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Can somebody please translate main 4 symbols and the 6 little ones for me? (Characters identified: 格物致知)

Can somebody please translate main 4 symbols and the 6 little ones for me?
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What is the meaning of 江山入画

Please, can you explain me the exact meaning of 江山入画? It is a name of a novel. However I am not sure of exact meanging. I know that 江山 means country, 画 is painting. Please what it mean all together ?
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How Would I Write 多为和平 Vertically?

I used Google translate to tell me how to say Mostly Peaceful in Chinese which it said was 多为和平. I do not know any Chinese at all and I am designing a shirt where I would like to stack the words 多为和平 ...
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Why does 公路 mean highway?

If you break it down, 公路 means public road, which does not mean highway. So why does every dictionary say 公路 is highway?
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Is the word 感觉 not redundant?

感觉 means to feel; however, both 感 and 觉 both mean to feel by themselves. Why does the word 感觉 exist then? I've noticed that a lot of words are redundant.
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What is the original of “Sold Out” by poet Mo Mo?

I was suddenly reminded of this poem today: Mo Mo SOLD OUT I sell dreams, cheap following my inclinations like a dog who sold his master I sell epochs, my body crosshatched with scars I sell time, ...
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Is there any different meaning between using 真 and 真的 in a sentence?

I came across some sentences in which 真 or 真的 have been used. Sentences with 真 only. 你真不知道我是谁 这事真不能怪我 Sentences with 真的 only. 我真的不想去 我真的后悔说过的话 Is there any different meaning between using 真 and 真的 ...
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What does 都 mean when added to 主 here: 主都知道,主都不在乎

This is a quote from “黑暗森林”, I've never quite understood the 都 there. Also, I've opened the book and tried a quick search, it seems like the author switches between 主都 and 主, which is entirely out of ...
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How to translate “blouse” to Chinese?

I'm researching names for many different clothes in Chinese, and when I reached the word blouse, seems like I've reached a dead end and, consequently, a need of an explanation. Just to make myself ...
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How to use 把 and direction complement in the following phrases? [closed]

REORDER AND CORRECT THE PHRASE WHERE NECESSARY AND INSERT (ALWAYS), IN THE RIGHT POSITION,THE PREPOSITION 把 昨天下午管理员打扫打了一下儿教室。 请每个学生擦自己房间的门和窗户干净。 “新年快乐”几个大字爱德华和麦克想贴在教室里的黑板上。 小男孩用力地扔进大海小鱼 ...
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Understand 憎人富貴厭人貧(窮)

The Cantonese expression 憎人富貴厭人貧/窮 (hate the rich, discriminate the poor) illustrated a mentality that is considered unhealthy. I am trying to find a simple description of this attitude I came up with ...
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differences between 非常好 and 特别棒 ALSO if I know someone's name, do I 认识 them?

I need help with a question for a Chinese assignment I have to choose a suitable answer to the sentence, the sentence is 你知道吗? 昨天的足球比赛我们沈阳队赢了天津队5:1。 沈阳队的水平比天津队高得多了 。 Question: 沈阳队的水平怎么样? Choices: A. ...
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Is google translate wrong about 上海外国语大学?

Google Translate says 上海外国语大学 means Shanghai International Studies University. Shouldn't it mean Shanghai Foreign Languages University?
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Is there a reason why 午 and 年 look so similar?

These words don't have meanings that are similar, but why do they look nearly identical? Is it just a coincidence?
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What does 幾分 means in 我愛你有幾分?

The lyric of a popular song "月亮代表我的心" (YouTube video) contains the phrase "我愛你有幾分". This is my interpretation: 我 means I, me 愛 means love, care 你 means you 有 means to have or to ...
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In the novel 猫城记, why does 老舍 use 的 (instead of 地) for adverbs?

From the first chapter of 猫城记 by 老舍, we see examples where 的 is used where I would expect to use 地 (to indicate an adverb): 我应当先去挖坑,但是我没有去挖,只呆呆的看着四外,从泪中看着四外。 动是我自己不能负责的,现在想来,这或者是最近情理的解释与自恕。 鸟儿下来一只。...
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Is 我的中文水平还是挺有限的 a suitable translation of “My Chinese is still quite limited”?

