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What's a chengyu with meaning similar to the Japanese 七転八起 (fall down seven times, get up eight)?

Japanese has the idiom 七转八起: Basically if you fail 7 times, you should recover from those events and be prepared to rise an 8th time. This is also applies if it is the world or circumstances that ...
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Need help reading cursive text

I've never learned cursive writing and I really can't read it. This is what I see so far: ()为的漫步海边 无忧无虑 自由自在 慢悠悠的散步 实际上的()海 And does anyone know the name of the font?
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How should I interpret the 一……一 construct used in 一爱一岗 and 睫一毛一?

……父母是子女的第一位启蒙教师,要培养子女的责任感、事业心,家长首先就要敬业一爱一岗,有强烈的责任感、事业心。…… 大禹治水 ……大王,您想错了。我虽然见识不多,但我知道,人的智慧往往就同人的眼睛一样,能见百步以外的东西,却看不见自己的睫一毛一。…… 目不见睫 I'm not sure how to interpret the 一……一 phrases above. I've ...
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Difference between resultative complement and complement of state

In "New Practical Chinese Reader 2", it introduces two complements for Chinese verbs, in two different chapters. The first one being, complement of state, like 他跑得好。(He runs well) The second ...
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Why must we say 我可以从你那儿借钱吗? instead of just 我可以从你借钱吗?

我可以从你借钱吗? Can I borrow money from you? At some point in our language learning journey, we learn that 从[person] is considered a grammar error in Chinese (despite the equivalent not being a grammar ...
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这段课文写对了没有? 请你们检查一下。谢谢

Please help me to check if my text for the video is correct. 大家好! 我是_, 我来自俄罗斯, 今年20岁。 目前还是一个_大学外国语学院的学生。 我是一个渴望知识的人, 学得很认真和努力。 我家不太富裕, 我从中学工作和帮助解决金钱问题。 从那时起,我试图了解金融和经济学是如何运作的, 觉得很有意思。 在我上学期间, ...
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Structure for the phrase 尾班車開出前5分鐘

In this phrase: 尾班車開出前5分鐘, is meant to signify “5 minutes before the departure of the last train”. I find the structure a bit strange for me. In my mind, I would have thought of something like: ...
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What does 嗦特嗦 mean?

Hello I'm wondering what would 嗦特嗦 mean? I've done a bit of research on baidu and I know 嗦 would mean eat/suck, 嗦嗦 is an onomatopoeia, 特 is special, but combined 嗦特嗦, it doesn't make much sense to me. ...
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On what basis are word classes in Chinese defined?

Since Chinese words are non-inflecting, word classes in Chinese have to be defined based on syntactic behaviour: "verbs" are words that behave like verbs in a sentence (i.e., can fill the ...
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What is an example of a surname formed by combining two single-character family names?

There are many origins of compound surnames. Some derive from royal or official titles, place-names, professions, while others originate from non-Han Chinese clans that lived in ancient China or were ...
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Help translating seals, and phrase

I was wondering if anyone could help with the translation of this seal And characters, this are the only photos that i have right now. Thanks in advance
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What does 兮兮 mean?

According to the dictionary, 兮兮 means: 词的后缀。用在某些词后,表示一种情态。 脏兮兮 | 可怜兮兮 | 神经兮兮 I'm not sure what this has over just using the word (how can 情态 express adjectives to express a state, not people?). Does ...
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What are these four seal script characters? [closed]

I noticed this mark on the bottom of a teapot. I'm having trouble identifying the four characters which I believe to be seal script. I would be grateful if someone could point me in the right ...
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What does 量能塞 mean?

Source from the news 量能塞…確診藏黑數「第2波死亡潮來襲」
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How do you say "adventure" in Mandarin (as in, "a swashbuckling adventure")?

My friend's parents are visiting us and they only speak Mandarin and Cantonese and I only speak English, so she translates for us. We were talking about movies and I wanted to know what kinds they ...
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What does “你给我” mean?

I know the phrase “你给我” means "you give me something", but when people say “你给我出去”, do they mean "You cannot keep me here and let me out"? It looks like there are many variations ...
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Can also a teacher say "同学们好!" ?

