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What is the textbook 发展汉语:高级口语(I) referring to about the etymology of 买单?

From the textbook 发展汉语:高级口语(I) page 82 (image), we have the following: 据统计,现代汉语中每年大概要出现1000个左右新词新语。有的是随着新事物、新现象、新观念的出现而产生的,如“手机”“宽带”;有的是来自外语或汉语方言的,如“脱口秀”“买单”;有的是旧词语有了新的用法和含义,如“下课”“菜单”;还有的是词语衍生或缩略形成的,...

etymology  
asked by Becky 李蓓 5 votes
answered by yawnoc 3 votes

what does 塞翁 mean in 塞翁失马?

I recently read about this idiom and its story. I know what it actually means. But when it comes to character by character translation, I struggled. I asked some of my Chinese friends, but they didn't ...

translation meaning-in-context chengyu  
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answered by fefe 3 votes

For a student studying Chinese as a second language, is there any practical difference between the radicals 匚 and 匸?

At the LTL Mandarin office in Beijing, there is a poster of the Chinese radicals, in which we find the 匚 and 匸 radicals: Until seeing this poster, I didn't realize these were different. This leads ...

difference radicals  
asked by Becky 李蓓 3 votes
answered by John Frazer 3 votes

What does 叫 mean in 你家的门真难叫?

From my grade-3 语文 textbook, we find: 每天早晨,敲门的声音总把哥什提亚和娃丽吵醒。这是邮递员送报纸来了。有一次,邮递员对爸爸说:“同志,你家的门真难叫,最好挂一个信箱。” My translation: Every early morning, a knocking sound noisily awakens Gostia and Wali. This ...

meaning meaning-in-context  
asked by Becky 李蓓 3 votes
answered by Tang Ho 1 vote

What is 輸打贏要? (Cantonese expression)

In this puzzle game I included a Cantonese expression 輸打贏要. and explained it as 'Very bad sportsmanship' A user asked what it means in the comment section. I replied he can Google it, but the result ...

cantonese expressions  
asked by Tang Ho 3 votes
answered by Tang Ho 4 votes

What is the difference between 变 and 变得?

What is the difference between 变 and 变得? Is 变得 a word in its own right, or is 得 some sort of complement word? For example, 眼睛变得亮晶晶。

grammar  
asked by Nicola Edmondson 3 votes
answered by John Joe 3 votes

Confusions about 虽然 and 即使

I'm a Chinese native, but even though I can't figure out the differences between 虽然 and 即使 clearly. Here're definitions of these two words in 现代汉语词典 (Modern Chinese Dictionary) (Edition VI). 【虽然】...

word-choice usage word  
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answered by dan 3 votes

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Where did the word "panda" come from?

If pandas are from China and in Chinese they are called 熊猫 ("bear cat"), where did the word "panda," as seen in most western languages, come from?

etymology  
asked by Enrico Brasil 3 votes
answered by Thomas Hsieh 3 votes

What is the most complex simplifed character?

I'm interested in simplified only for this question - which simplified character retains the most complexity, defined by having the highest number of strokes? To clarify: I'm after the most ...

characters  
asked by Michael Robinson 3 votes
answered by Cocowalla 7 votes

Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese

This is a community-maintained list of resources for learning Mandarin Chinese. Alphabetical Index Add-ons (browser) Apps Books Dictionaries Language Exchanges Lists of Resources News Online Courses ...

resources  
asked by Alenanno 125 votes
answered by aelephant 24 votes

How to translate "暧昧" into English?

Many dictionaries translate it to "ambiguity",but it looks so indefinitely. I'm looking for more expressive answer.

translation vocabulary  
asked by Haijun Huang 9 votes
answered by 杨以轩 11 votes

Can I use 我的上一辈子 when talking about an earlier part of my life which I almost don't recognize as mine anymore?

Context: I posted a photo on WeChat of an event that happened a long long time ago to me. I was living a completely different life back then. Different country, job, I was much younger etc. It's ...

phrase  
asked by Kantura 5 votes
answered by 古德曼 1 vote

The meaning of 打卡

The primary meaning of 打卡 is to swipe a card, clock in, punch a card, etc. But I see it used in another context which I can't quite put my finger on and when I ask Chinese people about it they don't ...

meaning-in-context phrase  
asked by Kantura 3 votes
answered by 水巷孑蠻 8 votes

What's the meaning of Haiya in Chinese?

My Chinese friends often say, Haiya followed by something. It's usually done in correcting a person. It's like, Haiya, don't do this lah, you should do that instead. What does Haiya mean? In this ...

meaning  
asked by user4951 3 votes
answered by Axel Tong 6 votes

Can you answer this question?

Glyph origins of the character 微

How does this character meaning become "small/tiny"? So many sources tell me that it's semantic 彳 + "phonetic" 𢼸, but what exactly is 𢼸? I've never seen this character elsewhere ...

glyph-origin character-components  
asked by Fishuman 1 vote
answered by yawnoc 0 votes
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