我的中文水平还是挺有限的。 My Chinese is still quite limited. Anything wrong with this translation? Or is there a better way of expressing this?
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How to discuss preferences / ask which do you prefer in Mandarin

How does one discuss preferences/ask what someone prefers out of a series of options? Do you just list each option followed by 好不好? Thanks
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What is wrong with how I wrote 你也不会呢 in 20年来,没有人相信我。你也不会呢?

I've been using LangCorrect recently to get feedback on my writing. Recently, I wrote this: 我的话让老妈失望地叹了口气,说:“20年来,没有人相信我。你也不会呢?我不是在撒谎!我不是在骗你!”那时,老妈站了起来,开始收拾东西准备走。 I received three corrections, one ...
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Is the construction 连A带B meaning “both A and B” a general construction or limited to fixed expressions?

The Pleco dictionary mentions the construction 连A带B meaning "both A and B" in the definition of 连, but I can't find any other discussion of this structure. I see it in fixed expressions like ...
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What is the difference between 矮 and 短

What is the difference between 矮 and 短. Both seem to mean "short," so how can they be differentiated?
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What 'nostril's hair move' have to do with fear? (嚇到鼻哥窿都冇肉)

嚇到鼻哥窿都冇肉 literally means 'Scared to the point of even nostrils have no flesh' I was wondering what 'nostrils have no flesh' have to do with fear, so I did some search and found the following article: ...
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What does this mean in English, please? [duplicate]

[广州市]【广州国际中心】已出口直封 What does this mean in English? I am expecting a parcel to be delivered.
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How to ask in Chinese Mandarin: What do you want me to say?

When someone tells me to say something and I don't know what to say, I want to ask that person "What do you want me to say?" How can I ask that question in Chinese Mandarin? Below is what I ...
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What's the difference between盛名and名副其实

I have the sentences 这个学校名副其实的温暖,这学校对外声称自己是暖心的社团,接触他的人也确实感受到暖暖的爱 名副其实 means"reputation"or"not just in name only,but also in reality"
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Is there any sun 日 in 昌?

I've been seeing conflicting explanations for this character 昌. Some sources say it comprised of two suns 日, some sources say it comprises of sun and speak 日 meaning flourish, though I don't really ...
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What is the nature of the term 什么都?

While talking on discord someone typed that they were studying, to which I jokingly replied, "我已经学会什么都了,没有没学的", though people were quick to correct me, apparently 什么都 is not a noun and ...
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How to type PinYin on Windows without the actual letters being typed out as you construct a word?

The reason I'm asking is that I want to practice typing in Chinese on TypeRacer, but it's currently very inconvenient to use. If the word I'm trying to type is "你好", it warns me that I've ...
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Chinese names for zeptoseconds and yoctoseconds

While compiling a list of names for fractions of seconds which are in the International System of Units, I stumbled upon two curious fractions of seconds whose names I'm unable to locate anywhere, and ...
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Is there a word/name that sounds like “Arky”?

I'm looking for a catchy name and I'm wondering if the word "arky" does mean anything in the Chinese language. I was wondering if there is like a word in Chinese language that is pronounced (...
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How do I use 乱?

For the sentence, 你别乱闹. I think it means "do not randomly complain," but that doesn't sound right. I can't pinpoint what 乱 means.
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what does 上疾 mean in this sentence (她在网球场上疾如闪电。)

I have the sentence 她在网球场上疾如闪电。I know that it means "she is as quick as lightning on the tennis court" What role does 上疾 have in the sentence it clearly doesn't mean, on disease! Are there ...
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What is the hidden meaning of “mi mi”, the Chinese word for secret?

The English word is "secret" The Chinese word is "秘密" I found 禾 means grain, 必 means must. The second character has 宀 (mián) roof,必 (bì) must and 山 (shān) mountain. How does it all ...
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Why does 身体 mean both “body” and “health”?

