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Meaning of 透過閱讀論語,涵養為學與處事的良好態度

透過閱讀論語,涵養為學與處事的良好態度。 What does 涵養 mean? I found two definitions: To cultivate (verb) Good morals (noun) 為學 means knowledge, so if (1), then it's to cultivate knowledge, but if (2), then it means a ...
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Difference between 駕駛 and 駕馭?

They both mean to control, pilot something. A car, a horse, a plane. So what's the difference? Is one a colloquial term and one formal?
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Help understand this 却少了抬头看路,少了思考、总结这一重要的步骤?

“那是为了让我们的灵魂,能够追得上我们赶了三天路的疲劳的身体。” 多么富有哲理的话!在这个提倡和鼓励竞争的时代,我们常常只顾低头拉车,却少了抬头看路,少了思考、总结这一重要的步骤。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 26. I need your help for understanding this 却少了抬头看路,...
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What's the difference between 不能,买不到,不用?

Recently i saw such sentences as "火车站的东西真不能买” and " 以后的事,以后再说;而不能肯定的事不要说” 。 I know that 能 means " be able to... " but I'm confused in these sentences . Can you explain its meaning ...
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What is the meaning of 脚力过人 in 尽管他们背着重重的行李,但他们的脚力过人,健步如飞?

他雇了20来个当地人为他带路和搬运行李。这批当地人个个都表现出色,尽管他们背着重重的行李,但他们的脚力过人,健步如飞。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, segment 26. What is the meaning of 脚力过人? Baidu translate: Despite carrying heavy luggage, ...
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What is the meaning of 走 in 假如借走回家看?

...,在摊里看,每册1分钱,选好书坐下就看,看完连书带钱交给摊主;假如借走回家看,则每本每天2分钱,挑好书后交给摊主,... This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, segment 20. What is the meaning of 走 in 假如借走回家看? Actually, it looks like it means to go, ...
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Can anyone decipher this (1)?

The following is what I found on the door of a shop. I can recognize some of them but not all of them. I think the first four are 國舅手執陰陽板、湘子瑤池品玉簫, the fourth one is 品玉簫, and the sixth 長生酒.
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why words' meanings are so changing by adding 氵water?

How meaning and sound of these words can be changed so dramatically by “adding water”: 替 (tì) replace + water = 潜 (qián) hidden (??), 世 (shì) world + water = 泄 (xiè) discharge (??), 难 (nán) ...
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why that combination of radicals 警 means - police?

One the most lingering questions in my Chinese journey - why a certain combination of radicals result in a particular word. Here is the strangest one = “police” 警 – how on earth => grass + a ...
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what is a real meaning of 致 ?

致 yet another foggy character that is also frequently encountered. Below are the words listed I am seeing it in. Standard translation gives 2 meanings – adj. delicate, and v. deliver, cause. Radicals -...
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赤 - relationship between "red" and "empty/bare" meanings?

I see (Wiktionary..) that 赤 can refer either to the "red" or "empty/bare". Is there a relationship (or proposed relationship) between these two meanings?
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does "man fan" mean "evening meal" in Cantonese?

In the following children's fantasy-adventure book, written for British children in the context of the British empire: Arthur Ransome, "Missee Lee", Jonathan Cape, London, 1941 English ...
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Meaning of 亂 in 幾可亂真?

幾可亂真 means something along the lines of "near identical to the real thing". 幾 = 幾乎 almost 可 = 可以 be/like 亂真 = near identical to the real object Correct me if some of my understanding above ...
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I would like to know what this says. Thanks in advance

Trying to find put what this seal means.
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燦爛輝煌 meaning? Seems duplicative to me

燦爛輝煌 is a chengyu. From my understanding, 燦爛 means bright and beautiful while 輝煌 means bright and eye-catching. Correct me if I'm wrong. So then 燦爛輝煌 means bright bright beautiful eye-catching. Or ...
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How can one character ‘相’ can participate in formation of so many words?

How can one character ‘相’ can participate in formation of so many words with a different meaning ? This list below that I am struggling now with, might be eternally continued => 真相 - truth, 相处 – ...
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what's the difference between 再 and 更,一点

i saw phrases 再好也没有了 and 他的打字速度可以再快了一点儿 i know that 再 means "again" or "then", but i take it in these cases that means smth like "more"? then, what's the difference ...
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Meaning of 有无夜间 in 留意树下有无夜间从枝头掉下的芒果?

