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What's the difference between 帐户 and 账户?

To my understanding, both mean "account", as in a bank account or online account. 账户 also appears to be the more common (100M search results) compared to 帐户 (about 50M results). What is the ...
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Homonyms in the context of humor or satire

Because my study of Chinese is mostly based on intermediate videos I think I am missing something. Now that I have a sense of the large number of homophones in Chinese, the potential for ...
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How to pronounce 的 in 所有的? [duplicate]

In particular, in the song 耶稣喜爱世上小孩, the second line 世上所有的小孩 sounds as though it were pronounced shìshàng suóyǒu dì xiǎohái. Is that correct? Thank you for your help; my ear for Chinese is not yet ...
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What is the best way to say “Under New Management”?

The three options I have found are: 根据新的管理 新的管理团队 管理团队新血液 Do either of these sound good, or does anybody have a better suggestion? Can it possibly be said in only 4 characters? For context, ...
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What software can detect the parts of speech of written text?

What software or online tools can detect the parts of speech in a piece of written text (e.g. to predict if a word is a verb, adjective, etc.)?
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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's the correct pronunciation for 骠骑?

骠骑, meaning "very fast horse", was also the name of a general rank in ancient China (骠骑将军, roughly meaning "General of the Flying Cavalry"). How is it correctly pronounced? Both 骠 and 骑 have two ...
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Difference and usage of 听看,听见,听到?

What's the difference between 听看,听见,听到? I heard someone use 听看 in reference to a song they would listen to? Does 听看 have a similar meaning to 看看 in that it means to have a quick look/listen?
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Difference between 前面 and 面前

If I got that correctly 前面 is used for things like 本子在书的前面 or 本子在书前 and 面前 is used for living creatures (the ones with a face) like 报纸在我的面前. Could you please confirm if I'm correct here or missing ...
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How to say 治安不好 in English [closed]

How would ome say 治安不好 in English? Thank you very much. Someone told me it is not safe, but I am not sure about it. It seems too broad. 治安 is the safety level of a place specifically relating to ...
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Why is 坑爹 such a popular word, and what exactly does it mean?

Yes, it has to do with swindling; cheating. But why? What is the imagery or story behind this word, 坑爹?
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Chinese name of a dish containing both chicken and egg?

I was just talking about how the old Paul Simon song Mother and Child Reunion was inspired by the name of a menu item he saw in a Chinese restaurant. I wanted to know what the dish is and what its ...
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Etymology of 我 - How did 我's radicals 手 and 戈 create the meaning of 我?

Tell me, please, how do 我's radicals 手 and 戈 create the meaning of 我 (ie: I)? I know that 戈's pictogram (象形) means a rake-like tool or weapon, borrowed for sound to mean "me" (note 'Oracle bone ...
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107 views

Where should I place 多 in large numbers? [duplicate]

Where should I put the "多“ in large numbers? I saw in one text 300多万人 but 10亿多人
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Open source Sichuanese TTS (语音合成?)

There's a couple of iOS apps that support Sichuanese TTS (text-to-speech): 川话达人 语音合成助手 From what I can tell it's all from a company called 讯飞, but I'm not totally sure. Is there an open source ...
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How do you say 'serving' in Chinese as it relates to nutrition?

How do you say "serving" in Chinese, as in 1 serving of vegetables or 3 servings of bread, as it relates to nutrition? If you could give an example sentence too then that would be great! Thanks so ...
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145 views

Why does 赤道 mean Equator?

Since 赤 means red, bare, and 道 means way, path?
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Can I say 没 to negate future events?

I saw this sentence in a book: 明年这个时候你还没有毕业呢 I thought the sentence was wrong at first, but it says the sentence is grammatically correct and that there's nothing wrong with it. As you know, ...
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Mandarin pronunciation for <hen> and <yuan>

Consider for example the words 很 (hěn) and 员 (yuán). I constantly hear each term pronounced in at least two distinct ways by native speakers. The issue is really the vowel sound in the finals. ...
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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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Why is the character 漢 built in such a weird way?

