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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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Why does the squirrel say 我才不是吃货?

They started selling this at the local shop: (See also TianMao.) I thought this product contained squirrel, so I took a closer look, and it says: 我才不是吃货 只是这个好吃~ Wǒ cái bùshì chīhuò zhǐshì zhège ...
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How do the words in 让我不断想不敢再忘记你 piece together (from the song Mouse Loves Rice, 老鼠爱大米)?

In the song 老鼠爱大米 (Lǎoshǔ Ài Dàmǐ; YouTube; see also Mouse Loves Rice on Wikipedia) we have the following lyrics (English translation from the YouTube link): 我听见你的声音 Wǒ tīngjiàn nǐ de shēngyīn ...
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What does 扔下 mean in 还有的人把车扔下不管?

In the following sentence: 据一位遭遇拥堵的人介绍说,隧道里一小时只能行进几百米,也去不了厕所,有的人下车走向紧急出口,还有的人把车扔下不管。 扔 means "throw" or "hurl", but "throwing a car away" doesn't make sense. From the context, I feel it means ...
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What does 甘蝦 mean when used as an answer to 保重? (Taiwan)

On Taiwanese Facebook page I read a conversation under a post from a hospital. A lot of people of course write 保重 (get well), and the poster answers 甘蝦 to all of them. When looking up this in a ...
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Main verbs for to think

想, 觉得,以为 all mean to think. But is there any subtle difference between the three or tense difference? When would you be more likely to use them in context?
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What does 2月头的样子 mean?

In the following sentence: 2月头的样子,有一起去泰国的朋友吗? It would mean something like: Any friend who can travel to Thailand together at the start of February? However, what does the 样子 mean? The ...
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几 in declarative and interrogative sentence

几 has two meanings: "several" and "how many?" But I have no clear understanding of separation one from another. E.g.: 后面有几个人笑起来了. - declarative 你家有几口人? - interrogative I know that the first ...
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How does 速 come to mean invite?

(So many questions lately, sorry. Saturday I go on holiday!) A gatecrasher is a person who turns up uninvited at a party or function. 汉语说:不速之客 速: speed 不速之客: no speed guest = gatecrasher ??
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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 ...
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What does 专门用来找工作 mean?

In the following sentence: 来自西北民族大学的小郑也选择到北京找工作,她问记者展示了她的“求职基金”,“我在研二时获得了国家奖学金,除去学费还剩1万多元,这些钱我存在了一张卡里,专门用来找工作。 I understand the meaning before the bold part, which tells a student stocked money ...
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What does 500多个 mean?

In the following sentence on this article: LA LISTE国际美食排行榜于2015年由法国人首创,收录165个国家的16000个优秀美食地点,参考500多个专业美食指南和民众在线点评,得分靠前的1000家餐厅进入下一年度全球美食排行榜。 Pleco says the following on the entry for 多个 (the same ...
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What does 以 mean in 也提供了低层级的控制功能以尽可能提高灵活性和性能?

In the following sentence: TensorFlow 既提供了高层级的 API 以便让您轻松构建和训练您的模型,也提供了低层级的控制功能以尽可能提高灵活性和性能。 (Source: TensorFlow documentation) What does the 以 mean in this context? The whole sentence would ...
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How does 也 work in 宁愿冻死也不穿?

In the following sentence: 很多人因为害怕穿秋裤显胖,宁愿冻死也不穿。 What does 也 mean in the sentence? The entire sentence should mean something like the following: Because of the fear that wearing one more pants ...
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What does 连句话也没人说 mean?

In the following sentence: 你不必下班后还忙着应酬,一身酒气回家,家人都睡了,连句话也没人说。 The sentence would mean something like the following: You don't need to cater to the drinking party after the work, which makes you ...
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What does 就那样吧 mean?

This is a conversation with my friend and she started to live in Moscow recently. I: 你莫斯科生活怎么样? She: 就那样吧 Pleco showed 那样 means "like" or "that kind", but in this case that doesn't make sense....
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What does 要不不留学要留学就要留出个性 mean?

In the following sentence: 俗话说的好,要不不留学要留学就要留出个性。。。。。。这是我编的。。 我们来看看我们社会主义坚实伙伴的古巴。古巴是西班牙语国家,抽雪茄,晒太阳都是家常便饭。 The whole sentence would be something like: ... This is what I wrote. We see Cuba, ...
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What does 而 mean in 因森发·加计学院问题而曝光率增高的?

