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Who should be counted when responding to 你家有几口人 (nǐjiā yǒu jǐkǒurén) “how many people are there in your family”?

An early question in Chinese people learn is: 你家有几口人? How many people are there in your family? (nǐjiā yǒu jǐkǒurén) My Chinese text book contains these example responses: 五口人。他们是我爸爸,我哥哥,我弟弟和我。你呢?(...
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Can someone please help me translate this chop/seal/stamp?

Back in 1994 my mother and I took a trip to Hong Kong to visit my grandfather, a US ex-pat, that lived there. She had this chop commissioned while we were visiting. Unfortunately, I don't have any way ...
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Meaning of 申诉、申足 in the sentences below

I have two sentences below that contain the aforementioned words: 诗歌后十句写相思之意,申诉现在之思念,措辞前显,寓意深厚。 ”行行重行行“ 言行之不止,致有“想去万余里”“个在天一涯”。三、四句表现极其遥远之概念,以申足此意。
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What does 追行叙功奖励 mean?

我正在查“追叙”的意思,在以下网站查到了词义 https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E8%BF%BD%E5%8F%99/351020?fr=aladdin 追叙,读音为zhuī xù,汉语词汇,释义为追行叙功奖励 “追行叙功奖励”到底是什么意思?
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What does 灒油 mean if no oil spatters or scatters?

I screen-shot 0:57. I don't understand how 灒 makes sense here. The chef heated oil, then poured on the 薑葱茸. No oil 灒!
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Why is 饱 in 吃一顿饱饭?

I'm taking a look at the science fiction novelette 北京折叠 (English title: Folding Beijing), wherein we have: 步行街上挤满了刚刚下班的人。拥挤的男人女人围着小摊子挑土特产,大声讨价还价。食客围着塑料桌子,埋头在酸辣粉的热气腾腾中,饿虎扑食一般,白色蒸汽遮住了脸。油炸的香味弥漫。...
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What is the meaning of 絕 in 天不絕人?

I am trying to translate this sentence 天不絕人. I tried translating the characters individually, and got: 天: heaven or sky 不: not 絕: end or to break off; to cut off; to sever, to use up, to consume, ...
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Meaning of “去你的头”

I just heard "去你的头" in a joke, and while it sounds like an approving "go ahead" OR "go with your head/what you think" I realized at the end of the joke it's kind of an equivalent of "go f*** yourself" ...
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How does this sentence 如果你要是查出是谁的话 mean exactly?

The full sentence is 如果你要是查出是谁的话, 一定告诉我. It means If you find out who it is, make sure to tell me. I do know 如果, 如果...的话, 要是 and 你要是...的话 they all mean if. I more would like to understand how Chinese ...
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What does 饭圈类 (“rice-ring kind”) indicate in 生产这些饭圈类产品?

口号手环、贴纸、小旗子、手幅、胸章……义乌的大小作坊,为4年一度的美国大选,生产这些饭圈类产品,正规名称是总统竞选产品。 义乌再次判定:特朗普连任,2020年04月30日 The above article discusses Trump-themed merchandise and its manufacture in Yiwu (义乌), comparing the 2016 and ...
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Does “希” mean Greek or Hebrew?

For example: 他會説英德希三種語言。 Which of the following translation is correct? He speaks English, German and Greek. or He speaks English, German and Hebrew.
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What does this 我却为你万千感慨 mean?

I do know the meaning of each word in the following sentence. 我却为你万千感慨 But I still cannot understand the meaning of the whole sentence. Google translates it as. I feel so emotional for you I doubt ...
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Is 你看看自己 correct for daily common speaking in Mandarin language?

Is 你看看自己 correct for daily common speaking in Mandarin language? or people can understand it but they don't say it that way and better say 你看看你?
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How to ask about career intentions/aspirations

I found this helpful post on the site outlining how to ask a child what they want to do/be when they grow up. Examples: 長大後你想做什麼? 你長大後想當什麼? 你长到以后想干什么啊? Are these questions equally appropriate for ...
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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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What is the difference between 变 (biàn) and 易 (yì)?

I would say that both 变 (biàn) and 易 (yì) have the same (or very similar) meaning, dealing with "something that changes", like in "易经" (the Book of changes) or "变温层" (...
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Why did she choose 姐姐?

Parents in China routinely introduce me to their children as 爷爷.  Okay.  Adults usually do not use family terms with me.  There was one case that I wonder about.  In a fish restaurant where they had ...
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What is the meaning of 的 in “有一天你会明白的”?

From Why is 的 used in 你是哪一天出生的 and 我们什么时候开始的 and 前天你什么时候来的这里?, I understand 的 at the end of a sentence describes an event that happened in the past. However, I am not sure whether I understand the ...
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How should I use 哟?

