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Optimal way of learning Mandarin [closed]

I am looking for a optimal way to selfstudy Mandarin. I am not looking for a "quick" way, just something complete enough so (at the end) I can read papers, code comments or wach a quite ...
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Is 俄 still used as an adverb?

According to PLC, 俄 can be an adverb and it means "very soon, presently, suddenly". Does this meaning still occur in modern Chinese?
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Difference between 司 and 施

Words like 司机,司令,司仪,司炉,司法,司线(员) have the core 司, which, if deemed to be a verb, can form a verb-object group with the subsequent noun to mean one is acting on the object, so 司机 means the man is doing ...
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Please help translation question [closed]

Hello and thank you for your help. This is on a blue tang sword/hatchet that you'd find in your typical gift shop. It's product number is K1020-60-BL. It's a wartech blade. Thank you for your help and ...
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Does this character 𡗗 have a meaning?

I was looking for the meaning of 𡗗 which appears as component of characters in several languages, and I couldnt find any. Having the meaning of a component it makes easier to memorize characters that ...
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Interpretation of 冂 in 大盂鼎

I was recently looking into the origins of the character「冖」, which《說文新證》states does not appear on its own in the texts excavated so far: 現有考古文字材料未見獨體的冂(偏旁或作冖)字,... However, searching「冖」on 小學堂 gives ...
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How is 某 used properly with names?

王某,李某 are the words often appearing in news reports of Chinese language media, they roughly mean so-and-so if I am not wrong, but why do news media use such ambiguous terms to make news reporting? ...
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在 … 之余 : It looks like there is a grammar point using 之 in that construction (found on archchinese). Who can explain that point?

On the website "archchinese" there are a few expressions using 在 followed by a part of sentence ending with 之余, 之前, 之后, 之际 : 在 … 之余 在 … 之前 在 … 之后 在 … 之际 Anyone can give a few explanations ?...
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What does 高高矮矮 mean?

I encountered a sentence in a very sad story by Ba Jin: 十二年,多么长的日日夜夜!每次我回到家门口,眼前就出现一张笑脸,一个亲切的声音向我迎来,可是走进院子,却只见一些高高矮矮的没有花的绿树。 My question is, what 高高矮矮 means. It is the reduplication of 高矮, which ...
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When is it okay to omit the localizer (e.g. 上、下、中、里)in the standard 【Subject + 在 + Location + Localizer】sentence pattern?

今年夏天我在北京学习中文。(no localizer, just 在北京) 我刚到美国的时候只能在餐馆打零工。(no localizer, just 在餐馆) 他不在餐馆打工了。(no localizer, just 在餐馆) BUT  我要在CSE上贴我的问题。(在Chinese Stack Exchange上) 他写了一个便条在门上。(在门上) 商店里的服务员对顾客都非常客气。(...
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What does 五牛更象 mean?

In January 2021, China's Shaanxi Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism and China Cultural Center in Sydney jointly held an exhibition titled "五牛更象—陕西非遗印象展"at the China Cultural Center ...
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Why's 魚 (fish) the semantic component of 鰒 (abalone)?

If I had to guess the Semantic Component for abalone, I would've guessed 虫. Why? Because abalones look more like insects, don't look like fish. Taxonomically they belong to the Subclass ...
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Why's 馬 (horses) the semantic component of 騙 (to fool, to defraud)?

I don't understand how horses (馬) appertain to deceiving and swindling (騙). I'm uneducated on horses. Is there evidence that horses swindle humans or other horses? And I don't understand how the ...
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What does this mean in English?

I wasn’t sure what this person meant when she said 你的国语太累 Not sure if I used the right lei?
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怎么读“÷”号在这个等式里?how should “÷” be read aloud in this equation?

怎么读“÷”号在这个等式里? 《16÷8=2》 须要读"chú"吗?或者,chúyǐ? "shíliù chú bā děngyú èr". 在现代汉语规范词典有这个定义: 除法 chúfǎ 名 求一个数的若干分之一的运算方法。如16÷8=2。 How should "÷" be read aloud in the ...
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Adding 了 to 2-syllable Verbs

We know that adding 了 to the verb makes it mean a completed action. Like 我开了门. I opened the door. But if the verb is a two-syllable verb like 关上, 打开,开车 etc, should we add 了 after the 2nd syllable or ...
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In Chinese are American English and British English different 方言?

