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Is 了 a pictogram (象形字)?

當我看 Hinen 的答案時,看到近代書將「了」分為象形字。 大概是因為《說文解字》曾提及「象形」二字如下: 了,尦也。从子,無臂。象形。 作者許慎的意思應該是將「了」判為象形字。 《說文解字》的序文有象形字的定義: 象形者,畫成其物,隨體詰詘,日月是也。 象形字是依物體的彎曲樣子將它的形狀畫出來,譬如,日和月。 也就是說,象形字是直接描繪該物體。 但是,段玉裁的《說文解字注》...
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What is the difference between 國語 and 普通話?

I am still a beginner, but after 1 year I'm still not sure about the difference. I've been talking with some citizens from China mainland on the Internet, when I mentioned that I'm learning 國語, I ...
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Why/how does 说 mean update in 下次再说?

In the app for 百度网盘 I am prompted to 立即更新 or 下次再说. Clearly 说 means update, but I don't see any definition that allows that.
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What's the difference between 差異 and 差別?

Do both of them mean "difference?" Not sure if they are the same part of speech or if they are interchangeable.
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Why does 牛车水 mean Chinatown?

I saw a video where people referred to to Chinatown in Singapore as 牛车水. What does this literally mean?
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Clarifying usage and definition of 怀疑

怀疑 means (1) to doubt, and (2) to suspect. This seems to lead to some confusing translations. For example: 我怀疑这张百元钞票是假的 could have two very different translations. If I use "to doubt", then it ...
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What is the meaning of 么?

If you want to say "This dog," you'd say, "这只狗". If you want to say "This thing," you'd say, "这个东西". If you want to say, "This much," you'd say, "这么多". I understand the reasons for the 只 and the 个, ...
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What is this character used for: 夰

I'm a relative beginner in Chinese. I was trying to draw the character 乔, but missed one stroke and instead got 夰. I was trying to find the meaning of this character before I realised my mistake. I ...
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Is there a word for 1/3?

So I know that in Mandarin, 1/2 is 二分之一 or 一半. Is there a similar word to 一半 for 1/3? I mean, instead of 三分之一, something like 一——?
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Does 飛機 mean airplane, or aircraft?

Airplanes are a type of aircraft (helicopters [直升機], hot air balloons [熱氣球] are also aircraft). 飛機 is a very common Chinese word, but what does it mean? Does 飛機 mean "airplane"? If no, what is "...
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What is the difference between 喝 and 饮?

Both 喝 and 饮 seem to mean 'to drink', but is there nuance beyond this?
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“我被他当做(了)自己的儿子。” 干爹 gāndiē or 教父 jiàofù?

Here is an issue that came up while I was discussing a grammar exercise with my Chinese language partner. My grammar book has an exercise where the solution is "我被他当做(了)自己的儿子。" My language partner ...
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What does 旧币 refer to exactly?

Entry for 叫当 from 《成都大辞典》 It mentions a pair of pants might be hawked for: 一千六百元 (旧币) and a 衫子 might be hawked for 二千元 The definition does mention 铜钱, but I'm not entirely sure what 旧币 is ...
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Does the chengyu 话不投机 (huà bù tóu jī) mean “uncongenial speech”?

I'm looking at creating a CC-EDICT entry for 话不投机 (huà bù tóu jī). This will need to go through their review process: All submitted entries will be queued for reviewing by the CC-CEDICT editors ...
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Meaning of 厨 as a slang

I was in a Chinese forum for manga fans and I saw a user who introduced himself saying this sentence: 一个普通的《X》厨 Going by the context, I understand 厨 here means something like "fan" of X but I ...
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What does 臉盆 “washbasin” mean when it's part of the names of dishes in Taiwan?

A restaurant just up the road from my hostel here in Taichung, Taiwan has some dishes including the characters 臉盆. When I looked them up I could only find the meaning "washbasin". Even hunting the ...
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List of fixed character descriptions (eg. 白勺的)

There are a few fixed expressions to differentiate between and describe characters, as mentioned in this answer, and these are also used as names for the characters when talking about them: 白勺的 for ...
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The meaning of “宝藏”?