In the following sentence: 因森发·加计学院问题而曝光率增高的「sontaku」一词,也已经成为了日常用语。 I know the use of 而 as "and", but I feel it doesn't make sense here to use 而, since I don't understand what it connects. So how ...
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Does 留言 mean “comment”?

I recently watched a show where Chinese actors read "留言" from netizens. I wonder if 留言 can be translated as "comment" (e.g in blog comment, forum comment) or it only has the meaning "message" ...
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What does this sentence mean 我是男猪脚?

I tried looking up online dictionary but cannot find the meaning of 男猪脚? Its literal meaning is "I am a male pig's foot" and it makes no sense.
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What type of tree is 香榭?

Original context: 礼物不需挑最贵 只要香榭的落叶
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What does 没有最好只有更好 mean?

In the following sentence over 华人街: 从我这几天的观察来看,大部分都比较喜欢欧美国家,所以我把意大利早点介绍,意大利文化真的是没有最好只有更好的,意大利的强势专业绝对是艺术,美院也是特别的有名气,佛罗伦萨美院等等,但是缺点就是经济比较弱,大学毕业以后工作确实不是特别好找,意大利人很懒,生活节奏比较慢,但免学费。 I don't understand the ...
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What does 如 in 如通常在论坛比较普遍的部分网络用语 mean?

In the following page: “网络用语”,即多在网络上流行的非正式语言,经常引发社会热潮,多为谐音、错别字改成,也有象形字词,以及在论坛上引起流行的经典语录。如通常在论坛比较普遍的部分网络用语: What does 如 in the final sentence mean and how does it work grammar-wise? At first I ...
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Have I understood the joke 男:我一直就很爱你啊! 女:那不直的时候呢? correctly?

I found this joke on bliubliu.com: 那不直的时候呢 (爱情笑话) Nà bù zhí de shíhòu ne (àiqíng xiàohuà) 男:我一直就很爱你啊! Nán: Wǒ yīzhí jiù hěn ài nǐ a! 女:那不直的时候呢? Nǚ: Nà bù zhí de shíhòu ne? I want to ...
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What's wrong with the four highlighted parts of this foreign-written Chinese passage about campus bells?

My friend on WeChat sent a funny example of foreigners writing Chinese (here). Here's one image from that site (click for larger image): I transcribe the passage below (I tried to make sure I copied ...
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What does 过得 mean in 过得比较舒服?

In the following sentence on this article: 加拿大是一个很美的国家,领土面积特别大,但是人口才4000万,过得比较舒服,所以现在也有越来越多的人选择留学这裡。 What does 过得 mean here? And how does it work grammatically in this context?
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Which adjective is the most suitable to express “rich” for a person?

In Mandarin there are a variety of adjectives that express "rich" - 富,丰富,肥,充实,阔,丰盛,浓郁,富足,etc... Some of them I believe don't fit in a person; 肥 is an equivalent to "fertile" in English, 浓郁 is "dense",...
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What's the difference between 我是老师 or 我当老师?

Sometimes when I take a 滴滴打车 taxi to the university campus, the driver asks me if I'm a student, and I reply something along the lines of: 我是老师 I'm a teacher Wǒ shì lǎoshī As far as I can tell,...
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What does 而在此前 mean?

In the following sentence: 据上海迪士尼乐园度假区方面消息,从2017年11月15日起,上海迪士尼乐园对游客须知进行调整,禁止游客携带食品和酒精饮料入园,非酒精饮料容量不得超过600毫升。而在此前,迪士尼乐园允许未拆封的食品入园。 I understand the meaning of 此前, which means "before this" or "until ...
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Does describing a woman as 帅 (shuài; handsome) imply she is mannish?

The other day, someone sent me a WeChat sticker which implied I was 帅 (shuài; handsome). I wasn't exactly thrilled by this, since being called "handsome" in English implies you're kind of mannish. ...
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Can 再说 be used in a written context?

Such as in an essay. Considering 再说 (moreover) won't be referring to something that was actually spoken (说).
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What does 这些地方 mean in this dialogue about health checks?

I'm confused about the use of 这些地方 in the following dialogue in my Chinese text book (click for larger image): I'll transcribe it below: 马克:体检时检查什么? 丁波:很多。耳朵,眼睛,鼻子,牙齿,还有胃等等。 马克:以前我总是肚子疼。 丁波:...
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The meaning of 说不好

In the following sentence: 调查中,11.1%的受访青年自认为已经是“斜杠青年”,46.3%的受访青年想成为“斜杠青年”,21.4%的受访青年不想,还有21.2%的受访青年说不好。 The transcribed script writes "neither yes nor no". However, I wonder why it becomes such ...
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What does 一样 mean in “适度的睡眠时间与合理饮食,积极运动一样”?

