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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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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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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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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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Difference between 有冇 and 咗 for past tense in Cantonese

I have finished my audio course on Cantonese and was confused about one grammar point. Sometimes people in the conversations, referring to the past tense, would say something like this for "Did ...
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What is the difference between 旅, 留 and 驻?

The context is that of (I think?) a "visiting scholar" in France: 旅法学者 旅, 留 and 驻 all refer to a type of staying or residing abroad, but what are the exact differences in their uses? And if &...
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How did 子 come to mean "master?"

In cases of famous masters like Laozi, Zhuangzi, Mozi, Sunzi, Kong Fuzi, etc. the suffix -子 is translated as "master" or sometimes "great teacher." Otherwise it indicates offspring ...
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What is the difference between 过 and 度 in their meanings "to spend/pass (time)"?

Is there a general difference between the two? There are two examples I have found: 度假 Is this interchangeable with 过假? And the second 这个假期你打算怎么过? Can this be exchanged with "...怎么度"? If ...
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Ways to say sorry and excuse yourself [duplicate]

I know 抱歉,道歉,对不起 and 不好意思。What is the difference between them and when should I use them?
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Cantonese Question: When does one use 咩 versus 乜野?

I've been listening to some Cantonese audio from Pimsleur and noticed they use a different word for "what" compared to what I learned from CantoneseClass101. In CC101, they used 咩, such as &...
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Can the phrase 地铁 in Chinese taken to mean the Underground (地下铁) and the Overground (地上铁)?

The phrase 地铁 was initially a contraction of the term 地下铁路 (underground railway). However, can it be also taken to mean 地上铁 (overground) in addition to 地下铁 (underground) as well as a collective term ...
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Do the almost identical sentences 你没有他的勤奋 and 你没有他勤奋 have some difference in meaning?

The book I'm reading says there is a slight difference of meaning between these two sentences. I can't really grasp the difference. Do you agree with my book? 你没有他的勤奋。 你没有他勤奋。
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Difference between 饭店,饭馆 and 餐馆?

If 饭店 is a more formal restaurant than 饭馆, where would you situate 餐馆? More like an eatery, more low-key than 饭馆 or more formal than 饭店? Are there other differences in meaning between the three words?
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What is the difference between the words 辩论 and 争论?

辩论 and 争论, what is the difference? I know they both mean to argue / to debate but why are there 2 different words? I want to know which one should be used in a more casual context i.e. "my ...
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Is 在 optional in 你们明天在咖啡馆见面?

I found this two examples at the same Chinese lesson text, but it is not explained why 在 is omitted in one of them: 你们明天在咖啡馆见面 你们明天咖啡馆见面 Is 在 optional?
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梨 (lí) vs 离 (lí)

How do I differentiate between "pear - 梨 (lí)" and “to leave - 离 (lí)”? They both sound exactly the same, so do I just follow the sentence to see which it is? Or is there another way to ...
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Different first stroke forms of 月 (yuè)

There seem to be two different forms of the first stroke in 月 (yuè). When the character stands alone by itself ("moon"), then the stroke seems to bend to the left after going straight down, ...
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Difference between 谈 and 讲

What's the difference between 谈 and 讲, and when do I use them? Or are they interchangeably used? They both seem to mean "talk".
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Difference using 的 here 1) 这道菜味道很好 and 2) 这道菜的味道很好

What is the difference between 这道菜味道很好 and 这道菜的味道很好? How does this grammar point work?
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difference in connotation between intensifier + adjective and 是 + adjective + 的

What is the difference in connotation between intensifier + adjective and 是 + adjective + 的? For instance, what would the difference be between 他非常高 and 他是非常高的 I'm aware that there are similar ...
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Are the words "stamp", "seal", and "chop" synonymous (all meaning 印章)?

I see these the three words "stamp", "seal", and "chop" used to refer to what seem to be almost the same thing. Image source: ThoughtCo. I'm not sure if there's any ...
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Do 谢 and 写 sound different (ignoring the tones)?

I'm aware that 谢 (xiè​) and 写 (xiě​) are theoretically meant to sound the same (ignoring tones): 谢 has the bopomofo/zhuyin ㄒㄧㄝˋ 写 has the bopomofo/zhuyin ㄒㄧㄝˇ But, to my ear at least, when people ...
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Why is it 放学 and 下班, instead of 放班 or 下学?

I know that there is also the variant 放工 but I don't think this is typical usage. The use of 下 is so common, but yet in the instance of a school we use 放 instead.
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Differences with 呢度,喺度,and 喺呢度

Can anyone explain any differences in usage between the three ways of saying 'here' in Cantonese? I anticipate that in many cases, these will be exchangeable. I'm looking for examples of sentences ...
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Usage: ”没关系“ vs ”没问题”

What are the fundamental differences between ”没关系” and ”没问题“ in usage and meaning? I know they both could be translated as a colloquial “no problem”, but how do they differ in usage?
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我听不懂的 vs 我听不懂 meaning

As a response to this: 老师说:“我们的学校下学期来开始用英语上课” 学生说:“我们听不懂” What would be the difference in meaning/nuance if “我们听不懂的” were said instead?
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Difference between 一下(儿) and 一下子

The Commercial Press' 现代汉语词典 and many places on the internet say that 一下 and 一下子 are the same thing/meaning. But that's false, since the biggest use of 一下 is as a measure word and 一下子 is an adverb. ...
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What is the difference between 地 and 土?

