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Which measure word should I use with 角色?

Nciku tells me the proper measure word is 类, but a quick search on Google garnered mostly results like "哪类角色更容易赢“小金人”?“ implying that for the most part 类 is used when inquiring about a particular type ...
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What is the difference between 受 and 收? [duplicate]

They both can mean "to receive". It seems as if 受 has a more negative connotation than 收 but I'm 100% sure about the exact usage differences.
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Radical Pronunciation - Helpful to Learn?

I'm in the process of memorizing the radicals for the purpose of character recognition. I've been making an effort to memorize the pronunciation of them as well. While some of the tones are dead on, ...
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足: why is “foot” also “enough”?

足 is an ancient character meaning "foot". However, it also means "enough" or "sufficient", and this second definition is also very old. Consider this excerpt: 兵甲已足。——诸葛亮《出师表》 This is from 《出师表》,...
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Could you repeat that?

I sometimes need to say the equivalent of Sorry, could you repeat that? I have found one comfortable phrase (for me) to handle this situation but would like to learn other phrases to use in this case. ...
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Why the long-short romanization system (长短音) for Chinese dialects?

Most Chinese dialectical/topolectical dictionaries use the long-short romanization system (长短音) to write out pronunciations. Wikipedia mostly just mentions Shanghai, Wu and Suzhou for using the long-...
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What is the difference in usage between 以后 and 之后?

Today John Pasden linked to an old Sinosplice post in which he discussed how Chinese grammatical categories cannot be mapped neatly onto those of Indo-European languages. http://www.sinosplice.com/...
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What is the difference between 涉及 and 涉及到

I'm trying to figure out the difference betwen 涉及and 涉及到. I know here are two examples of each 当今世界的很多问题都涉及到全球的共同利益 - Could I say 涉及? Or 她的演讲涉及了太多敏感的话题 - Could I say 涉及到?
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了 as “perfect” aspect vs 了 as “actual” aspect theory

Couple of times in my research on Verb+了aspect, I've stumbled across really interesting nonstandard ideas about what this particle really means. Only one theory strikes some notes in my mind. Namely ...
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What is the difference between 比如 and 例如

I know both can mean "for example/such as/for instance". They are most likely synonyms but even synonyms have slight subtle differences in precise meaning and usage. I know that 例 can be used alone: (...
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What is the difference between 时候 and 时间?

When I want ask someone When will you eat?, can I use 你吃什么时间 (ni3 chi1 shen2me shi2jian1)? I used to see sentences using 时候 to ask for the time. What is the difference?
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Translation of “fraction” in a sentence

I'm having difficulty translating the following sentence into Chinese: A fraction q of the population is smart. I was tempted to translate this as 百分之 q 的人口是聪明的。 But strictly speaking ...
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What semantic field underlies 經?

[ Wiktionary : ] 經 [...] classic works, scripture, canon pass through warp (as in "warp and weft") (Chinese medicine) energy channels of the body (geography) longitude manage, deal/...
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Which kanji is this: 氵+ 十? [closed]

氵and 十 are the left and right components and the kanji is shown in "Spirited away" but I can't find it in any dictionary. Thank you in advance
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Km/liter or liter/100km in China? 公里/公升? 公升/100公里?

In America we describe the fuel consumption of a car with miles/gallon. I know in some countries people use liters/100 km. Some countries use km/liter. Which format do Chinese people use, L/100 km or ...
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How to indicate “long pronunciation” in writing in Chinese?

In English I can change "what the heck" to something like "what the heeckkkkkk" when writing in order to show that the pronunciation of "heck" is being dragged out. When writing Chinese characters, ...
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What's a good word for “creepy” in Chinese?

I realize that the English word "creepy" is a slang with many different meanings. I'm referring to the way someone might describe unwanted sexual advances. For example, That guy over there staring ...
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When to use 手 and when to use 家 for a type of musician or other specialist

Is it true that 家("jia")denotes perhaps greater competence or prestige, while 手(“手”) is a slightly less professional specialist? How can one know when to use one rather than the other? Examples: 乐手-...
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What does the Chinese symbols mean? [closed]

I'm trying to find a translation of the ankle tattoo on the photo below.
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Origin of 天气 (weather)?

What's the origin of 天气? 天, I'm willing to bet is 老天爷; with phrase like 天公不作美 (天公 = 老天爷) and even the government claiming that: 老天爷为何这么给“面子” 专家细解阅兵前后降雨成因 It seems that the idea that 老天爷 is in ...
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How does 海报 became “a poster”?

I was reading an article in some chinsese newspapare and saw a line 因为偷了一张题写着政治标语的海报 Why the Hell Ocean + Official Report means "a poster"? p.s. has it something to do with a postage stamp? You ...
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Stamped Chinese characters on a banknote [closed]

I cannot translate, it would be great if you guys could. It's a stamp on a Hong Kong banknote from 1941.
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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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How do I tell the difference between “ing” and “in”?

I grew in a family that speaks Wu Chinese, so I cannot differentiate between the "ing" sound and the "in" sound. Are there any ways to tell them apart or pronounce them differently? They sound the ...
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Learning traditional Chinese characters [closed]

I am keen to learn more on traditional Cchinese characters for reading and writing. Which site should I go to for basic learning?
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A Golden Rule for When Chinese Repeat a Word Twice X Twice? 热热闹闹

I have come across several times reading Chinese that they repeat words twice and then again. For an Instance what is the difference between 热闹 and 热热闹闹 ? what is the grammar meaning when words get ...
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Usage: analogically simplified (类推简体) vs. original characters

Are there any (style(?)) guidelines as to using analogically simplified versus its original (traditional(?)) character? Any rules as to using analogically simplified Chinese characters?
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What is the meaning of 凡属?