漢 is the character meaning "China" or "Sino-". It supposedly ultimately derives from the name of the river Han. I understand why the water radical is present there, but I have no idea why the ...
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1answer
67 views

Learning Chinese from a radio station [closed]

I'd like to learn Chinese just by listening to some radio stations as I do other work. Are there any good mp3 streaming stations in Mandarin that I could listen to?
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1answer
86 views

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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1answer
103 views

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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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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461 views

Why should I use 由 here and not 被?

I could choose 由 or 被. Why should I choose 由? Are there any good reasons for this choice? 这件事 _______ 公司负责。My girlfriend immediately said 由, but she couldn't say why. Considering the answers below ...
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129 views

Are 总是, 平常, 通常, and 经常 all interchangeable?

I've recently started using Glossika to learn Chinese and have noticed that these words are defined differently in their sentences. 总是 - always 经常 - usually 通常 - often From what I understand, they ...
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What are the flavors of all those “systems”:系统,体系,制度

All those "systems": 系统, 体系 制度 体制 装置 How one should differentiate between them? I think that 系统 has something to do with unite, gather, tangle flavor. So this word is a bit abstract. Should be ...
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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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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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1answer
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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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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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2answers
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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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三长两短: what's long and what's short?

(求词源) 三长两短 is a chengyu that means "unforeseen disaster". It can also be a euphemism for death. Here's an example of its usage: 明·罗贯中《三遂平妖传》:“万一些后再有三长两短,终不能靠着太医活命。” What is its etymology ...
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What does “整块的时间” mean?

I have a sentence in my textbook I've mostly translated, but I can't piece this part together. "交通不是很便利不说,还需要整块的时间" Google translate spits out: "Traffic is not very convenient, you also need the ...
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她离开了三年了 vs. 她离开三年了 Is there any difference between the two?

她离开了三年了 她离开三年了 My two different textbooks say those two sentences respectively for the one same meaning: "It's been three years since she left." but I'm still not sure because my books are too old ...
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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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4answers
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Do I have to include 是 in 你的生日(是)什么时候?

I would like to know if the verb 是 (shi) is optional? 你的生日是什么时候? (Ni de shengri shi shen me shi hou?) 你的生日什么时候? (Ni de shengri shen me shi hou?) Which of those two sentence used more?
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1answer
127 views

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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0answers
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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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3answers
166 views

Translation needed for 4 Chinese characters [closed]

I know that separately they should mean something like "beauty", "love", "friend", "mad", but written like this, do they form a sentence?
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528 views

English translation for 来 in 你哪儿来的这么多书? compatible with a Chinese-to-English dictionary

I am a Caucasian American with English as my native language. I want to improve my knowledge of the Mandarin Chinese language. I found the following question in Modern Chinese Beginner's Course 3, ...
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2answers
112 views

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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4answers
4k views

How many characters do Chinese pupils know at different ages?

I'm looking for data that would let me estimate how much written language young Chinese at different ages know, in terms of number of characters they can read/write. Examples of materials that would ...
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2answers
177 views

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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2answers
101 views

Poems about parents love and care for children

I'm looking for poems about parents' love, concern, and caring of their children. I'm aware of 孟郊《游子吟》: “慈母手中线,游子身上衣。临行密密缝,意恐迟迟归。谁言寸草心,报得三春晖?” But that's heavy on the "repayment" aspect. I'm ...
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2answers
166 views

How would you translate The Martian's: “I'm going to science the s*** out of this”?

This is China's in theater subtitle version: 我得他妈的想办法活下去 A streaming video version: 只能开动脑筋想办法自救 Can you do better than the above? Namely by incorporating science into it, both of which don't include ...
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102 views

How do you say an event will be casual?

Google translate tells me casual/unceremonious = "随便" But I always thought "随便" meant "whatever" I want to say "You can come over whenever, it will be casual"
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3answers
121 views

What is this mysterious elevator instruction: 禁止追逐打闹 or “prohibition of chasing”?

This instruction can be found on a notice inside the elevator in my office building in Tianjin: It says 禁止追逐打闹 (jìn​zhǐ zhuī​zhú​ dǎnào) which is translated to "prohibition of chasing". The icon ...

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