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Questions concerned understanding of individual words or phrases, considering a context in which these words and phrases are expressed.

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Clipping the Emperor’s wings

Background In Liang Qichao‘s 戊戌政變記 (pdf) pretty much at the beginning of the second chapter (pp. 129 and 130 of the linked pdf) mention is made of the Emperor trying to promote several able people of ...
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What does “格” mean in “爾國臨格”?

Matthew 6:10 of the Bible is translated as the following in the Delegates Version: 爾國臨格、爾旨得成、在地若天、 The context was Jesus was teaching how to pray and gave an example of a prayer. I fail to ...
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Does 好 mean “it's better to” or “in order to” in complex sentences? E.g. 今天天气不好,咱们好留在家

What's the meaning of 好 in the following sentences? 今天天气不好,咱们好留在家 你要支持治病,好早一点恢复健康 Is it "it's better to" or "in order to"?
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How does Rosa Lee's 0614 song relate to hyperbolas?

I don't fathom why this popular Hong Kong mathematics author is discussing hyperbolas and the song lyrics discussed. How do they relate? The song is called 0614 by Rosa Lee Ka Yee. My Chinese is too ...
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Chinese literature database 中文文学作品资料库

Suppose I have a phase like 说得很好, and I want to know how this phase is normally used (that is, what usually comes before or after, e.g. maybe it's most commonly used in conjunction with the phase 说英文)....
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What does “吹” in “她在冷风中吹了好一会儿” mean?

I could not determine which one the "吹" in this sentence means. From what I understand, it generally means "blow" and "fail" 我们吹了= We broke up (fail) 他吹了一声口哨= He whistles (blow) Then it could also ...
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Confusion about 要 and 药

Both of these are pronounced in the same way. In latin they are spelt Yào and Yào. I thought each word had four tones. So now I'm confused at how to approach things like this Am I looking at this ...
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Which one is correct? “犯賤” or “泛賤”?

At 5:35, Louisa Mak (麥明詩) says 女孩是_賤. Is the blank 泛 or 犯?
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What does 放 mean in contexts such as 你给我放聪明点 or 你给我放老实点?

I often hear people say 你给我放聪明点 or 你给我放老实点 I understand 放 usually means to place or to release, but in this context it is really confusing. Do people mean to place things clever or honest in ...
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What does 背着 mean in the novel 活着 (pp.10-12), e.g., …让她背着我回家…?

I encountered 背着 thrice in quick succession in the novel 活着 (pages 10 through 12): 我年轻时吃喝嫖赌,什么浪荡的事都干过。我常去的那家妓院是单名,叫青楼。里面有个胖胖的妓女很招我喜爱,她走路时两片大屁股就像挂在楼前的两只灯笼,晃来晃去。她躺到床上一动一动时,压在上面的我就像睡在船上,在河水里摇呀摇呀。...
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What does 原配手撕小三 mean?

In fact, rather than asking the meaning, I want to know which components this phrase consist of. 原配手撕小三: Is it: 原 - 配手 - 撕 - 小三 原配手 - 撕 - 小三 原配手撕 - 小三 I know 小三 mean mistress and 撕 mean to tear, so ...
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What does 让 mean in 我不但能够让外国人坐我的车,还能够让他包我的车?

In the following sentence: 我不但能够让外国人坐我的车,还能够让他包我的车。 This is from a Chinese reader. The voice is of a Chinese taxi-driver. The problem is the translation of 让... He's talking about going to ...
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Reduplication of the noun 小时 in 走了半个多小时小时

Chinese uses reduplication of verbs and adjectives all the time, but I can't find any explanation of reduplication of nouns to explain 小时小时 in this sentence: (from a Mandarin Companion reader, 地心游记, ...
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What does 即 mean in …Google在ICML文中描述的非常清晰,即在每次SGD时…?

According to the top answer over 知乎 on the question 深度学习中 Batch Normalization为什么效果好?: 顾名思义,batch normalization嘛,就是“批规范化”咯。Google在ICML文中描述的非常清晰,即在每次SGD时,通过mini-batch来对相应的activation做规范化操作,使得结果(...
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“哩勒公蝦毀” what does this mean?

What does “哩勒公蝦毀” mean? A Taiwanese guy said that to me after I had, accidently, mistyped two words in an idiom I used on him. He also used an expression of surprise (I presume) which went like “蛤?!” ...
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What does 着急 mean in 我们不能太着急 in the context of exam-oriented education (应试教育) versus all-round education (素质教育)?

This text is talking about 应试教育 versus 素质教育。In this sentence the last phrase is a bit unclear. 应该说已经推动了应试教育向素质教育的转变,但是这个转变非常艰难,是一个痛苦的漫长的过程,我们不能太着急。 Dictionaries say ‘着急’ means 'worry, feel anxious'...
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做 as the verb “to be”

Can someone please clarify how and when 做 is used to mean "to be" e.g. 不愿做奴隶人们 I am familiar with 做 meaning "to do" or "to make", and I would expect that if I was saying "I am a slave", “我是一个奴隶“ ...
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What does 开题 mean here?

