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What would be a proper Chinese name for someone meaning “achieving purpose/ambition?”

I'm an American writing a novel in English and I have a Chinese character I want to give a real Chinese name. I'd like his name to mean something along the lines of "will," "purpose,&...
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What is the function of 一次 in “去一次”?

I came across these translated examples: [Talking about a place]: 明年夏天我打算去一次。 Mínɡnián xiàtiān wǒ dǎsuàn qù yí cì。 I plan to go there next summer. 三年以前我去过上海,去年我又去了一次,明年我想再去一次。 Sān nián yǐqián wǒ ...
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Adj. + 到 to express an extent

I've just stumbled across this sentence: "吃土" 表示自己没有钱了,很穷,穷到只能吃土的状态了 I'm interested in 穷到只能吃土的状态了. It means "so poor that they can only eat soil". But it seems that adjective + 到 ...
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Do time range constructions as “从~至” and “从~到” have a different meaning without 从?

In the following sentence, the teacher said that, since there is no 从 at the beginning it means that not everyday 我 have exams. If there was a 从 it would mean that 我 would have exams everyday until 六 ...
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A story about a young police officer in China [closed]

Please forgive if this is off-topic; there doesn't seem to be a tag for story-identification, so I'm not sure. This is a film I saw on the plane to Beijing several years ago, perhaps 10 or more. The ...
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I’m getting a tattoo and want to make sure what I want is correct [closed]

I’m getting a tattoo Thursday and I really want to get it written in Chinese. I have a few different ones. Men ain’t shit (lol no judgement but if you must ok) Let the pain go and forgive Always ...
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Feng shui candle double happiness [closed]

I light two candles in front of the double happiness symbol I painted on a tiles and placed on south west corner of my bed room. The candle towards my right and the left of the feng shui double ...
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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 ...
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Why is 或 used in 将在45天后禁止任何美国公司或个人与[ByteDance and WeChat]的相关交易 instead of e.g. 和?

I read the following political article about Trump's executive orders in relation to TikTok and WeChat. 原因是当地时间6日,美国总统特朗普签署行政令,称抖音海外版(TikTok)和微信对美国国家安全构成威胁,...
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What does “酒” mean in “扮家家酒”?

I know “酒” usually means wine in Chinese, but what does "酒" mean in "扮家家酒"? I could not see how the word for wine is referring to in this children's game.
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Can 地 be used in place of 的 as a stylistic choice?

Is the use of 地 in the following document correct (some specific samples included below)? I feel like there are many cases where 的 should have been used, but 地 is used instead. The number of such ...
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How to solve the final round of 2020 China National Linguistics Olympiad?

Came across this tweet today: Puzzles of the final round of 2020 China National Linguistics Olympiad. It’s Tangut! (The question is: please match the Tangut words on the left with the meanings on the ...
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What does 你就是个托 mean, which 文佳佳 yells at Frank in the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (Finding Mr. Right)?

In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (~13m45s), after not immediately getting her way about her room 文佳佳 yells at Frank who is helping her with her luggage: (Alternative image link.) 你就是个托 我算是看清楚了 It means "...
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Meaning of “建一个国内的飞机场,也能翻回去” and “美国不会对标建墙的”

I'm confused by the statement "建一个国内的飞机场,也能翻回去" and "美国不会对标建墙的" in this short blog post from https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/fs2zbK1kGUJ1xirpDaEFNA. My translation would be "if you ...
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How many 虾 are 三只半虾?

I was reading about 《三只半虾》 齐白石, 以画虾享誉画坛。 三只虾:3 prawns 半虾:half a prawn 一半只虾: half a prawn 三只半虾:3 and 1 half prawns?? or 3 half prawns = 1 and 1 half prawns?? *三半只虾???= ?
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Does 愛 belong to 你 or to 我 in this sentence 你心裡明白 我對你的愛?

So far I know the language: 你的愛 = your love 我的愛 = my love Does this sentence 你心裡明白 我對你的愛 mean: In your heart understand me to your love or In your heart understand my love to you?
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Why Mandarin Chinese has a few number of different syllables?