American English and British English are different dialects of English. The basic translation of dialect is 方言. But I feel that 方言 corresponds to say different dialects of British English, or ...
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How to translate this chinese saying?

Im going to get a tattoo soon, and I was searching ideas on the internet and I come up with this chinese saying (view death as simply returning to where one came from) which apparently means not ...
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The necessity of 的 and 是

Recently, I have been made aware of the following sentences: 这太棒了! 这是太棒了! 这真是太棒了! A native Chinese friend told me that the middle one is incorrect, but that seems very odd to me, because 是 is the “be ...
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What is a more accurate translation of 孕育 in sentences describing places and how they “give birth to” things?

The definition of 孕育 on Pleco is "(Fig.) give birth to/breed/nurture" While I understand how this meaning is brought over in sentences such as "天刚刚亮时,乃一天的开始,孕育着簇新的盼望。" I do not ...
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What does 大出天下 mean?

It is found in an exhibition of Qin Dynasty held in Xi'an city. The exact words are 秦国35代国君发奋图强,做好了“大出天下”的准备。I have checked the words online for the meaning, but finding no answer.But roughly I think ...
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Why is 也 used for negation in 你也配?

I haven't seen 也 used on its own for negation yet - is it a popular use? How does it work? Could you give more examples? 🙏
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How to properly translate “to deserve” while preserving its moral implication?

Over the course of my studies and practice in Chinese, there's one particular type of sentence that I always get wrong: the one with the verb to deserve. In English — and several other neo-latin ...
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What's the mathematical relationship between Characters, Syllables, Morphemes, Words? [duplicate]

Please see the blue box below. The deceased author didn't clearly expound the mathematical relationship between four lexical items. Is my guess correct? Words ≤ Morphemes ≤ Characters ≤ Syllables ...
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How to pronounce the word that start with “C” in Chinese Mandarin?

This question is not about the tones. It is about how do you pronounce the word that starts with a "C". 脆 Cuì 碎 Suì 猜 Cāi 腮 Sāi Above pair of words sound so familiar but I could hear the ...
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What is the exact function/purpose of 来了 at the end of sentences like this:

她吃晚饭的时候她朋友打电话来了。 I know it focuses the mind on perspective -- like the action previously stated has come toward the speaker in some way. But what is the exact function? I'd love to start naturally ...
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I do not really understand the word order in these four examples

1-这个故事发生在上个世纪末. I wonder if 发生 could be placed after 在上个世纪末. Shouldn't time be placed before a verb? 2-电梯已经可以正常使用了: 正常 is an adjective, and adjectives describe nouns? Can't 使用 work as a noun? 3-...
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Can anyone help interpret this script found on a metal ink box?

Metal box, 6cm by 6cm and 3 cm high. I believe it is an ink box. It has a metal frame inside that holds a piece of slate. The slate is in the top of box and the lower part of the box is lined with ...
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List of Beijing and Standard Chinese vocabulary

I am looking for a list that has a 1-on-1 mapping between common Beijing and Standard Chinese vocabulary. For instance, a native from Beijing one would say things like 今儿 and 這兒 which could then be ...
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How would you write Yuna in a Chinese poetic name? [closed]

I'm trying to come up with a Chinese name for myself that has a poetic meaning and still sounds like my English name. Any suggestions?
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Are these sentences correct?

大家好! 1.大女方四岁。 2.男方大四岁。 3.男方大其四岁。 Are these sentences correct? 谢谢! 有大神回答下吗?
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Xiang-affected Mandarin: 元 read, gen?

Watching this YouTube video: 20121114 03 湖南 湖南一男子下班开滑翔伞回家 笑言空中无红灯 @ ~1:10 the reporter says, what sounds to me like: 滑翔伞只要两万余元(gen) then a second later he goes on: 加上动力机器只要六万余元(gen) Looking at the ...
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Best way to emotionally convey “pull the floor from your feet”

I'm making a memorial pictures slide show for my grandfather's funeral. I want the Linkin Park song - One More Light playing in the background with the translated Chinese lyrics showing on the bottom ...
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What does 按 mean in 打印机好像坏了,我按半天了,一直没反应?

