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Monolingual Mandarin illustrated dictionary in traditional characters

Is there any Mandarin picture dictionaries that: Is 100% in Mandarin (no English or other languages). Uses traditional Chinese characters. Is available as a physical book. If possible, there should ...
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Two-part Allegorical Saying Collection | 歇后语合集

歇后语 is a unique language form of Chinese. The allegorical words are composed of two parts. The first part plays a guiding role, like a riddle, and the second part plays a role as a foil, like an ...
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Can anyone identify the characters on this ivory pipe?

My father-in-law showed us an ivory pipe that his family has had for many decades. I can’t identify the characters by looking up the radical and then the remaining strokes. Can anyone help out?
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Timeframe for Learning Ancient Chinese

As a complete newbie to the Chinese language, I would like to ask the following questions. What is an approximate time for learning enough of the Chinese language to be able to read something like ...
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can you help me identify the word xiamen

In a mandarin course, before the dialogs they always say "qing ting ... Xiamen de duihua". I have never been able to find out what the word "xiamen" means. The rest of it means ...
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When you first meet someone, sometimes they say (for example): " 我是小朋…“

。。。 “小时的小,朋友的朋。” I think Chinese people will say that because you may not know how their name is written, so you get a better description of what their name is. But... does the word have to be the ...
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What phonetic sounds are there in Chinese?

What are the IPA symbols for sounds in (Beijing) Mandarin? Which Mandarin sounds are not in (American) English? Which English sounds are not in Mandarin? Below are the IPA consonant and vowel charts ...
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How to properly translate “to deserve” while preserving its moral implication?

Over the course of my studies and practice in Chinese, there's one particular type of sentence that I always get wrong: the one with the verb to deserve. In English — and several other neo-latin ...
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What is the difference between 碰,触,碰触 and 触碰

difference between 碰,触,碰触 and 触碰?The dictionary differences are not clear. Thanks!
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Who knows the most number of characters in Chinese?

I am mainly just curious as to the answer. And it would be interesting to hear if it is different for simplified and traditional. I know there are 80,000+ characters and most native speakers will ...
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Phrase or idiom for “vocal minority”

How do you say "vocal minority" in Chinese? Specifially, in Mandarin?
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How do you answer the following question when someone asks: 我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗?

我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗? My Chinese teacher asked me the question above ^. Am I supposed to say: 这是我的中国老师, 王朋. or 这是我的美国朋友, Rodger Smith. Basically, should I be introducing my Chinese teacher who ...
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Help with expanding on a Chinese character's name (in headcanon)

(To clarify: I'm a white American, trying to make fanlore for a canonically Chinese character from a Korean game. There's several different levels of possible lost-in-translation here. If you need any ...
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How can I answer the question “你什么时候开始学中文的?”

How can I answer the question "你什么时候开始学中文的?" I cannot answer the "什么时候" questions. Can anybody help me please?
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呢 meaning “where”, is it possible?

Is it true that 呢 can mean "WHERE"??? If so, then what is the difference between 呢 and 哪儿??? I've seen those sentences and they made me wonder: "我的杯子在哪儿? - where is my cup?" and &...
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Air quality meter name

I have an air quality detector meter. It has the name of the manufactures written on the bottom. What's the english translation? Does this manufacturer have a web page? Thanks EDIT: In the web page ...
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Month-on-month and Quarter-on-Quarter

I know that 同比 is “year over year”, while 環比 is “month over month”, but can also mean “quarter over quarter”. In reality, the latter is used to compare two different periods. Therefore, if one says 環比,...
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What are some popular Engish songs that have Mandarin translations?

I know a few like: Perfect by Sophie Chen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjKumvgMy7s Call Me Maybe by Dawen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grWp1KzmTYM Are there any others?
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Does 没有办法 have the same idiomatic meaning in Chinese that “No way” does in English?

"No way" in English has a couple of meanings. Like, it can be used to express surprise. Does 没有办法 also carry some idiomatic meanings?
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How do I ecourage my spouse, in Mandarin, to fly free in her job, and assure here we are supporting her and welcoming her home

My spouse just landed their dream job! They start next week and I am going to celebrate their first day. Their dream is to be able to fly free, and high and to always be welcomed home in a warm and ...
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What’s the difference between 吃上饭 and 吃下饭?

I think one means it hasn’t happened yet and the other means it’s already happened, but I don’t really understand what that means when trying to translate into English or when trying to think of it in ...
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Are there any multi-syllabic words in Chinese without a glottal stop?

Are there any words in Chinese of 2 more syllables where there isn't a glottal stop between the syllables such that each syllable is not pronounced clearly, that a final consonant and initial ...
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What does “我牛起来” mean?

I know what each of the characters mean, but I'm confuse on how to put it into a sentence. 我 - I 牛 - ox 起来 - up
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Can someone translate what is written in this photo please?

Please i need help translating this into english. I have no idea what it says.
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How to discuss preferences / ask which do you prefer in Mandarin

How does one discuss preferences/ask what someone prefers out of a series of options? Do you just list each option followed by 好不好? Thanks
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what does 上疾 mean in this sentence (她在网球场上疾如闪电。)

I have the sentence 她在网球场上疾如闪电。I know that it means "she is as quick as lightning on the tennis court" What role does 上疾 have in the sentence it clearly doesn't mean, on disease! Are there ...
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What is the difference between 没 and 不 when used with 又?

What's the difference between these sentences: 他又没来上课 他又不来上课() Here: https://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar/Expressing_%22again%22_in_the_past_with_%22you%22#Negative_Form it says both 没 ...
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What tone for retroflex r?