Here is the conversation with my Chinese friend: I: I passed the application! She: 你申请过啦 She: 恭喜哟 According to Pleco: 哟 [at the end of an imperative sentence] [as a syllable filler in a song] ...
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What does 騷債 mean?

I understand 債 means debt, because context fits. Louisa Mak won TVB's 2015 Miss Hong Kong first place. TVB has credited Louisa money, publicity, fame. So it's reasonable for reporter to ask if she ...
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Meaning of 来 as in 你来给我们评评理

你来给我们评评理 Three people are discussing something. One of them asks another to be judge on who's right. What's the exact meaning of 来 here? Since three of them are already together, it shouldn't be &...
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What does 素弦声断 mean?

I tried to translate this using Google Translate. It is hard to understand what 素弦声断 exactly mean. does 素弦声断 mean: the sound of the broken guitar strings? or does 素弦声断 mean: the guitar breaks its ...
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What does “主体责任” mean?

"主体责任" has been a hot phrase since Xi Jinping came into power in 2013, but with too many repetitions of it appearing in many publications, there have been few explanations of the true meaning found ...
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A better translation of 假作真时真亦假,无为有处有还无。

In the Chinese classic 红楼梦 ("Dream of Red Mansions"), there is a famous couplet: 假作真时真亦假,无为有处有还无。 Pinyin: jiǎ zuò zhēn shí zhēn yì jiǎ, wú wéi yǒu chù yǒu huán wú. This has been translated into ...
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Difference between 看完 and 看到

My homework requires to fill in this blank. A: 你看完这本书了没有? B: 我看。。。一半。 I have 2 options that means "I finish reading half the book". 我看完一半。 我看到一半。 I am a bit confused because I think 完 involves ...
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What does 赚走 mean in 赚走93.3亿美元?

I'm having trouble understanding 赚走 in the following snippet: 得益于此,该企业二季度在华收入同比增长了1.9%,赚走93.3亿美元(约合650亿元人民币)。为了进一步扩大在华市场份额,苹果准备“入乡随俗”也不难理解。 中国市场不能丢!苹果在华销量暴增225%,iPhone12或支持北斗导航,2020年08月10日 I'm not ...
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Can a 为什么 question be rhetorical in Chinese?

A rhetorical question is a question that doesn't expect an actual answer. It's said only to make a point, or to convey sarcasm, etc. In English, a rhetorical question may be (inspired from the linked ...
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What does 㫬 mean in 唯有中大夫楊元愼、給事中大夫王㫬是中原士族?

I recently came across an article where a sinologist complained of not being able to understand the use of the character 㫬 in the following sentence: 彪亦是南人。唯有中大夫楊元愼、給事中大夫王㫬是中原士族。 The article ...
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What is the meaning of 立体 in 立体还原一个地区地生态多样性?

When I look up 立体 at http://www.zdic.net/c/b/110/297322.htm I get: (1) [solid]∶具有长、宽、厚的形体 立体图形 (2) [three-dimensional; stereoscopic] (3) 包括地面、水、空中的 立体战争 (4) 指地面以上具有若干横向层次的 I guess, in this sentence, ...
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Difference between using 被 and the object in the topic position?

I just learned about the preposition 被 bèi to express passive voice. If we have a S-V-O sentence, we can reexpress it using the 被 structure as O-被-(S)-V. This introduces a passive voice into the ...
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What does 一事 mean in 美国总统特朗普在被问及前顾问班农被捕一事时表示?

I don't understand 一事 in the following snippet: 《纽约时报》白宫记者Michael D。 Shear 8月20日报道称,美国总统特朗普在被问及前顾问班农被捕一事时表示:“我感觉非常糟糕。我已经有很长一段时间没有和他打交道了。我根本没有和他打过交道,对这个项目一无所知。对班农先生来说,这是很悲伤的事情,也很意外。” 特朗普回应班农被捕:...
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What does 最早将于 mean in 最早将于本周二提起联邦诉讼?

I don't understand 最早将于 in the following snippet: 在很多业内人士看来,诉讼将是字节跳动创始人张一鸣的唯一选择。而媒体消息称,在这场封杀中,TikTok发起了首次反击,最早将于本周二提起联邦诉讼,挑战特朗普在美国封禁该视频共享服务的行政命令。 风暴中的张一鸣:外界骂他软弱 员工赞他理性, 11 August 2020. Clearly 最早 ...
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Why there is 份 in 身份?

