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How does 含金量非常得高 work?

学历教育与非学历教育的区别是学历教育的社会认可度比较高,一般来说在学校进行的全日制的教育方式以及成人继续教育这种国家发放学历证书的就是学历教育,其毕业的时候所获得的毕业证书和学位证书在现在的社会上认可度更高,在放到什么地方都能适用的,这也是很多人在接受教育的时候愿意选择的教育方式,含金量非常得高。 学历教育与非学历教育的区别是什么, Beiwai Online, 2018. The above-...
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Is there a list / database of Chinese mathematical terms (for complex math)?

Some things like this or advanced/graduate school math (like Group Theory, Ring Theory, Quantum Mechanics, etc.). Does Chinese have its own names for these types of things? If so, where can I find a ...
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Improve listening skills - Any best way to do it?

I want to improve my chinese listening skills. I have some audios with transcripts. I want to know what is the most effective way to improve my listening skills. Should I read the transcript before ...
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Which makes more sense when calling myself a fool / foolish?

A girl that I like frequently calls me 笨蛋. I want to confess my feelings to her and wasn't sure if saying 我知道我很笨蛋。 or 我知道我是笨蛋。makes more sense gramatically.
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Why 致 in "一致" (unanimous)?

一 makes sense to me, because it means "one". Collins Dictionary defines '一致' as 'unanimous', which itself originates ["from Latin unanimus "of one mind, in union," from Latin ...
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Have I transcribed the paragraph 英国孩子学习中文的热情…… correctly?

One of my iTalki teachers is getting me into watching the news, and thus I'm trying to work out what this CCTV video says. Here's my transcription: 在海外越来越多的家长选择让孩子学习中文,尤其在英国。无论是私利还是公利幼儿园或者小学,...
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Snuff Bottle Calligraphy

I recently inherited a modern snuff bottle collection that have what looks like old calligraphy on the back side. Can someone tell me what the calligraphy says, and maybe even the chop?
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Who is the creator of Chinese language?

Who is the creator of Chinese language? When I googled "Who is the creator of Chinese language?" it didn't show what I expected. I will be very grateful for any answers.
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What are characters called when they have three of the same radical used?

I sometimes encounter characters like 鑫, which is made of three 金 radicals, or 龘, which is made of three 龍 radicals. What are they called and is there a reason for their existence? Ive tried looking ...
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What are Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese with the most strokes in the world?

What are the simplified and traditional characters with the most strokes in the world? You can also tell me how many strokes that Chinese character has. I will be very grateful for any answers.
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Transposed Subject with the verb 到

In the sentence "医院到了" meaning "We arrived at the hospital", is the word 医院 object of the sentence? Then, why has it come before the verb 到? Wouldn't it be better to say "到医院了&...
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Is it acceptable to add a 句号 (full stop 。) at the end of a sentence ending in a 省略号 (ellipsis ……)?

我去过了很多国家,日本、中国、美国、加拿大、印度…… 郑丽杰, 刘悦, 21天政府HSK6级写作, p. 44. (photo; alt.) In a section explaining Chinese punctuation, we have the above sentence. Importantly, the sentences doesn't end in a 句号. The ...
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What is the proper way of saying "if" in Cantonese?

I know in Mandarin, it is easy to say something like "if" by using a statement akin to this: 如果我要去北京的話,我就用飛機。 When I looked up the word "if" in Cantonese, my dictionary brought ...
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What does this Chinese seal translate to?

I have just recently bought this from a antique shop nearby and would like to know what it translates too Thanks! :)
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Tool for processing Chinese text

DimSum is (was) a Java tool I found useful for Chinese on MacOS, but it is twelve years old and the website says it should solve some “problems on Snow Leopard” (Snow Leopard is 2009, version 10.6; ...
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What is the best expression of a particular nickname?

I am wondering what the best way to express a particular nickname might be. Because my name in real life is very common, I sometimes use various permutation of 'Shewolf' instead for various internet ...
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How to ask "open to"?

E.g. "Is this role open to foreign applicants"? My thought is "这个职位对外国申请人开放吗" or "这个职位接受外国申请人吗"
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How many Chinese characters are there in the world?