This phrase occurs in 2nd paragraph of 东南亚民间故事。上,85页(福建人民出版社出版(福州得贵巷27号)1982年5月第一版,1982年5月第一次印刷) under the title 蛇王子与三姐妹, the whole paragraph reads as follows: 每天,寡妇到集上去。她必须经过一棵芒果树,树上结满小而甜的芒果。...
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Meaning of 悠了一把

see 今日说法, legal report, https://tv.cctv.com/2024/03/17/VIDEi0lCKhnIK1fZ0MuQch5J240317.shtml?spm=C31267.PdQGws28DOXv.E25JptH8Kkey.22 9:30 according to web seems to belong to 东北话 悠 HSK 5 English ...
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Best phrasing vertically

I am practicing Chinese style painting and I would like to integrate Chinese lettering into my art, the goal being to make complete traditional pieces with a poem vertically written included. My first ...
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What is the meaning of "起風"?

This is one line of the song lyrics: 這個起風的季節說了再見。 When I look up the Chinese dictionary it say the meaning is 颳風 guāfēng means to be windy. So the phrase 這個起風的季節說了再見。 means "This windy season say ...
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How to translate "雲兒" into English?

In the lyrics of a Chinese translation of the song "Dana Dana (דאַנאַ דאַנאַ)"/"Dos Kelbl (דאָס קעלבל)", we find the line: 藍天高高雲兒飄飄 I presume that "雲" (ㄩㄣˊ / yún) stands for "clouds" in this ...
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Is "哇咧老天哦" suppose to be a transaltion for "Oh My Gosh"?

In Pokémon Scarlet/Violet DLC,Kieran says “哇咧老天哦” when he was in shocked or frustrated. It's always funny when he says it so I got curious and searched it up. Turns out, no one uses it at all before ...
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Differences between 知识,知,识,知感 and 认识?

“知识” 两个字我始终认为它是要分开来谈的,“知” 就是知感,“识” 就是认识。所谓 “知感” 就是别人告诉你、说给你听、要求你记住的那一部分。但只有这一部分是不够的,还要有认识、思考。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 22. I would appreciate if you explain the ...
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Why does my dictionary define 试图 ("to attempt") as 打算 ("to plan")?

现代汉语词典 The above is the definition of 试图 in my copy of 《现代汉语词典》. I don't know how to make sense of this, because 试图 and 打算 don't seem even remotely synonymous. CC-CEDICT: 试图 (shì​tú​) to attempt / ...
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Why did "けっぱる", "You got this!" or "I got this!" got translated to "拼冲天"?

In Pokemon Scarlet/Violet, the character Kieran often said "拼冲天" during the climax of the battle or when he tries to encourage himself. The first instance of this is when Kieran battles the ...
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Difference between 哥 and 哥哥

Is there any difference between 哥 and 哥哥? Both are defined as “elder/older brother” in various online dictionaries.
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What is the meaning of 製年德宣明大,,please tell me?

製年德宣明大 I got this post from Gucci/Vas. Is this a sentence or a code? Does this article have any meaningful meaning?
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Teapot signature/symbol/character

Could anyone tell me what this symbol at the bottom of a teapot stands for? Thank you![This is a tea set I found in my mother’s house a few years ago]
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What is written on these paintings and does it have any meaning?

Someone I know has a small business in buying/selling things. She asked if I know what the painting says as I know a limited amount of Japanese. while I couldn't read it even if it was Japanese, I ...
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Why is there 之 in 夫不觀之⋯乎?

Problem I stumbled upon this pattern 夫不觀之X乎? It seems to be an injunction to consider X, which I would try to phrase as: 何故不觀X? But, how does it come to mean this - if it does? The question ...
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为了学钢琴调律,陈燕…… why is the answer 手经常会受伤?

This a cropped exercise from the HSK6 Standard Course workbook (chapter 3, page 25; photo of original; OCR by Yandex): 陈燕自小对音乐感兴趣,学过很多乐器。自打学调琴开始,她每天总是十三四个小时泡在钢琴边,仔细摸,用心记。学调律还必须会修琴,一个盲人手拿 睡子钉钉子、用创子创木头,...
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How should I understand 不要说“你应该……”?