In the following sentence: 研究成果认为,适度的睡眠时间与合理饮食、积极运动一样,能为人体补充能量,调节各项生理功能,降低患上心血管疾病的风险。 一样 usually means "like" or "the same as". However, I don't understand the meaning here. I feel I understand ...
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Missing someone (but not romantic)

Say I have a friend that I like a lot and haven't seen in a while. Is it possible to say "I miss you" without any risk of a romantic interpretation? 我想念你 or 我想你 ? Maybe something more like "I hope ...
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What is the meaning of 屏幕前的你?

In the following sentence: 曾有朋友戏称,脱发已经成为了当代青少年担忧的最大问题!屏幕前的你,是否也在感概”头发都去哪儿了“? I don't understand what 屏幕前的你 means. 屏幕 means "screen", but then I don't understand the part 前的你. So what does the ...
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What does 为 mean in this sentence?

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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Does saying 我今天26岁 imply it's my birthday today?

I attempted to write a joke in Chinese that begins: 我今天26岁 I'm 26 today (Wǒ jīntiān 26 suì) And after some confusion about it being my birthday, it continues: 我昨天也是26岁的 I was also 26 ...
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What could be the meaning of 主治陳進陽草菅人命, 插管插到死, 腎臟料 and 人命?

What could be the context of banners put up in front of a hospital with the following text: 主治陳進陽草菅人命 插管插到死 腎臟料 人命 For the name and location of the hospital, or a high resolution version, see ...
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What does 什么每天 mean?

The excerpt is from the top answer on 知乎: 再加上「真假TV」里爆出来的,什么每天用老公的牙刷刷马桶,把排泄物混到料理里微笑着看他吃下去之类的,可以拿去回答「人性到底可以有多阴暗」了。 According to MDBG dictionary: 什么 what? / who? / something / anything I guess ...
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What does 膝盖 mean in this context?

The following is a title of a post over 人民网. 15岁女孩出版6万字英文小说!不就膝盖吗?拿去! Source: http://m.jy1377.com/a/100/32674.html My dictionary (Pleco) only has "knee" as the meaning. The same is true of MDBG. ...
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What does 遍 mean in 小编遍搜多名?

In the following sentence: 小编遍搜多名日本时尚博主的推文和美图,盘点了一下2017秋季日系时尚关键词,和爱美的盆友共享。 I understand the meaning, which is something like the following: (Our) bloggers search for recommendations and ...
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Which word is correct 秒 or 妙

This text is talking about a man who adored a film star for a long time when he was a young man. Ten years later he met her and was not impressed. I find for 美妙:beautiful; marvellous; nice; splendid; ...
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What does 金山 mean?

In the following sentence, which is from a comment on this article: 安倍金山你为什么没有死 It might be an Internet slang, but what does the 金山 mean? According to many dictionaries for Chinese-English (Pleco,...
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Is this sentence 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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What does 个 mean in 感觉这像**个**文盲一样

In the following sentence from an answer on 知乎: 我们四个人没有一个会说西班牙语,感觉这像个文盲一样。 What does 个 mean in this context and how does it function grammatically? Is it safe to assume it is an abbreviation of ...
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Is the meaning of 卖 the original meaning in 卖力,卖萌,卖国,卖傻,卖弄?

卖 means to sell. But in the above five phrases, it is very difficult to get the point. If 国 can be sold to some extent,as a piece of land are illegally sold by the authorities to foreigners for ...
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What does 高举旗帜 mean?

In the latest document of the 19th National Congress of CPC, 高举。。。旗帜 was translated as “hold high the banner of...", and the translated work was said to have been revised and finalized by experts who ...
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What is the meaning of 原湯化原食?

In the show 人民的名義 the suspect doesn't want to accompany the protagonist on account of his soup getting cold. The protagonist replies "講究啊"(meticulous!)and then: 原湯化原食 None of my many Pleco ...
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what's mean of “打的”? How to understand “的”

When I need a taxi, I need to say “打的” instead of "打车"。 So what is the meaning of "的"?How to understand "的"? When can I use it?
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Why is the American TV Drama “Friends” translated into 《老友记》?

If I was the translator, the title should be 《朋友们》or 《好朋友》or 《哥儿们姐儿们》. Why was it 《老友记》? And what does the word 记 mean in such a phrase? Could it mean a record/diary of old friends? Is it the same ...