If "同学们好!" means "Hello classmates!", can also a teacher say that to its students, despite the fact that the teacher is essentially not a classmate / not part of the student group? ...
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Please- Chinese Chop/Stamp translation

I purchased this lovely carved horse chop today but I can not read the characters… is anyone with that skill willing to help me translate please?
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What does 科 in 本科教育 or 本科学历 mean?

This question is triggered after reading the post "What does 本 in 本科教育 or 本科学历 mean?" In which, the word 本 was well explained, how about 科?
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What does 本 in 本科教育 or 本科学历 mean?

The equivalent in English for 本科教育 is undergraduate education, but in China this phrase may imply it is a university course that lasts four years, different from 专科教育, which is the type of college ...
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What's the difference between 说话的人 and 说话人?

Does anyone know the difference between 说话的人 and 说话人? Thank you
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Is it possible to have 里 and 上 placed after anything else that a noun?

Is it possible to have 里 ('in') and 上 ('on') placed after anything else that a noun (for instance after a verb)? I can think about only: _这里, 那里, 哪里 (two determinants and one pronoun) _往上
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meaning of the phrase 听你的 and purpose of 的

What does it mean to say 听你的 when someone tells you to do something. And what is the purpose of 的 in this structure?
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Is anyone able to tell me in English what the read seal says on this painting, please! (Characters identified: 史達畫印)

Hoping someone can tell me in English what this red seal/ chop on a Chinese painting is saying. Is it it the artists name and what does it translate to. Thank you!
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What does 折腾 mean in this context?

I've been trying to translate two sentences for days but cannot find a suitable English word to translate 折腾. Here's the context: 以前有段时间,他很喜欢养花,开始折腾各种盆栽。 Because of this, I also cannot translate the ...
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Seeking help with the interpretation of this seal. Can anyone help me?

This seal is located in the lower left corner of my free hand brushwork painting and I suspect that it could contain the name of the artist. All help will be appreciated.
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Database of Chinese words mapped to Radical / Component parts?

Is there a database that breaks down each Chinese word into radical or component parts, sort of like this blog post does? One of the first words you will learn in Chinese is 你好 nǐhǎo meaning “hello”. ...
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What does mean these chinese instruction on a 4-20mA water depth sensor?

I have received a 4-20mA water depth sensor with no notice in english. I cannot even type it to get an automatic translation. Could you help me please? Here are two photos: Usually, such a sensor is ...
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Can anyone tell me anything about what's being said in the inscriptions and seals on this painting?

**This is a color and ink painting measuring approx. 15 x 19 inches. I think the script could be referring to the "Tian Shan" mountains but I'm not sure and I think the seal in the lower ...
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Are the words 心里, 街上, and 夜里 nouns or prepositional phrases?

Are the words 心里, 街上, and 夜里 nouns or prepositional phrases[1][2]? - I can not tell if 心里 means 'heart', or 'in my heart'. It is possible to have 心里 or 心 in front of a verb, giving the impression that ...
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What does this translate to? [closed]

I was wondering if someone could help me translate this. Apologies for it being sideways - not the best at tech. Thank you very much for your time, and I hope you have a great day.
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How should I interpret 一个颗状星的行星?

这个概念在汪淼的头脑中萦绕。为什么那个世界的太阳运行会没有规律?一个颗状星的行星,不管其运行轨道是正圆还是偏长的椭圆,其围绕恒星的运动一定是周期性的,全无规律的运行是不可能的……汪淼突然对自己很恼火,他使劲地摇头想赶走头脑中的这一切,不过是个游戏嘛,但他失败了。 刘慈欣,《三体》 (see e.g. this) I'm not sure how to interpret 一个颗状星的行星 in ...
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What does 拉丝为加丝 mean?

Could someone tell me what 拉丝为加丝 means? I searched it up on baidu and the first thing that came up was Las Vegas and it also makes sense within the context, but the characters are different from Las ...
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Is Chinese language influenced by sanskrit and vice versa?

India and China are neighboring countries, in ancient India sanskrit was spoken and in ancient China Chinese was spoken. So could these two languages have influenced each other in any way.
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Can 同学 really be used as a separable verb?

