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Does Cantonese or Mandarin contain the voiced or voiceless velar fricative?

Update: I apologise effusively for writing ɤ instead of ɣ, which I had intended all along. Preface: I represent the voiceless velar fricative with its IPA phone [x], and the voiced velar fricative ...
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Hell yeah! - How to express great joy?

I'm looking for some exclamations to be used in comics to express great joy and pride, such as: "I'm a good boy!", "Hell yeah!", "I'm so great!" or similar. Any suggestion? Thanks!
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Meaning of 甜-Z (Z is the upper-case English letter)

This is apparently a jargon engineering term for something to do with frequency (Hz). I'm guessing it might be something to do with resonance ("sweet spot"?) but I've not run into it, and neither ...
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Chinese TV shows with northern Chinese accents [closed]

I'd like to gain more exposure to northern Chinese accents. I feel their vocabulary, speed of talking, and even which idioms they use are very different from the rest of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. ...
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“是你太能說了”這句話什麼意思?

My friend complained that she aged five years in an instant and she posted some photos. I commented that she always has excellent skin and looks very young. Then she said: 是你太能說了 Does this mean ...
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What is the origin of the word 猫 (cat)?

I keep on thinking that the way it is pronounced (māo) seemed to mimic the noises a cat makes (meow!). The character seems identical to the one for the same word in Japanese. Was this the original ...
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Which is the most frequently used tone?

The most difficult for me in learning Chinese is memorizing the correct tone. I tried to find on web what the most frequently used tones are, but it seems to be hard to find. I suppose if one tone ...
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Does this sentence sound natural?

I'm self translating common phrases in English, and I tried to translate "Excuse me, do you have the time?" and came up with “劳驾、做你有那个时?”. Is this a natural sounding sentence and is it correct?
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How to translate “take Catholic orders”?

To become a Buddhist "monk" or "nun" is called chūjiā 出家. What is it called to take Catholic orders, other than dāng shénfù 當神父, etc.? Edit (after reading some comments): A former Dominican novice ...
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Possessive and plural: usage of 们 and 的

This is a very basic question about a simple topic that is not really clear to me (curiously, my book doesn't address it, or, more probably, I don't get it). There are rules to: to pluralize ...
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How do I make the most of my Chinese language course? [closed]

I'm currently taking an intensive language course in a Beijing university and, as of late, I've incurred some difficulties, namely that the course itself is providing to be a challenge to me. As ...
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Original Chinese text to Lau Tzu's quotation

I read this quotation when I was reading some English paper, I am really curious to know what is its original Chinese text: In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired; in pursuit of ...
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How would you translate “throttling” to Chinese?

Just the word throttle or when it is used in phrases like "bandwidth throttling" or "throttle internet connection" Thanks for your help in advance.
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Why in some contexts does 走 mean “walk”, but in others “go”?

I was practicing the usage of prepositions and made the sentence 我走通过城市。 This sentence was intended to translate back to "I walk through the city.", which it did. However, adding the word 怕 with the ...
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Is 我携带我的猫 grammaticaly correct?

I've been writing Chinese sentences just to get myself used to the language, and I tried writing the sentence I carry my cat. I translated this to 我携带我的猫 (Pinyin: wǒ xié dài wǒ de māo). It sounds odd ...
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How to translate this usage of “afford”

How does one translate the following sentences? I can't afford to lose any more time. I can't afford to lose any more sleep. I've tried looking this up, but nothing quite matches the ...
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Is “girdling root” *really* 环根 in Chinese?

Baidu translates girdling root as 环根. Icibia quotes Baidu with the exact same entry. Baidu images returns nothing resembling a girdling root upon 环根 search. Baidu also returns very little about 环根 ...
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What's the translation for Mammalian Two-Hybrid System to Chinese?

is there anyone who can help me translate Mammalian Two-Hybrid System into Chinese? I'm not sure is it 哺乳动物双杂交系统? Any help would be appreciated!
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Why did 人艰不拆 get banned?