What is the meaning of 份 in 身份? Is 份 used as a word pointing to a papers i.e. documents (passport and so on)? Or is it used as a 'division' so as to differentiate a man from man (身 body in our case)?
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Why does 点 mean “to light\to ignite” in certain compounds (such as in 点燃\点火\点灯)?

These are the only character's acceptations I really can't relate to, does anyone know why it's used with such meanings?
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Why is 持 in the sentence 这些持反对意见的员工表示,……?

I read a short news article about Microsoft's internal attitude towards a Tiktok purchase, wherein there is this sentence: 这些持反对意见的员工表示,这可能是他们入职微软以来首次怀疑公司采取措施的正确性。 微软六成员工反对收购TikTok 支持盖茨想法,2020年08月11日 ...
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What is the function of 一次 in “去一次”?

I came across these translated examples: [Talking about a place]: 明年夏天我打算去一次。 Mínɡnián xiàtiān wǒ dǎsuàn qù yí cì。 I plan to go there next summer. 三年以前我去过上海,去年我又去了一次,明年我想再去一次。 Sān nián yǐqián wǒ ...
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What contributes to negative emotion / sentiment in this example? [closed]

I have got the following text labelled as negative. Could you please point to what would (lexically, syntactically) contribute to negative emotion here? Is it sarcastic in any way? #LE CREUSET#...
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What does the '头' in '头一次遇到' mean?

I know the literal meaning of 头, but I'm confused about what it mean and what it's function is when it is placed in this structure. 头一次遇到 I wrote is not a complete sentence, but 一次遇到 here means the ...
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The meaning of 打卡

The primary meaning of 打卡 is to swipe a card, clock in, punch a card, etc. But I see it used in another context which I can't quite put my finger on and when I ask Chinese people about it they don't ...
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How to write and structure a modern professional follow-up email like a native Chinese speaker?

I'm interested in how the modern professional email structures differ between Chinese and English. I'd like to create a go-to template/structure that can convert what native English speakers ...
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Why is 或 used in 将在45天后禁止任何美国公司或个人与[ByteDance and WeChat]的相关交易 instead of e.g. 和?

I read the following political article about Trump's executive orders in relation to TikTok and WeChat. 原因是当地时间6日,美国总统特朗普签署行政令,称抖音海外版(TikTok)和微信对美国国家安全构成威胁,...
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What does “酒” mean in “扮家家酒”?

I know “酒” usually means wine in Chinese, but what does "酒" mean in "扮家家酒"? I could not see how the word for wine is referring to in this children's game.
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What does 你就是个托 mean, which 文佳佳 yells at Frank in the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (Finding Mr. Right)?

In the movie 北京遇上西雅图 (~13m45s), after not immediately getting her way about her room 文佳佳 yells at Frank who is helping her with her luggage: (Alternative image link.) 你就是个托 我算是看清楚了 It means "...
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Does 愛 belong to 你 or to 我 in this sentence 你心裡明白 我對你的愛?

So far I know the language: 你的愛 = your love 我的愛 = my love Does this sentence 你心裡明白 我對你的愛 mean: In your heart understand me to your love or In your heart understand my love to you?
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Can someone please explain this: 都没吃饭吗

I was watching a drama and in the scene, the coach was speaking to her team: Coach: 希望每个队员都能拿出最好的状态。能不能做到 (I know all of you can do your best。 Can you do that?) Team: 能!(Yes!) Coach: 都没吃饭吗 (Not loud ...
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What does 我三谁了 mean in 我也不知道,我刷四绝朋友告诉我有人刷喇叭骂我小三,我不知道我怎么就小三了,我三谁了?

Could anyone explain to what 我三谁了 mean in 我也不知道,我刷四绝朋友告诉我有人刷喇叭骂我小三,我不知道我怎么就小三了,我三谁了?! I know that the whole sentence more or less means "I don’t know, my best friend told me that someone used ...
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How do expressions like “二嫂” work in Mandarin?

From what I've known from watching Chinese dramas, siblings or fellow disciples may refer to each other as: "big brother/sister" (oldest/first) "2nd/3rd brother/sister" (in-...
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What does 老大 mean in 少壮不努力, 老大徒伤悲?

I was gaming with a friend at his house, and his grandfather told me this phrase which I don't understand. The friend explained that 少壮不努力 means I don't study hard when I'm young, and he explained ...
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见马克思 (“to meet Marx”): is it used today?

I am writing a paper about machine translation and I am looking for a phrase in Chinese that is ambiguous and cannot possibly be translated correctly without knowing the correct context. I found this ...
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(n.) 的大預言 having trouble making sense of this construct

So I have a person's name in place of the noun and I am trying to get a better handle on how to interpret this sentence. Would it be for example, Tommie's people predicted? The full context is that ...

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