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Writing critique request: Zhou Ziwang and the revolutionary new technology

Here's the start of a short story I'm writing: 首先,大多数人强烈反对它,说人一定不要“扮演上帝”。当时他们害怕极了,对于未来的效果有关心。人性会怎么改变?人有很多批评:使用它以后,人还是人吗?用这种技术就是根本不自然的。这些论点使世界政客也反对它,而且除了世界上最伟大的科学家,谁都不允许用这种技术。 其实这只是正式的说法,...
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Can someone helpme out translating this? im trying to configure a dash cam but i cant

IM VERY TAHNKFUL FOR ANYONES HELP ON TRANSLATING THIS, I THINK IS IN CHINESE, BUT I DONT REALLY NO, PLEASE HELP ME
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What does 老得 mean?

我老得麻烦同事。 What does 老得 means in here? Does it mean I'm too old and have to bother colleagues constantly. I find an example, 我老得不能养猫了。 I'm too old to have a cat.
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Seal marks on a little pot (Characters identified: 吳祥君)

Can I have help reading what these two marks say? Thank you.
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Soapstone Seal Translation

Can anyone give me any information about this old stamp? possibly translate the symbols? Very worn carved soapstone in tortoise shell case with red waxy ink. Thanks for your help.
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is 我认为保护环境将为子孙后代保证未来 correct? Does it make sence?

I am trying to say that saving the environment will guarantee a future for future generations. Does it actually mean that or have i made mistakes?
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Why does anger has something to do with spleen in both Chinese and English?

The English word spleen has two meanings in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, an organ near the stomach which produces and cleans the body's blood. a feeling of anger and disagreement. ...
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Are there northern dialects which still preserve velars before front vowels?

It's well known that Modern Standard Mandarin has merged what were historically velar stops and alveolar silibants when followed by front vowels. For instance, 京 is "jing" rather than "ging", and 津 is ...
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What does this mark mean? (Characters identified: 周桂珍制)

Could someone please help me with the mark on this yixing teapot please?
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What does 上 mean as in 抱歉我没帮上忙?

I could roughly understand the meaning of the sentence. Sorry, I didn't help much. By the simple Chinese-English dictionary, 上 means up get on good superior There are tons of meanings by the ...
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How bad does a sentence with an inicial 了 sound here?

There's a rule in Chinese that says that when you have two or more verbs in a sentence, you should put 了 in the last one. As in: 他们请经理吃了饭。 How bad would it sound if you put 了 before 请? 他们请了经理吃饭。...
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Please translate 他听到我们这边有水瓶掉下去 砰地一声 (正好是停车场出口 万一有车就很危险)他马上和保安指出来 小朋友好乖哦

他听到我们这边有水瓶掉下去 砰地一声 (正好是停车场出口 万一有车就很危险)他马上和保安指出来 小朋友好乖哦 He heard bottle fell down ( ;$##? (I can't trans it) He and bodyguard pointed out??
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Is it possible to quip “My package went to Nanjing, but I'm in Beijing; that's the complete opposite Jing”?

I'm trying to quip My package went to Nanjing, but I'm in Beijing; that's the complete opposite Jing. For it to be funny in English, the reader would have to know that 京 in Nanjing 南京 and Beijing ...
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Is there an idiom that means to make big claims but have little evidence to support them?

Is there an idiom that means to make big claims but have little evidence to support them?
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How does 还 function in 快下雪了,我还以为今天是好天气?

I am reading a textbook and I already understand that 还 (hai) is used to indicate continuation or in addition to something, but for the following sentence it is not exactly clear. When I read the ...
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Characters with only horizontal 横 strokes

Aside from 一, 二 and 三 are there any other characters made from only horizontal 横 strokes?
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Whats the amount of money in 你明天带着两万两前去天琴城,买我赢得第一?

