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How does 把“汉字六书”翻译成“六本书”,是错误的。translate into english?

How does 把“汉字六书”翻译成“六本书”,是错误的。translate into english? I Asked a question on this site and got a comment only stating 把“汉字六书”翻译成“六本书”,是错误的。. I don't know Chinese language. Doing some internet searching,...
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When would we use “真够”

I come across this word in HSK-4 book ’你来得真够准时的‘ and this seems a bit strange to me as i understand that 真 is enough to emphasize the person is punctual. What does 够 do in this sentence and does 挺够 ...
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Is there sometimes a sentence final tone neutralization on the phonetic level

I've been practicing tone perception but am having trouble processing tone on the final syllable in some cases. In the video https://youtu.be/2aveJrbSjAk?t=9, I can hear most of the tones no problem. ...
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I'm trying to figure out who the artist is on a painting. (Characters identified: on the seal 曹蘇斯 and the calligraphy 我心畫)

Had this painting for about a decade, asked for a translation of the text one reddit and this is what they were able to provide me. 我心畫 Ambiguous, perhaps "painted with my heart" or painted ...
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What's the difference between 所有、全部都 and 全都

If it's possible could you gve some examples which show the difference between 所有、全部都 and 全都 and explain the usage of each?
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I have a Yixing teapot I would love to understand the seal

I wonder if anyone could translate this seal on this Yixing teapot! Thanks
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How are strokes composed to make up a chinese character?

How are strokes composed to make up a Chinese character? For someone raised on Latin or Latin like alphabets, Chinese characters look very complex (and they are). There must be some rules to exclude ...
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Wrong character suspected in 贪楼地窥视

Users suspect 楼 is a wrong character in 窜到泰安火车站,溜进候车室里,贪楼地窥视着过往行人、旅客、小商小贩…… suggesting possible replacement 欲, cf. 自以为是竟投案自首,1986年泰安“10·18”杀人劫车案侦破始末. https://www.163.com/dy/article/J05CIC1U0543A3A8....
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Meaning of 亂 in 幾可亂真?

幾可亂真 means something along the lines of "near identical to the real thing". 幾 = 幾乎 almost 可 = 可以 be/like 亂真 = near identical to the real object Correct me if some of my understanding above ...
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Meaning of 注意点你的脑袋!

see https://www.163.com/dy/article/J079AOTE0543A3A8.html Some users think it means "you must be crazy (nuts, have your head examined)": 注意 can mean "look out for" see e.g. ...
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What's the most formal way to call a woman your aunt?

Just working on some characters and there's one who would be called "aunt" or "auntie" but in the most formal/respectful address possible. Specifically as the mother's older sister ...
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How to write the metaphor: "Time is like sunlight and habits are like plants. The habits that receive your time will flourish."

大家好! 这是我第一次用这个网站。谢谢大家的帮助和推荐 目前正在练习用比喻。我想用中文说:"Time is like sunlight and habits are like trees. The habits that receive your time will flourish. If you give your time to good habits, they will ...
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Is there a Chinese saying like "Gods fight, mortals suffer?"

Some sources (e.g. 1) seem to say that there is a Chinese saying or proverb similar to "The gods fight, and the mortals suffer." I would like to ask if this is so, and if so, what its exact ...
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What's a suitable usage example (at most 4 chars) for the character 靖?

I'm making (simplified) character study materials, where I list characters with an example where they're likely encountered. I use it for character learning and handwriting practice like this: I ...
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What function does 得 have in the phrase 水枪射向正着火的床上被得?

What function does 得 have in the phrase 水枪射向正着火的床上被得? see https://www.163.com/dy/article/J024MOFQ0543A3A8.html
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In what context can "半推半就" be used?

