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Earth is a good place?

水善利萬物而不爭 處衆人之所惡 故幾於道。 居善地 Hello, it's from the eighth chapter of Dao De Jing. I have translated it to: the highest good is like water the good virtue of water serves all, but without fighting it ...
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Can someone please tell me what 工艺鞋 are?

工艺鞋 I think this refers to some kind of decorative shoes which are actually never worn, but I'm not sure. Why would you want to buy shoes you never wear?
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How would you translate a name consisting of dictionary words?

Just out of curiosity, if your name consisted of words which exist in an English dictionary, would you translate it as you would those words? Or would you translate it letter-by-letter? For example, ...
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Is the Chinese character “蒙” being associated with Mongolia and ignorance coincidence?

In the translingual section, Wiktionary mentions that the Chinese character 蒙 has a variety of meanings: to cover ignorant suffer fourth hexagram of the I Ching Mongolia - radical composition ...
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A good English equivalent for “不過如此”?

I am aiming to have a short translation, so it would be preferred that it isn't too long. I have "Merely so" right now, but it doesn't sound too right in English and the meaning doesn't seem to be ...
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What does bianniu 变牛 mean?

I have seen this expression in a few texts, including news articles, but it does not seem to be commonly used. Here are a few examples of context: "...第二舰队变牛了以后调到了第二舰队当先任参谋..." ...
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Can “未” modify descriptive adjectives?

Can “未” modify descriptive adjectives (in either classical or modern Chinese)? I've previously asked about the correctness of the phrase "未長未短", but I think 長 and 短 are used as verbs (instead of ...
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Where did the word “panda” come from?

If pandas are from China and in Chinese they are called 熊猫 ("bear cat"), where did the word "panda", as seen in most western languages, come from?
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Help with some book titles

重生之妙手医心 I don't get this because of "妙手医心." What does it mean? A wonderful hand and a doctor's heart? 大哥这种生物,少惹为 What is "少惹为?" 魔天记 Is it "devil's diary?"
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Idiomatic Translation: Guilty Pleasure

jDictionary Advanced English Dictionary defines guilty pleasure as: guilty pleasure (idiomatic) Something that brings pleasure but is considered taboo, unadvisable or lowbrow. "For the ...
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What does 国产地效船双船 mean?

Apparently it means "domestically produced fixed-wing amphibian aircraft" but I can't find this on any dictionary. Can you break it down for me?
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What does 精益 mean

I have: 厂里组织了几次丰田生产模式的培训,她逐渐了解了精益生产模式。 The online dictionaries I use don't give 精益 as a word, but I'm pretty sure it means 'optimum' here. I find '精益求精‘ roughly 'always trying to improve' but I don't ...
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Difference between 于是 and 所以

What's the difference between 于是 and 所以? How and when are they interchangeable?
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What's the difference between 许多 and 很多? [duplicate]

What's the difference between 许多 and 很多? I have learn that 许多 can't be used as predicate yet in this sentence it seems to Have a predicative function 他觉得妻子虽然老了许多 但仍很美丽
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What are the differences in usage and nuances between 现在,正在 and 还在?

I think it's pretty hard to tell the differences between these three words, and here's the dialogue: A: 你现在在干什么? B: 我正在做作业。 A: 你怎么还在做作业呀! Can you help me to understand and remember these words? ...
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Is 未長未短 grammatically correct (in classical Chinese)?

Is 未長未短 grammatically correct (in classical Chinese)? The article http://www.hainan-today.com/2012/201201/web/201201_28.htm uses “未長未短”: ...
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Neutral tone and erhua (儿化) working as a word distinguisher

I know there are some words in which the use of neutral tone distinguish them the word from their non neutral equivalent, like: 东西 - dong1xi1 - from east to west 东西 - dong1xi - thing 虾子 - xia1zi3 - ...
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Third tone sandhi: when (if ever) does 3 3 become 3 0 instead of 2 3?

