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I can't think In Chinese, I always instantly translate what I am reading into English

I am not sure why, but whenever I read something in Chinese...I don't know how to say this, it just doesn't click, Every word I read is instantly translated to English, If I try to force my self to ...
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I am confused with this “ 最开始” in a specific sentence

In this sentence,毕业之后最开始在一家房地产公司做销售员,底薪一千八. the translator apparently translated "最开始" as went to work? I am confused because I can't find any thing that relates 最开始 with finding a job . Here is ...
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Can anyone translate the Chinese text on the picture attached?

Can anyone translate the Chinese text on the picture attached?
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When Chinese speakers read arabic numbers, do they still read them in chinese?

Sorry if that makes no sense, let me explain. Often you see arabic numbers among Chinese texts for example: 我想要321餃子 would that be read as "three hundred" or as "三百二十一" ? This may seem obvious but ...
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Isn't Chinese SVO? then why is it SOV here?

Chinese is supposed to be SVO right? (as I learnt, of course) then why In this sentence "我可以跟她约会"? "约会" means to date, so It's a verb I presume, why is it SOV in here then, I have a hunch though ...
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“Subj + 打電話 + Obj” vs “Subj + 給 + Obj + 打電話”

The dictionary entry of 打電話 that is given here says: Verb to make a telephone call Therefore, I would expect to be able to use it like this: 我 晚上 要 打電話 媽媽 However, I found the ...
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去 + Action vs 要+Action+了

What is the difference among the following two sentences? 我 去 吃飯 我 要 吃飯 了 According to my current knowledge, both translate to ''I am going to eat''.
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Question words at the end or beginning? Shei (very confusing)

So far, question words in Chinese have always appeared at the end.. but with "shei" I saw sentences like "Shei shi nide baba?" So it can be used at the start or end of a sentence? We could say, "Nide ...
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Where are you? What are you doing?

So I translated it like: "Ni zai nar? Ni zuo shenme?" But I found "Ni zai zuo shenme?" online... How is it zai zuo (in + to do)??? And is it correct if I just say zuo (to do)?? Does it express the ...
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How do you say “Where is Beijing?”

In Chinese will we say, "Beijing zai nār/nali?". Because I just learned to say, "Lundun zai Ying Guo." Plus, "Where is your home?" is, "Nide jia zai nar?" So using these rules, is it acceptable? ...
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Are they in Britain?

In Chinese it will be "Tamen zai ying guo ma?" But I studied that we use shi to connect nouns, so can we also say: Tamen "shi" zai ying guo ma? Is it also grammatically correct? It's just easier for ...
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“How are you this morning” in Chinese?

Is "Ni jin tian zao shang zen me yang?(你今天早上怎麼樣?)" ok? Can we also say, "Ni zhe ge zao shang zen me yang? (你這個早上怎麼樣?)" Cux we do say, "Ni zhe ge xing qi zen me yang? (你這個星期怎麼樣?)" for how are you ...
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“Aren't you both also Americans” in Chinese ?

Nǐmen dōu ye bù shì měi guó rén ma? Is it correct? I am comfortable with this word order. Is it acceptable?
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Jin tian ji hao?

I learnt to ask weekday as, "Jin tian xing qi ji?" With an optional "shi" after jin tian. So I want to know if the shi in "Jin tian shi ji hao?" is also optional. Also, can I say, "Jin tian ji ri?" ...
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Duoshao vs shenme

Is it ok to ask, "Nide dianhua haoma shi shenme?" (What is your telephone number) Or do I have to say, "Nide dianhua haoma shi duoshao?" which is the translation on duolingo. Also, Can I just say, ...
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The difference between 都没有 and 不都有

Can somebody please explain the difference between 都不是, 不都是, 都没有, and 不都有, and if possible give and example of the separate occasions when they should be used? thanks so much, i have a final tomorrow ...
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Correct translation of “I need some help with my homework.”

I'm a Chinese learner and I wanted to test my skills on Chinese. So I tried to translate this: I need some help with my homework. I tried to translate it and came up with this: 我需要一些帮助同我的作业。 (...
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What is the difference between 妳 (nǐ) and 他 (tā)

Wiktionary gives the meaning "you" for the character 妳 (nǐ), and tā (either 他 or 她). Is there a formal / informal difference? Which should I prefer in general usage?
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How to say “small cat”, when 小猫 is “kitten”?

I would like advice on how to properly say phrases like "little kitten", "small cat". While I can say "小猫", as I understand it that either means "kitten", or is ambiguous. And to me saying "小小猫" seems ...
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Common usage of 戈

I understand that the phonetic part of 我 (wo3) is pronounced 戈 (ge1). It seems also that it means (or used to mean) "Dagger"/"Sword", however the only references I can find to this character says that ...
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What are these two questions asking about? (See information from the passage) [closed]

Somebody help me with these questions. I knew the meaning of every words in those questions. I’m too stupid to understand these two questions. 云南石林的风景怎么样? 小李为什么想再去云南?
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Where can I find a list of Chinese language learning karaoke videos for kids or adults that have a basic conversation level?