人艰不拆 百度百科 人艰不拆(读音rén jiān bù chāi),网络语,意思是“人生已经如此的艰难,有些事情就不要拆穿”。该词语出自林宥嘉歌曲《说谎》,“别说我说谎 人生已经如此的艰难,有些事情就不要拆穿”后常被网友在回帖中引用,楼主直接说出了一个事情的真相,只是让人一时无法直接面对的意思。“人艰不拆”已经在国家新闻出版广电总局今2014年11月27日发出的通知中被明令禁止使用。 ...
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Is Sunday 星期天 or 星期日?

I am using the ChineseSkill app to learn Chinese and I learned that 'Sunday' in Chinese is 星期天 (xīngqītiān). However, sometimes on the internet I see 星期日 (xīngqīrì). Are both correct? Why is there ...
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Is there an “official” translation of Malcom X's You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree"?

Malcom X once said: You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can't hate Africa and not hate yourself. It is a fairly well known quote. Are there any “official” ...
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Why is 我找不到 correct and 我不能找 wrong? Which grammatical point am I missing?

I was recently corrected by a Chinese friend. He said it's incorrect to say: 我不能找 He said the right form is: 我找不到 Which sentence structure pattern is this following. Is it used with only ...
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What is the verbatim (grammatical) meaning of 不了​了之 ?

不了​了之 is a ChengYu, read as bu4liao3liao3zhi1 its figurative meaning is "to let sth. in its original state". I guess the ChengYu had some concrete verbatim meaning in literary Chinese, but I do not ...
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What is the grammatical function of 到 in 这些的确是铁匠会用到的老式钉子 ?

How does 到 contribute to the meaning of the expression: 这些的确是铁匠会用到的老式钉子. Is there a difference between sentences with and without it: 这些的确是铁匠会用到的老式钉子 这些的确是铁匠会用的老式钉子
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Difference between 沒轍, 莫可奈何,沒辦法

Can anyone help me with any differences between those words? C-E dictionaries say "there's no way out" or "nothing can be done" for all of them, C-C dictionaries say about the same. However, I was ...
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What is the meaning of 庸 in 利之而不庸 ?

A random passage from Menzius is: 殺之而不怨,利之而不庸,民日遷善而不知為之者 The first two lines have the same structure V1之而不V2, wherein V1 is expressing someone doing something to another and V2 how this one ...
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What is the meaning of 庸 in the phrase 毋庸置疑?

毋庸置疑 is a chengyu, its meaning is "beyound any doubt", but what is its verbatim meaning in literary Chinese ? 毋 is like "Don't" 置 is "to place, to put" 疑 is "doubt" 庸 here i am not sure which ...
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What was the writer going for with '酗逼'?

Started reading this article this morning: 为抢红包,小伙跳楼威逼母亲买iPhone6s but couldn't get past the first word: 酗逼母亲买6s,为此不惜以跳楼威胁。 [emphasis is my own] 酗逼 appears again in the following sentence: ...
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170 views

Descriptive / generative grammar of Mandarin?

Does anyone know where I can find a descriptive grammar and a generative grammar of Mandarin, in English or French?
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137 views

How to write keys with keyboard?

I run on Fedora and I was wondering; is it possible to write keys with keyboard? I mean like only the left part of "说"? If yes, how to? Regards.
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What is the translation for 淫之以色,啗之以利,養之以味,娛之以樂?

淫之以色,啗之以利,養之以味,娛之以樂 is a sentence from 六韜 (six secret teachings), a book about strategies. There are 4 lines each containing 4 characters and the same pattern: A 之以 B, wherein A and B are semantically ...
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What is the meaning behind 华胄 ?

I found the sentence 他是华胄,所以气质不凡. It is been translated as "He is the offspring of a noble family, thus his character is not a common one". I also found for 华胄 the translation "offspring of the ...
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How do you translate “if she had not helped her, they both would be dead now” ?

How do you express in Chinese a conditional set in the past that did not actually happened? Like for instance: if she had not helped her, they both would be dead now
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What is the grammatical function of 當 and 自 in 爾男子,當自警 ?