From How languages compare with the number of different syllables from all words?, considering the 20,000 most frequent words in each language, Mandarin Chinese has 1274 different syllables (see also ...
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In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (Finding Mr. Right), what does 文佳佳 mean when she yells “像话么,你”?

In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (~6m), the protagonist 文佳佳 yells at the driver for being late. She rants: 我是花钱买服务的,我整整坐了12个小时的飞机,我需要休息。你知道吗?小心点,这箱子很贵啊!你赔不起,我告诉你。我告诉你 我要投诉你们,你看别人都拿着个牌子举着等人。早早地就来了,你倒好,恨不得。干脆这样吧。...
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What is the Chinese term for “architrave”?

When you put a door frame (or window frame) in a wall there is an ugly gap between the door frame and the wall along the top and on both sides. Normally, we use strips of thin, moulded wood to cover ...
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Can someone please explain this: 都没吃饭吗

I was watching a drama and in the scene, the coach was speaking to her team: Coach: 希望每个队员都能拿出最好的状态。能不能做到 (I know all of you can do your best。 Can you do that?) Team: 能!(Yes!) Coach: 都没吃饭吗 (Not loud ...
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What does 我三谁了 mean in 我也不知道,我刷四绝朋友告诉我有人刷喇叭骂我小三,我不知道我怎么就小三了,我三谁了?

Could anyone explain to what 我三谁了 mean in 我也不知道,我刷四绝朋友告诉我有人刷喇叭骂我小三,我不知道我怎么就小三了,我三谁了?! I know that the whole sentence more or less means "I don’t know, my best friend told me that someone used ...
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Are 你美好的未来 and 你的美好未来 and 你迷人的眼神 and 你的迷人眼神 all correct?

You can say 你 的 美好 未来 = Your bright future. And you can say 你 迷人 的 眼神 = Your charming eyes Is 你 美好 的 未来 also correct? Is 你 的 迷人 眼神 also correct?
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Must 怎么 be right after 你 in this sentence: 你怎么知道我的名字

When you ask someone his/her name, you can say: 你叫什么名字 什么 is not right after 你 but when you ask someone how he/she knows your name, you say: 你怎么知道我的名字 Must 怎么 be right after 你 in this sentence? Is ...
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Do 饶舌 and 说唱 mean the same thing in Chinese?

Google translate gives "Rap" for "饶舌" and "说唱" for "Rap" Do 饶舌 and 说唱 mean the same thing in Chinese? Is it about spoken vs. written?
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Both is correct? 你认为如何 and 如何你认为

你认为如何 - More like a Chinese guy would talk like that. 如何你认为 - Feels like the English sentence. *Like the sentence start with "What", "Which" etc. So both is correct? Especially to ...
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What's the meaning of 戒 in 戒指?

On a lighter note: Does 戒 in 戒指 mean: you can stop using your finger now you are married? With this ring I thee wed.
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Why can 地 sometimes be omitted when placed after adjectives?

I thought that 地 is attached to any adjective to form an adverb. In the case of 大声, why would you say 大声唱歌 (sing loudly) instead of 大声地唱歌? Is this because 大声 is originally an adverb (loudly) instead ...
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When using 是…的, what should I do when there is both a direct and an indirect object (e.g. 这样话是我告诉他的) or a separable verb (e.g. 这本书是我读书的)?

I'm having difficulty around the position of two kinds of objects in the 是...的 structure. First, what should I do when there is both a direct and an indirect object? Would "这样话是我告诉他的" be ...
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If 太大 and 太大了 have the same meaning, which should I say? [closed]

I've been playing around with a translater with Mandarin Chinese, and I've come across the sentence "Too Big" and both 太大 and 太大了 have the same meaning. Which should I say?
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What's the difference between 检测 and 检查?

Google translate gives "discover" and "detect" for "检测" as well as "examination" and "checking" for "检查". When talking about COVID-19, ...
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Why is 再 used in 家里的空调坏了,咱们另外再买一个吧?

I found this sentence in a book: 家里的空调坏了,咱们另外再买一个吧。 I don't understand why I have to write 再 inside this sentence. What is the use of 再 in the sentence and what does it do to complete the meaning of ...
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I want to understand if I can use 做 instead of 当?