I came across this verse in a taiwanese rock band music, and I'm not entirely sure what it means: 我們半推半就的人生 Google translates 半推半就 as "The life we ​​live half-heartedly" but it's the first ...
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Omitting 不可 in sentences starting with 非

汉语熟语小词典(2010,北京)57页 for 花里胡哨 has the following usage example: 妹妹看到柜台里那些花里胡哨的玩具,非催着我给她买几个, some users would expect 催着我...(without 非), or maybe it could say 非(催着)我给她买几个不可,that is 不可 has been omitted.
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Hi i have four old paintings with this signature seal. Just wondering if anyone knows what it says

Just wondering if anyone knows what this stamp seal means on four old paintings i have. Thanks i would appreciate any feedback.
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Can Chinese be learned by reading stories? [closed]

I have once tried to learn Chinese through reading stories since it is the way I like to learn but one of my friends who knows Chinese very well told me the story language is different than spoken, ...
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Difference between 韩国 and 韩文?

Hopefully another easy question for everyone. How can I remember which version of “Korean” to use in a sentence? I had a question which asked me to translate “I eat Korean snacks”. I was told I should’...
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Could 咬牢 be synonymous with 坐牢?

南京的事千万要咬牢 see: https://www.163.com/dy/article/IQQ8087V0543A3A8.html, users suggest: "because of the Nanjing business, we will be thrown in jail (in the can) for sure", users could not find ...
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This seal is a name. What are the characters and what do they mean? (Characters identified: 權固守)

This seal is a name awarded to a martial artist. I think the name means strong and protective. The word for strong might be the same word used for iron mills? Any help on the Chinese characters and ...
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I need help remembering/knowing my Chinese name

So, when I (American) was in elementary school I went to a bilingual school to study Chinese and English. My Chinese teacher gave me a name, from my memory, that was 小酒 , putting it into Google ...
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What does 编制 mean?

The following statement made in both Chinese and English, which is confusing, is from a microblogger "英语正强老师" of China's social media platform Weibo.com. I want to know what 编制 means. ...
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Is 你觉得市场上的几款都不太满意 ungrammatical?

This is from the HSK6 Standard Course textbook (下册, chapter 21, page 4; photo of original; OCR via Yandex): 消费者加入设计队伍,是未来商店着重推荐的服务,譬如,你想买衣服,可是你觉得市场上的几款都不太满意,那就参与设计吧。你登录到虚拟设计室,进入设计过程,对颜色、外观等设计内容进行投票,...
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Can anybody tell me who's artist seal this is? (Characters identified: 九峰山人)

I have bought 2 chinese paintings but i can't find who this artist is. Does anybody know who's seal this is and if it is valuable? Also, any info about the date when these paintings were created is ...
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Why is the proposition 一个半小时是三个半小时 true?

The question is from a screenshot from Douyin:
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Why do Chinese people complicate the matter in choosing the words for translation

Bob is translated as 鲍勃, Biden 拜登, Trump 特鲁姆普, John 约翰, Tim 蒂姆, Roy 罗伊, Paul 保罗, Bean 憨豆, Bingley 彬格莱, etc. All of these Chinese words or characters, as you can see, are of too many strokes making the ...
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燦爛輝煌 meaning? Seems duplicative to me

燦爛輝煌 is a chengyu. From my understanding, 燦爛 means bright and beautiful while 輝煌 means bright and eye-catching. Correct me if I'm wrong. So then 燦爛輝煌 means bright bright beautiful eye-catching. Or ...
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How does Motorola sound like "nothing to take" in Cantonese?

Li (2001) claims that: Motorola, for example, is pronounced as “me de lou la” in Cantonese, which means “nothing to take”. Not very good branding, if you're trying to sell phones. CantoDict, though,...
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How to translate "frame challenge"?

In this site, it is quite common to see the word "frame challenge" in answers of questions. How to translate "frame challenge"?
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Need translation of this painting inscription. Looks like Chinese Seal Font/script (Characters identified: 柔豐)

I have an image of a pictures inscription that appears to be in Chinese Seal Script/Font. Here is the image in black and white. Thank you!
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Is 增筋增弹看得见 reasonable, accurate Chinese?

I like making 拉面 at home. To make 拉面 you need 拉面剂. But the effect of 拉面剂 doesn't last too long. On 淘宝 you can also buy 拉面改良伴侣. 拉面改良伴侣 makes the effect of 拉面剂 last longer and improves the texture and &...
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Why is 朝鲜 pronounced as 曹县?

