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What's the difference between 礼仪,惯例,规矩?

In a section of my textbook I recently covered, I came across 3 vocabulary words that are very similar and I'm not sure how and when to use each. From what I understand: 礼仪: protocol/etiquette. The ...
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What does dian gui bu mean?

I've tracked 點鬼簿 as far as 張鷟《朝野僉載》. I thought it was something like 'augmenting the records of the dead', but I don't really understand it?
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How to say “here you go” when giving a gift?

I believe you can informally say "gěi" when handing something over like the soy sauce during dinner, right? But what can you say when you give a gift? Like "Here you go" instead of just "Here". Or ...
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How is 着 pronounced here?

In Mo Yan's Red Sorghum there is a line saying: 曾外祖母做了好饭好菜,说着甜言蜜语, The meaning is clear, and could be translated either "Greatgrandmother made good foods and said honeyed words" or "Greatgrandmother ...
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Which is better for learning tones, Pinyin or Gwoyeu Romatzyh?

"If you go after Mandarin, choose the somewhat uncommon GR over pinyin romanization if at all possible. It’s harder to learn at first, but I’ve never met a pinyin learner with tones even half as ...
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Why is 景 written “wrong” on the Nestorian Stele?

I noticed that 景 is written on the Tang-era Nestorian Stele with the "boxes" switched, ie. the 口 is above and 日 is below. Would this be a standard way to write the character during that time, or is it ...
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how to correctly translate 我想你

When I started learning Chinese I was taught that this term would mean I miss you However have recently seen this been translated different ways into English. 1st I miss you 2nd I'm ...
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“There was no attitude of poverty in his poetry” 絶無窮態

more Joseon dynasty classical Chinese. In the poetry he had written, in the end, there was no attitude of poverty. How was it he never became well-known? 其所爲詩絶無窮態。竟不振。何哉。 Does this make sense? Can ...
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Whats the most well known 圣谕书?

四川方言词典 defines 圣谕书 as: (名)旧时民间流传的劝人行善,宣扬因果报应的故事书,本为*讲圣谕用的底本,所以称~:屋主人时常惯用小竹片撑开眼睑,坐在下面看~。(祖61) 圣谕书 sounds like an interesting version of "Chinese fables". I'm curious as to what the most well ...
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The meaning of 得趣…to get a taste for something?

More from Chouchengzhi. I would appreciate thoughts on my translation of the following...my supervisor doesn't like my translation of 得趣 at all! Does it mean something more like 'to get a taste for ...
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Another couple of doozies: 許臣時一中之… and 敢不勉增淸烈。益播芳芬。

Ok folks, I have another asshole section from the text I am working on, Suseongji (Chouchengzhi), by a 16th century Joseon literatus... This time, this passage is driving me nuts: ...
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For a long time, I caused the <wide world> to be <manlang 漫浪>

I'm working on a literary translation of a 16th century Joseon prose narrative, and I'm here to ask for help with a few of the bits I'm finding gnarly and confusing. I've hit on the passage: 久作江湖之漫浪。 ...
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What's the difference between 舅舅 and 叔叔?

My favorite short story in modern Mandarin, 2015 by 王小波, is basically a long, humorous digression about the author's 舅舅: ...
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What is the difference between 夜(yè) and 晚 (wǎn)?

Both characters mean night, also when they are together, when is it better to use each character ? For example: Beautiful night: 美丽的夜 can be rephrased to 美丽的晚 ? Good night: 晚安 to 夜安 ?
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Is 𫘏 ever used in the Chinese language? And what does it mean?

Here's 汉典's rendition of 𫘏: 𫘏 according to 四川方言词语考释 dictionary means 板着(脸). 字海 【字海】 该字暂无解释!希望有识之士提供! ("This character doesn't have an explanation yet! We hope someone who knows to add ...
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Proper use of 吧 in questions

I am trying to better understand the use of 吧 in a sentence where I am asking a question. For example, could the particle be used in the following way: 这是你的咖啡吧? My understanding is that the particle ...
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How to pronounce 调 in 同调代数?

Certainly 同调代数 means the mathematical subject of homological algebra. But different sources disagree as to whether the first two characters in that sense of the term are pronounced tóngtiáo or ...
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b and p, d and t, k and g etc. in English and Cantonese

Many words in Cantonese which I think should be pronounced as b, d, g, are translated by the British to p, t, k, respectively. For example, a place in Hong Kong called 大埔 and is pronounced as Dai Bo ...
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What are the continents according to Chinese schemes?

In the United States, I was taught a geographical scheme comprising seven continents: Africa (非洲), Antarctica (南极洲), Asia (亚洲), Australia (澳洲), Europe (欧洲), North America (北美洲), and South America ...
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What difference(s) does it make to use the citation tone instead of the neutral tone, for the tail character in these words?

Here’s my list: 队伍, 成分, 身分, 才力, 呼噜, 亮堂, 好处, 种子, 妥当, 爽快, 痛快, 记性, 出息, 佩服, 分析, 哈欠, 寒毛, 活泼, 鼻涕, 道理, 滑稽, 考究, 讲究, 打算, 正经, 裁缝, 得罪, 意识 (and also意识 形态), 熟识, 见识, 体谅, 兴趣, [东/西/南/前/后/那/上/下/头/里/外/左/右]边, 知道, 父亲 and ...
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What's the significance of Tangut?

With the preparation of the Tangut script for Unicode there seems to be extra added attention on the language, recently. Tangut being a dead, sinitic language with a script all of its own. What is ...
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Dealing with expressions in classical Chinese letters: 月日 and 惶恐百拜

Are there standard translations for phrases like 月日 and 惶恐百拜, used in correspondence in premodern times? 'A day of a month' and 'I cower fearfully and bow a hundred times' don't really...y'know...WORK ...
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What do Chinese people do if they forget how to write a character?