Online, you can find this example of 同学 being used as a separable verb: 我和他同过三年学。 He and I were classmates for three years. I'm skeptical this is correct. (Sometimes databases have errors, and ...
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What are the reasons for multiple variants on how to write 茶 (tea)?

I'm learning on how to write basic Chinese characters and have some basic familiarity with some of the variants across Simplified and Traditional form. For some characters, such as 茶 (tea), I see a ...
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Is there a simple antonym for 好在 = "fortunately, luckily"?

CC-CEDICT: 好在 (hǎo​zài​) luckily / fortunately I really like how simple this word is to use (and write!) when compared to 幸亏 and 多亏. Some sentences from Jukuu (my translation): 好在老师没看见他迟到。 Luckily ...
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How to say wow in chinese and stretch it out? Woooaaaaah

How do you say "waaa~" in chinese? Woooaaaaaa~ To express being dazed by awe. I know 哇 exists but I'm not sure how to exaggerate it.
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Why is there a 零 in 三年零九个月?

……大王,您所期待的长恒纪元就到来了,这个恒纪元将持续三年零九个月,其间气候温暖,是一个黄金纪元。 刘慈欣,《三体》 This is from the novel The Three Body Problem. I'm a little bit puzzled as to why there is a 零 added in 三年零九个月 = "three years and nine ...
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Can anyone assist with the interpretation of this japanese pottery mark?

**This mark is found on the bottom of a ceramic pottery tray believed to be Japanese in origin. Any help with the interpretation will be greatly appreciated.
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Why is there no 斯坦 suffix in 阿富汗?

I know Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan respectively are 阿富汗,哈萨克斯坦,吉尔吉斯斯坦,土库曼斯坦,乌兹别克斯坦. But why isn't Afghanistan translated as 阿富汗斯坦 with the 斯坦 suffix for "-stan&...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to use 问 with the prepositions 向 or 对?

The grammar surrounding 问 seems to be a gap in my knowledge. Using "two objects" seems okay: 我问了他一个问题。 他问那女孩:“你结婚了吗?” But judging from a lack of examples online, using the prepositions 向 ...
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What is the history of 要?Did it first mean "to want" and then get extended to mean "to be gong to"? Or was it the other way around?

要 can mean both "to be going to" and "to want". So the sentence: 我要看电视 would probably mean "I want to watch TV", but "(明天)我要上学“ would probably mean "I am going ...
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Does anyone recognize this artist

Does anyone recognize this artist
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Is the number 4 really considered unlucky because it sounds similar to the word for "death"?

From what I've Googled so far, there are lots of claims that the number 4 is considered unlucky in Chinese. 四 is understandably considered in unlucky in Japanese and Korean because it sounds identical ...
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What exactly does 几 mean in 凱? Which 几?

CUHK vouches that 凱 hails from 從「几」,「豈」聲,表示軍隊得勝所奏的樂曲。《陳書‧晉熙王叔文傳》:「(叔文)隨晉王、秦王等獻凱而入,列於廟廷。」 But Wiktionary lists 5 different meanings for 几, the semantic component! Collins lists 2. And none of them ...
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Online Classical Chinese dictionary

There are two similar questions here: what are some dictionaries about vocabulary of classical chinese? Resources: Modern Chinese -> Classical Chinese (Dictionary/References/etc.) But my question ...
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In the sentence "这位有名无实的超级英雄被他所对抗的各路神通广大的反面角色所衬托的黯然失色," what is the function/meaning of "所衬托的"?

I understand that the overall meaning is "the titular superhero has been overshadowed by the myriad of powerful villains he has fought against," but I don't see the purpose off adding that &...
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Can anyone assist with the interpretation of the symbol that is being depicted in this calligraphy artwork?

**This is a framed scroll painting that was executed by the artist "TIESHENG" as indicated in the oval shaped seal on the lower left. It measures 36 x 28 inches. The two seals on the right ...
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The readings of 栅

What is the deal with the readings of 栅 (柵) and how do they appear? According to modern dictionaries (such as the 漢語大字典 2nd Ed.), there are three readings for 栅? zhà, in the meaning of "fence, ...
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