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What is the difference between 参加 and 参与?

I have been using these interchangeably, until today I was corrected, being told that one "参加活动”, not "参与活动“. I then looked up the definition, but it wasn't too helpful. How do I know when to use ...
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Written Cantonese Pronunciation

I recently attended a Cantonese reading class in Hong Kong and discovered that pronunciation of the spoken form of written Cantonese can be very different from normal speech. The teacher was not able ...
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How can I translate “The Ghost Town's Beauty” into Chinese?

I want to write a short story and I want to give it both an English and a Chinese title. I can read a little bit of Chinese, but unfortunately I was unable to properly translate the title myself. The ...
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What is an idiom that describes aiming for high achievement or success but not forgetting one's roots?

What is an idiom/phrase/saying that describes aiming for high achievement or success but not forgetting one's roots? Something like 展翅高飞 and 饮水思源 combined
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What are the arguments of 结合?

I have this sentence: 某酒类品牌的成功,在于它紧紧抓住都市文化的特点,将产品创新同城市文化、都市人怀旧心态紧密结合,大大提升了酒的档次,创造了酒的新概念。 Sometimes, no often, I get confused with Chinese, especially when sentences use 将 or 把。I rewrote the part I ...
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What does the term “Chinese” mean?

The Wikipedia article on Chinese says that many varieties of Chinese are mutually unintelligible. That is, I can't just learn "Chinese" and speak "Chinese" with anyone living in China or Taiwan. What ...
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Chengyu dictionary

I am looking for a chengyu dictionary with the following caracteristics: the stories behind the chengyus in englis (or with chinese too), long, not just one or two sentence explanation, when and how ...
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Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese

This is a specifically created Community Wiki which gathers resources for learning Mandarin Chinese and it has been approved by the Community itself. It should be clear that the resources are not ...
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Translation for “ray of sunlight after rain”

I am looking for a Chinese translation of the Swahili word kianga, which has the following meanings: burst of light burst of sunshine clear up (after rain) ray of sunlight after rain clearing up (of ...
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Two-character homonyms with same meaning

This is question about synonymous homonyms in Chinese, in particular, two-character words with same sound, tone. Edit: to keep the question simple and broad, I am using the word "homonym" in a ...
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再次 and 再: are they different?

Here is the context: 我于是去了这家餐厅,点了一盘蘑菇菜心,果然好吃。我对服务员说: 我再次要一盘。 The sentence "我再次要一盘" is wrong. But "我再要一盘" is correct. Can anyone explain why?
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Use of “是不, …” to introduce sentence

In a video I recently watched, the narrator introduced an idea by saying 是不, ... Can someone tell me what the best way is to understand this for an English speaker? Thanks. Edit: here is one ...
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Is this the correct way to say “I practice chinese with my friend”?

Is "我习说中文一起我的朋友" the correct way to say "I practice speaking chinese with my friend"
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早已 and 早就: what's the difference?

To my understanding, both hold the meaning of "already happened long ago". What are the nuances though? Are they interchangeable? Examples: 他早已打定主意了。 (He made up his mind long ago.) 他早就搬走了。 (He ...
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What is the verb for “hacking” (as in computing) in Chinese?

Using my dictionary and some research, I've found that there seems to be three words for "hacker" in Chinese. 黑客,骇客,and 红客. The first two look to just mean "hacker," while the third is a word for the ...
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What meaning does ** (double asterisk) have in chinese?

I'm reading some web novels, and I noticed that once in a while there's ** double asterisk in the middle of a sentence, but I have no idea what they represent. For example: **的挑釁
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I am trying to decipher what type of tea I have in this canister. Thank you so much for your help. (pic below)

I received this tea as a gift and was told it was green tea, but it doesn't taste or smell like green tea. When I try to match the characters up to chinese characters, it doesn't seem to match any of ...
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What does 现代化 mean in this sentence?

In Chinese, putting 化 after a word often seems to have the same effect as the suffix -ize in English. I have: 公司在全国建立了进150家分公司,兴建了百万平方米的现代化厂房,形成了年产数百万吨的强大产能。 If I translate '兴建了百万平方米的现代化厂房', ...
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What is the meaning of 愣了愣

I have: 格兰仕空调生产车间负责人走过生产线时,看到以为一位工人正在抬起手臂取零件,她愣了愣,想:“这个动作有没有可能改进一下呢?” 她愣了愣, 想 = 'she suddenly thought', 'she, with a start, thought' Is that the meaning of '愣了愣‘?? Or is it 'staring at him, she ...
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Can someone translate this to Chinese simplified? “Capital Stacks”

This is a financial term, and I'm hoping for the most professionally used term. Capital Stacks A description of the totality of capital invested in a project, including pure debt, hybrid debt,and ...
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Journey to the West / fire mountain

This question is not precisely about language, but really more cultural. It is about Journey to the West/西遊記. I am doing my Chinese homework, which is to summarize the chapter of 西遊記 where 唐僧 et al. ...
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How to say: subway line is not in operation

How to say in Chinese: Today part of the blue subway line is not in operation. Should it be 在操作? Or another word?
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How to find online freelance teachers? [closed]

I’m new on Chinese Stack Exchange (though a long-time fan of Stack Exchange), so please be nice :) How can I reach out to independent mandarin teachers who would be offering online lessons over Skype ...
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Chinese Words that Accurately Reflect English Phonemes

I'm a retired computer science professor who helps Chinese graduate students master English. The students have a good background for reading and writing scientific papers but struggle with their ...
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Is the sentence “我们要怎么去机场?” ambiguous?