I've heard that character amnesia is becoming more and more common. What if a Chinese has to write something and he doesn't have a cellphone or computer with him, what does he do if he forgot the ...
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Why the sudden rise in usage of “吓死宝宝了”?

吓死宝宝了 All of a sudden this "phrase" (if we can even call it that) is everywhere. I'm reading it, hearing it and seeing it everywhere. What gives to the sudden rise in usage of this expression?
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Why “校车来了“, not ”校车来着“ and ”校车正来"?

My question is as the title. The sentence "school bus is coming" is translated as "校车来了". I understand this translation because "了" here indicates a new situation. But why are "校车来着" or "校车正来" WRONG? ...
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What is the equivalent of “make sense” in Chinese?

I am trying to explain the phrase "make sense" to my cousin, who is learning English. The dictionary suggests "有意义", but I believe that "有意义" is "meaningful" and that "make sense" should be "讲得通", ...
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How to translate the phrase “just because . . . it doesn't mean that…”? [closed]

I want to be able to say something along the line of: "just because she has a boyfriend doesn't mean she can't focus in school."
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What is 抢红包,订阅开奖提醒?

I could not find a better answer to express the red envolope meaning behind Chinese culture. Anyone could help? Thanks.
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Proper translation for “active table”?

For "Maximum number of active tables per W/W: 4", is "每位服务生接待已就座餐桌的最大数目:4" correct? Does "acitve table" mean "the seat is taken"? Thanks!
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What does “kwukyel” mean in regards to Chinese language characters?

My Pleco always tells me two little hashes on the top of 汉字 such as. 兑 are "kwukyel". Can anyone point me to a reference that explains this term as it relates to Chinese language? ps -- I ...
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Which version is correct, 脚趾甲 or 脚指甲?

My question is as the title. I have seen both versions as the Chinese equivalent of "toenail". Which one is correct? Or are both right?
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To add: which should I use 新增, 添加or增添?

I mostly hear 增添 in most contexts, but lately have come across 新增 and 添加. What are the differences in tone and register?
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How do I say “most of the time” in Mandarin?

大部分的时间? 大多数的时间? Or some other phrase?
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Various ways of saying OK?

I mean OK as in said in agreement with what someone has suggested. A: We should go to the park. B: OK. If someone used the verb 不 verb structure I would think you should use the same verb in ...
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Number of population whose actual mother tongue is Mandarin?

It is, falsely, assumed that Mandarin is the mother tongue of all Chinese speakers (here we can understand Mandarin as 普通话/国语/华语). The mother tongue would be the language that someone learned at home ...
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Do Westerners 上火?

Sometimes people ask me how to say 上火 in English and I tell them I don't know. I tell them people don't really have the concept of 上火 in America, let alone the term. So how would you succinctly ...
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Help translating 安排当无品牌申报出到英国

Can you help me out with the translation of the following sentence? 少量的商品代理应该可以安排当无品牌申报出到英国 “Representative with a small amount of goods should be able to arrange customs declaration of the ...
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Help translating 针一的材质

Please help translating the following phrase: 针一的材质 Does it mean "first class material"?
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What does “作” mean in this context?

I was listening and they said stuff like 大作 and 小作。 My friend thinks it's an adjective and it can be used as so: 一个很作的女孩子。
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Can anyone make my Chinese-English translation sound better?

I need to translate this passage in traditional Chinese into English: 教學年資:在本校升等時職級滿三年為50分,每增授課一學期加1分,最高分為70分。 Here is my own translation (Please bear in mind that I am still learning to how to ...
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How to say “as you wish” in Chinese

I want to know what to say in the following scenario: I am pushing someone for his own good, and he is not doing what I want, so I would then say to him "Okay, as you wish." How can I express this in ...
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How do I translate “附件是我做的方案针对目前我们存在的问题”?

How can I translate correctly this sentence?: 附件是我做的方案针对目前我们存在的问题 What do 方案 and 针对 mean in this context?
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How do I say “I've got all his albums”?

When talking about my favorite singer, how do I say "I've got all his albums"? I thought it was "他的光盘我都有" but I don't think it's correct because I can't find any results for that on Google.
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How to improve my Chinese writing

When someone has grasped the basic concepts of writing Chinese there comes a point where handwriting starts to look plain or mechanical. From what I have seen the lines look very straight and like ...
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What characters have been politically corrected before?

In the article "Mysogyny as reflected in Chinese characters", Victor Mair wrote: In the early days of the PRC, the government changed some characters for the names of minority ethnic groups so ...
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Why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese?

Can someone explain why Cantonese is considered as a dialect of Chinese, instead of a language? It is also for any language exist in China, both land and Taiwan (Cantonese, Hunanese, Fujianese, ...
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Where does the middle name go in a name that has been translated into Chinese?

Many westerners (like I) possess a three-part name in full. given + middle + family [名·中间名·姓] It's understood that―in China―middle names typically don't exist. Usually, westerners only ...
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Information about the Nantong dialect

I want to learn the dialect spoken in Nantong. Are there any resources to help me?
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Where do I put adverbial expressions and other phrases in a sentence?

I know Chinese use the sequence S O V. I also know place follows time, for instance in these ways: t(ime), p(lace) S tp V O tp S V O t S p V O Where do I put further phrases, like adverbial ...
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How to tell when one word starts and another word ends?

I am doing some work with scanning Chinese text with my computer and I have run into a problem that I do not have with other languages. Because there are no spaces between characters, I cannot tell ...

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