All of the books and materials I've seen talk about the tone sandhi that changes two third tones to a second and a third, as in "你好." I had a question about the word: 寶寶 Some materials I've ...
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whole text translation and grammar point of 的and给

i need a simple translation and a couple of questions 1.小白兔回到家里,种上了菜籽 兔给白菜浇水 please translate the whole text and please tell me what does 给 in the second line above mean and what exactly 种上了 mean ...
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What does “不要紧” mean?

众人回头观望,而这一看不要紧,所有人都是不由大吃一惊 According to an online dictionary, "不要紧" means "not important". How does the sentence make sense? "The group looked back and that look was not important. Everyone ...
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Are there large discrepancies between what Chinese consider to be words?

Looking into the Chinese dictionary I have on my phone, I noticed that 我是 (I am) is listed as a word, while I as a non native speaker would consider this to be two separate words. Whether or not 我是 is ...
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English translation for “廢”?

For example, 我废了你 It can roughly translate to "I'll waste/break/ruin you", but that doesn't sound too accurate. What "废" sounds like is kindof like "crippling" yet less severe than that. From ...
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“Topic-comment” structure

Can someone help me with these? I don't quite understand the topic-comment structure, been trying to look it up but I can't find any good explanation with examples. I have to change the following ...
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When describing an idiot, “一根弦的傻子”?

一根弦的傻子 From what I see, "An idiot with one root/string?" I don't really understand where the meaning would be taken from. Would an English equivalent be something like "An idiot with only one ...
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meaning of 把自己 and 收下 and 在地里 and some translations

i am learning new i have a couple of questions about a text 1:收完白菜,老山羊把自己种的白菜送给他们 2:山羊收下白菜 1:what 收完 exactly is translated into-what about 把自己 can you tell me the grammar and exact translation 2:what ...
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English equivalent for 辛苦了 when the speaker is not the person being helped out

Per the answers to this question, it is clear that you can say 辛苦了 to express gratitude for someone else's help. But suppose you are working or studying, and somebody else (who is not related to the ...
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Ways to politely insult somebody's intelligence in Mandarin?

I know of many words to insult people and call them stupid, but a majority of them are incredibly offensive. There are more polite phrases, such as 真笨, which I've seen used within families (as a plain ...
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How does 甘梅地瓜 mean sweet potato fries?

I bought some 甘梅地瓜 (gān méi dì guā), or just 地瓜 (dì guā), and this is what I got: They seem to be sweet potato fries. I'm wondering how 甘梅地瓜 translates into "sweet potato fries"? Google indicates ...
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Are these correct headings for a spreadsheet?

The spreadsheet is related to food safety (processing, handling, storage, etc.) ID: 编号 (项目?) Process: 制程 Food category:食品类别 Standard: 标准 Frequency (as in how many times per day or every how many ...
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Meaning of 所 in “有所…”

As far as I know, 所 has the following meanings: a place, as in 派出所 (police office). a counter, as in 一所科學中心 (a science center). a passive voice indicator that pairs up with 被(為), as in 被(為)愛所糾纏 ...
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Difference between 几岁了 and 多大了

I googled a bit on it and found different explanations. Some says it just depends on the region and dialect. But my text book explains that as a rule of thumb 几岁了 should be used for kids before 10 ...
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What is the meaning of the last part of this passage? [closed]

这也是人之常情。毕竟嘛,世人都知道,王爷从小就想娶冷王妃,好不容易抱得美人归,那个时候一定是喜不自胜,金风玉露一相逢便胜却人间无数. I don't understand "金风玉露一相逢便胜却人间无数."
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The usage of 的 at the end of the sentence [duplicate]

(那件衣服可不是我洗的)我洗衣服很干净的。 Can someone try to explain to me the function of 的 at The end the sentence "我洗衣服很干净的"? Shouldn't it have been “我衣服洗得很干净”. Does “我洗衣服很干净的” follow any pattern/structure? Thank ...
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What are some good resources for 相声 and 小品?

