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Flashcard website for learning Chinese with pinyin, English, and Chinese

I need to have three separate sets of flashcards. For learning Chinese, I need: Chinese, English, Pinyin (Might also want traditional characters) There is little challenge to have the pinyin with ...
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能 grammar in this sentence

In the following dialogue: A 小姐, 我相机一个包裹。 B 请问,寄到哪儿? 急什么? ......... Then later A asks: 请问几天能到? What is 能 here, I cannot find the grammar. In my books 能 is for permission, to be able to do something,...
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What does 原配手撕小三 mean?

In fact, rather than asking the meaning, I want to know which components this phrase consist of. 原配手撕小三: Is it: 原 - 配手 - 撕 - 小三 原配手 - 撕 - 小三 原配手撕 - 小三 I know 小三 mean mistress and 撕 mean to tear, so ...
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Why did my teacher say 判断 is wrong in 她意识到朋友判断她 (“she's aware that her friends judge her”) and what's a better choice of word?

This is a sentence of my writing: 她意识到朋友判断她、对她的感觉变了、不再想跟她在一起。 It's meant to mean something like: She's aware that her friends judge her, have changed feelings about her, and don't want to spend ...
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Can 孩子们 (háizǐmen) = “children (plural)” belong to the same family?

孩子们 (háizǐmen) refers to a plural of children. I don't recall ever reading parents referring to their children as 孩子们. Question: Can 孩子们 belong to the same family? I'm not sure how to answer this ...
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How many words for I are there in Chinese?

I wonder how many words and pronunciations for I exist/existed in Chinese. I know of these: 我:wǒ, but I believe it is pronounced ngo in Cantonese. There seems to be an n-root for I in Chinese. I ...
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“tā gāoxìng de tiào qǐlái” distinguishing 得 vs 地

If you hear, "tā gāoxìng de tiào qǐlái," there are two interpretations: 他高兴地跳起来。 He jumped up happily. 他高兴得跳起来。 He was so happy that he jumped up. Or another example: tā shūfu de shuìjiào. 他舒服得睡觉。 ...
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What is a “functional drink” 机能饮料?

I spotted this at the 物美 supermarket on 四道口 in Beijing. (Imgur version.) Question: What is a "functional drink" 机能饮料? The translation seems close to correct: 机能 = "function" 饮料 = "drink" My best ...
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A Scroll which appears to be from 2004 signed 包德和

包德和 Bāo dé hé Longevity Scroll Which I think reads something like '50 Things to buy for an Emperor' Unfortunately I am still learning Chinese characters. Who is the Caligraphy Writer?
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Is there a place to find extremely simple stories?

Is there anywhere (ideally free online) to find a wide range of reading material that is in extremely simple Chinese, the equivalent of perhaps "Fun With Dick and Jane" in English? https://books....
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What's difference between 国籍 and 民族?

I'm revising vocabulary for HSK4 and I found many words with similar meanings. A pair I found today was: 国籍 and 民族. What's the difference between them?
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what do 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning “situation”?

The Chinese word of 형편 (situation) in Korean is 形便. Can anyone explain what 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning "situation"?
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What does 必死的决心 mean? Must-die determination?

我以必死的决心发誓,从此绝对不会手淫src I, by a must-die determination pledge, from now on absolutely won't masturbate. 抱着必死的决心去奋斗,不论前方有多大的困难src Carrying a must-die determination go [and] struggle, regardless ...
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What does 握草 mean?

On google it says it means Wò cǎo, hold grass. On my translation app it means grip the grass! I know this term means like an expression of surprise, and similar to the curse word f*ck, but I’m not ...
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Does 一个 mean *exactly* one? Or can it mean *at least* one?

If someone (truthfully) says "I have a car" then they have at least one car. If someone says "I have one car" then they have exactly one car. How does this idea work for "我有一辆汽车" ? Could someone say ...
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What musical instrument does “敫” refer to?