I'm supposed to write a thesis for my 成人教育 course. A teacher has been appointed. I can only contact him by email and I think he only looks at his email once a month, there is a long latency period. I ...
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《庄子》人间世篇名读音及其解释讨论(Zhuangzi discussion)

《庄子》内七篇,曰:逍遥游、齐物论、养生主、人间世、德充符、大宗师、应帝王。 吾见今主流皆解人间世篇名作人间社会,而亦有异见作人处社会解,甚以为然。 庄子善寓言、重言、卮言。人间世多假人口而述己,略可剖为:颜回请行孔子,叶公子高使齐语孔子,颜阖傅太子而问蘧伯玉,匠石不顾栎社,南伯子綦异大木,孔子适楚遇接舆 等章。 纵观南华,庄子喻人以处己,而非论世以砭弊,故也人间世作人处世,读去声,明矣。 ...
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What does 为 mean in 该公司目前为多达80款不同菜系提供外卖…?

In the following sentence: 发言人表示,该公司目前为多达80款不同菜系提供外卖,“这一点足以说明我们英国人是全世界菜肴的吃货。” I understand the meaning, which is something like the follows: The spokesman said that the company now provides 80 ...
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Am I interpreting this correctly? 凡物只所持,不外乎三种,神念、灵气、元血。只是,一旦错了。就不知会如何了。

I'm reading a web novel called "凤凰仙尊,刁妻萌娃好难训." There's a sentence which confused me, so I hope someone could tell me if my interpretation's already correct. 凡物只所持,不外乎三种,神念、灵气、元血。只是,一旦错了。就不知会如何了。 I ...
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What does “射個三分波” mean?

I was watching a video from Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper, and they mentioned the phrase in question as such: “港鐵就射個三分波 叫我們問政府”. My guess is that 三分波 refers to an action in some sport, possibly ...
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Why 了 is not used, and what is the meaning of 玩 in 上个星期天,我跟好朋友一起去林学院的农场玩?

The sentence is: 上个星期天,我跟好朋友一起去林学院的农场玩。 I wonder why the writer doesn't add 了 after the verb to indicate that this action took place in the past. Also, what's the use of 玩 in that sentence? And ...
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Meaning of “绽开来” in 这句话让她脸上的皱纹菊花般绽开来?

她的话音刚落,一直在旁边默默无语的老公说道:“我们就是后一种。”这句话让她脸上的皱纹菊花般绽开来。" Just after she spoke, her husband who'd been staying in silence beside her said, "We're the latter kind." This remark made the wrinkles on her face.....
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What is the meaning of 确定 in 你确定你是外国人?

I was told this sentence: 你确定你是外国人→_→ When I looked up the meaning of 确定 it said it meant definite/certain. So, my guess for this sentence is: Are you certain you are a foreigner/are you ...
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What is the meaning of 一看 in 打开盒子一看,里面是一只小猫?

打开盒子一看,里面是一只小猫 Is it the same as 看看 or 看一看?
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What does the first part of 它一把拉着我跳回了家,我成了兔子,而它成了我的模样 mean?

I've taken to reading short essays written by grade-five children (五年纪作文). In 沙发上的兔子 (Rabbit on the Sofa), there's an image of a rabbit on the sofa, and when the child falls asleep, the child turns ...
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Why do we use 做 in 我太喜欢和他做朋友了 as “being”?

Sentence: 我太喜欢和他做朋友了 How can we use 做 in this meaning in other sentences? Where can I read more about it and what is the name of this "rule"? And what is the meaning of the 了 in this sentence?
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Is 我五分钟后就回来 ambiguous out of context?

My newsletter says this sentence 我五分钟后就回来。 is translated as "I'll be back in 5 minutes". I am curious to know whether this sentence could be translated as "I came back 5 minutes ago", or does it ...
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上的: What is it function in 中国历史学上的夏、商、周属于考古学上的青铜时代?

In the following sentence, what does 上的 mean? 中国历史学上的夏、商、周属于考古学上的青铜时代。 I translated it as "Archaeologists know the Xia, Shang and Zhou collectively as the Bronze Age." I think I have the gist of ...
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What does 之 mean in 邓小平之所以推动改革开放…?

In the following sentence: 三十年前,邓小平之所以推动改革开放,一来是为了提高人民的生活水平,二来是为了让中国经济从计划经济转变到市场经济。 I found that 邓小平 is a name for a person. But I don't understand what 之 works for here. So what is the meaning of ...
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Why is 比率 in 一家名为 RATIO 比率的店面备受关注?

