've already read in English. This is it: www.amazon.cn/阿特拉斯耸耸肩-安·兰德/dp/B00DA281J2 Can someone please go into the "See Inside" ...
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meaning: 接+地气=?

I saw this comment online the other day: 我只能说大陆的法律能接点地气吗?如果在台湾,这属于通奸罪。 I'm a bit confused about the [接+地气] part. 地气 has some funny definitions in the following two dictionaries: ABC: ...
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What is equivalent of “分润”?

In many trading system I can offen find a concept call "分润". Is that a word in english equivalent to "分润" ?
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What does 起来 mean in this phrase?

把被子收起来吧. Translation: Let's put the quilt away. In other circumstances, 起来 means to get up but here there is a different meaning, and from the definitions I can't decide which definition is ...
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How do we choose the correct characters for a westerner name?

Since there are many characters that share a common pronunciation and sometimes also the same tone, how do we properly choose which character best represents our name? Is it totally arbitrary or are ...
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Radicals: inescapable?

I've started to learn independently some Chinese (on printed material mainly) but a friend who has studied the language at University level suggested I learn the radicals as a necessary start. A ...
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Etymology of the Chinese number characters (一二三四五六七八九十百千)

Main Question: What is the etymology of the Chinese number characters (一二三四五六七八九十百千)? Related question: Why isn't 四 four lines? (the origin of 一 二 三 四 五 六 七 八 九) I decide to write a ...
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Pinyin tones pronunciation cheat sheet

I've just started taking Chinese lessons, and I've been trying to find a "cheat sheet" for pinyin pronunciation. All the sites I've found is either incomplete (only having some tones), only having the ...
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被 (bèi) vs. 叫 (jiào) vs. 让 (ràng): regional difference? formality difference?

I know that with a 被 (bèi) sentence, you are allowed omit the object: S + 被 + (O) + Other elements, e.g. 河里的鱼都被毒死了 (Hé lǐ de yú dōu bèi dú sǐ le) whereas, when using 叫 (jiào) or 让 (ràng,) the object ...
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Translation: Self-Conscious

In English we use 'self-conscious' to mean 'conscious (or worried) about oneself' like: The cameras made her feel self-conscious about her weight. Or Don't mention his acne, he's really ...
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Tips to remember pronounciation of these words: 旅,斿,施,旋,族?

I often misread these words and got mistaken between each other: 旅 = Lǚ 斿/游 = Yóu 施 = shī 旋 = Xuán 族 = zú as each of them doesn't have related phonetic indicator that I can use as clue to remember ...
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What does this mean: 操 [closed]

One of my chinese friends always writes this on my notebook at University and laughs. I don't seem to understand what's so funny about it. any explanation would be fantastic.
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Techniques for improving pronunciation

Are there any recommended resources or methodologies to improve ones Chinese pronunciation? Besides having a native speaker at your disposal, are there any tools that can help to correct ...
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What's the difference between 了解 and 理解?

I've asked some of my Chinese friends what the difference was. Most couldn't explain. Some said that you 了解 people but you 理解 things. What's the difference?
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CH-E Name Translation Etiquette

Is there any official way to translate Chinese names into English? Chinese is of course: surname + name, usually when translated into English why is the same formatting kept? 毛泽东 is usually written ...
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Differences between 谁都, 哪儿都, 什么都?

Differences between 谁都, 哪儿都, 什么都? Am I making the following sentences right? Everyone knows what he does on the weekend. 谁都知道他在周末做什么. Everywhere he goes he’s trouble. 他去哪儿都是麻烦. I don’t have ...
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我一個晚上開銷就不只三萬了. What's 了 doing?

我一個晚上開銷就不只三萬了. What's 了 doing?
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Differences between 咱们 and 我们?

我们,咱们 both means: we, but when I should use 咱们, 我们? What is the difference?
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What does this sentence mean in this hand writing?

What does this sentence mean in this hand writing? Thanks!
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Comparing “as A” and “as B”

While poking around the internet, I came across this sentence from a non-native speaker, which sounded off: 她是朋友比爱人更好。 Intended meaning: She is better as a friend than as a lover [for the ...
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When to use ’啦‘ and "嘛‘?

I've learned two question ending: 吗 in 你好吗? and 呢 in 你呢? But my question is When to use ’啦" and "嘛"?They seem to be question ending also, are they common in Chinese?
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How to say “dull the knife”?