I found the character 敫 whose definition apparently is "ancient musical instrument" according to Wiktionary. However, the English Wikipedia's List of Chinese musical instruments doesn't seem to ...
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Linguistic Gloss (literal translation) of long English verb phrases into Mandarin Chinese

I am wondering how Chinese grammar handles complex verb phrases. Like in English you can have up to 4 (from what I've seen) verbs chained together. I wanted to post some examples of these verb phrases ...
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Do Chinese language users use 作心三日?

This isn't exactly a question about the linguistic properties of the Chinese language, but something I'm just curious about. Is 作心三日 a 成語 used in China? It's a very common Korean proverb, basically ...
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Are there any phonetic pangrams for Mandarin and other Chinese languages?

A phonetic pangram is a bit of text which uses all the sounds, or phonemes, in a language (as opposed to the letters of characters). Very useful for practising pronunciation. This is one in English: ...
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Translations of “共欢新故岁,迎送一宵中” by Li Shimin?

The poem 守岁 by 李世民 ends with the following line: 共欢新故岁,迎送一宵中。 It's apparently a well-known line and even Chairman Xi used it in one of his speeches: “共欢新故岁,迎送一宵中。”忙碌了一年,一家人一起吃年夜饭,一起守岁,享受的是天伦之乐、...
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How to read this talisman (符)?

I came across this talisman (符) the other day: I can recognize some characters in there, but mostly I'm just stumped by the entire thing. How are talisman supposed to be read? How can I read this ...
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In Mandarin Chinese, what is the correct pronunciation for three or more third tones in a row? [duplicate]

只有我想了解你 zhíyǒu wǒ xiǎng liáojiě nǐ OR Zhíyǒu wó xiǎng liáojiě nǐ 我很好 wǒ hén hǎo OR wó hén hǎo 我也很好 wó yě hén hǎo OR wó yé hén hǎo OR wǒ yé hén hǎo 我也很想你 wǒ yé hěn xiáng nǐ OR wǒ yé hén xiǎng nǐ ...
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What is this coin for?

I have this coin from long don't know how it came to me. I wanted to something about this coin. what the significance of this coin. what is written on this? Help is appreciated. thank you
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Why are Chinese people so soft? [closed]

Is it because the decorum of written Chinese, traditonally, is very polite? One can be harsh with them & they'd just take it. Makes my argument against the ditdiitis, about them wrongly thinking ...
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Rules for pronouncing Rules for pronouncing 著 as zhe5 or zhao2? [duplicate]

Are there rules to know when to pronounce 著 as zhe5 or zhao2?
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Difference between 不了 and 不到

This question focuses on the differences between 了and 到. What's the difference between verb + 不了 and verb + 不到? Do the differences also apply to Cantonese? Examples: 收不到 vs 收不了 幫不到 vs 幫不了 來不到 vs ...
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What did Liu Cixin mean here?

In a postscript to the American edition of The Three-Body Problem / 三体, the author says: In science fiction, humanity is often described as a collective. In this book, a man named “humanity” ...
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Why is does the Chinese language hardly, if ever, use sarcasm [closed]

Every once in a while, I would use sarcasm earshot to some Chinese people . To my surprise, Chinese people, especially the older generation, giggle thinking what a ridiculous person I am for thinking ...
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Difference between j, q, x sounds and z, c, s sounds?

I'm struggling with some sounds in Chinese. I can't distinguish J, Q, X initials and Z, C, S initials. I feel that they are pronounced similarly. Am I right? Can you tell me how to pronounce these ...
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What action does “打” in “打酱油” refer to?

Lately I found out that 打酱油means “buy soy sauce”, but it becomes “beat soy sauce” when translated literally. I know 打 can mean “beat”, so I’d like to know if this word can mean “buy” in day-to-day ...
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很 in reduplicated adjective phrases?