我一毕业就去上海“当”律师 This sentence is given to me in the book. However, I wonder if I can write it like this instead of using another word: 我一毕业就去上海”做“律师? I think the meaning is the same, but which is ...
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What does 老大 mean in 少壮不努力, 老大徒伤悲?

I was gaming with a friend at his house, and his grandfather told me this phrase which I don't understand. The friend explained that 少壮不努力 means I don't study hard when I'm young, and he explained ...
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When to use 很 vs 非常?

What is the difference between using 很 and 非常? For example: 猫和狗都非常可爱 and 猫和狗都很可爱。Is there any difference? Which one should I use with 漂亮?
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Are there Chinese spoken language games? (like Ubbi Dubbi)

Ubbi dubbi is a language game spoken with the English language. It was popularized by the 1972-1978 PBS children's show Zoom. ... Ubbi dubbi works by adding -ub- /ʌb/ before each vowel sound in a ...
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Is my sentence 我本来要带你去的,但是我的车抛锚了 correct?

I am learning how to use 本来 in a sentence; we are supposed to fill in the sentence to make the conversation whole. The first sentence is the one I wrote using the 本来 and the second is already given: ...
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How do Chinese call the sound “i”

In the Chinese language, we have a "clean i" sound (for example, when linked to "ji", "li", "pi") and a "dirty i" sound (for example, when linked to &...
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Why 说的 and not only 说 in 你要按照我说的做并且要做好?

I saw that phrase while I was studying and I don't understand. 你要按照我说的做并且要做好。 Why 说的 not only 说? What does 的 mean in that phrase?
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What is the difference between 几月几号 and 几号?

What is the difference between 几月几号 and 几号, when asking about the date? Like 今天几月几号? or 今天几号?
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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? https://www....
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How can I say “grade on a curve”?

The Future for Chinese/English Dictionaries mentioned that MDBG doesn't have "grading on a curve", and it seems that it's still rather hard to find a translation for this. A rather literal ...
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Why is 的 at the end of phrases such as 那是他们的 and 钱他们的?

I'm confused with the possessive particle 的, it was explained to me as 's in English and "of" something. Like, Y的X becomes X of Y. 那是他们的。 他们的是那。 Here are two sentences that from that logic ...
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Cant find the characters to a phrase I heard growing up, “Gen Men”, used as “totally” or “definitely”

like let's say you're full, you could say "gen men 没办法吃饭“ I think similarly gen men would be used as 完全 "完全没办法吃饭" But I can't find the characters for "Gen Men". I think I have ...
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Besides the radical, what meaning does the rest of a Chinese character have (especially when it was originally created)?

I am a beginning student of Mandarin Chinese. There is a key thing about Chinese characters that I am trying to understand. Besides the radical, what purpose does the rest of a character have? Was it ...
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What is the Chinese equivalent of “time to [A]”?

In English, we have a "time to [A]" phrase that indicates something like "now is the appropriate moment to [A]" or "now is the moment at which [A] will happen". Examples ...
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What does this phrase outside Yue Fei Temple mean? (Characters identified: 乾坤正氣)

Another phrase as 岳王廟 that I can't make out, this one outside the main courtyard. I can only make out the last two characters: 正氣. I found this image at kknews.
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What does this phrase in Yue Fei Temple mean? (Characters identified: 忠孝千秋)

Most of the phrases put up in Yue Fei Temple are easy to read, but this one is in Seal Script and I can't figure it out. I know the first character to be 忠, but the others I can't figure out. On the ...
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How to say “tastes bad” for inedibles?

The standard phrase for tastes bad is 难吃. But plenty of stuff tastes bad without being edible. For instance toothpaste. I performed a google search for: 难吃的牙膏 finding no exact and just one near ...
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What is the meaning of the Taihang Mountains (太行山)?

The translation is not present on the Wikipedia article about the mountains, nor anywhere else that I've looked. My best guess is that it's something like "Much movement" or "Long ...
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见马克思 (“to meet Marx”): is it used today?

I am writing a paper about machine translation and I am looking for a phrase in Chinese that is ambiguous and cannot possibly be translated correctly without knowing the correct context. I found this ...

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