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Multiple characters for the same sound in Chinese

In chinese mandarin, why does Chinese language has multiple characters for the same sound? What is the reason?
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帅哥/美女 to get attention of someone who isn't handsome/beautiful

In China (at least in mainland), it is common that people say 帅哥/美女 to someone to get his/her attention. Example cases: If a person wants to use an iPhone charger but someone blocks the outlet and ...
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How to use “considering [that]” as a conjunction?

How do I use the conjunction "considering [that]" in Chinese? See example below. "The companies process is sub-optimal, considering the complexity of their business model."
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How to translate “note:” into Chinese?

How is the word "note:" translated into Chinese within the following example? -Example- Summary of Findings Finding 1 Finding 2 Finding 3 Note: these findings were based on a first draft and may ...
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Why number 2 has two forms?

二 (èr) and 两 (liăng) I understand when to use which But I'm curious to know why, and correct me if I'm wrong, this is the only number that has 2 forms.
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Role/Grammar of 找 and 跟 in this sentence: “他找白如玉跟他在師大附近走走”

他找白如玉跟他在師大附近走走, 試試地圖好用不好用。 My book translates this as: He went to see Bai Ruyu and asked her to accompany him on a walk around NTNU to try out the map functions. This is how my English brain is ...
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Use 個 if the correct measure word is unknown

How bad does it sound if I use 個 for everything if most measure words are just still unknown to me, or I don't want to end up using a wrong one?
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What's the joke about Guanhua in Ticklish Tales Contiuned by Xiaoshi Daoren?

Chinese History: A New Manual, Fifth Edition by Endymion Wilkinson has a little note that says: For a longer joke about a junior official with poor guanhua skills, see Xitan xulu 嘻談續錄 (Ticklish ...
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Which one out of these two sentences is the most natural?

“我们一起去海滩吧!” or “让我们一起去海滩”??? *** I asked a native speaker about this the other day and he told me that using "让" sounds "too serious". But then today when I asked another native speaker about this, he ...
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Using 瑞士的瑞 to address the character 瑞

Since I'm not a native chinese, I need to confirm this with one. For the character 瑞 would it be awkward if I refer to / address it when spelling a word to another person using 瑞士的瑞 ---> "Switzerland'...
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What are the characters on this seal?

What are the characters on this seal? Flipped image for easier reading:
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Why is 叫 (“call”) in 叫我马上到北极?

In the children's book 七色花, the girl 珍妮 (Jenny) instructs the magic flower as follows: 吩咐吧,叫我马上到北极! Fēnfù ba, jiào wǒ mǎshàng dào běijí! Command it, call me to the North Pole right away! [...
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着 meaning in 只要看着你

What does 着 indicate in this sentence : "只要看着你" (I just want to look at you) indicate/mean? (This sentence is from a song called "Baby", sung by EXO-M. Since it comes from a song, the sentence might ...
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Could you please correct my sentences?

Could you please correct my text ? 虽然我会说一口流利的法语,但是我想说一口流利的汉语。 我的职业 是律师。 律师 的责任很大,因为他必须解决严重得实情。然后压力大。 可是在巴黎 律师逐渐增加。 因此招聘越来越少。
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What is the difference between 收了 and 收到了?

What is the difference between 收了 and 收到了? 1. We say 我收了他的錢 2. But we don't say 我收了他的信, We say我收到他的信了 When do we use 收了 and 收到了?
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What kind of pen/brush do 水笔 and 签名笔 refers to?

I was casually browsing Chinese artist blog, and the artist states that he/she uses 圆珠笔 签名笔 and 水笔 as medium for art. I know what a ballpoint pen is. However, I am not sure what kind of pen is 签名笔. ...
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How do i write Erobee in Chinesse?

I want to use Chinese writing of Erobee in my logo. Does someone tell me please?
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Help with Buddhist meaning of 麼

麼 Occurs repeatedly in later Tang and early Song Dynasty Buddhist texts. Does anyone know of its Buddhist meaning, most translators disregard it. Thanks.
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Translate an error message in chinese [closed]

Can someone please translate this message?
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What to use when referring to the character 格

In Chinese, you can use 博士的博 to indicate the character 博 instead of other bó. Like a for apple or b for baby. What about for the character 格, what do most Chinese people commonly use in practice to ...
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Can someone translate this Chinese calligraphy into English?

This was written by a relative of mine, Ahn Jung-Geun
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What is the difference between 网上 and 在线?

Both 网上 and 在线 mean "online". What is the difference between 网上 and 在线?
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How does 一面向 break down in 她一面走着,一面向旁边张望着?

This is from the children's book 七色花: 她一面走着,一面向旁边张望着,念着招牌上的字,... As she walked, she looked sideways and read the words on the signboard ... [Google Translate] I'm wondering how 一面向 breaks ...
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Mandarin Chinese Alphanumerical Ordering

I'm attempting to create a small, multi-lingual multiplayer game that uses a single-character alphanumerical ordering system. For example, the player's rank would start at their language's first ...
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Where to find all/most variants of a glyth?

As far as I know, for one glyth (ex.: 御) there many variant forms. Some sources list 䘖䘘禦 as variants, others say that all of the glyths in string 御䘖䘘䢩禦衘馭𠉳𠨙𡕺𢓦𢕜𢖋𤀝𧗨𧗪𨝈 are variants of 御. Is ...
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How are my 用词造句 (“use the word to make a sentence”) sentences using 幸福 and 俩?

In the HSK4上 Standard Course workbook, the first practice exam has this problem: It's a 用词造句 ("use the word to make a sentence") problem. I came up with these sentences: 我妹妹十一月会结婚,太幸福了! My ...
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Why use combined characters that have the same meaning?

