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What does 的 mean in 你们在哪里认识的?

你们在哪里认识的? Nǐmen zài nǎlǐ rènshi de? Where did you meet? What does the character 的 mean in this sentence?
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Why add 左右 (“approximately”) to the precisely stated time 25日17时15分左右?

当地时间25日17时15分左右,…… I was reading a newspaper, and stumbled upon the above. I'm puzzled as to why someone would state a time as precisely as 25日17时15分 then add 左右 (= "approximately") ...
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What is a “sound loan”?

I am going through Outlier dictionary for character 求: 求 depicts a centipede or millipede, indicating the original meaning “myriapod (a type of insect with a lot of legs).” It was borrowed for its ...
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How the meaning is derived for 得意忘形?

How the meaning is derived for 得意忘形? 得意忘形 déyìwàngxíng grow dizzy with success; be carried away by one's success so pleased as to lose one's sense of measure
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For 得过且过, how the meaning was derived?

得过且过 déguòqiěguò without high ambitions, but getting by I noted down the below meanings from context as below: 得 de obtain, get, gain, acquire 且 moreover 过 to go over The components means over.. where ...
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之 grammar and usage

Reading through the text as below. The zhi below is used to modify 路 of 人生? (way/road/path of life)? what exactly 之 in the two places? “每个人都有自己的人生之路,只有把握时间,勤于奋斗,不畏艰辛的人才能走好这条路。要走好人生之路,首先要懂得珍惜时间。” ...
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Meaning of 江山错落. 人间星火

Those two phrases are from this song on YouTube “礼仪之邦”. I have high confidence that I understand the 人间星火. But I am not quite sure about the 江山错落. Here is Google’s version: The country is scattered. ...
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不自量力 can this be used to under estimate one’s capabilities also?

I understand the meaning of 量 is measure, estimate. But how the capacity also was the meaning? any background, etymology? 量 liàng measure, estimate, capacity, quantity 不自量力 bùzìliànglì not have a ...
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In “一网打尽” what does 尽 mean?

一网打尽 yīwǎngdǎjìn lit. to catch everything in the one net. In this sentence what does 尽 means? how to easily remember the meaning by seeing the character without wild guess and imagining etymological ...
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就: what are the top 3 meanings by usage

就 is one of the most widely used word. From secondary school english student point of view/ general usage/ HSK exam point of view what are the 3 most meanings that covers by usage? dictionary has 20+ ...
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What does 按部就班 mean?

I have checked the dictionary, the following are the meanings for Idiom and its components. could not get how ‘keep conventional ways’ was the meaning derived. can share more light on this? thanks ...
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What does 其 add to 尤其?

尤 and 尤其 both mean "particularly, especially", correct? Then isn't 其 redundant? What role does 其 serve? Oxford Chinese Dictionary (2010) p 906.
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Mnemonic or technique to remember 咅 ,部, 陪

I want to remember 咅 pǒu and all the dependent words on 咅. Could you please let me know what is the correct way/ think process? What technique are you using to remember the meaning forever? This is my ...
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What is the meaning of 放 fàng in this idiom?

The meaning of 放 fàng from dictionary is “put, release”. “Put or place” is an entirely opposite word / antonym of “release, free, liberate” Then what does 放 mean in the following idiom: 放在心上 ...
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Who cook the soup? Confusion

[我煮汤 = I cook soup, this has confused who cook the soup..can you tell me grammer points how not to confuse with subject and object in this scenario:] I am translating this sentence, 他第一次为我煮汤,...
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Please help identify this signature and seal

I have 2 art sketches my grandfather brought home from WW2. I think the signature is Chinese and would like to know if this is true and what it says. I’d be grateful for any help.
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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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confused about the character 就

Here is a sentence: 有時我唔開心會喊。之後我就心情好啲。 I don't understand the function of the word 就. In my mind, it is supposed to be 嘅, for possessive, considering the context and that 心情 (feelings) would be a noun....
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中学生 why not secondary student life?