This is from a HSK5 exam listening section: 男:打印机好像坏了,我按半天了,一直没反应。 女:昨天刚修的,居然又坏了?真耽误事儿,我看看。 问:女的对什么感到奇怪? I'm not sure what 按 is doing in this sentence. From the context, it seems to mean something ...
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Chinese Idiom puzzle 20 (中文填字遊戲)

Puzzle for June 2021 「病從口入」下句 Lengthy article (or speech) Asking a tiger for its skin (Make deal with dangerous people) Busily run around or move around for a certain purpose Bragging without ...
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Proper translation of 蛇精

《白蛇传》 is a famous story about Mr. Xu and a 蛇精 I do not know what 蛇精 should be translated to? Snake fairy? Well, but Snake fairy is 蛇仙 not 蛇精. Snake demon? But it looks like a human. Any suggestions?
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Where to lookup verb perfectivity or imperfectivity?

Is there online resource where one can lookup a verb and get its aspectual properties? For exmaple, I think that 走出 is a perfective verb, but 责备 sound as more imperfective to me. I would like to be ...
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What is the difference between 有时 and 有时候? How are they used differently in context?

大家好! I noticed that in Chinese, there are two similar words for "sometimes": 有时 and 有时候. Are they any different from each other? For example, is one more formal than the other? Thanks! :)
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can I get help with the concept of “balance” in chinese writing/speech?

Sorry about the broad title, but I am a newish Chinese student (just finished HSK1) and there's a concept that continually appears in my classes that I can't grasp. Basically, there are lots of ...
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Help with chinese address

I would like to ask for help in "decoding" chinese name and address that seller gave me to return the item back to china. I tried translators on the internet but they do not work. The street ...
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怎么朗读“∶”号在这句话里?how should “:” be read aloud here?

怎么朗读“∶”号在这句话里? 《6∶2的比值是3》 须要读冒(mào)吗? 看到这句话在现代汉语规范词典里: 比值 bǐzhí 名 两数相比得出的数值, 如6∶2的比值是3。 (也说比率。) How should ":" be read aloud in the dictionary entry above?
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Differences Between: 时候 vs. 的时候?

Is there any rule when can I say 的时候 and when 时候? For example: 小时候 and 小的时候, is there any difference? 求求大神们帮帮我
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Character vs. glyph vs. grapheme/morphogram vs. ideogram vs. logogram vs. pictogram vs. symbol vs. syllable

My 15-year-old daughter is learning Chinese, but these different terms baffle us! How do they differ? Where do these other terms fit into Table 3.5, which contains merely four of the terms in the ...
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Chinese caligraphy character recognition (three characters only)

I am curious what the sign in the following picture says. I am at total loss when it comes to caligraphic recognition, so I thought I would ask this forum for help. Thanks!
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What is the underlying grammar pattern behind 同样是 in the textbook 高级汉语口语?

I'm trying to do an exercise from a textbook; it's related to the grammar pattern 同样是……. Unfortunately, the textbook does not give any grammar explanations, and instead gives a single example and ...
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Why is the 部首 of 詈 “言” instead of “四”?

Both "言" and "四" are radicals (部首). For "詈", the radical is 言, not 四. Why? In general, when there is more than one part which can be a radical, which one will be the ...
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稀里糊涂and糊里糊涂, Are there any differences?

大家好! 1.稀里糊涂/糊里糊涂,它们有区别吗? 2.稀,里是什么意思?These are words not found in most dictionaries.
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Why is there a 就 in 迁就?

迁就 (qiān​jiù​) CC-CEDICT: to yield / to adapt to / to accommodate to (sth) Breaking this apart, we have: 迁 (qiān​) CC-CEDICT: to move / to shift / to change (a position or location etc) / to promote ...
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Who would we describe as 豪爽?

豪爽 (háo​shuǎng​) CC-CEDICT: outspoken and straightforward / forthright / expansive 豪爽 is an adjective used to describe people's personalities. Judging from dictionary definitions and examples, such ...

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