我们要怎么去机场? The translation given is "How do we get to the airport?", but since 怎么 can also mean "why", can this sentence also be translated as "Why are we going to the airport?" I'm probably ...
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What is the best way to learn tones?

I still have difficulty to identify tones when I listen to Chinese. Moreover I have difficulty in saying second tone. Could you guys advice me some way to improve my tone?
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Birth name question

My daughter was put up for adoption in China, Guangxi province in 2004. I then adopted her. Her Chinese name is Jin Yan Fa. What does her name mean?
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Any historical connection between 筵席 and 宴席?

宴席 and 筵席: I know what both words mean, and I think it's quite funny they have similar pronunciations with quite similar meanings (give or take on both). Do the two words have similar origins? Any ...
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114 views

What are the mandarin words for these Chinese altars?

I saw some various types of Chinese altars in some chinese countries: Altar that hanging on wall (I suppose this is altar for sky god): ...
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What does it mean by “失敗就懷孕”?

I'm reading a web novel, and it states: “大約是失敗就懷孕之類的任務吧……” What does "懷孕" mean or represent in this context?
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Why is 喂 used over 你好 when answering the phone?

The use of 拜拜 over 再见 at the end of a phone conversation is obvious as you haven't seen them so how could you see them again but I don't understand why 喂 is used as a greeting when answering the ...
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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 of 十余年 here?

I have: 娃哈哈连续十余年领跑中国饮料行业, I keep seeing 余年 = one's remaining years, but I'm pretty sure 十余年 means 'for the last ten years', not the (10 remaining) years ahead. It's not as if 娃哈哈 only has 10 years ...
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口是心非 歌词 : “怕是怕” What does “x Shi x” mean?

I was listening to one of my favorite Chinese songs, 口是心非 (duplicity) by 张雨生, and there's a line in the chorus that says 于是爱恨交错人消瘦 怕是怕这些苦没来由 a) what does x 是 x mean? b) what does it mean in ...
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How are abbreviations determined in Chinese?

There doesn't really seem to be a clear standard, if you will, of how things are abbreviated in Chinese. For example: 中华人民共和国人力资源和社会保障部 -> 人社部 (传染性) 非典型肺炎 -> 非典 So: How are abbreviations ...
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When to use “一下儿”

I know the phrase "一下儿" can be appended to a verb to indicate the action takes short time or less effort, for example "看一下儿". However, some verbs cannot be appended by "一下儿", since the sentence won't ...
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Can someone translate these sci-fi phrases? [closed]

I'm looking for the Chinese equivalent of these phrases, not word for word literal translations. Pinyin or characters appreciated. Shields down! ETA 3 hours. Barrel roll. Faster-than-light/Slipspace ...
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What's a good word for “creepy” in Chinese?

I realize that the English word "creepy" is a slang with many different meanings. I'm referring to the way someone might describe unwanted sexual advances. For example, That guy over there staring ...
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Are there any online resources for learning Chinese 4-character idioms

I'm interested particularly in the 4-character idioms/chengyu's. Some that I've learnt recently: 独一无二 - unique 由此可见 - this shows that 一般来说 - generally speaking I've realised they come in really ...
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What belongs together here '年产数百万顿的'?

How should I read this: ,形成了年产数百万吨的强大产能。 Is it: A ,形成了 (年产数) 百万吨的 强大产能。or B ,形成了年产 (数百万吨的) 强大产能。 I believe '数百万‘ = 'several million', but I think '年产数‘ could be 'annual production figure'. ...
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What is your biggest challenge while learning Chinese? [closed]

Many of my students say Chinese is difficult. Do you think so? What is your biggest trouble in learning this language?
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What is the meaning of 这是给谁的礼物?

Yet another sentence where I know all the words but can't work out the correct meaning! In one of my textbooks I have a series of phrases: 给我礼物 给谁的礼物 这是给谁的礼物? Would I be correct in translating ...
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Is there a definitive list of countries that use traditional chinese and those that use simplified chinese?

I have checked a number of websites, and although most agree about the main countries that use traditional and simplified Chinese, I am not sure about countries where there are mixed populations of ...
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1answer
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What is the Socio-linguistic Function of Mixing Pinyin and Characters Together By Adult Native Chinese Writers?

Several linguistics-oriented scholars, most notably Dr Mair, have recently noted the growing trend in written Chinese discourse towards "digraphia" - the dual use of Pinyin and Chinese characters as ...
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Correct format for asking people to play sports (hobbies) [closed]

I am trying to say "This afternoon do you want to play baseball with me and my brother". What would be the correct way of saying this?
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How do I properly place each character in this sentence?

I am trying to figure out how to write "Which country do you eat dinner?" I know I need 你 (you), 哪 (which(which is my vocabulary word)), 个 (measure word), 国 (country), 吃 (eat), and 晚饭 (dinner). I just ...
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Why Have Modern *duilian*'s become 成语+3 Random Characters?

I keep seeing parts of modern duilian's made of one 成语 + three random characters. Something like: 国泰民安 + 增财富 How did duilian evolve to this level?
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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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Logic behind the strokes of complex characters

I am learning Chinese now, and we've been introduced to Chinese characters as 'pictograms'. I understand the logic behind some characters, like 口 mouth to and 人 person. But, what about complex ...
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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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