Is it not neccesary to use 很 to link nouns and adjectives when you reduplicate the adjective and instead you use a 的 after the adjective? For example: 你的女朋友高高的。 她们漂漂亮亮的。
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Use of 成 / 乘 number quantifiers in Cantonese

I learned in Cantonese class that adding 成 to a Number can imply a degree of something. For example, 七成 means 70%. I explored further and it seems that it can be used to describe the rarity of your ...
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In traditional Chinese, when should one write 台灣 and when should one write 臺灣?

I have seen both even in the same context. For example: May I know the difference and when should one use which? Thank you!
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It should be a yixing craftsman But I think it written incorrect? [closed]

It should be a yixing craftsman But I think it written incorrect ?
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How do you translate “misalignment spacers”?

I'm looking for the word for "misalignment spacers", which are mechanical parts for use with Heim joints (鱼眼轴承). Anyone know what they're called in China? Here's a photo. Misalignment spacers are the ...
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Is the visual similarity of the simplifications 華→华 and 畢→毕 a coincidence?

華 and 畢 are very similar, the bottom is the same, and only the top 4/5 of their strokes differ. Their simplifications 华 and 毕 are also similar, the bottom and the top rights are the same and, and the ...
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What is the origin of 火黑暗?

What is the origin of 火黑暗? According to wikipedia it comes from the Zangshu, "Book of Burial", but no where in that book (or anywhere else) can I find this supposed phrase: "Qi vapors in the fire, ...
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What is the difference, if any, between 开心 and 快乐

Dictionaries will give "Happy" for both. A Mandarin song has the title 你开心所以我快乐 https://youtu.be/Sb1ojccxvyw Question therefore is whether there is any signifying difference in usage? That is, ...
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Handwritten script on two scroll paintings

Could someone help translate what’s written on these two scroll paintings please?
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Can someone translate whats on this pendant? (Character identified: 醒)

This is a Chinese pendant but i cant figure out what it says at all.
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Chinese characters signature? Yixing (Characters identified: 吴亮屏)

What are the symbols on this very old teapot? It appears to be traditional chinese characters or a date?
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Is the sentence 昨天把我吃得站不起来了 correct?

I came across this example use of 把 in the sentence structure "把 + Object + Verb + 得 complement": 昨天把我吃得站不起来了 I've gotten some feedback that this sentence is not correct. It's used as an example ...
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Round seal stamp on a teapot (Characters identified: 沈紅英制)

This is stamped on the bottom of a yixing teapot. Can anyone translate what the name is please? Thank you.
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What does 怎么不是司机不是娃呢 mean?

The literal meaning seems to be : How could it not be a driver not a baby ? I presume it has another meaning. Any ideas ?
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Why is there no 地 in 不小心踢到椅子 (“carelessly kicked the chair”)?

A bunch of examples: (1) 脚不小心踢到椅子上面[src] (2) 在上课,后面的人不小心踢到我椅子了[src] (3) 孩子不小心踢到椅子[src] (4) 贾玲跳舞,不小心踢到椅子,椅子腿断了,陈赫非常关心![src] (5) 脚肿了,是不小心踢到椅子脚上,小脚趾肿了[src] I don't understand why there's no ...
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What does 都 mean in 小松鼠每天都到地里去

The full sentence is 小松鼠每天都到地里去,看看结花生了没有。 What is the function of 都 in this sentence? Is it to emphasize that the squirrel looked every day, or that it looked everywhere, or is it something else ...
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Could you give me some examples of work slangs? [closed]

I'd like to know some idioms that are used at work by workmates or bosses.
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How does work the chinese adjectives?

I'd like to know how work the chinese adjectives, because i was searching on the internet about this, but i wasn't able to understand the use of 的 and if any noun can become a adjective, if yes is it ...
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Is there an expression similar to the English “gut feeling” in Chinese?

Is there a metaphor or idiom that has a similar meaning to "gut feeling", as a metaphor for "intuition" or "instinctive feeling", in Mandarin Chinese?
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Is there any way to detect dialect automatically?

For current task I need to create a solution how to detect if some video or audio of Chinese speech is Mandarin or Cantonese (for now I do not need others dialects). For example, there is almost ...

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