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How to translate 掩耳盗铃 into English?

Preferably an idiom just as picturesque and succinct. Thanks. Here's the original meaning: The expression 掩耳盗铃 comes from a story about a person who decided to steal a bell. However, the bell ...
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Why is “连忙” wrong in the following sentence?

My question is as the title. The sentence is: 如果她来了,请你连忙告诉我。 The correct sentence is "如果她来了,请你马上告诉我". Why?
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Translation of “想要买什么东西吗?”

According to tatoeba translation of "Is there anything you want to buy?" is "想要买什么东西吗?" Is there use of 什么 and 吗 in one sentence? If there is not how can I translate"Is there anything you want to ...
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Why 奇蹟 (and not 奇迹) In Simplified Texts

I often run across the word 奇蹟 in simplified texts written just like that: 奇蹟. For example: Yes has an article entitled: 【上帝之子】全美票房创18亿台币奇蹟. Here's an excerpt also with said writing (emphasis ...
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What is the Chinese way to say “We had a lot of fun”?

I know an English sentence cannot be translated into Chinese word-by-word. So is there a idiomatic way to express the same meaning of "We had a lot of fun" in Chinese? (The context-- someone said this ...
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How am I supposed to understand 充分一些?

What does the phrase 尽量准备充分一些 mean? I have this sentence: 并非每个人都适合创业,但有想法的人可以大胆去做,尽量准备充分一些。 As much as possible prepare ample a little 尽量准备充分一些 Should I prepare a little, or a lot??
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Did some people only have names like 张三?

Some novels seem to say that in village life (or within a hutong) poorer children often had no personal given name. Some characters in realistic seeming novels are known only by family name and birth ...
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Placeholder name for a Chinese person targeting foreign audience, ie. John Doe equivalent

Suppose I want to make up a story featuring an unimportant Chinese character. How do I give the name, so it sound like Chinese, but do not carry too much particular meaning? That said, the Chinese ...
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What is the meaning of 做一个梳理

I have the following text: 最好在创业之前对你所要做的事情做一个梳理,包括注册公司的流程、选址之类的事情。 What does 做一个梳理 mean? I think it must be 'make a list'??
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A game for Chinese learners [closed]

I'm learning Chinese for 2 years, I created an app to make people like me keep practice their Chinese. How can I make this app more useful for Chinese learners? What techniques should I work on to ...
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Can anyone translate? Etching on the sword [closed]

I bought this sword online. No idea what it says.
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I need to write some chinese characters to copy paste [closed]

I need help writing this on my computer, so I can Copy/paste and if its possible, whats the meaning of it, thanks alot guys! here is the image:
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Is there a “Peking Opera dialect”?

Peking Opera has a distinct pronunciation, that is at first similar to Mandarin, but to astute listeners, certain characters appear to have alternate or even non-Mandarin pronunciations. Take certain ...
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Translation problem

Refer to the sentence "I have two dogs that catch anything I throw except those too heavy". If we are to translate the sentence into Chinese, we may say "我有兩隻能接住我丟的任何不是太重的東西的狗", which is awkward. If ...
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What is the meaning of 摸着石头过河

I have: 哪里呀,我也是没办法,摸着石头过河罢了! Is 摸着石头过河 'tapping in the dark'? No, I don't know how, I'm still tapping in the dark.
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Is there a difference between 復習 and 複習?

Both words have the same pronunciation, and cdict and some other dictionaries list them as variants of each other. I note that when I try to type it on Google Pinyin Chinese IME, 複習 comes up and 復習 ...
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Translation: “To Say The Least”

Looking for a colloquial way to translate: to say the least into Chinese. Hujiang says: to say the least的意思是: 至少可以这样说,退一步说 至少可以这样说,退一步说 英语句子 The logic of this was weird to say ...
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Translating “哩哏楞”

In the TV drama 追捕 第3集 梁队 (梁志群队张) and 鲁队 (鲁炼) are in 贺局's office discussing the case, and at 27:54 梁队 says to 鲁队: 甭给我来这个哩哏楞. (Dialog especially of the police officers consists mainly of Beijing ...
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Translation: 'Overwhelm'

Overwhelm is a difficult word to deal with. I've seen 难不倒 translated as wouldn't have overwhelmed and XX 劳力 大 as something's power being overwhelming. Oxford has 难以忍受的 (heat, pressure) ...
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Can I use 的 between the name and 他们

I had this sentence which was a bit difficult for me to understand at first because of the name + 他们. I understand it now. 郭高林他们决心用实际行动证明自己。 My questions is, can I write it like this: 郭高林 的 ...
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What does 且 mean by itself?

I was watching Blur's new music video, which includes a recipe for ice cream with instructions in Chinese. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp1ks7PTzng) At 3:03, the recipe says ...
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Translation of “we”, pronoun in official company introduction material

I am translating a document that looks like an official introduction of a company maybe to be placed on their website or marketing material. In the document, the first sentence starts with the name ...
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How can 蔫 be translated as “mischievous”?

《饥饿的女儿》虹影 著 ch. 2, sect. 4 has the following text: 在学校, 最蔫的男同学对我也没兴趣, is translated by Howard Goldblatt as: "even the most mischievous boys in class showed little or no interest in me". How is this ...
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What does 唐乐乐 mean?

In the context of "唐乐乐睁开眼睛,看着头上陌生的天花板。" What would be the meaning of the phrase "唐乐乐"? While I understand the rest of the sentence perfectly, this bit makes no sense to me. Thanks for any help!
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What's the Chinese Converse of English “Engrish”?

We all know and love Engrish- hilariously bad English sometimes produced by native Chinese speakers. But is there an equally pat Chinese phrase to describe the converse- the weird, pitiable attempts ...
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What are the most popular new year greetings in Cantonese?