As 生 means life I thought 中学生 = secondary study life. But actual meaning of 中学生 is Secondary School Student. xuésheng is student, so I remember it as student. Why it is student rather study life?
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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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I am from or I come from in Chinese

What's the difference of these two and are they used only for the place you originated from?
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how “from” and “since” meanings originated for 自

I am going through the word: 自幼 zìyòu since childhood 自 zì self, oneself, from, since, naturally, surely; private, personal Understand 自 originally a nose symbol. how the meanings “from” and “since” ...
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What does 晓敏 means

I understand 晓敏 is girls name. Understood. but what exactly that means? 晓 dawn, to know 敏 quick, clever, smart Is it quick dawn? Know quickness? Quick ? Clever? Smart Dawn? Smart?
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difference between 伴 and 配

I am reading a restaurant menu in Chinese and found the usage of 伴 and 配 perplexing. What is the rule? (Or is there?) For example: 咖喱燒雞配印度薄餅及印度飯 and 蘋果批伴雲呢拿汁
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What is the meaning of 省 in character breakdown

I went on zdic.net to find out about 乔. It says in the 详细 section, 会意。从夭,从高省,高亦声。夭,象人(大)行走的样子。本义:高 To my understanding, when a character is of the 会意 type, part of the character might be both ...
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What does 老 mean here?

I’m currently watching A Love So Beautiful with Chinese subtitle and there’s a line where the main character, Chen Xiaoxi, said: “就是走路太快,我老跟不上。” What does 老 mean here? Does it mean “我老了,我跟不上”?
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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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What does 拼命连比带画 mean?

我根本不会说法语,我当时拼命连比带画,想问画家能否给我再画一张刚才那个女孩的画像,结果他没有听懂。 这世界,缺你不可, p.90. I translate it to something like: I fundamentally don't speak French, and at the time I 拼命连比带画 (??), and wanted to ask the painter ...
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Translation a slogan “the perfect boost” to Chinese

I try to translate it to “ 注入新鲜血液,实现品牌升级” or “最完美的品牌升级” but I still have no idea how to translate it suitably. (a straight translation is not always the best choice for a slogan) Any suggestion or ...
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Is this correct 你一個人到這裡嗎

In the context of asking a chinese person who is living in say, spain, for not too long a period, is the above sentence correct if I want to ask “did you come here all by yourself?/are you here all by ...
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What is the meaning of 零一年?

Pussy said to the Owl, "You elegant fowl! How charmingly sweet you sing! O let us be married! too long we have tarried: But what shall we do for a ring?" They sailed away, for a year and a ...
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Best translation of 四风 (political term)

What is a reasonable translation of 四风 in its political usage? "Four winds" does not seem to fit, neither does "four styles". I do know, however, that this expression refers to ...
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names of planets in the solar system 星球

I am curious about the Chinese names of the planets in the solar system. 水星 for Mercury, 金星 for Venus, and so on. I wonder how these names were chosen? They have a bit of a resemblance to the days of ...
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Does anyone know what this means or the origins of this artwork?

Need help with where the signature stamp came from. Deng Shaoxin has been translated, but I'm not sure where to go from there as this is a very common surname. Translation of the rest seems to be ...
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不管是谁对你们动的手: I've been quite lost towards that end “动的手”. Could anyone explain that for me?

My problem is pretty much what's written in the title. 不管是谁对你们动的手 is the question. I've been quite lost towards that end "动的手". Could anyone explain that for me?
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Intuition of 戥 in a greeting [duplicate]

I would like to ask the nuance of the phrase: 真係戥你開心 Can you kindly provide more example phrases? Judging from the typeset/font, it seems this character doesn’t appear often in standard texts, no?
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What is the proper meaning of 随便?

由于版权原因,Up主不能随便阅读别人的小说进行视频创作。 I looked up 随便, and there are 3 possible meanings, casual random informal Which one do you think fits?
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What is the meaning of 提提大家?

