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This is actually not one character, but a stylistic conglomeration of the characters in the phrase 招財進寶, meaning "ushering in wealth and prosperity". The characters 財 and 寶 end up being represented with the same 貝 component in this "character". While the left side of 招 (扌) and the right side of 財 (才) are technically not the same component, they look similar ...


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check the table. This picture says everything.


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I'm taking my answer primarily from this 百度知道 post. 呵呵 Hehe is the most general laugh, indicating perhaps just a smile. Its meaning is the most vague and in some situations can imply an embarrassed, self mocking, or even sarcastic laugh. (Update: note the added caution that @shellbye gives in his answer about the meaning of this one. I suggest you keep ...


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東: 主人。由於古時主位在東,客位在西,所以稱主人為「   東」。如:「房東」、「店東」。 Translation: In ancient times, the host was seated to the east and the guest to the west, so the host was called "East". reference: http://dict.variants.moe.edu.tw/yitia/fra/fra01875.htm Personally I have also heard it is because the Sun rises from the east, thus east is seen as the 'emic', or the 'theme'


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It's a little different from yours at the latter half of the sentence: Life is dear, love is dearer. Both can be given up for freedom. Reference: This is the poem written in 1847 by the Hungarian poet Sándor Petőfi. Here is the original: Szabadság, szerelem! E kettő kell nekem. Szerelmemért föláldozom Az életet, Szabadságért föláldozom ...


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慢走 is a polite thing to say usually used for someone who is leaving, has two implicit meaning: I don't want you to leave, so please leave slowly, so I can stay a little longer with you. Don't hurry, take care. 慢点儿 has the same meaning, but not as formal as 慢走, and sounds more affable.


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Generally I think BBC is a good place to learn English. As "阅兵" is a pretty big event recently, you can see it on news in most English speaking countries. So, just take a look of a news title from BBC: China military parade commemorates WW2 victory over Japan. "Military parade" looks good to me. However, if you are one of the officials, then you are in a ...


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As @user6065 has pointed out, we can find the example sentence in many online dictionaries: 在这些安全事件中,多数是工作时数超长疲劳[所至]。( Typo Warning! ) Many of these incidences have been attributed to fatigue due to long working hours. However, in that sentence, the only correct word should be 所致, i.e. it should have been 在这些安全事件中,多数是工作时数超长疲劳所致。( Correct! ) 所致 ...


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应变 is a short form of 适应/应付 变化, 应变能力 means the capacity of adapt to the change (of environment). The key point is how to deal with the change. 适应能力 means the capacity of adapt to the environment, the key point is how to adapt to the existing environment.


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得 : got to / must / have to ABC must / need / should be 弄清楚 : ABC make clear; figure out 得 is read děi when it means must/have to/need to. I would translate 首先得弄清楚我们需要什么。 as: we first need to figure out what we need


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树 more often means tree in modern language, while 木 usually means wood, as in 木板 (plank) or 木材 (timber). An olive tree is 橄榄树, while a birch is 桦木. Most trees are 树, though.


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自习 is more frequently related to the "self-study sessions" of high-school and colleges. 自学 generally implies teaching oneself about sth., i.e. no connotation to schools.


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艹 -> 草 -> 操 -> 肏 all with pinyin "cao" They're all Internet variants on the same word that proliferated through use of computer IMEs. 肏 (the proper character) didn't show up on some earlier IMEs, so 操 was chosen as an alternative for it. From there, 草 became used because it is often the first option that shows up on an IME when people are typing quickly (as ...


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早已 and 早就 are different. They can be exchangeable in practice and may or may not have the same meaning. But their grammar structure are different. Examples-1: 他搬走了.(He moved) (To answer what happened to him?) 他已经搬走了.(Since he moved, he is no longer here) 他早已经搬走了.(1) (Since he moved, he is no longer here. That happened long time ago.) 他早已搬走了.(same as 1) ...


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When asking a Chinese person "are you full" when eating a meal its like asking "are you enjoying your meal?" The host will be happy if he knows you are full. But when someone says 你吃飽了嗎? to you when not eating a meal. it means "Are you stupid?" or "Are you crazy?"


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Welcome more questions Thomas. Very good answer above. It is a Spring Couplet 挥春/揮春. 招財進寶 is an auspicious saying to wish families more wealth and treasure. Chinese paste this on the front door or wall before the Chinese New Year. And they renew it annually. Some companies hope like this lucky saying so they paste it too. Besides, "福"(fu) is very popular ...