Lots of sites highlight the most popular new year greetings in Mandarin. What are the most popular ones for Cantonese, ideally categorized by usage (e.g., family, business, health, kids, parents, ...
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What is the meaning and translation of my neice's name? [closed]

My young niece, whose birthday is in principle coming up at the end of the month (Feb 29), is named 润润. When I look it up in Google Translate, it returns “wet”. Other dictionaries show the same ...
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61 views

Generic word for a building

In English, we have the generic word 'building': as in "That building across from the book store". Here the speaker does not know or does not care to state the kind of building it is. Is there an ...
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Dictionary meaning required [closed]

On my Chinese dictionary, there are a few characters that I don't know what it means. It says: 商务印书馆. I want to know what it means.
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How does one best translate 老在 into english

I couldn't find any translation in my dictionaries. Though. In context it seems to mean 'always'?! 这孩子老在班上捣蛋。 Is this correct. Cheers
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Translation needed for Chinese vase [closed]

Can anyone translate this for me? I need a translation for the bottom of this vase.
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88 views

腦力 the way to say “mental strength” in Cantonese?

Someone offered two options for saying "mental strength" in Cantonese, but neither seems quite right. Here were the two options suggested: 1) 腦力 2) 精神腦 What's the right way to say "mental ...
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求解释: “我有问题” 和 “我有个问题” 中英 | Chinese & English

这个问题我找不到解释, 希望哪位高手可以帮下 ^^ 学生想说 I have a question, 常常会说成 "我有问题." 我会教他们用 “我有个问题” 或者 “我有一个问题。” 原因是听到 “我有问题”的时候, 我的第一联想就是 “我脑子有问题。" 可是我语法上面解释不来也查不到。 现在我自己都快糊涂了。 所以我想问: 1) “我有问题” 是正确的吗? 我左看右看都觉得是错的。 ...
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How do you specify 她 in speech?

If you are speaking, but want to emphasize that you would write 她 rather than 他 at a certain point, how do you do that? I know ways to say the person you are talking about is a woman, as 倪阔乐 ...
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Are the Chinese characters really pictorial?

Are the Chinese characters really pictorial? There is a discussion Here. What is your opinion? Please see the link and come back to give your insight. To be specific so that the question would be ...
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What is the difference between 他, 它, and 她

What is the difference between 他, 她, and 它? I want to know when you use one and when not to. It seems pretty basic language because I hear 他, 她, and 它 everywhere in Chinese language. Anything else ...
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Difference between 别人 and 人家

Looking on Commercial Press' 现代汉语词典 we have the following definitions: 别人 - 人称代词。指自己或某人以外的人:~都同意,就你一人反对 人家 - 人称代词。指自己或某人以外的人;别人:~都不怕,就你怕 So, they are pretty much the same. Are there any subtleties ...
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What is the order for 雖然 and 當…的時候 when used in the same sentence?

Example sentence: 雖然當我們在一起的時候有時候我不常常說話、而且我可能正顏厲色、我要讓妳知道我很開心。 Intended meaning: Although when we are together sometimes I don't talk very much, and also my face may be solemn, I want to let you know I ...
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How do new Chinese characters get added to the language?

For example there are characters such as 熵 which as far as I know only means one thing - in this case entropy - and which have to have been deliberately added by some person or organization. An ...
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An unknown Traditional Chinese character on a decorative piece for Lunar New Year

I'm a East Asian preparing to celebrate the Lunar New Year and have found this piece of decoration. The Chinese character on it is, I'm pretty sure, a Traditional one, literally full of strokes and ...
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What is the translation for “generic brand”?

How does one translate "generic" brand. I've come across several translations: 通用牌子, 一般的牌子,杂牌。 But none of them really demonstrate a generic brand. The first one just means common, the second one ...
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The difference between 执著 and 固执

I had this sentence: 麦当劳一直执著地坚持着浓浓的美式风格。 I would translate '执著地坚持着‘ as 'stubbornly persist in' I was told, '执着‘ has a positive sense, whereas '固执‘ has more of a negative sense of 'persisting even ...
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Is there any character with radical 月 that has a meaning of 月 (not 肉)?

Is there any character with radical 月 that has a meaning of 月 (not 肉)? What I can find is 期,阴,and 胜,
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How do you learn and remember 左 and 右?

Because 左 and 右 are so similar in the shape, I am wondering how do you learn and remember them? I need a good method to teach.
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Why always go up or down?

We (me and my parents) always say: "上厕所", and: "上卧室", ect. We (me and my parents) always say: "下厨房". Personally my house has the kitchen at the top floor. Why is that?
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Correct spelling of Min word

I have come across this song recently. I understand practically all of it. My question is specifically about one word. At a certain point, the lyrics go: 二項要選擇啥 Now, according to 台灣閩南語常用詞辭典, a ...
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what is the difference between 现场 and 地点?

Do both of them mean "location" or "site", or is there something that sets them apart? Thank you in advance!
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79 views

How much more is '翻一番‘

I think this means 'double the sales volume', but 翻 can mean 'turnover' as in 'sales volume' or 'double'. '一番‘ seems to mean 'twofold'. I'm a bit confused. 。。。在未来十年内实现销售额翻一番, 。。。maybe = ...double ...
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561 views

What does 小白脸 mean?

I recently see this word in a Chinese tv drama show. It seems degradative and refers to a man who is deceiving, but what does it exactly mean?
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What's the difference between 下巴 and 頷

chin seems to be translated as both 下巴 and 頷. Is there absolutely no difference? Is one more common than the other? I find it strange that there are two translations for so many words in chinese, ...

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