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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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What does 前後鼓吹 mean?

can anyone tell me what 前後鼓吹 means? In context: 賜以秬鬯一卣。寵以前後鼓吹。知悉。 I grant you one vessel of black millet herb-flavoured liquor, and I proclaim my favour for you. Let it be known. Something like ...
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How can I improve my tonal range?

While people in China generally understand my tones (unless I use the wrong tone by mistake), I find I do not match either the height of their highs or the drop-off of their falling tones. My voice ...
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What is the difference between 裡, 裏 and 里?

I grew up learning simplified Chinese characters, but we are now living in Hong Kong, and so I need to teach my children traditional Chinese characters. I can't seem to figure out the difference ...
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What can we make of the name 九儿?

Two questions about the childhood name of the pivotal character in Mo Yan's Red Sorghum Clan: Her childhood name was 九儿. Does this suggest she was one of (at least) nine children? I do not recall ...
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How to determine the end of words?

Chinese does not use a word separator. How a novice learner can detect the word's boundaries?
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Help with pronouncing 道 precisely

Practical conclusion from the responses: No digital media currently focus on the precise pronunciation of Pinyin Dao, or Beijing for English speaking students of Chinese. You must look to sources on ...
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Etymology of the character 也

I've already done some research on the character 也, but I haven't find something that pleased me. I've seen explanations going from "horn" and "snake" to "vulva" and "around". Where did it come from? ...
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Translation of 这里开了家医院

I found a translation of 这里开了家医院 to "There is a hospital here" but this translation seems to ignore the word 开了。 Does the word 开了 add addition meaning to the sentence which the translation does not ...
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What is the difference between 看法 and 想法?

Both can mean "view/idea/opinion". For example, I can say: 对这个问题有两种不同的看法 (there are two different view on this question) Would it be reasonable to replace "看法" with "想法"?
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Structure of sentence with 喜欢+V

I would know what is the correct place of 喜欢 in my sentence, or if the both are valids what are the differences. 1/ 我喜欢坐飞机去 2/ 我坐飞机喜欢去
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How do I translate “舒服不如倒着,好吃不过饺子” in English? [closed]

This phrase means There is nothing more comfortable than lying down. There is nothing more delicious than jiaozi. I would rather find more local version. Thank you guys. I love dumplings ...
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Is 多早晚 wrong or right

In that site it says 多早晚 means "When". I asked a friend from Singapore, she told me that no one uses that, and it's a mistake. I would like to know if you use it, and in which context. https://...
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What is this character? [closed]

I would like to know what this necklace means, thank you
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她离开了三年了 vs. 她离开三年了 Is there any difference between the two?

她离开了三年了 她离开三年了 My two different textbooks say those two sentences respectively for the one same meaning: "It's been three years since she left." but I'm still not sure because my books are too old ...
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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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What is the difference between 受 and 收? [duplicate]

They both can mean "to receive". It seems as if 受 has a more negative connotation than 收 but I'm 100% sure about the exact usage differences.
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What is the difference between 认为 and 以为?

They both mean "to think" or "to consider". Is there a usage difference between the two?
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Difference between 办法, 方法, and 方式?

From what I know, they all mean similar things (way, method), but 方式 can also mean style which makes it similar to 样式. Is there a difference in the way they are used grammatically or is the difference ...
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156 views

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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Questions about 时量补语

I'm learning about Chinese complement of time-measurement (时量补语). It sounds very tough though, and I'm now stuck on some sentences like: 她学汉语要学一年 我看电影只看了十分钟 My textbook doesn't explain a rule ...
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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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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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Are radicals a relatively new invention for looking up dictionaries?

According to this article, radicals were invented for looking up characters in a dictionary, and didn't exist until after the publication of the Shuōwén Jiězì [說文解字] (around 100 AD). Is it true that ...
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Translation needed for 4 Chinese characters [closed]

I know that separately they should mean something like "beauty", "love", "friend", "mad", but written like this, do they form a sentence?
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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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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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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: 攻愁有方。許臣時一中之。不疑於用。...
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what is the meaning of “他来了请闭眼”

It is a TV series title I've been watching recently. Maybe closing the eyes is an idiom that I don't understand?
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How to say “Oops”; or other exclamation/interjection you might say if you make a mistake

I was making an omelette and I dropped an egg on the floor. I said "Oops!" because of my mistake. Is Chinese "哎呀" (Āiyā) the nearest equivalent? From what I gather, 哎呀 seems like a "sound word" -- ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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Translating “should” to express what is probable or expected

I've struggled with this for a while, and I haven't found a definitive answer. In English we can use 'should' to indicate an estimation or probability. Merriam-Websters 4th definition is that should ...
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Do I have to include 是 in 你的生日(是)什么时候?

I would like to know if the verb 是 (shi) is optional? 你的生日是什么时候? (Ni de shengri shi shen me shi hou?) 你的生日什么时候? (Ni de shengri shen me shi hou?) Which of those two sentence used more?
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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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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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Is 熵 in any way part of the spoken language?

In my own language (Dutch) I can (jokingly) point at something that is decaying (or perhaps my tea getting cold, or my desk being disorderly) and utter the single word: ‘entropy’. Or I can, out of the ...

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