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傲嬌 is a word from Japanese animation and just used in the Internet. 傲娇指的是这样一种性格: 表面上对陌生人/喜欢的人很冷淡或趾高气昂,即展现出“傲”的一面,而一旦关系突破某一好感度/耻度界限后,或者遭遇某种契机(特殊事件)的时候,就会突然变得害羞、娇俏可人,即表现出“娇”的一面。 ref : http://zh.moegirl.org/傲娇 At most time, a person who is 傲嬌, means he/she is 傲 at first and then 嬌 when he/she met someone he/she link. For your context, I think it's ...


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了 here is read liǎo which means: to finish / to achieve / variant of 瞭|了 / to understand clearly -CC-CEDICT thus 不了 unable to / without end -CC-CEDICT 忘不了 = can't forget / unforgettable 喝不了 = can't drink / undrinkable


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小确幸 is borrowed from Japanese 小確幸, which is created by the Japanese novelist 村上春树 (Haruki Murakami) in his collection of essays ランゲルハンス島の午後 (兰格汉斯岛的午后, Afternoon in the Islets of Langerhans). In Japanese, it means 小さいけれども、確かな幸福, you can translate it as little but certain happiness same as here. And according to here, 村上春樹の造語「小確幸」(しょうかっこう)は本作品の原題 "A ...


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能说, means be able to talk much literally, i.e. talkative, and maybe they're nonsense, unreasonable. e.g. 你太能说了,我再也受不了你了。 You are so talkative. I can't put up with you anymore. So if your friend used this word correctly, here's a bit meaning of you're a little sophistical. BTW: If I'm your friend, I'll say 是你太会说了. 会说, means be able to talk ...


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A completely parallel English version of the Chinese would be: I didn't (or don't) understand the first word (or sentence) that you just said. 的 is functionally equivalent here to 'that': the first word (or sentence) | that | you just said. 你刚说 | 的 | 第一句话 Notice that the order of the clause is reversed in Chinese and English. This is because Chinese ...


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“作”, when as a verb in this context, means "to make trouble". “作”, when as an adjective in this context, means "loving to make ridiculous troubles (being likely to be a trouble-maker)". “大作” means to make big troubles, usually causing bad consequences. “小作” means to make small troubles, normally not really harmful. "她是个很作的女孩” means she is a ...


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As mentioned in @songyuanyao's answer, 梗 is a common typo of the word 哏. In fact, you can barely find the correct usage 哏 in some Chinese-speaking communities. The word originally meant funny, amusing, but then, as @songyuanyao mentioned, it became a technical term in 相聲. To help you understand better, 相聲 are most similar to standup comedies in English, ...


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I guess you just use them the same way as in English. Look at e.g. this list: Everything that uses 国际 translates as 'international'. Similarly in this list everything that is 世界 translates as 'world'. A map that shows all the countries and their GDP (as a choropleth) would be: 世界GDP分布图 In the case of a poverty average, I think you would rather use ...


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From Wiktionary, the possible meanings of 弗 are: as negation (as in, 不 and 否 for "no") gust of wind writing brush There is no mention if it can mean dollar. On the other hand, in Japanese, the possible meanings are: fluorine the dollar sign ($) The reason of the dollar sign is because of the similarity of the sign itself (弗 vs $). Repurposed ...


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It indicates that the given name is unknown or intentionally hidden. 'A certain Chen/Liu', 'a Mr. Chen/Liu', 'a Ms. Chen/Liu', etc. In the case of women 氏 can be used, or was used historically, when only her maiden family name was recorded, e.g. Mao Zedong's paternal grandmother is quoted in Wikipedia as 罗氏, which simply means 'née Luo'.


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您晚上休息不了多长时间吧 is between interrogative and rhetorical. It means (I reckon that) you don't have much time for sleep at night, do you? There is a strong suggestion for the answer, yet an answer is expected to complete the dialog. Word by word translation is like You are unable to rest for long time at night right?


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It is a modern slang for 买. 淘 comes from 淘宝网 (Taobao), a very popular Chinese online shopping site, similar to eBay or Amazon. Although its name does literally mean "searching for treasure website", where 淘 means "searching", 淘 has become a verb that first meant "to buy on Taobao", "to buy online", and then to mean "buy" in general. This is similar to how ...


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拜了个拜 derives from 拜拜 by treating the first 拜 as a verb and the second 拜 as the object of the first 拜 and then adopting the verb+(quantity)个+object pattern. 拜拜 is just a loan word from English bye-bye and mean the same thing. 拜了个拜 is just a novel usage of the word.



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