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Are there concrete rules of conversion between “homophone” English and Chinese proper names?

Recently, I have come across quiet a few English names which sound very similar in Chinese Mandarin. To quote a few examples :- English : Chinese ( Pinyin ) Australia : 澳大利亚 ( Àodàlìyǎ ) John : 约翰 ...
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What's the difference between 可 and 可以?

I've seen threads for 可以 as opposed to 会 and 能, but what about 可以 with its component, 可? Wiktionary seems to use them interchangeably: 白银可以指:银,贵金属,用做货币时可称为白银 Is there a difference in nuance, or flow ...
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Tips for pronunciating tone value “21”?

Any tips for pronunciating tone value "21"? It seems to be, fairly, common in Chinese topolects. Kind of hard to get a grasp on the whole starting low and dropping lower thing, though. Some have ...
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Weird Chinese text next to the Great Wall [duplicate]

I was looking the Great Wall of China with Google Earth, and I found relly weird characters (that are the same size as the Great Wall) near it. I don't know what these characters mean, so here is ...
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Decipher particular short cursive inscription (is it really 习近平's signature?)

During his visit in the Czech Republic, the president of PRC Xi Jinping (习近平) has made a record in the castle of Lany guestbook. Its photo was posted publicly. The second line 二〇一六年三月廿八日 is obviously ...
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Is this sentence using 是在?

I was reading this article when I came across this: 让任意的值是在一个上下文当中. 现在的情况你可以想象一个可以把值放进去的盒子 Because of the English version, I know that this is saying: Let an arbitrary value be in a context. ...
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What is the difference btween 看样子 and 看起来

I just learned that you could use 看样子 to mean something similar to 看起来. Is there a difference in usage? Is one more formal than the other? From Iciba.com 好天气看样子要过去了 他看起来很生气
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Parts of speech question.

Parts of speech are always dicey in Chinese. What is a verb, what is an adjective etc. So, In the sentence 你好!, what part of speech is Hao?
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Which number translation is correct?

I need to write a numeral in 汉字。 But I am not sure, if I need to put 一 in huge numerals before tens. So, my numeral is 81,016 and my question is: do I need to write: 八万一千零一十六 or: 八万一千零十六 Which ...
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Difference between 两 and 二? [duplicate]

I know both mean "two," but what differentiates the two? If there is a difference, when do I use 两 and when do I use 二?
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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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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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Looking for the right way to combine concepts of (smart) investment and metadata

in simplified Chinese. 'investment' I believe is 投资 meta 元 as in metadata 元数据 The concept I am looking for in Chinese is 'making a smart investment based on (knowledge from) metadata' I was told by a ...
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表达 vs. 表现 vs. 表示 vs. 显示

These four words all express (get it, because they all mean express ha ha ha) similar meanings: to express/show/display/manifest/demonstrate/convey/indicate etc. I'm sure there are subtle differences ...
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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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Difference between V+着+V and 一边+V+一边+V

Is there any difference between: 他们说着话吃饭。 他们一边说话一边吃饭。 他骑着自行车听音乐。 他一边骑自行车一边听音乐。 Thx
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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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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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Chinese hieroglyphs to English [closed]

What is the best place to translate Chinese hieroglyphs to English in case when I have hieroglyphs picture? Google translate not helps a lot in this case. UPD. Was trying to OCR using One Note. It ...
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Is this sentence using 以…为?

I read this sentence in the book 游子吟: 神的存在是一个不以人们的主观意志为转移的客观事实 I'm unclear about what "以" and "为" are doing here. I Googled to see if "以...为" is a common construct; this page says that you can ...
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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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Ways to write “strength”

What is the difference in writing strength as 力 or 力量 ? I have seen it both ways and am not sure of the difference.
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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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Differences between 凉 and 冷,冻 and 冰

I was wondering whether anyone could tell me if these words are completely interchangable all situations. If not, how am I to discern which to use?
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What does the underscore (_) mean in Chinese?

Some examples of Google search: 风中的树_新浪博客 历史转折中的邓小平_电视剧_央视网 https://www.google.com.co/search?q=%E4%B8%AD%E7%9A%84&oq=%E4%B8%AD%E7%9A%84&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.534j0j7&sourceid=chrome&...
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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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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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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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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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How does 行 evolved to mean industry?

I was interested in differentiatig between different usages of obj+业,for example: 企业,商业... and there it was - 行业. So the question is "why 行 means industry and does it have something to do with it's "...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Give further examples of morphological alternation patterns such as Verb/Noun (处 chu3 / chu4) and Active/Inactive Verb (好 hao4 / hao3)

In this answer, a few examples of morphological alternation patterns are provided, like Verb/Noun (e.g. 处 chu3 "to dwell" / chu4 "a place") and Active/Inactive Verb (e.g. 好 hao4 "to like" / hao3 "to ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Does 告 posess negative connotation?

There was a discussion about different "talk" words in chinese. Here is the link: Roots of the difference between 谈,论,说,讲,议, 叙,言,报,告 And there was an explanation of 告. 告 (gao4) consists of the ...
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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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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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Shanxi old postmark: town and date

Can someone help me with this postmark? It is from Shanxi, but I can't desipher the date (around 1910?) and town.
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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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