What is the meaning and usage of 提提大家?please give an example sentence or phrase. I have seen that the meaning of 提提 is to keep calm, but putting these two in google translate gives me “mention ...
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Is 怡养 in this sentence a word?

Is 怡养 a word? Is it one of these meanings? 和乐。 犹保养,休养。 犹陶冶。 怡:和悦,愉快:affable, cheerful I thought it might be related to: 颐养天年, but that is a different yi. How would you translate: 书法学习是一件怡养身心的事,...
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What does this mean? Colloquial interviews

I was watching a local hong kong show when an interviewer (I) asked a lady (L): I: 40歲未呀? L: 點止呀!三個嫲嫲⋯⋯ What did the lady answer? The subtitle was in standard written Chinese and i couldn’t make out ...
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Are “玩家一” and “玩家二” appropriate in the context of a coop videogame?

Google translate gave me “玩家一” and “玩家二” as a translation for "player one" and "player two". Are these the correct terms to use within a coop videogame? Or is there more context-...
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How should I understand 延伸开来 within ……并且延伸开来,导致重大而长远的对抗?

The following opinion piece considers a hypothetical scenario in which the USA and China's coronavirus death numbers were reversed: 总之,假如中国今天在一场全球共同灾难中成为应对最差、损失最大的那一个,美国和西方对中国的意识形态攻击一定会是海啸级的,并且延伸开来,...
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What is the difference between 宏伟 and 雄伟?

As far as I understood, the first means "great and big", something magnificent and imposing. It collocates with mostly abstract nouns such as aim or prospect (宏伟前景,宏伟目标,宏伟事业), but it also ...
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What's the difference between 操练 and 训练?

Which situation can I use 操练 in and which situation 训练? I read on Baidu that one is used on a basic level and the other one contains the meaning of "developing" the content of something.
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Why does the grandma jump up and shout “杀了俺俺也不信!”?

我小的时候,有一段很特别的时期。有一天,我父亲对我姥姥说,一亩地里能打三十万斤粮食,而我的姥姥,一位农村来的老实老太太,跳着小脚叫了起来:“杀了俺俺也不信!”她还算了一本细账,说一亩地上堆三十万斤粮,大概平地有两尺厚的一层。当时我们家里的人都攻击我姥姥觉悟太低,不明事理。我当时只有六岁,但也得出了自己的结论:我姥姥是错误的。…… 王小波,积极的结论,一只特立独行的猪 Here is my ...
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Difference between 现在几岁 and 今年几岁

Are these two expressions considered different? Because my birthday is at the end of the year, I always considered 今年几岁 to be age at the end of the year, whereas 现在 is age from the most recent ...
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What does 可是 mean?

A daughter to her police father, "How did you find me?" “你怎么找到我的?” "I'm a detective." “我可是个警探。” 可是 means but however yet But it doesn't make sense here.
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What does 叫 mean in 你家的门真难叫?

From my grade-3 语文 textbook, we find: 每天早晨,敲门的声音总把哥什提亚和娃丽吵醒。这是邮递员送报纸来了。有一次,邮递员对爸爸说:“同志,你家的门真难叫,最好挂一个信箱。” My translation: Every early morning, a knocking sound noisily awakens Gostia and Wali. This ...
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what does 塞翁 mean in 塞翁失马?

I recently read about this idiom and its story. I know what it actually means. But when it comes to character by character translation, I struggled. I asked some of my Chinese friends, but they didn't ...
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What does 缀 mean in 浆果密密地缀在灌木丛中 (from “Fog Magic” 穿越魔雾)?

From the children's novel 穿越魔雾 ("Fog Magic", page 18), I don't understand the part in bold below: ”我刚刚应该是见到了西米恩老人,而且知道了他住在哪儿。这场大雾可真是有魔法呢。“她一边哼着小曲,一边穿过开阔的牧场。浆果密密地缀在灌木丛中,格丽塔停下脚步采了一会儿。...

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