Based on some dictionaries, the former seems to be more physically relating to the soil, earth; with the latter being more relating to soil or territory. I'm not sure how correct this is.
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What, if any, are the different usage cases for 就像 vs. 正如

I have always used 就像 when trying to say "just like" but recently came across 正如 while studying the various ways to use 如. According to the dictionary definition and some of the examples, it ...
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What is the difference between 互相 and 彼此

I was told they were interchangeable except in few cases. What are they?
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Why do 蓝 and 篮 look so similar?

Is there a reason why 蓝 (as in 蓝色 = blue) and 篮 (as in 篮球 = basketball) look so similar, or is it just a coincidence?
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Grammar on 给 Gei x Ji 给

Does anybody know what is the rule for using 给 (gěi) or 给 (jǐ)? I’m a HSK level 4 student and only now I’ve met “jǐ” in a sentence: 有的时候这只猴子给自己和其他人找了很多的大麻烦! At first I read 给 as “gěi” but both the ...
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What is the difference between 暍 and 热? [closed]

大家好 What is the difference between 暍 and 热 and when they are used ? 谢谢
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Are 煤碳 and 煤炭 the same thing ("coal")?

此前,船舶经纪公司Braemar ACM Shipbroking珀斯分部的分析师阿比那·古普塔(Abhinav Gupta)向ABC确认,42万吨澳大利亚煤碳在今年7月、8月卸货,另外5.5万吨在今年5月装船的煤碳在7月清仓,但他无法确认这些煤炭的用途。 中国今年前三季度对澳洲进口额突飞猛进意味着什么? Sometimes I encounter 煤炭 = "coal" ...
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What is the difference between 创造,创作,制造,制作,and 创建?

Hello good people of Chinese Stack Exchange! Hope you're doing well. It seems like the words 创造,创作,制造,制作,and 建造 are similar in that they mean "make" or "create," but from what I've ...
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Difference of 青 and 黑

My dictionary tells 青 can mean black. My questions are: Is 青 generally used to mean black? In other words, is it always ambiguous to some extent whether it means blue or black? When it means black, ...
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What are difference betweeen the Quotation marks " " and「」? And How do we use them?

I have recently come across the quotation marks " " and「」in the texts of video games. I am wondering what situations suit for the use of each quotation mark, because I felt like I saw them ...
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What is the difference in 一点儿都不贵 with and without the 都?

What is the difference if we say: 一点儿都不贵 or without the 都 (i.e., 一点儿不贵)?
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What is the difference between 做 vs. none in 这是我妈妈(做)的菜?

What is the difference if we say: 这是我妈妈做的菜 and 这是我妈妈的菜? With\without (做)
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Is 不争气 same as 没出息?

These two phrases are often seen in everyday conversations,for example,这孩子真没出息,这孩子真不争气, roughly meaning this child is useless, this child is not good, but I am not sure whether these two phrases are ...
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Precisely what do 净入学率 (~"net enrollment rate") and 毛入学率 (~"gross enrollment rate") mean?

I'm reading about literacy in China, and encounter the terms 净入学率 and 毛入学率, but I'm unclear on their precise meaning: CC-CEDICT: 净 (jìng​) ... / net (income, exports etc) / ... CC-CEDICT: 毛 (máo) ... ...
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"发言" 和 "演讲" 有什么区别?Do both of these words mean "speech" or "make a speech"?

“发言” 和“ 演讲”有什么区别? I know they both mean "speech" and to make a speech or lecture, but I can't tell the full difference. Thanks so much for helping!!
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the difference between 出价 发价 报价 提价

Anyone know the the difference between 出价 发价 报价 提价? I want to know the detailed different meaning about those words. thank you for answering my question.
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Is there any difference in meaning between 世间 and 世界上?

As far as I understand, 世界 means world or the world. And these two words 世间 and 世界上, I think they both mean the same: in the world. But I am not sure if I interpret them correctly. Is there any ...
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Comparison of 稻 with 米饭, 白饭 or even 米 and 饭 individually

I just stumbled on 稻, and can't find more context, comparing it with other ways of calling rice. The main difference seems to be it is often used as part of "rice paddies" (稻田). But other ...
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Purpose of 了 except completion marker

What is the purpose of 了 in these sentences: 1:找到你了。(If it is completion marker, why doesn't it come right after the verb?) 2:我最喜欢看篮球比赛了.
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是 assessing an overall situation

This is the title of a paragraph in the book "Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar", by Yip Po-Ching and Don Rimmington, whose content I find really hard to understand. The explanation: 是 shì ...
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警察 vs 武警 difference

So I'm trying to understand the first sentence from the book 三体. The original: 汪淼觉得,来找他的这四个人是一个奇怪的组合:两名警察和两名军人,如果那两个军人是武警还算正常,但这是两名陆军军官。 My translation: Wang Miao thought the 4 men coming to him ...
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What is the difference between 但 and 只?

I see that 但 means "only" besides its typical meaning "but". So what is the difference between 但 and 只 and when do you use 但 with the meaning "only"?
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What is the difference between 赞赏, 欣赏 and 佩服?

These are the meanings in the MDBG.net dictionary (based on CC-CEDICT dictionary) 赞赏 to admire / to praise / to appreciate, 欣赏 to appreciate / to enjoy / to admire, 佩服 to admire. So all of them ...

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