I want to translate "Using the knife on these types of surfaces will dull the knife." This I find to be difficult grammatically as well. However, I'm not sure how to say "dull" in Mandarin, and google ...
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How to use 读作 in the sentence “67.5读作六十七点五”?

In the textbook, I read this: 67.5读作六十七点五. Question: What's the role of 读作? Why 读作 is there? 谢谢您!
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What is the difference between 目前 and 現在?

In my research, 目前 and 現在 seem all mean now or present. So native speakers or Chinese advanced learners, is there any difference between 目前 and 現在?
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过道/走廊 what's the difference?

It seems to me that these two are pretty interchangeable for 'hallway' - at least in the writing I've read before. My question is, though, is there any difference in meaning? Any difference when to ...
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In what situations can one use 帥哥?

I do hear people say that a lot to me in China and I am always surprised by the timings and situations in which people just, kind of bluntly I feel, say this. I wonder what all those situations would ...
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Which sentence is correct?

Wondering where to put a time frequency word in a Chinese sentence? Which one of the following sentences is correct? 我每个星期去四次大学 or 我每个星期去大学四次? Thanks!
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“曲折的学习经历” in English?

How will you say "曲折的学习经历" without negative connotation? "torturous experience" is one that involves pain, suffering, or discomfort, and does it indicate some negativity? For example, a graduate ...
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How to use 过 and 了? [duplicate]

How to use 过 and 了? What is the difference between them? Are my sentences correct? 今天我学习了汉语。Today I studied Chinese. 我学习过汉语。 I have studied Chinese. 我学习了三个月中文。 I studied Chinese for three months. ...
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Was the word 麟 simplified?

麟 is a very complicated word, and the word is in my name. 麟 is a simplified word, but it seems like it didn't even get simplified. Some similar words are: 鳞,磷,璘,嶙,粼,膦,遴,潾 etc. Why are all these word ...
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How to say “totally it was a good day”?

How to say "totally it was a good day"? Can I use 一共 for "totally"? For example: "一共我有了好天"?
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How to wish people good health, etc during Chinese New Year 揮春 | 春貼 | 門聯、春仔

Every Chinese New Years I try to remember common expressions associated with huī chūn (揮春). 賀年的吉利字詞 (Hè nián de jí lì zì cí) Some expressions that I have heard are usually only four characters. I ...
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What is the original Chinese text to “liquid jade”?

The Wikipedia article on the history of tea mentions that Laozi described tea as "the froth of the liquid jade." What is the original text in Chinese? If it's not appropriate to ask such a question, ...
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Test taking : ji选?

During test taking I've heard people talking about ji选. Which apparently is pretty much just "guessing" at the answer or as one person told me - just picking which ever answer 'looks' good. So what ...
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Can someone please translate this for me? [closed]

http://i.solidfiles.net/690a5c4a8c.jpg I really need it as fast as I can, sorry if it's not appropiate to request translations like this, but it's for a relative of mine who really needs it. It's ...
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I would like to learn common greetings in Chinese [duplicate]

I would like to learn common greetings in Chinese. I haven't taken any classes or used any textbooks. I would like to learn, very much! So I would be able to carry on simple conversation with Chinese ...
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What word could you use to approach your friend in Chinese with?

Either close friends, family friends or fun/casual friends. E.g. "hey ... (close/family/fun friend), what are you up to?" I am looking for a word to replace the "close/family/fun friend" with.
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Chinese phrases to encourage better 关系 [closed]

关系 It appears that building strong relationships or guān xì (关系) is very important in Chinese society. Would readers be able to share some scenarios or phrases that would help build such 关系? Similar ...
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Clarification on 师 meaning

I am trying to learn some vocabulary thanks to memrise.com. In the word list, 师 is mentionned two times, once meaning "teacher"(pinyin: shi1), the second one as an adjective meaning "handsome, smart" ...
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奇 is a strange character

Lost Etymology 奇 ( jī | qí ) is a character that means strange but the etymology appears to have been lost. At least as far as I can tell after researching offline books, zhongwen.com, and ...
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Using variants of 那

When to use variations of 那? 那 (nà,nǎ, nèi, núo) has multiple pronunciations. Can someone explain when to use the different sounds? (images courtesy of www.zhongwen.com)
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Characters to pinyin for names?

I am aware that there are some difficulties in automatic conversion of characters to pinyin, because the same character can be pronounced in different ways depending on the context. Do these problems ...
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How to show exasperation?

If I were to write "aiyaa, 这是太贵了!“ Wondering how to show exasperation in writing? Or how to write the aiyaa?

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