(rèn shí ) both characters means ( to know)and when combined it still have the same meaning. So why can't I use only one of them ?
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Is there a Chinese variant of the expression "and the list goes on and on“

Is there a Chinese variant of the expression "and the list goes on and on" or something simillar to it?
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Chinese expression for “go out early and return early”

I'm Looking for a Chinese expression that means something like "go out early and return early" or "the sooner you leave, the sooner you can come back". It expresses a wish for a person who is leaving ...
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How to translate 冲 in a phrase 道冲。

Is there any meaning of the character 冲 that allows to translate it as Vessel (or empty vessel)? The section four of 道德经 states: "道沖而用之或不盈" - 冲 is usually translated here as an empty vessel or ...
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Chinese stone stamp translate [closed]

I want to translate this stone stamp. Any ideas what does it mean?
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How to separate the words in the phrase 博格瑞牌法兰希小金文奶酪 & match it to the word translation in english

I'm trying to make a word to word correspondence of the following sentence from chinese to english: 博格瑞牌法兰希小金文奶酪 Borgri Franchi Small Cheese [Google Translate] The translation from google translate ...
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Why is my Microsoft Pinyin IME suddenly making traditional characters instead of simplified?

I tried to type 什么, but I got 什麽! It was working just a minute ago. What happened?
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Meaning of the word 黄毛小儿

Is 黄毛小儿 a sort of idiomatic phrase? Literally it would mean a "yellow haired child." I saw it on a TV drama, but from the child in question was definitely not yellow haired. Since the speaker was ...
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Difference between 学, 校 and 学校

你好! What's the difference between 学 (xue2), 校 (xiao4) and 学校 (xue2 xiao4)? I know the definitions but the thing with context is quite hard. The first one simply means 'to study' or 'academic'. ...
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Interesting tongue-twisters like these?

Is there any reduplicate tongue-twister like these? 1. 校長說:「衣服上除了校徽別別別的。」 (The principal said, "Don't(別) pin(別) other(別的) badge except the school badge.) 2. 雨天騎腳踏車,車輪打滑,還好我反應快,一把把把手穩住了! It's ...
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What is the use of “的” in “辞的职”?

In 汉语口语速成: 基础篇 pp. 147, there's a sentence: 爱珍: 你学习汉语是为了工作? 左拉: 可以说是吧,不过,现在我失业了,来中国之前辞的职。 I understand that "辞职" means "to resign", but I don't understand why "的" is inserted between them. ...
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Need help understanding: “人生要就不忍,不然就請你一忍到底。”

I'm working through this video and am having trouble understanding the sentence the speaker says at 9:31: 人生要就不忍,不然就請你一忍到底。 My best guess is this means "in life you don't want to have to restrain ...
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When will one be able to

How do you say "When will I be able to go to China?" After trying to figure out and failed, I tried to translate the sentence from Korean to Chinese and came up with this : "什么时候能去中国?" Now, the ...
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How do I say "did you see what happened?'

For example, if I turn a street corner and find there is some kind of situation, for example a crashed car or whatever, and I want to ask someone nearby if they saw what happened, what should I say? ...
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Is Siri good for practicing Chinese pronunciation?

Is Siri really that good for Chinese pronunciation? I mean, there will be nothing like a native speaker. For example, when I say "Ní haô" or "Wò qù", it still says the expected characters. If Siri ...
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Pronouncing Xué (学)

你好! I am currently learning Chinese but I've been struggling with perhaps a very easy sound to do. How do I pronounce Xué (学)? I know that with "x", it's "sh" with the tip of your tongue on your ...
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Is “光轮” for “Nimbus” as in “Nimbus 2000 broomstick” just a transliteration?

In a translation of the second Harry Potter book: "All Harry's spellbooks, wand, cauldron and top-of-the-range Nimbus 2000 broomstick had been locked in a cupboard under the stairs by Uncle Vernon ...
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The differences between 生日 and 生辰

Recently, I have come across people giving birthday wishes to others using the word 生辰 instead of 生日. I looked up some online dictionary/translation tools and it turns out 生辰 also means birthday. So ...
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help identifying the meaning of the word in the picture

So there are two characters written on that orange jacket(?) they are wearing It seems like it says "北看" but I can't seem to find anything related to that meaning maybe Its not "看" I hope someone can ...
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what does the lettering on my shirt mean?

My friend gave me this shirt, I've been trying to figure out what it means. Can anyone translate it?
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Chinese Font - Some Characters Rendered Strangely (外,将)

I am seeing some characters rendered strangely and would like to know what I can do to fix it. In Google search bar, rendered strangely. Inside translate box, rendered as desired: In Google Docs, ...
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The meaning of 是…的 in 有什么事是我该做的吗

I am a total noob when it comes to Chinese, so sorry if this is a dumb question. Recently I started using an Anki deck called SpoonFedChinese to study Chinese. Today I came across the following ...
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Does 屁股 refer to the womens' bottoms in 几个包着头巾的女人正将棉秆拔出来,她们不时抖动着屁股摔去根须上的泥巴?

From the book 活着 (audio book, about 7 minutes 40 seconds into 第01集): 几个包着头巾的女人正将棉秆拔出来,她们不时抖动着屁股摔去根须上的泥巴。 I translate this to: Several [几个] women [女人] wearing [包着] headscarves [头巾] are [正将] ...
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Why is 去 (“to go”) in 也不去考虑以后会是怎样 (“…and don't think about how it will be in the future”)?

In the book 活着 (audio book, around 6 minutes 55 seconds into 第01集), we have: 我只是感到和她在一起身心愉快,也不去考虑以后会是怎样。 Google Translate gives: I [我] just [只是] feel [感到] happy [身心愉快] with her [和她在一起], and [也] ...

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