你明天带着两万两前去天琴城,买我赢得第一。 Google says 220,000 taels, but I’m not really sure. Could someone clarify?
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not a question. a statement. “complete” emacs editor [on hold]

Here is my emacs; it has a focus on learning chinese. please help yourself. https://bitbucket.org/jolyon929/jwem/src/master/ I have used it on windows, linux and mac.
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Why use 碰头 (pèngtóu) to mean “meet” instead of say 见, 见面, or 看见? (In e.g. 过两分钟我们在外面碰头)

In the Chinese translation of Matilda (p. 195), we have: “好,你把东西收拾一下,过两分钟我们在外面碰头。” "Good. Gather up your things and I'll meet you outside in a couple of minutes." and on the next page: ...
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What does the lettering mean? [on hold]

Thanks for your help <3 The sweatshirt has underneath the letters a weapon and underneath that "Paris" written so I´m a little concerned and confused on what it could mean... ^^´
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Translate 主播 in this context

This article is talking about speaking books, e-books. 与国外相比,中国的有声书产业尚处于起步阶段,行业规模和标准亟待统一。此外,优秀主播的培养也是一大缺口。 Normally, 主播 refers to a TV or radio anchor person, the host of a show. That makes no sense ...
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What is the difference between 词 and 汉字?

Does 汉字 refer to the actual written character while 词 refers to the meaning conveyed by that character? Or can they be used interchangeably?
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Difference between 什么都不 and 什么都没

Is it a difference in the tenses? Like one's a present and the other is future? Explain with examples please And can we say 什么也不 and 什么也没?
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How appropriate is 现在是什么时间? for asking the time?

现在是什么时间? Now is what time? This seems to be an alternative way of asking for the time in Chinese. (The usual way is 现在几点了?) However, something feels "off" about this question: I can only find it ...
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What is 装 and 连 doing in this paragraph about a newt in a glass from Matilda? E.g. 她再看那装着蝾螈的玻璃杯

This is from the Chinese version of Matilda (p.182): 那蝾螈仍旧在那个高玻璃杯装的水里扭来扭去,看起来让人极不舒服。杯子对它来说太小了。玛帝尔达看着特朗奇布尔,她多么恨她呀。她再看那装着蝾螈的玻璃杯,恨不得跑过去把它拿起来连蝾螈带水泼在特朗奇布尔的头上。她想到她真这样做了的话特朗奇布尔会怎样对待她,不禁发起抖来。 The original ...
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When to use the single character vs double character form of a verb?

I know of many verbs that can be expressed as a single character or two characters (i.e. 说 & 说话). The issue is that I don't know when it is appropriate to use one of over the other. Is it ...
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和这个白人女子, 在鸟不下蛋的地点. Hanging out in the middle of nowhere with this white girl

Does anyone know if this colloquial phrase "鸟不下蛋的地点" is always taken as "middle of nowhere"? Also I have started a fun sort of instagram account to try to learn how to write Chinese that I would ...
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How to give a number describing a “kilometer per hour speed limit”?

How can I talk about speed limits in Chinese? For example, how would I say, "That road has a 50 mile-per-hour speed limit?
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Are there web-site with description of visual meaning of symbols?

I'm interested in explanation of why certain symbol means what it means, in other words what object or scene it depicts. There is some books about that, like "Origin and evolution of...", but I wonder ...
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What is the difference between 能 vs. 会? [duplicate]

What is the difference between 能 and 会? Don’t they both mean “could”? What is the difference between them?
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How to express “the” in Chinese

I'm trying to convey the sentence "我不会好好发音四个声调" But that more directly translates as "I cannot pronounce four tones well" which is a bit ambiguous... that begs the question, which four tones? I'm sure ...
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Can someone translate what these say?

I bought a hooded shirt/short sleeve pullover from yesstyle. It looked cool but I also want to know what the front means and what the top text on the back means.
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cangjie input book?

你好! I have tried emailing the author of "THE "CANG JIE METHOD" REFERENCE BOOK" (http://www.cocoanutstech.com/cang_jie/www.cjmember.com/index.htm) about availability and shipping costs and received no ...
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What are the tones for 不 and 一 in the expression 不一定?