I noticed that watching karaoke videos accelerates learning Chinese characters, even though you might not understand the characters fully. Is there a list of Mandarin and Cantonese karaoke videos for ...
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Can someone please translate for me [closed]

I saw this tattoo and i really want to know what it saids. Im not sure if its chinese or japanese. Can someone help me find out what it say and help me where i can find the symbols online .Thank you
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Can anyone translate this Chinese text? [closed]

My friend has a statue and there is some Chinese text on it. Can anyone translate it to English for me. Also, I would like to know more about this statue, any links, history about it, anything. ...
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Etymology of 'go dutch' [closed]

So I just learned about the etymology of 'AA' from The origins of "AA制" I wonder if anyone has a similar response for the phrase 'go dutch'. It is hard to believe this originated from ...
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A few questions before taking an online course

After two months, I will be moving to Hong Kong for my Bachelor's degree. Before doing so, I decided to spend my time learning Chinese to lessen the burden in the future. As I was searching for a ...
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Learn to read online - resources [closed]

I am playing an online game played also by many Chinese people. The game has an instant Google translator - but translations are always bad, sometimes missing. I would like to be able to read, and ...
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How to improve knowledge base for vocal conversation in Mandarin

Ni Hao, Wo shi Anugrah (from India). I have always been interested in learning some new skills that can improve me personally and help me to interact with others easily. One of the things I do is to ...
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In Chinese culture, who should sit at the most honorable seat during meals? [closed]

A. The oldest person B. The oldest male C. The host D. The hostess The question is in this pdf: http://www.houstonisd.org/cms/lib2/TX01001591/Centricity/Domain/17318/chi_1.pdf
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Difference between 小老婆 and 小老太

I have been going to a Chinese restaurant a lot lately, and the owner is a very friendly little old Chinese lady. Should I call her 小老婆 or 小老太? Is it rude to call her 小? Also, I think Chinese are ...
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TRANSLATE ASAP PLEASE [closed]

Can someone please translate this asap, someone wrote this to a friend of mine.
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Learning Chinese and Korean

I started learning Korean last year, and by now I'm pretty confident with the basic rules of the game; I'm also pretty interested in Chinese, and I've heard that many Korean words can be split up in ...
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ideal way and easiest method to learn Chinese [closed]

My Chinese is not bad, but I want to improve it. And since among all the people that I know who are learning Chinese, the most successful one are those with a Chinese girlfriend, and to be honest with ...
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Does watching Chinese movies help in learning Mandarin? [closed]

Does watching Chinese movies with the English subtitles help a beginner level Mandarin student to learn and improve the language?
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Pairs which are of the form AB / BA

I need help with 实现 v.s. 现实 and 罪犯 v.s. 犯罪. I find it hard to remember the distinction between these pairs which are of the form AB / BA. Can anyone help me grasp the underlying ideas/logic/feeling? ...
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Learning Chinese from a radio station [closed]

I'd like to learn Chinese just by listening to some radio stations as I do other work. Are there any good mp3 streaming stations in Mandarin that I could listen to?
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Where can I find people to communicate in Chinese to learn and improve it? [closed]

I am a beginner in Chinese language. I have taken the Chinese - level 1 course on edX [MandarinX]. I did learn the basics which I could use when I travel and go to a restaurant while I am there as a ...
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What is the textbook used to learn Chinese in Havard and MIT? [closed]

I know that Havard has an excellent East Culture Research center but what about the teaching of Chinese there?
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Looking for a Chinese movie or anime with easy dialogues [closed]

Actually I'm looking for a movie with both English and Chinese subtitles.(important). On my blog http://bymyselflearning.blogspot.fr , you can see that I've already collected a few ones. Basic idea ...
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How to find online freelance teachers? [closed]

I’m new on Chinese Stack Exchange (though a long-time fan of Stack Exchange), so please be nice :) How can I reach out to independent mandarin teachers who would be offering online lessons over Skype ...
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why are there some people learning Chinese? [closed]

Although I am a native Chinese, I think Chinese language is not a good language tool to communicate information among people. So when I found there are some people asking some Chinese language ...
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In which parts of Asia do they speak Hokkien Chinese?

In which parts of China or Asia can you find Hokkien speakers? Also, where can you learn Hokkien Chinese?
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Is there a website/service that corrects Chinese Essays? [closed]

Recently, I've gotten into the habit of writing in a chinese diary each night. However, I'd be disappointed if I kept on making mistakes and instead of correcting them, reenforcing them through the ...
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Are there more people in Russia/Ukraine learning Chinese language than other white dominated countries?

I only came up with this idea after I used wechat and VK and found some people from there can speak or are learning the language, while in Australia here I can hardly find any local people learning ...
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What are the common ice-breaker sentences in Chinese?

There are sentences in English like "What's up?" "What's going on?" "how have you been?" to begin a conversation with or to greet people (friends or relatives) So what are the common ice-breaker ...
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How to get started learning Chinese [closed]

I'm new on this website and my only objective is to get some answers. But the main question I have is: How and where to start learning Chinese? How to begin?
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Difference between learning Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese Hokkien for visiting Taiwan

I'm planning on visiting Taiwan as a tourist for about one week next year. Both Wikipedia and Wikivoyage say that Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese Hokkien are common languages there. What advantages ...
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Is there a lot of value in learning to write Chinese characters?

I have noticed that a lot of my friends that study Chinese at university spend a lot of their time learning to write Chinese. I would estimate more than 50% of their Chinese study time is spent on ...