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Boundery-shifting wordplay (or mishearing) in Chinese?

In English, ambiguity (mis-hearing, or intentional wordplay) can be created by boundary-shifting. Do you have anything like this in Chinese? Thank you. HH (written space -shifting) notable -- ...
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Sentence using 是……的 vs sentence using 很

This might seem a duplicate question, since beginers have a lot of doubt about not using 是 instead of 很 as in 我很好, but there's nothing related to what I'm asking here. At least I haven't found ...
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Chinese Stack Exchange Computer

I am looking for the link to the Chinese Stack Exchange site that specialized in computer vocabulary. The site no longer opens with link I saved. Thanks, Seee.
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,如禮何?,如樂何?= rituals according to what?

子曰:「人而不仁,如禮何?人而不仁,如樂何? Hello, this is Confucius: I have translated it into: man without virtue, rituals (manners) according to what? man without virtue, music according to what? this would mean: what'...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct?

Change this sentence into a more grammatically correct version? 青少年自殺越來越嚴重這問題完全失控。
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Does a Chinese character almost-always represent a word?

My guess is that (at least) 99.9% of the characters represent words. The possible exceptions are 的 and 吗 -- as in: 的 in "my car" (wǒ de chē) 我的车 吗 in 你好吗? or "Ni Hai Hao Ma?" (...
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“I am good” in Chinese

I would like to know if you can say "我好", when someone asks you "你好吗?". I am aware you can answer "我很好" as in "I am very good", but can you say "I am good"? Please fix my mistakes if I have any. -...
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Recommended methods and resources to prepare for the listening part of HSK4

Some time ago, I passed HSK3 (score: 297/300), so I would like to prepare for HSK4. HSK4's listening part is considerably more difficult than in HSK3, not just because is assumes more grammar and ...
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How to express 踏实 accurately?

What I want to say is "我是一个踏实的人", but I am not able to think out an accurate word or phrase to say that, thank you!
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Is 医好了 outdated in favour of 治好了?

I have been working through a grammar book with exercises where one of the solutions is "医生把病人医好了." My language partner said that 医好了 is unusual and that it is better to say 治好了 instead. Is this ...
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“我被他当做(了)自己的儿子。” 干爹 gāndiē or 教父 jiàofù?

Here is an issue that came up while I was discussing a grammar exercise with my Chinese language partner. My grammar book has an exercise where the solution is "我被他当做(了)自己的儿子。" My language partner ...
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How many peaches in 桃是水果?

How do we know if there is only one peach or multiple peaches in the sentence 桃是水果? How do we know in general? With the use of measure words?
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What is the difference between 退欧 and 脱欧?

On RFI Chinese Radio, they often have a topic about what I got to understand is Brexit, a current issue in England. They often use at different time the terms 退欧 and 脱欧 to talk about the issue. From ...
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What percentage of Chinese words are 1-character ? … 2-character?

Within an average Chinese person's vocabulary ... (which may be ~ 30,000 (?) words, but this number isn't important) could you guess what percentage of the words are 1-character, and ...
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爱、采 ( A trivalent verb takes 2 objects )

(my 1st post) Could someone give me a sample sentence containing 爱 taking 2 objects? I'm guessing it's << I'd love him to [do ...] >> type of construction? Thank you. HH (from Wikipedia)...
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Meaning of the characters in this tattoo [on hold]

OK, I'm really complete nOOb to Chinese characters, but I would really appreciate if someone could tell me what the characters in this image mean?
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Does the word 酱 in 酱香 refer to 醬油?

English language descriptions of baijiu constantly repeat that "sauce flavored" baijiu -- meaning 酱香型 -- is called this because it smells like soy sauce (醬油). I believe this is sheer ignorance and ...
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Distinction between 水果 and 果?

On a certain website, the translation for fruit is 水果, but later on it tells me that it is also 果. What is the distinction?
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Can someone translate this for me please? [on hold]

Thinking about buying a piece of clothing with this on it, but I have no idea what it means, could anyone be awesome and help me out? http://imgur.com/QKJueXf
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Why there is 份 in 身份?

What is the meaning of 份 in 身份? Is 份 used as a word pointing to a papers i.e. documents (passport and so on)? Or is it used as a 'division' so as to differentiate a man from man (身 body in our case)?
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Is Chinese really that ambigous in oral communication?

"I still am super grateful that all TV shows in China have subtitles (in Chinese) because even Chinese people will get a bit confused as to what's being said without the characters specifying which of ...
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Translating song lyrics: SHE Starlight 2 verses

I'm working on translating song lyrics, and trying to understand the meaning behind the song 星光 by S.H.E. The lyrics I'm struggling with are: 也許是你笑的弧度和我很像 Translation guess: Perhaps its the shape ...
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Word that I kept hearing at the end of a sentence

I don't know any Chinese, but I went to a kind of sales pitch by a Chinese salesman. He kept saying a word at the end of some sentences. The best I could think of the English pronunciation would be ...
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Why so many variations for traditional 只 zhǐ (衹/祇/秖/隻)?

只 zhǐ is just simply 只 zhǐ in simplified writing. As far as I can tell the most common traditional form is 衹. Why so many variations for traditional 只 zhǐ (衹/祇/秖/隻)?
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What are some popular Chinese songs, or places where you can find them? [closed]

I'm aware of Baidu Music. Any other suggestions?
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Should 屋 and 居 use radical 户 instead of 尸?