不 and 一 both have the property of changing tone to suit the tone of the following character. This phenomenon is called the tonal sandhi. What would the correct/standard tone combination for this ...
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Is there a reliable way to check if an idiom (成语) is widely used?

Sometimes I encounter an idiom (or 成语) and think to myself "oh, I like this 成语, maybe I should learn it". However, I'll often find out later that nobody actually uses that particular 成语, and I've ...
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Are there Escher sentences in Chinese? [kinda technical]

I'm a linguist with an extremely superficial knowledge of Chinese, so I'd like to query some native speakers about a grammatical phenomenon I've been thinking about for some time. In Indoeuropean ...
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Where to place 了 when using an auxiliary verb?

In general when using auxiliary verbs, where the auxiliary verb is in the past tense while the main verb isn't. An example: Because I like to read Chinese books, I began teaching myself Mandarin. ...
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Literal versus contextual translation of 斷腸

I saw in the translation of a set of Chinese lyrics that 斷腸 was translated into 'heartbroken' or 'broken heart'. This is a curious case where there is already a common expression for heart broken - ...
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How does 你的健康都难得到保证,就更别说幸福了 work?

From 标准教程HSK4上(p.124; nearly finished this book!): 当你生病了,如果由于缺钱而不能及时去看医生,你的健康都难得到保证,就更别说幸福了。 I translate this to: When you're sick, if because of lack of money [you] cannot promptly visit the ...
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Difference between 说话 and 话说?

I previously already understood "说话" to mean "to speak" or something to that effect, but just recently I saw the term "话说" and was curious if it carried the same meaning (which is often the case I've ...
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Is it possible to write “I'm hungry and tired” (我饿了,我也累了) with a single change-of-state 了?

我饿了,我也累了。 As I understand, both 了s are the change-of-state 了. I cannot think of a way to write this using only one change-of-state 了, which makes me think it's not possible. I'm fairly sure "我饿也累了" ...
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Why should someone learning Chinese as a second language learn 成语 idioms?

I was discussing 成语 (a type of Chinese idiom) with my teacher, and she seemed to indicate that around the HSK5 level, there is a sharp increase in the number of 成语 that the student is required to ...
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Does 慢一点 mean “be careful” even in a general context?

I've been told by a native speaker that 慢一点 is functionally the same as 小心一点, which in english is essentially "be careful". Can someone else confirm? I find it a little odd and would consider this a ...
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phrase + 给 object + verb

In the link below from the wiki page talks about 给 in this structure. Subj. + 给 + Target + [Verb Phrase] https://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar/Verbs_preceded_by_%22gei%22 But I don't ...
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在 before or after the verb

Hello i have a doubt about where 在 has to be? I have two references listed below about our matter. The first one talks about movement or location and the second about movement with displacement for ...
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跳马猴子 What does this mean?

Literally some kind of monkey jockey riding a racehorse. I’m guessing “lunatic”. I can’t find it in any dictionary. Any ideas?
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How does 上 work as a verb?

From 标准教程HSK4上 page 111: The verb "上" means "to achieve or reach (a certain quantity or degree)", often followed by an object indicating quality. I feel a lot of discomfort with using this 上. (I'...
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Translate this sentence for me

大巧不工剑讲究的就是一个不工,意念要厚重,剑式要雄强圆厚,气势要庄严雄浑,你看看你使出的剑式,太过松散,转折太过刚硬,致使出剑无力,剑式笼罩的范围太小……” I’m not learning chinese, I just enjoy doing machine translations to read and translate, but google and the dictionary ...
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How do I find the rules used to create the simplified version of the characters?

OK, some of the characters we know come from the regularization of the cursive form, like the radical 言 became 讠, etc. But how do I find how some really weird characters came from, like 舊->旧, 靈->灵, 異->...
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What are the criteria used on dictionaries to decide word classes?

Mandarin is a complete MESS regarding word classes. I can't think of an example right now, but I'm completely sure there are some words that reach the point of being a noun, adjective, verb and adverb ...

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