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When Confucius cannot answer a question, why do the students joke 谁说你的知识很丰富呢 and not 为什么你这么聪明呢?

In HSK5级 应试指南 (pages 68 and 69), there's an exercise about Confucius (孔子). Two children are arguing about whether or not the sun is closer to the earth during the day. Confucius doesn't know how to ...
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Cantonese Joke About Dealing With Mandarin Elitists?

Came across this on Reddit/Jokes today An Englishman is hiking in Scotland and he pauses to drink from a stream. A passing shepherd calls out "Dinnae drink frae that, it's all fulla coo piss an ...
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Are there typical jokes formed by adding 之一 at the end of an otherwise innocuous sentence?

之一 (zhī​yī) CC-CEDICT: one of (sth) / one out of a multitude / one (third, quarter, percent etc) 之一 may be added at the end of a sentence, and can completely change its meaning (appending "one ...
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How do we correctly translate the XKCD comic snippet "Good News: You recently had close contact with someone who has not tested positive for COVID"?

I feel this XKCD comic: Good News: You recently had close contact with someone who has not tested positive for COVID. cropped from XKCD comic 2342: Exposure Notification is incorrectly translated: ...
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Is it possible to quip "My package went to Nanjing, but I'm in Beijing; that's the complete opposite Jing"?

I'm trying to quip My package went to Nanjing, but I'm in Beijing; that's the complete opposite Jing. For it to be funny in English, the reader would have to know that 京 in Nanjing 南京 and Beijing ...
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Does (western) humor exist in Chinese culture? How do you use the language to make friends with Chinese?

Some Chinese, especially those in China, have no concpets of western humor and their interpretation could be unexpected. Satire can be interpreted as personal attack and self mocking can be ...