The retroflex r is not the consonant r in a word (pinyin) like in 人 rén. The retroflex is added as a suffix in the Beijing area, or as a diminutive suffix. Would it be pronounced with the second tone,...
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Is 摆有 a word in MSM?

桌上摆有一卷书 (source: example sentence in a publicly available flashcard deck - no other context provided). None of the 40+ dictionaries I consulted carry this lemma, and google offers precious little too....
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Chinese-characters learning software for Ubuntu (Linux)

I am looking for a software that shows a Chinese alphabet/word on my desktop with its pinyin and meaning in English, and each day it will give a different word. Since I am using a Linux (Ubuntu 18.04) ...
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Hello! Can someone please translate: 'My Little Ghost' to Chinese?

I'm creating a story with this title and the setting I'm supposed to have is in ancient China. It would be helpful if you can show me how it is spelled and if the translated version sounds more like ...
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There is this song that I can't find the Pinyin lyrics to on Youtube

Can someone help me find it please? This is just copied and pasted from what should be the songs title 凌震 尤金 多看一眼
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Exactly how bad is it to call a family member by their given name?

I hear it is taboo to call any family member by their given name, especially if you are speaking to an older relative. Or if not taboo, then at the very least it is extremely rude. Do people ever call ...
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How to say financial trader in Mandarin?

How does one say "trader" in Mandarin. I am meaning a financial trader who invests in the stock market. Would it be 股民? 谢谢
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How to say “What was your favourite subject” and “tell me something interesting about you”

I want to know how to say "What was your favourite subject" (i.e. school subject when younger) and "tell me something interesting about you" in Mandarin. Would it be something like:...
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Can someone translate these lyrics in English?

爱恨廉价 似苍苍蒹葭 苦艾后劲 皆贪共与他 望光亮 两世皆行走潇洒 破万枷 散馀霞 众相皆渡他 Ref 众相渡他·2020肖战生贺原创曲 I used Google Translate and a dictionary to find the meaning, but it doesn't make sense.
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In a 还是 question, do I need to repeat the verb?

I'm learning Chinese from a book, and there are some examples regarding the use of 还是. In some cases, the verb is repeated, like in 你喝茶还是喝咖啡? (note the two 喝 here). In other places, the second ...
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Are there any Mandarin dialects with three tones?

有只有三个声调的官话方言吗?东干语有四个音素的声调,但是在没有变调的上下文只有三个不同的声调, 例如在短语的末尾。有没有在每个上下文都用三个声调的方言? Are there any Mandarin dialects with three tones? Standard Dungan has four phonemic tones, but only has three in contexts ...
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Translating as Past or Present tense

I am translating an excerpt of a Chinese short story. In general, do any indicators in Chinese grammar exist that would require the usage of past tense (in English) instead of present tense? In this ...
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What are some examples of stative -le and iterative aspect in Mandarin?

I'm a graduate student studying how bilinguals interpret certain aspectual expressions in Mandarin. I'm currently preparing all of my stimuli, but I'm hoping for some help from native speakers since I'...
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Usage of negation 没 with 在 and 着 particle?

Hello I start learning Chinese since not long, after I fell in love with the Expanse book series. (Chinese explorers are one of the first to colonise Mars planet). I studied that 在 and 着 are particles ...
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How to say “can/can’t use” in Chinese?

How can I say “my wechat is not working, I can only use alipay.” Is this right? 我的微信坏了, 我只用支付宝。 I wanted to know what are the other ways to say can or can’t use?
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please help me translate this poem on my dizi into english

picture shows chinese writing on my dizi
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How to say “free yourself” in Mandarin"?

I'm going to do a tattoo, so I'd like to know how to write "free yourself" in mandarin; I'd like to write it in mandarin, first because I'm a mandarin student, so I'll know how to read it ...
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Hokkien name to Mandarin

A friend of mine has a Hokkien name of 'eng leng' (leng is long and means dragon). However, I have no idea of this 'eng'. This name was given by her ancestor who is really passed. So I am helpless ...
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How did Middle Chinese “hæwk” evolve into Mandarin “xué”?

So I was wondering why the on'yomi reading of Japanese 学 was "gaku" and the Korean reading of 學 was "hak", since I knew that in Mandarin, 学 was "xué", which is radically ...
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Which one is correct? 他们是我的老师们/他们是我的老师

家好 请问一下,这些句子哪个对,哪个不对 ? Which one is correct and which one is wrong? 他们是我的老师们 (两个以上的老师) 他们是我的老师 (两个以上的老师) 他们是我老师们 (两个以上的老师) 他们是我老师 (两个以上的老师) 他们是我的朋友们 (两个以上的老师) 他们是我的朋友 (两个以上的老师) 他们是我朋友们 (两个以上的老师)...
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Which one is correct? 给我打电话/打电话给我

can you help me which one is correct and which one is wrong? 你给我打个电话 你给我打电话 你给我电话 你打给我个电话 你打给我电话 你打电话给我 Thank you.
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Besides the radical, what meaning does the rest of a Chinese character have (especially when it was originally created)?

I am a beginning student of Mandarin Chinese. There is a key thing about Chinese characters that I am trying to understand. Besides the radical, what purpose does the rest of a character have? Was it ...
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How do you refer to multiple people with the same surname?

I was wondering if Chinese people ever get confused addressing multiple people with the same last name. For example, let's say you are at a gathering and you meet many people who are from the same ...

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