These two seem to involve lots of colloquial Chinese and I want to know where I can learn it. I want to focus on the Beijing/Tianjin dialect.
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Chinese views on Erhua

I'm already well acquainted with erhua (儿化) in putonghua, essentially appending 儿 to the ends of words (or reading it when 儿 isn't written, as sometimes people do with 花 or 八点 etc). Many of these ...
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What does 战斗机 in this line mean?

他的花心只是为了成为备胎中的战斗机. It has something to do with a guy being a spare tire, but what about "fighter jet?"
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What is the meaning of 不该不欠? [closed]

I didn't get much information about this. I looked it up on "Baidu" but there wasn't much.
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Is 同性恋 considered a slur?

Is calling a homosexual person 同性恋 rude, offensive, or a slur? My dictionary translates it simply as "homosexual" but then in the usage examples gives "fairy," which is definitely a slur in English ...
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Why is 对…不置一词 used like this?

该声明对东盟一些成员国长期以来在南海的大规模填海造地和军事建设活动不置一词。 I am having trouble with 对...不置一词。 So apparently, the sentence translates to, "This statement is not saying anything to stuff the ASEAN member nations have been ...
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百强 specification?

百强 (MDBG): top 100 (e.g. top 100 towns) Adsotrans: top one-hundred CFDict top 100 Cebu Pacific calls themselves a 百强企业 on their advertisements 蓝润集团 calls themselves 百强蓝润 on their ...
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What is few English translations for 吃窩邊草?

What is few English translations for 吃窩邊草? I cannot think of one formal or casual translation...
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Differentiating Between Dove And Pigeon In Chinese

鸽子 is used interchangeably for both dove and pigeon. How to differentiate between the both of them in Chinese? Even 白鸽 which I would totally imagine would mean dove, both ABC and KEY just define it ...
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How to translate “nonsense” into Chinese with precision?

Sentences that are not capable of being either true or false are called nonsense, e.g. "quadruplicity drinks procrastination" or "Socrates is a man is a man" I want to say "The Chinese language is ...
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What is the meaning of the last phrase here?

Can anyone help with the last part of this text. I put the section title and the whole paragraph, so you might be able to decipher it. I can't see what they are saying. 2 other times people here have ...
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What does “老” in “老虎” and “老鼠” mean

As I remember, 虎 and 鼠 are standalone nouns, meaning tiger and mouse, respectively. However, it seems that 老虎 and 老鼠 are more commonly used. Why is 老 used as a prefix for 虎 and 鼠? Why do we use 獅子 ...
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What is the role of 曾经 in this sentence?

欧盟委员会曾经宣布,将暂时维持对中国皮鞋的反倾销税措施。 Can I write: ‘欧盟委员会宣布了‘ or ‘欧盟委员会宣布过‘,or even ‘欧盟委员会曾经宣布过‘instead? I mean, is it a past tense marker here, or does it mean 'once'?
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Is Pronunciation As Important As It Used To Be?

Recent "puns" are showing a big change in pronunciation: 神马 [play on 什么 | me -> mǎ] 妹纸 [play on 妹子 | zi -> zhǐ] 歪果 [play on 外国 | wài -> wāi && guó -> guǒ] 肿么 [play on 怎么 | zěn -> zhǒng] We ...
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Is it easier to learn Chinese after learning Japanese or vice versa?

For those who speak both Chinese and Japanese, would first learning Chinese make it easier to learn Japanese? Knowing that Japanese Kanji are derived from Chinese characters, how hard is it to do the ...
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What is a proper explanation of “working knowledge” in Chinese?

Though I myself am a native Chinese speaker, up to now I still have not yet figured out an appropriate explanation of the phrase "working knowledge" to any one that is not highly educated. The ...
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How Recent Is the Divergence In Taiwan- and PRC-Accented Mandarin Speech?

Many have compared the differences in standard (news broadcaster) accents in of Taiwan 國語 and PRC 普通话 to the differences in British and American accents. What linguistic factors have contributed to ...

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