This is truncated from the HSK6 Standard Course workbook (page 17; photo of original; OCR via Yandex): 面对青春期的孩子,父母要格外关爱他们。青春期正是孩子形成主见的关键时期, 父母要包容孩子,不要过分约束他们,不要总认为自己讲的话是对的,孩子是错的,不 要什么都自己说了算,...
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How is 学习紧张和劳动并不矛盾 the answer to 那位中学生家长展示的特别简历说明……?

This is from Chapter 1 from the HSK6 Standard Course workbook (photo of original; OCRed via Yandex): 曾几何时,《劳动最光荣》的儿歌响彻大江南北,影响了一代又一代人。对于 35 岁以 上的绝大多数人而言,他们还是孩子的时候,勤劳致富、劳动光荣等传统美德就深深地 扎根在他们的心里了。 ...
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Meaning of 特异人士

In the song 皇后大道东 there is a verse which says: 冷暖气候同样影响这都市 但是换季可能靠特异人士 What are the 特异人士 here on whom the changing of the seasons depends? Google translates this as "special people" but I ...
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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. They are painted on very thin paper with Chinese writing.
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稽查 vs. 勘查 meaning, context, and usage

稽查 and 勘查 both means to investigate. So what is the difference? How would I distinguish between them and choose which one to utilize if I'm writing something? And the more mainstream term is 調查, so is ...
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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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Need help understanding 爱慕虚荣

I came across this phrase 爱慕虚荣 today in a piece of writing. When I use Goggle translate it tells me 爱慕虚荣 means "vain", but 虚荣 by itself also means "vain" and when I search for "vain" and ask for the ...
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嘎然 means a loud sound? Please help me understand

大約過了五分鐘,水柱嘎然停止。 What does 嘎然 mean? I know the sentence says after five minutes, the water sprout immediately stopped. The word 嘎 means a sudden and loud sound. I don't understand what 然 means here. ...
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What is the literal translation of 比尔 • 盖茨每年都要进行两次为期一周的 “闭关”?

从20世纪80年代起,比尔 • 盖茨每年都要进行两次为期一周的 “闭关” 。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK 5, chapter 26. I want your help in the literal translation of this: 比尔 • 盖茨每年都要进行两次为期一周的 “闭关” 。 I have reached on ...
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What kind of function does 了 have here? 不让我送就以为我没办法了

I think that it is a change of situation, but then I can't understand what the change is here. Please, explain to me
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Can you translate this Chinese chop?

I bought this is Taiwan probably 30 years ago, not sure what it means. Can you help translate?
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why is "象" meaning representation, form, shape etc.?

character early writings is derived from the elephant by I can't find an explanation to why it became also use for this other meaning.
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Difference between 湖 and 湖泊

湖: Lake 湖泊: Lake As you can see, they both mean the same thing. So why the extra word 泊? It just seems like "lake lake" to me. And they're both nouns. I'm very confused here.
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Does “XX是什么样的人?” refer mostly, and maybe only, to personality?

My family is made of Chinese natives while I am bilingual. My dad sometimes asks me questions like “你的老师是什么样的人?” before lightly chastising me that the askers of such questions usually want to know ...
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what is that the word 节 really represents - that makes it so omnipresent?

I am fascinated and terrified at the same time with the boundless diversity of expression that word “节” is used in: 节日/节庆 – a festival, a holiday; 关节 – a joint; 调节 – to regulate; 节奏 – a rhythm; 一节一节 – ...
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characters simplified Chinese or Traditional

唰唰 寥寥 are these characters of simplified Chinese or Traditional ? I am studying simplified Chinese, hence not quite sure whether I need to know them. Moreover, there is no relevant translations for ...
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Is 苦力 offensive?

I encountered the word 苦力 in my textbook 《会通汉语 读写6》 p.36: When I studied this word, I found: CC-CEDICT: 苦力 (kǔ​lì​) bitter work / hard toil / (loanword) coolie, unskilled Chinese laborer in colonial ...
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How to literally translate this: 能够追得上我们赶了三天路的疲劳的身体?

“那是为了让我们的灵魂,能够追得上我们赶了三天路的疲劳的身体。” This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 26. I need your help in its literal translation. 那是(that is)为了(for the sake of)让(letting, allowing or making)...

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