Chairman’s Bao has an article containing this sentence: 在上海淮海路K11购物艺术中心 , 一家名为 RATIO 比率的店面备受关注 。 I don’t understand the presence of 比率 here. I know it can mean rate and I am fairly certain the ...
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Usage of 的要 in 頭髮太長囉,該剪的要剪一剪了

I am having difficulty understanding how 的要 is being used in the second sentence: 頭髮太長囉 該剪的要剪一剪了 The first sentence makes sense: [Your] hair [is] too long However I don't understand at all how ...
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Meaning of 则是 in 而段剑则是神情严肃地站在聂离的身边

My vocabulary states that 则是 means: "then is". However I don't understand how to translate the following sentence: 而段剑则是神情严肃地站在聂离的身边。 I can translate it perfectly fine by omitting 则是, so not sure ...
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What is the meaning of 拿 in 他就拿我没办法的信念?

I have encountered the following sentence: 他就拿我没办法的信念 in the following paragraph: 抱着誓死不从,他就拿我没办法的信念,我只有拼命挣扎,但是我错了。 which was originally here (link now broken). I couldn't understand the meaning ...
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In an article talking about Chinese cuisine, what does 辉煌 describe in 以至辉煌至今?

This article is talking about Chinese cuisine. 中国的饮食文化历经数千年, Chinese cuisine is thousands of years old, 始终具有魅力, it is always charming, 是因为它不仅民族特性鲜明, not only because of its distinct ethnic ...
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Need help translating this title and signature? (Characters identified: 古堂)

Can someone help me with what this says? (see also: full picture) I've tried Google image search, and even looking for different signatures, but no luck so far.
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Meaning of 五 in A: 放肆!B: 你爹放五!

I'm reading a short story and I wondered what 五 means here but I guess it's 'slang'. A: 放肆! B retorted back: 你爹放五! (Sorry for not putting any research result, can't find any, I only know that 五 is ...
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Operational Procedure = liu shui; which characters?

I hear the term "liu shui" often which means something like business procedure, or procedure (a row of actions). now I am wondering what the correct characters for this (slang?) term may be. 流水 ...
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Does 以安倍的自民党为首的联盟 use the 以 ~ 为 pattern?

According to the following sentence: 日本一家电视台的民调显示,以安倍的自民党为首的联盟将保持三分之二的“绝对多数”,与安倍九月份解散议会下院之前的比例相当。 The bold sentence starts with 以, and it also has 为. So at first I assumed it is 以~为 pattern, which ...
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Why does “these aren't the droids you're looking for” translate to 这些不是你要找的机器人?

这些不是你要找的机器人 These aren't the droids you're looking for. Chinese Class 101 Question: Why does "these aren't the droids you're looking for" translate to 这些不是你要找的机器人? I have two particular points ...
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What does 到 mean in 哪里可以买到正版的这本书? Does 买到 here serve as a verb-object word?

What does 到 mean in this sentence : 哪里可以买到正版的这本书? Does 买到 here serve as a verb-object word? I doubt it though.
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What does 开 mean in 会开完了 (“the meeting is over”)?

When I was looking for a word in my dictionary, I found this sentence: 会开完了, which (in the dictionary) is translated as "the meeting is over". I wonder what 开 means here... because when the sentence ...
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Why is 进入 in 我们无法提供相关的API进入词库数据库?

非常抱歉 , 我们无法提供相关的API进入词库数据库 ,这些是受到版权保护的 。 So basically they can't provide access to the database via API, but I'm wondering why they use 进入, as I thought it was related to physical entrance of a ...
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What does 與 mean in 對我來說她的存在是與現實之間的邊界綫?

I was curious about this sentence: 對我來說她的存在是與現實之間的邊界綫 I don't quite understand the meaning of 與 The dictionary I use gives the following definitions: 與 yú variant of 歟|欤 與 yǔ and; to ...
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What does 等 mean in …产业结构优化等优势逐步显现?

From the economic observer: 前两个背离可以理解为经济结构调整过程中,产业结构优化等优势逐步显现 As far as I know, 等 means either wait or it is either used to end a list of objects. This sentence is also quite technical itself, so ...
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What does “你舒服吗” mean in a relationship context?

I was practicing speaking Chinese with a native-speaking learning partner and used the phrase “你舒服吗” while referring to whether one is stressed out or relaxed. The partner told me that it's unusual ...
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What does 之下 mean in 加上本来就对空心怀反感的贵族们煽动之下,发生了示威游行?

加上本来就对空心怀反感的贵族们煽动之下,发生了示威游行。 It's from a translation My translation would be: Moreover originally the nobles that felt disgusted by Kong were stirring up under the situation, so they made a march. ...
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What is the meaning of 捅破 the serial of 寒夜? E.g. 被我们的学生捅破

The following text is taken from the serial of 寒夜: 一直到有一天 一个偶然的机会 我的心事 或者说是我们的心事 被我们的学生捅破 感情是不能被捅破的 一旦捅破 就如同大坝破堤 汹涌而出 He's talking about his love for the heroine of the series, then ...
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What does 会 mean in 为什么我会觉得历史课很无聊?

“为什么我((会))觉得历史课很无聊?”. The translation of the sentence is "Why do I think history lessons are boring?". I don't get why 会 is used since 会 means "to be able to" or is used to indicate future tense.

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