朝鲜 is known as 朝日鲜明的国家, where 朝日 means the sun in the morning so it should be Zhao招 but not Chao潮, and 鲜明 means flashy, clear and bright so it should be Xian先 in first tone but not Xian显 in third tone....
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Database of nouns linked to pictures

Are there any large databases of Chinese noun words, each with a corresponding picture of what the thing looks like? The closest resource found so far are 'visual dictionary' books.
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Meaning of 有无夜间 in 留意树下有无夜间从枝头掉下的芒果?

This phrase occurs in 2nd paragraph of 东南亚民间故事。上,85页(福建人民出版社出版(福州得贵巷27号)1982年5月第一版,1982年5月第一次印刷) under the title 蛇王子与三姐妹, the whole paragraph reads as follows: 每天,寡妇到集上去。她必须经过一棵芒果树,树上结满小而甜的芒果。...
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When to use 对 and 对不对

So firstly I must apologise as I am about two weeks into a Duolingo course - so I would say my understanding of the language is near enough 0. However, I wanted to ask if someone could clarify some ...
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what's the difference between 再 and 更,一点

i saw phrases 再好也没有了 and 他的打字速度可以再快了一点儿 i know that 再 means "again" or "then", but i take it in these cases that means smth like "more"? then, what's the difference ...
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How can one character ‘相’ can participate in formation of so many words?

How can one character ‘相’ can participate in formation of so many words with a different meaning ? This list below that I am struggling now with, might be eternally continued => 真相 - truth, 相处 – ...
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Why do they use 拜会?

I read the news report that the president of a local chamber of commerce paid a visit to an ambassador of a Southeast Asian nation in Beijing “XX会长在北京拜会了XX驻华大使". Does that mean the guy was on his ...
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What is a good Chinese Grammar book?

What is a good, comprehensive , learner friendly Chinese Grammar book, with explanations in English or German and Chinese, which also does teach phonetics and the Pinyin spelling rules? With good and ...
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Happy Go Lucky - what was this in Chinese?

This sounds very much like certain well-known Pidgin English phrases of Chinese origin such as Look-See or No-Can-Do, but I'm struggling to think what it could have originally been in Chinese. Is ...
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what is the difference between 困惑 and 糊涂

What is the difference between 困惑 and 糊涂 ? Supposedly both mean "confused" but still is not clear in which situation each is to be used
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What does my chop say? And what’s its correct orientation?

This image is a chop stamp that was made for me; I was told it is not a representation of my name but of me somehow. I would love to have an accurate translation. (And to know the correct orientation ...
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Dào dé and dàodé. Difference between each word separately? And when combined together as a compound word?

I understand that in Chinese each syllable is a word with its own meaning but that often, two individual words can be put together to form a compound word, which is often rendered in pinyin as one ...
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Do these two characters in a silver inlay on a small tray have a special meaning? (Characters identified: 大吉)

An inlaid silver tray with what is possibly a Buddhist symbol
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Trying to understand the meaning of 起 in the context of this sentence from the 道德经

The 道 opens 道可以说﹐但不是通常所说的道。名可以起﹐但不是通常所起的名. What does 起 mean at the end of the sentence, "所起的名" or "suǒ qǐ de míng". Does qǐ mean "to present"? And does "de" ...
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What is the meaning of "起風"?

This is one line of the song lyrics: 這個起風的季節說了再見。 When I look up the Chinese dictionary it say the meaning is 颳風 guāfēng means to be windy. So the phrase 這個起風的季節說了再見。 means "This windy season say ...
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What is the pronunciation of 行 in the meaning 'saṃskāra'?

One of the meanings of 行 is saṃskāra, 'formations', one of the five Buddhist skandhas. What is the pronunciation of 行 in this meaning? The question is motivated by Kroll's Student's Dictionary of ...
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What is the subject of 有 in "张涵请求提前解除合同是有一定法律依据的"?

What is the subject of 有 in "张涵请求提前解除合同是有一定法律依据的"? Am I right in interpreting this sentence as having 张涵请求提前解除合同 being the subject for the verb phrase 有一定法律依据? So it directly translates to ...
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