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The meaning of 肉niuniu的

"肉niuniu的" is written as is and the person is describing/eating a durian 榴莲 Is it 扭扭? Or an onomatopoeia? or something else edit: added image for clarification it's really "niuniu&...
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How should I interpret the 一……一 construct used in 一爱一岗 and 睫一毛一?

……父母是子女的第一位启蒙教师,要培养子女的责任感、事业心,家长首先就要敬业一爱一岗,有强烈的责任感、事业心。…… 大禹治水 ……大王,您想错了。我虽然见识不多,但我知道,人的智慧往往就同人的眼睛一样,能见百步以外的东西,却看不见自己的睫一毛一。…… 目不见睫 I'm not sure how to interpret the 一……一 phrases above. I've ...
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What does 嗦特嗦 mean?

Hello I'm wondering what would 嗦特嗦 mean? I've done a bit of research on baidu and I know 嗦 would mean eat/suck, 嗦嗦 is an onomatopoeia, 特 is special, but combined 嗦特嗦, it doesn't make much sense to me. ...
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What does 量能塞 mean?

Source from the news 量能塞…確診藏黑數「第2波死亡潮來襲」
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What's the difference between 说话的人 and 说话人?

Does anyone know the difference between 说话的人 and 说话人? Thank you
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Seeking help with the interpretation of this seal. Can anyone help me?

This seal is located in the lower left corner of my free hand brushwork painting and I suspect that it could contain the name of the artist. All help will be appreciated.
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Can anyone tell me anything about what's being said in the inscriptions and seals on this painting?

**This is a color and ink painting measuring approx. 15 x 19 inches. I think the script could be referring to the "Tian Shan" mountains but I'm not sure and I think the seal in the lower ...
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Can anyone assist with the interpretation of this japanese pottery mark?

**This mark is found on the bottom of a ceramic pottery tray believed to be Japanese in origin. Any help with the interpretation will be greatly appreciated.
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Does anyone recognize this artist

Does anyone recognize this artist
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Can anyone assist with the interpretation of the symbol that is being depicted in this calligraphy artwork?

**This is a framed scroll painting that was executed by the artist "TIESHENG" as indicated in the oval shaped seal on the lower left. It measures 36 x 28 inches. The two seals on the right ...
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Does the character 䐀 mean "put a pearl in the mouth of a deceased relative"?

In a technology presentation, the presenter lists out several Chinese characters that gets printed out when there's an issue with how text is encoded: (Clicking the image below will lead to the ...
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刚下完雨的地面尚且带着潮湿的水责. Grammatical and translating problam!

刚下完雨的地面尚且带着潮湿的水责. Well, first of all, do you see the above sentence? Honestly, for example, I know what each of these characters position(grammatically) is in the sentence (except for this part 尚且带着), ...
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Is 消杀 (xiāoshā) a new word, and what does it mean?

In recent reading about the pandemic, suddenly I'm encountering the word 消杀. It doesn't appear in any dictionary I'm aware of, but it seems to be used in formal communication. I also encountered it ...
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森严 Why does this mean heavy guarding?

So why does "森严" mean "strictly protected"? like, ok, "森" Means Jungle and "严" means strict, so shouldn't it means "strict forest" not "...
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Can anyone understand the meaning of this seal? It"s taken from a calligraphy brushwork painting that I own

[] Painting consist of a total of three seals (YING;YANG;& OVAL)with a vertical inscription in kaishu script on my calligraphy ink brush painting.
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How do I translate 手指往前一点,纸牌化作黑色的线,纤拉而过,犹如一线江潮倾轧?

I'm trying to understand this sentence, but it doesn't really make much sense to me. I've tried translating (using google translate) it but it still doesn't make much sense to me. Could someone ...
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What's the logic to change the literal meaning of the words

I read a short story in the DuChinese app where the woman wanted his husband to call her as "queen". She said: "不要叫小明妈、叫我“女王"吧。 The husband pretends he understood she wants to be ...
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How do I make sense of 具备……条件?