What is the meaning of this word? I used to see it in a batch of examples. Most recent ones: 如买方提出索赔,凡属品质异议须于货到目的口岸之日起30天内提出 上级机关的决议,凡属要一点的,必须迅速传达
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Can you explain the differences between the following sentences?

冬天:能穿多少穿多少;夏天:能穿多少穿多少。 剩女产生的原因有两个:一是谁都看不上;二是谁都看不上。 女孩给男朋友打电话:如果你到了,我还没到,你就等着吧;如果我到了,你还没到,你就等着吧。 单身的原因:原来是喜欢一个人,现在是喜欢一个人。 男人对一个女人有好感的原因:一是喜欢上这个女人;二是喜欢上这个女人。 男人约会迟到的原因:一是睡过了;二是睡过了。 Thanks.
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What is the difference between 只要 and 如果?

What is the difference between these two sentences? 只要明天不下雨,我们就去爬山。 如果明天不下雨,我们就去爬山。 They seem very close in meaning.
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What do 为至 and 即随之而至 mean?

First phrase: 身死无名为至愚. Second one: 他的犯罪记录即随之而至. What would be a good way to translate those phrases?
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How can I say “Some users want it” in Chinese?

My first idea is "有些用户想要它" but it is probably wrong.
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Why is 儿 in different positions in “儿子” and “女儿”?

儿 [Er] child 儿子 [Érzi] son 女儿 [Nǚ'ér] daughter So, why is 儿 in different positions in each word but they are both valid?
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快: why does “fast” also mean “happy”?

The character 快 is usually used for the meaning of "fast", but it is also used in the sense of "pleasant" or "happy" - for example, in the words 痛快, 爽快. It seems that both meanings are quite ancient. ...
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Pairs which are of the form AB / BA

I need help with 实现 v.s. 现实 and 罪犯 v.s. 犯罪. I find it hard to remember the distinction between these pairs which are of the form AB / BA. Can anyone help me grasp the underlying ideas/logic/feeling? ...
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“不应” vs. “不该”: Which is used in formal writing?

Recently I've been writing "should not" in Chinese a lot. But, I've been confused. What is the difference between "不该“ and "不应“? Are they both used? For example, I know we can say 对不起,我不该说那么难听的话。 ...
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Difference Between 学校 and 学堂

What's the difference between 学校 and 学堂? I've heard that 学堂 has more classical usage, is that correct? I know that 学校 is more commonly used these days.
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乒 and 乓 characters are together a pictographic group? [duplicate]

倪阔乐 pointed in his answer, 乒 and 乓 have onomatopoeic use and these characters were "chosen for the sound playing the game makes" and it's a Great explanation but.... When I see 乒乓 together I see the ...
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What's the difference between Classical Chinese and Modern Chinese?

What I mean by difference is its grammatical difference. How is Classical Chinese grammatically different from today's Chinese? Is modern Chinese's golden rule similar or equivalent to some rules in ...
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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 the meaning of 庸 in 利之而不庸?

A random passage from Mencius 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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Write date and time using 文言?

I have been wondering how did they wrote date and time with 文言 ? Like how would you translate "我周日通常醒早,八点半钟起床。" ? Regards.
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Do the four Chinese symbols in the bottom-left corner of a Samsung battery mean manufacturing date?

For the purpose of this question I'd like to know whether the four Chinese characters in the bottom-left corner of the i9250 Samsung battery really mean manufacturing date: Here, here or here are ...
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钻法律的空子和钻法律的漏洞有差?

我上课时遇到了这两个词, 但我还不太理解这两个有没有差别? 我知道它们在英文里指的都是”loophole“ I'm still not clear on what the difference is between these two! If you could give an example of how to use either, that would be really ...
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Can 丢 refer to people?

I'm looking for the right word to use in the situation where you are looking after a child and they wander off. In English I would say "I lost my child!" Is 丢 the proper word? Google wants to say "...
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Can traditional and simplified counterparts have different pronunciations?

Can traditional and simplified counterparts have different pronunciations? For example, 兄 [xiōng] (elder) brother becomes 儿 [ér], right?
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poems/phrases/quotes/stories/allegories about “good news”

Looking for any poems/phrases/quotes/stories/allegories about “good news.” The only things I can think of at the moment are: 报喜不报忧 and maybe 好事不出门,坏事传千里.
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Do people in China say 新年快乐 at Spring Festival?

The questions Is there a traditional Chinese New Year greeting? and Which expression do native speakers actually use: Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (or other)? describe various greetings for ...
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Phrase “to make your bed” in Chinese?

How do you say to "make your bed"? I've tried with Google translate but I don't believe it (zuo4 seems very wrong). Also searched this place but seems nobody asked this question yet. is zhengli (整理) ...
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Does xiang (third tone) mean “want” or “echo”?

I am reading this set of poems for my humanities class. One of the lines is: Supposedly, the last character is xiang with a third tone and it means to "sound" or "echo". But I thought this ...

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