I know that "宝藏" can mean "underground mineral deposits", but it can also mean "treasures". My question is this: In addition to the two definitions above, can "宝藏" also mean a location that stores ...
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What's the difference between 战略 and 策略?

What's the difference between 战略 and 策略? The word I am looking to translate from English is "strategy." I vaguely remember a Chinese teacher once explaining 战略 as more of high level strategy and 策略 ...
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What does 尿尿 mean?

I was scrolling down on YouTube comments until someone wrote 老师好。新年快乐。给尿尿了。A person answered 新年快乐,不说给尿尿,哈哈. I look it up but it said that 尿尿 means piss. Is that true?
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What is a “亲传弟子” and how would you say it in English?

亲传弟子 I'm not sure how to say it words, but I believe that they are disciples that get things personally passed down by their master and they have a very close relationship with them. However, is ...
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Is 金口难开 an idiom, and if so what would be a suitable CC-CEDICT definition?

I stumbled upon 金口难开, and I think it's a 成语. I think it describes people who are pretentious (金口 = gold mouth), which makes it hard for them to speak (难开 = difficult to open). Examples: ...
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Is this an example of chaining adjectives?

I came across this sentence in my reading yesterday and even though I didn't quite understand the grammar being employed I decided to skip over it because I understood the gist of it, but I've now ...
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Translation of “繟”

In a version of the Dao De Jing that I found on Gutenberg.org, this character appears: 繟. I've done multiple searches of the web and of several dictionaries online, but wasn't able to find a ...
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What's the difference between 老公 (lǎo gōng) and 丈夫 (zhàng fu)?

I understand that they both mean "husband" in some capacity; are there any differences in formality or connotation between the two? Thanks!
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What is the significance of 女娲补天 beyond its literal meaning “Nüwa mends the sky”?

女娲补天 refers to an ancient Chinese myth, and literally means something like "Goddess Nüwa mends the sky". I'd be interested in creating a CC-CEDICT definition for it, so it'll need the syntax: 女媧補天 ...
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What's a suitable CC-EDICT definition for 各司其职?

I encountered 各司其职 in my textbook 发展汉语,高级口语(I) on page 19, so I'm attempting to whip up a CC-EDICT definition. Question: What's a suitable CC-EDICT definition for 各司其职? The definition the textbook ...
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What does “强横” mean when it is used to describe an inanimate things?

强横实力 From zdic, 强横 means "brutal and unreasonable", which does make sense. However, at the end of the line, it also adds "describes a person like that". But if it is used as a description for ...
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What is the connotation for gay蜜 and 闺蜜?

What is the connotation for gay蜜? Is the connotation literally that the two guys that it refers to are gay, or is it like the english 'man-date' where it is just two close friends going to do ...
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What is this character and what does it mean? [closed]

I've tried to find this character in dictionaries and by looking it up on Google Translate, etc., but I'm unclear- is it two characters or one? What does it mean? Thanks so much]1
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Interesting “bullet points”

For some reason WPS Office, when I clicked "bullet point", gave me this character: Does anyone know what this character is? When I try handwriting recognition, it can't seem to find it. Same thing ...
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Are “gratitude” and “appreciation” suitable CC-EDICT definitions for 感激之心?

In my writing, my teacher suggested I use 感激之心. I didn't find 感激之心 in CC-EDICT, although there is 感激 感激 [gan3 ji1] /to be grateful/to appreciate/thankful/ It seems reasonable to create a ...
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Difference between 图画 and 绘画

The dictionary defines both 图画 and 绘画 as drawing & painting. Can both words be used interchangeably? Is there any difference in the words in terms of usage?
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Difference between 两 and 二? [duplicate]

I know both mean "two," but what differentiates the two? If there is a difference, when do I use 两 and when do I use 二?
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How is “戚” Being Used as a Standalone Verb to Mean “Feel”? [closed]

Samples from the Internet: 1) 我對學校老師的專業程度戚到滿意。 2) 膝关节经常戚到有些酸软 3) 如果你因此戚到不開心或困擾 Clearly, "戚" is being used as a verb to mean "feel". But the zdic definition doesn't include any instances where it ...