It seems 具备 and 条件 form a collocation, such as: ……,我具备今年参加司法考试的所有的条件,…… ..., I possess all of this year's judicial test's requirements, ... Source: random Chinese government website. However, this ...
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What is 照拂 in 我是你照拂的梦?

So in this line 我是你照拂的梦, both Google and Apple have translated as I am your dream. What about 照拂? What does 照拂 describe 梦 or 你?
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Since 本来 means both "originally" and "of course", how can I determine if 他本来是老师 means "he was originally a teacher" or "he is of course a teacher"?

CC-CEDICT: 本来 (běn​lái​) original / originally / at first / it goes without saying / of course I'm interested in the two adverb meanings of 本来, which my dictionary's definitions are: (副)从前,先前。 (副)...
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What does this Symbol mean.? [duplicate]

Please help me if you know what does this Symbol mean. Thank you for your help!
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Can someone help me translate the writing on this flute?

I'm going to buy a new flute and I'm already curious to know the meaning of this phrase lol
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Can someone please help me translate the writing on my dizi flute?

I've always been curious to know the translation of this sentence but I've never been able to translate it
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How to translate "见字如面” into English?

As far as I know, I think "见字如面” literally means when you see someone's letter, it's as if you were seeing him or her face to face. So I believe this word sort of indicates your familiarity with ...
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What does 必须追一下 mean?

So I found this comment on a drama on YouTube. Did the commenter mean the person who sang the song (or the theme song itself ) needed to catch up? Meaning it was not as good as the drama or just ...
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Chinese phrase meaning 钓到凯子了

I am still reading a Chinese book and found something I cannot translate. Possible you can help me. Thanks in advance. The phrase: "钓到凯子了". P.S. thanks all helped me last time.
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而且每一颗导弹的事实上整个境内- What does this mean?

I'm kinda confused as to what this means, I've tried to do a translation, from my understanding and the translation, does this means that "in fact, each missile can cover the entire country",...
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How did 输 come to mean "lose"?

输: transport, convey contribute money; donate Lose, be defeated How did the first two senses give rise to the third?
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Chinese phrase meaning 也不要再把瞳孔藏进眼眶

guys. I am reading a Chinese book and found something I cannot translate. Possible you can help me. Thanks a lot. The phrase: "也不要再把瞳孔藏进眼眶".
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How can I more precisely translate 通过联接功能简单的终端共享计算机,以虚拟技术把大计算机资源分割给以终端对应用用户使用?

I'm struggling with the reading and the translation of a computer text, precisely concerning cloud computing and the history of computing in general. In particular, there is one sentence that is ...
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Teapot mark in small seal characters?

I was given a wonderful teapot, but cannot understand the mark at its bottom. Is it small seal script? I think the character on the top right should be 局, but what about the others? Thank you for your ...
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What's the deeper meaning behind 不吃饭则饥,不读书则愚?

I'm loving learning some of these wise sayings, but I'm having a little trouble getting the deeper meaning. It seems like it basically is "don't eat the hungry, don't read the stupid". Does ...
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Meaning of the Characters and Signature on Teapot

I recently found a red clay teapot (potentially a Yixing, but probably a fake) that seems somewhat modern, but I can't read the writing that's on them. Anyone want to take a crack at it? Apologies if ...
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can you help identify seal markings

I have over 40 ink paintings that I am trying to identify flowers, fish, humans, horse etc. the are painted on very thin paper with Chinese writing
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What does 她又自杀又下跪地被送上了飞机 mean?

后来据说阿紫自己跑去医院打掉了孩子,她的家里人为了断绝她和仲嵚的来往,想办法把她弄去了法国,在亲戚家开的餐馆做帮厨,她又自杀又下跪地被送上了飞机。现在想来,这应该是这个故事里最圆满的一种解脱。 仲尼, 谢谢你曾来过我的世界, 2017, p.19 (photo of original). I don't get what the part in bold above means. Google ...
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What's the meaning of 我跟你学学他啊?