I've seen a curious Chinese word 身体. At first, I have discovered that it means 'body' and is a word with a broader meaning in comparison to 身材 or 体格. But I never understood why it means 'body' or, yet ...
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Trying to translate specific Data Science terms to Traditional Chinese

I am translating a paragraph to Traditional Chinese about Data Science. The subject is Decision Modeling which is translated in Google as:決策建模 The term I am having a problem with is: Quantitative ...
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What is the meaning of 提提大家?

What is the meaning and usage of 提提大家?please give an example sentence or phrase. I have seen that the meaning of 提提 is to keep calm, but putting these two in google translate gives me “mention ...
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Are verbs more difficult than nouns in Chinese?

Generally speaking,verbs need more grammar explanations, but nouns don't. Does it mean that verbs are more difficulty than nouns or vice vasa?
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How to ask the flight attendant for more airplane meals if there are still leftovers?

Can anyone help me? I want to emphasize the word "leftover" so I do not sound so greedy. I also felt that it would be a waste since most of the meals needed to be thrown away if it is not ...
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Asking “what are your dreams for the future”

How does one ask in Mandarin, "what are your dreams" (i.e. future ambitions) I know that 打算 can be used for if you're planning to do something e.g. 我打算明天去看医生 so am not sure if the phrase ...
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How do I express the notion of “drama” in Chinese?

If you have housemates or a romantic partner, you might (unfortunately) encounter what we call "drama" (n.): A way of relating to the world in which a person consistently overreacts to or ...
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I have no idea how 八九不离十 works?

My textbooks says 八九不离十 means pretty close and that makes sense to me, but the way they use it makes me lose my head. “汤姆说考试八九不离十就可以了。” I think they are trying to say " 80/90% is close enough&...
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What does 迫不及待 开始倒计 mean?

This line came from 深呼吸 by Yu Quan 羽泉。 迫不及待 - anxious to wait 开始倒计 - begin counting down Would it just be translate as 'anxious to wait, I begin to count down'?
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How to pronunce “ji” (chicken)?

How to pronunce "ji" (chicken) ? is is like english sound "ti" or like "dj"i ?
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How to pronunce “eng”

How to pronunce chinese "eng" ? Is the "en" part of chinese "eng" like the english word "end" or is it like the english part "un" in "trunk" ...
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How does one understand the [verb] + 在了 grammar structure?

From random Internet sites, we can see many examples of the grammar structures: [verb] + 在了 手机忘在了出租车上。 我站在了舞台上。 因为人不在,快递员就放在了门口。 小男孩被父亲故意丢在了超市。 闺蜜和男友睡在了一起。 (Google the quotes surrounded by quotation ...
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Is the 了 in 你几岁了? a change-of-state 了?

There's a simple question we ask kids: 你几岁了? How old are you? It's possible to ask it without the 了, i.e., 你几岁?. This makes me think this 了 is a change-of-state 了. It may just be a kind of "...
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Is 怡养 in this sentence a word?

Is 怡养 a word? Is it one of these meanings? 和乐。 犹保养,休养。 犹陶冶。 怡:和悦,愉快:affable, cheerful I thought it might be related to: 颐养天年, but that is a different yi. How would you translate: 书法学习是一件怡养身心的事,...
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What does this mean? Colloquial interviews

I was watching a local hong kong show when an interviewer (I) asked a lady (L): I: 40歲未呀? L: 點止呀!三個嫲嫲⋯⋯ What did the lady answer? The subtitle was in standard written Chinese and i couldn’t make out ...
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Why should I change the subject in this situation? (V的V, V的V sentence structure)

My teacher has recently asked the class to make a sentence with the V的V, V的V sentence structure. I have submitted the following sentence: 我的爸爸做事的做事,打字的打字,打电话的打电话,真的很忙。 But my teacher said that the ...
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What is the difference between 演奏 and 表演?

What is the difference between 演奏 and 表演? Google translates both as “perform”, “performance”, or “playing”. It also indicates they are either verb or noun. Can they be used interchangeably?

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