户 means home. So these examples are not suprising: 房 fáng (house), 扁 biǎn (flat), 扇 shàn (fan [mostly used indoor]), 扉 fēi (door) 尸 means corpse, and it looks like it refers to tail or something ...
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More explanations / types of usage for the particle 的 [on hold]

I got pretty well at using 的. I would like to know how the use of 的 is explained in China to Chinese pupils. I assume the explanations of 的 for learners of Chinese as a foreign language aren't the ...
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Does “Sabio” mean anything in Chinese, as a translation and a pronunciation? [closed]

i m trying to find out if the Spanish word for wise "Sabio" means anything in Chinese, as a translation and a pronunciation. My friend has a small business called Sabio and is going to work in China ...
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Why do some Chinese characters for animals not use the radical 犭?

why some Chinese words don't use the rule of prefix?
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Translation of “繟”

In a version of the Dao De Jing that I found on Gutenberg.org, this character appears: 繟. I've done multiple searches of the web and of several dictionaries online, but wasn't able to find a ...
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Why 文以載道 but 以文會友?

以 is one of the most confusing words in Chinese. Texts that really challenge me are usually full of it. Today I saw something confusing again: I encountered the phrase 文以載道。The document claims it ...
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Is 创业者 the best translation of entrepreneur as somebody who is trying to run a startup?

I have looked for that word. The most common translation seems to be 企业家. However, I think 企业家 can be confused with big businessman. I want to say 我是企业家, but I'm not a big businessman. I'm just trying ...
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What is the difference between 阅读, 读, and 看?

What is the difference between the three read verbs, 阅读,读,and 看? A casual googling gets you some explanations but as I still can't get it correctly and it has not been posted here, I wish someone ...
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How to pronounce multiple consecutive third tones in a sentence [duplicate]

I learned that a third tone character is pronounced as a second tone if it's followed by another third tone character. My question is, how do I pronounce a sentence that has three or more consecutive ...
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What's the difference between this 的and this 得 when it comes to meaning in the following sentences [duplicate]

I know how they are used, but I don't understand how they differ in meaning in sentences like these. Eg. 他说的汉语很流利。 他说汉语说得很流利。 Kindly explain using examples if possible. Added further: Also, I ...
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Where is the right place of the 的 in this sentence

I am not sure where I have to put the 的 in this sentence, if someone could explain me 我的西班牙语只学了半年 or 我只学了半年的西班牙语
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How to translate "顾方略何如耳,不至学古兵法“?

In Chapter 111 of Records of the Grand Historian (史记), there is a famous quotation attributed to Qubing Huo: 骠骑将军为人少言不泄,有气敢任。天子尝欲教之孙吴兵法,对曰:“顾方略何如耳,不至学古兵法。” I checked the translation from many ...
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What is the difference between 交易就告成立. and 交易即告成立.?

What is the difference between 交易就告成立. and 交易即告成立.? The catch: Since every book says that 就=即 I considered to create a new sentence out 交易即告成立 by switchin characters.There is no instance of 交易就告成立 ...
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What is the difference between 钱 and 金钱 (and 款)?

金钱 is just 钱 with an added 金 but both mean "money". Are there any semantics or grammar differences between the two? Also, 款 seems to also mean money. I know 款 is usually used after 贷 but can it also ...
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Difference between 借 and 贷

Both can either mean "to borrow" or "to lend". I know you can combine both of them "借贷" to mean "debit and credit". But what are the differences in usage and semantics between those two words. They ...
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Difference between 生活 and 生命

Both 生活 and 生命 mean "life". Both can be modified by "好" (好生活/好生命). Like any language, I don't believe two words ever mean the exact identical thing. If anybody could point me to the subtle (or not so ...
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Chinese given names with 3 or more characters?

Most Chinese given names are 1 or 2 characters long. Were there any proper, Han Chinese given names of 3 or more characters, that weren't transliterations or pseudonyms? Surnames are different; while ...
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What does 她是笨蛋的学生 mean?

I and my Chinese friend are discussing about the meaning of "她是笨蛋的学生” So, can u guys tell me which meaning is correct, or which meaning is popularly used: "She is a fool student", or "She is the ...
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没有人不喜欢自己的。 what does 的 imply here?

I understand the meaning of this sentence. Nobody doesn't like him/herself. My question is, why is there a 的 at the end? It is not a past tense sentence. And also there isn't any detail so that the 是。。...
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Is this usage of 不 before a noun acceptable?

In the first episode of the Chinese-Japanese anime collaboration 一人之下, we see Zhang Chulan (张楚岚) in a classroom at his university. Just prior to this, we see a still of a university building, with a ...
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如果真的有 what does this mean?

My friend who learns chinese sent me this. The google translator says that it means "if there".. Is this the right translation? Because to me, i think that five chinese characters should mean ...
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Stroke order of 㠭

I usually use yellowbridge.com when looking up stroke order, but they didn't have any information on 㠭. This isn't the first time this has happened, but usually it's easy enough to guess. However, ...
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Are these greens 苦木?

My garden neighbor gave me these greens. Is this 苦木? My neighbor said it is ku3mu4. Did I spell it correctly? What is it called in English? EDIT: In response to the given answers, here are some ...
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My Chinese Story, need correction, any suggestion? [closed]

Are you guys aware of any website service or any language exchange platform where one can post their stories or essays and get them checked? Also, below is my story, if anyone finds a very striking ...
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“May you live in interesting times”

I have often heard (and probably repeated) that there is a Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." Is there really such a saying in Chinese? I can't think of one, and can't even think how ...

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