Two girls are talking about how bad a guy was. One of them said 我跟你学学他啊 then proceeds to imitate/repeat what the guy said. When I look up 学学他, all I get is the meaning of learn or study which does not ...
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How to memorise a Chinese -character/-word that have different meanings?

There are Chinese characters & words that have many and different meanings, my question is how remember their meanings ? Are there any tips ? Simple examples: 得 (de, děi, dé): particle, must, ...
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What's the meaning of 溜个号 in 我出去溜个号

Sitting in a class, one says: 你帮我盯着点 我出去溜个号 I'd like to know what 溜个号 really means Or is it just "I sneak out"
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Does 几棵参天大树字 refer to trees (树) or characters (字)?

This is from a grade-5 composition: 左边,有几棵参天大树字、直直的挺立在那里。 快乐的秋游 I'm confused as to whether 几棵参天大树字 refers to trees (树), or characters (字). The measure word 棵 suggests it's referring to trees, but ...
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Can I use "前年" to refer to as "Last year"?

I saw people using "去年" to refer to as "Last year". Can I use "前年" to refer to as "Last year"?
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Good Mnemonic to remember few radicals

隶 lì to catch, Servant 麦 mài wheat, barley Can anyone suggest unique, etymologically correct mnemonic for the above radicals? Thanks
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How do I interpret 者 in 如是者有年,一日偶然…?

我自读书识字以来,就想为英雄豪杰,求之四书五经,茫无所得,求之诸子百家,与夫廿四史,仍无所得,以为古之为英雄豪杰者,必有不传之秘,不过吾人生性愚鲁,寻他不出罢了。穷索冥搜,忘寝废食,如是者有年,一日偶然想起三国时几个人物,不觉恍然大悟曰:得之矣,得之矣,古之为英雄豪杰者,不过面厚心黑而已。 李宗学,厚黑学全集,p.21. (photo) I don't understand 如是者有年 ...
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What does 裏頭 mean? Please comment on the usages containing 「裏頭」

From DeFrancis' Beginning Chinese Reader p. 208 – Lesson 20, Exercise 3, Items 3 and 10, I translated Lesson 20, Exercise 6, Item 11 into Chinese. Please confirm or refute the usage of 裏頭: ...
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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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Can 杠杆 ("lever") be used for levers which operate mechanisms (e.g. "pull the lever, Kronk")?

CC-CEDICT: 杠杆 (gàng​gǎn​): lever / pry bar / crowbar / financial leverage In English there are two types of lever, one which pivots via a fulcrum and is used for raising objects... Image Source: ...
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Does 我也不知道怎么冒犯他了 mean "I also don't know how to offend him" and/or "I also don't know how I offended him"?

My teacher prepared a (large) batch of sentences to study. One sentence is: 我也不知道怎么冒犯他了。 Here I see two interpretations of this sentence: I also don't know how to offend him. I would naturally ...
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What does 念不過你 mean?

The full sentence containing this phrase is 我想他念不過你. From DeFrancis' Beginning Chinese Reader p. 185 – Lesson 19, Exercise 5, Item 12
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What does this sentence mean? 我初次看見他是沒念中學以前 [closed]

from DeFrancis' Beginning Chinese Reader p. 184 – Lesson 19, Exercise 5, Item 5
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Stress and the meaning of sentence

Yes I am a native Chinese speaker, but something confused me. I used to think the meaning of a Chinese sentence should unique no matter the intonation and stress (spoken Chinese, of course). I found ...
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非切片精分,1V1,丧了吧唧强大攻 mean?

非切片精分,1V1,丧了吧唧强大攻 I read it in some web novel's description. What does it mean? I know about 1v1 and gong. Please help me understand the rest. Thank you.
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