How many Chinese characters are there in the world? I'm not sure there is a fixed answer, so you can tell me how many Chinese characters there are roughly. I will be very grateful for any answers.
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How should I parse 整个候选人赛14盘比赛?

In (international) chess news regarding next year's word championship: 整个候选人赛14盘比赛,丁立人低开高走,前8盘战绩仅为1负7和,后6盘则是4胜1和1负。 孙海光, 首获男子国象世界冠军战资格,丁立人有信心捅破“窗户纸”丨专访, September 2022. It's referring to the ...
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What's wrong with my joke 这位外科医生不礼貌,他总是说脏话, and how can I salvage it?

这位外科医生不礼貌,他总是说脏话。 Today I attempted to make the above joke on my WeChat 朋友圈. It's meant to be a play on words, with 脏话 meaning "profanity", but also 脏 (zàng​) referring to bodily organs. ...
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Why does 派 mean "school of thought, sect, branch; clique; school; group; faction; to dispatch; to send; to assign; to appoint"?

The entire character depicts a long, flowing river network. But Dong Chinese skipped steps, and does not spell out how this meaning "later expanded to "faction", "school of ...
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Why does a "foot (止) kicking a person (人)" mean `here" (此)?

I am asking just about meaning (2) below. Meaning (2) flabbergasted me, because "here" is a bloodless, unbiased, and uncommitted adverb. But "foot (止)) kicking a person (人)" is ...
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"Kids these days"

This is a question more about culture than language specifically but I hope it is still appropriate here. It's a common topic in current media commentary (in English) to complain about the problems ...
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How to literally translate this sentence: 志愿者同时欣赏原作和画面元素被调整后的画作?

另一个实验是这样,志愿者同时欣赏原作和画面元素被调整后的画作,包括静物画和抽象画。结果,几乎每个人都更喜欢原作。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 18. Please help me understand the literal translation of this sentence: ...
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Is it just me, or is 教……学习 in 爸爸正在教他的孩子学习游泳 weird?

This sentence is in a 看图写话 section of a HSK6 textbook (photo): 在游泳馆里,爸爸正在教他的孩子学习游泳。 郑丽杰, 刘悦, 21天政府HSK6级写作, p. 24. I'm puzzled about how both 教 and 学习 both appear in the same sentence. sb. 正在教 sb. ...
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Most common term for hanfu in Cantonese?

What is the most common term for hanfu (as in 'Hanfu movement'), i.e. modern clothing inspired by historical costumes? Is 漢服 (or 漢裝) used in spoken Cantonese, or maybe it is more of a Mandarin/Written ...
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Translating "a looming feeling"

How would one translate "I feel rather relieved today. A nagging feeling still looms over me, but on the surface I feel unstressed." Anything to that effect works. The first sentence could ...
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How to literally translate the 由人类艺术家挥笔 in 志愿者普遍更喜欢的作品都是由人类艺术家挥笔完成的?

也许有人认为,在这种情况下根本不可能分辨出来。然而在每一次测试中,志愿者普遍更喜欢的作品都是由人类艺术家挥笔完成的。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 18. How to literally translate this part: 由人类艺术家挥笔? I have reached at this point: 志愿者(...
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Whats the difference between 客户反馈 vs 客户评论 vs 用户评论?

Trying to say "customer reviews" in Mandarin but don't know what the correct term is for online course student/user reviews. Please help!
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What is the difference between 财政 and 金融?

Both phrases are synonym in my opinion and can be interchangeable, until one day I realized I might be mistaken when I saw in an official document of a city, that there are two government agencies ...
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What does GG mean here?

Saw this FB post about this unfortunate taxi accident in HK: However I have never heard the term GG before and was wondering if its supposed to be shorthand for something else?
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Why does someone in our apartment complex yell something like "dòuhé" at around 8am?

Basically every morning at around 8am, there's someone outside my apartment in Beijing yelling something that sounds like dòuhé, which is audible in everyone's apartment. I managed to record him ...
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What is the man saying in this Cantonese cartoon?

I started watching Old Master Q today and came across this scene where they try to get an interview, but I couldn't quite understand what was being said here: https://youtu.be/OR8nxtw8GjY?t=502 ...
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What does 飄過 mean in this context?

