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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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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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Why does 赤道 mean Equator?

Since 赤 means red, bare, and 道 means way, path?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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When is a 方言 a language and not a dialect

I have always thought, perhaps wrongly, that it was mutual intelligibility that was the deciding factor as to whether a 方言 would be considered a dialect or it's own separate language. Wikipedia's ...
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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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Help with translating old signs

I recently bought an old wooden item that shows 5 traditional (?) Chinese characters. I tried my very best to translate them by researching all kind of pages, but cannot find some parts I need. Can ...
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What is the difference between “比照” and “比较”?

I started learning Chinese not too long ago but have come across these expressions (比照 and 比较) when comparing things. I am confused as to whether I'm using it correctly. Would anyone be able to help ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does 都是套路 mean?

I had a friend type it out, but Google translate said it meant "Routine", and she insisted that's not what it means. Apparently it's slang? Has anybody heard this before, and know what it translates ...
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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: http://chineseetymology.org/CharacterEtymology....
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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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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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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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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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Politeness in referring to a recent death

Some people in the US normally avoid saying a person has "died." They say the person "passed on," or "has left us." Are there similar, gentle ways in Chinese to avoid saying a person died? Would it ...
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How to express sarcasm?

As far as I know sarcasm is not commonly used in Chinese. In English and many other languages, sarcasm is a matter of pragmatics and usually expressed by applying different intonation or stressing ...
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Is written Hakka the same as simplified Chinese?

Hakka is a dialect of Chinese and therefore should be considered when speaking however what about writing? From a translation perspective is there a specific way to write Hakka or is this the same as ...
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Differences between 喜欢, 要, and 想? [duplicate]

Could someone explain to explain me the difference between the three verbs 喜欢 (xihuan), 要 (yao), and 想 (xiang)? 我喜欢喝一杯啤酒。 (wo xihuan he yi bei pi jiu) 我要喝一杯啤酒。 (wo yao he yi bei pi jiu) 我想喝一杯啤酒。 (wo ...
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125 views

Difference between 不得不, 不免 and 必然?

All of these words mean must or inevitable, but is there a difference between them?
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Questions about the meaning and position of 一下

My textbook gives me the following two examples of 一下, saying that the 一下 in each sentence doesn't mean the same thing: 你去问一下老师 (Just ask your teacher) 我打了孩子一下 (I smacked my child) Question 1. I'd ...
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Why do Chinese people give their guests tea to drink? [closed]

My question is as the title. In China, 给客人沏茶 is considered hospitality and courtesy, especially right after guests come in. Is there a reason or a story behind the practice?
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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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How do I answer 这是哪儿?

I'm confused about answering 这是哪儿. Should I answer directly and say that this is a restaurant, or if I should give a general answer and say this is Utica, if someone asks me that question?
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An unknown, calligraphic Traditional Chinese character

I'm a Vietnamese preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year and have found this piece of decoration. I think the Chinese character on that is a Traditional one, pretty calligraphic and notably ...
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产业 vs 企业 vs 商业. What's the difference?

产业 vs 企业 vs 商业. I think the 3 of them means enterprise. What's the difference between them?
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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: http://...
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What are some good (native) Chinese online message boards & forums? [closed]

One of my favorite ways to practice writing is by posting to discussion and Q&A forums, like Quora and StackExchange. Are there platforms similar to that in China? Or how can I find Chinese ...
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How can I get exposure to mandarin usage and pronounciation?

I have been taking Mandarin classes at university. Due to illness I have missed a lot and fallen way behind. Now I wish to continue learning on my own. I find it very hard to remember the characters....
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The correct usage of 大约 vs. 差不多

I am a bit confused by the appropriate use of 大约 and 差不多. I have learned to use 差不多 in many cases where I am talking about an approximate amount, value, extent, etc. of something, or speaking about ...
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82 views

Does anyone know origins of 万一?

Does anyone knows how 万一 became a phrase with "just in case" meaning? Is it a shorthand of a longer phrase or chengyu?
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What is the difference between 利润, 利益,盈利?

I have noticed that all of them mean benefit or profit in English. Can someone help me understand when to use each word?
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Making sense of '推魏大肚'

《锦城旧事》 在这灌县城中得此三者之利的,当推魏大肚。 What does 推魏大肚 refer to?
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What is the Mandarin term for great godparents?

What does my child call my godparents? Do my godparents become "great godparents" now that I have a child, similar to my parents becoming grandparents?
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Please can someone tell me what this says in engish? [closed]

Just wanted to know what this symbol was. My friend got the tattoo 15 years ago and she has no idea what it is.
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How to translate “黑科技” into English?

As titled, how to translate "黑科技" in to english? Is there any translation better than "fictional technology"?
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In Cantonese, what is a less “childish” way to call one's own parents?

I know the standard ways of calling one's parents—"媽媽/母親" or "爸爸/父親", mother and father respectively, the former more familiar and the latter more formal; or the more familiar/childish way—"媽咪" or "爹哋"...
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What are the 1,500 chengyu for the 2015 chengyu convention

The 2015 Chengyu Convention apparently tested contestants on 1,500 different chengyu. Where's the list of the 1,500 Chengyu?

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