Two lines from 三字經 are 爾男子,當自警. I understand 爾男子 as "you boys" as if asking for attention by adressing them. 警 is to warn or to guard or being in a state of attentive observation. Now as for 當 and 自 ...
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What is the meaning of 豫兮 in 豫兮若冬涉川 ?

A random phrase from the 道德經 is 豫兮若冬涉川 . I understand the part 若冬涉川 as "like crossing a stream in the winter" where "in the winter is used" is used adverbially, so a more verbatim translation might ...
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What is the meaning of 貪人之有者殘 ?

貪人之有者殘 is a phrase from 素書, I am not able to understand the grammatical structure of this sentence. for instance: 貪 does it mean greedy or make s.o. greedy, or consider s.o. greedy , or greed ...
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What is translation for 或作譈懟,亦書作憞 ?

In the sentence from the Kang-Xi Dictionary 或作譈懟,亦書作憞, I looked up the characters 譈,懟,憞 all are pronounced dui4 and all are translated as to hate. I am confused and do not know how to deal with ...
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what is the translation for 或啁之曰 ?

A random phrase from Lun-Heng begins with 或啁之曰, as far as I understand its parts mean: 或 someone 啁 to chirp, to twitter 之 objectpronoun "it,him,her" as in "I like him, I talk about it" 曰 to say ...
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In which ways can I express “to make s.o. jump” ?

I would like to know if there are different ways in Mandarin or Cantonese to express the causative, examplified by the help of the sentence "to make s.o. jump".
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How to translate “coming along?”

I was recently writing a letter to a Chinese colleague and wanted to wish her luck on a book she is writing. In essence, I wanted to say I hope your book is coming along well. Unfortunately, I ...
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Is the phrase 南狩之志,乃大得也 ironically ?

A random phrase from 周易 is 南狩之志,乃大得也. I tried to translate it using the following thoughts. 乃 is probably a conjunction and renders to "in fact, actually" to stress something not as expected. 大得 ...
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What is the cultural meaning of the practice 歃 when taking an oath ?

I came across the character 歃 , namely in the sentence: 葵丘之會諸侯,束牲、載書而不歃血 it is glossed as "to smear one's mouth with the blood of a victim to take an oath". I have searched for further details ...
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Difference between 能 and verb + 得了(de liao3)

I remember once being told that there are differences in usage and meaning between 能 and verb + 得了. 他能来。 他不能来。 他来得了。 他来不了。 EDIT: Maybe my examples above weren't that good. Here are some new ones: ...
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1answer
95 views

Asking Someone How Their Chinese Studies Are Going

I have a friend who has started learning Mandarin, and I want to ask them how their Mandarin studies are going. The first phrase that comes to mind is this: 你中文学习得怎么样? I'm not sure, however, if 怎么样 ...
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99 views

Is this Chinese and which character is written here if yes? [closed]

Background story: small office with ~20 people, a pretty girl saying in office chat room: "Hey, something strange. Someone put a small amount of money and this piece of paper with text in a pocket of ...
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What's a good way to review what I've learned? [closed]

I am taking a Chinese class and I keep forgetting certain words and characters like 照片, 贵姓, 老师, 女孩, 谁, etc., because we never/rarely use them after we move onto the next chapter. Is repetition the ...
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159 views

What is the role of 没 here?

How can these sentences be translated into English? Are they questions or afirmative sentences? 1-洗没洗衣服 2-听没听音乐 3-复习没复习课文
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188 views

How many Chinese characters have multiple readings/pronunciations in Mandarin?

I'm wondering how many Chinese characters have more than one pronunciation in Mandarin. I understand this could be a difference in tone, initial, final, or some combination of these. Has anyone come ...
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3answers
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Understanding “當地的頭腦”

What does "當地的頭腦" mean? I saw a shirt with that written on it. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the earth and brain. Does "当地的头脑" mean the same thing? Even if it doesn't make sense, would ...
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2answers
99 views

Fill in the Blanks/Grammar error

两个队的分数_都很_近. The spaces are where words/phrases are supposed to go. Are there such words that fit in these spaces? I've been going through google trying to find similar sentence structures but to no ...

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