Was playing some game that usually has a decent amount of Chinese speakers and at the beginning of the match somebody spammed this: What would 飄過 mean here? I know it can mean to float but otherwise ...
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Why does 发工资 mean "get paid", such as in 男的现在没发工资?

The correct answer to this HSK5 listening question is: 男的现在没发工资 The question indicates 男的 hasn't yet received his salary, so it took me by surprise that 发 is used here: CC-CEDICT: 发 (fā​) to send ...
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Can someone provide a translation of this old HK smoking ad?

I came across this interesting smoking ad from Hong Kong, but while I understand a good number of the characters, its hard for me to piece together everything that is being said here: From what I can ...
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旮旯 in 緣路山旮旯 (a film in Hong Kong)

There is a film produced in Hongkong in 2021. The name is 緣路山旮旯. I would like to ask about the construction of some sentences with 旮旯 except 山旮旯. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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How did I go in my mock HSK6 exam faulty wording section?

I took a mock HSK6 exam yesterday, which I recorded to see where I went wrong. A 深秋的太平山,是人们攀登高山欣赏红叶的最佳时节。 [my answer] B 车辆驶过整洁宽敞的大道,古朴的牌楼迎面映入眼帘。 C 网络空间急剧扩张,已经覆盖了人类社会生活的各个领域。 D 报告显示,去年中国游客量增幅超过50%,...
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What is an example of a word that is different in definition in the Kangxi and Zhengzitong Dictionaries?

What is an example of a word that is different in definition or more clarified in the Kangxi dictionary than in the Zhengzitong dictionary?
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"I haven't seen him lately" 我最近没有看到他 is 有 necessary?

I'm trying to say I haven't seen him lately, I got two versions: 我最近没有看到他 我最近没看到他 My question is are they both correct and mean the same thing? Is it like in this case with 有 the 看到 is more like a ...
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What is the procedure for typing cangjie here?

I've been typing Mandarin with pinyin input for years and have never found it terribly difficult to learn. However, I am finding that when I need to use website and type Cantonese expressions, I find ...
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How to display CJK Extension H?

CJK Unified Ideographs Extension H has just been released this week. BabelStone Han only has: 53.6% coverage of CJK Ext. H. HanaMin seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. They did not even ...
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What do people in Hong Kong say when you are approaching a counter to buy something?

I've often found myself at the typical 7/11 waiting in line to ring out, and almost every time the cashier will say something right before I am to purchase. It sounds something like "lao wei"...
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How does 讽刺 mean both "sarcastic" and "ironic"?

A colleague described a situation (or maybe something a person said in that situation) as "sarcastic," but it didn't really make sense. I asked if she meant "ironic," and she said ...
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What is the meaning of 之手 in 每组中一幅出自著名抽象艺术家之手?

志愿者的任务很简单,每个人会看到两两一组出现的一些图画,每组中一幅出自著名抽象艺术家之手,另一幅是业余爱好者、婴儿、黑猩猩或者大象的涂鸦。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 18. What is the meaning of 之手? His hand? 之 has many meanings, while 手 I ...
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"Set the priority straight" in Chinese?

What is Chinese for "Set the priority straight" ? Or is there any Chinese fable or ancient story that relates to the idea of setting the priority straight?
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Understanding 落实政策

I've often read about 给 XXX 落实政策。This thing seems to be very flexible. For example, 落实疫情防控政策 and 给烈士子女落实政策。 How to contextually translate this phrase into English?
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How can I express "off the top of my head"?

In English, we often use the phrase: Off the top of my head: from the knowledge you have in your memory. E.g. we might say: Off the top of my head, I don't know the answer. I can think of one ...
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Confusing 了1 and 了2

One of the functions of 了 is marking the completion of an action. (了1) Another function is marking a change of state. (了2) Personally it is sometimes difficult for me to distinguish between these two ...
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When does one use 同埋 and 然後 in Cantonese?

A long time ago, I asked a Hong Kong colleague how to order food by saying "and" or "and then". She taught me the structure is basically something like "我要薯條同埋一個漢堡包." But ...

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