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What is the meaning of 方 in 方向?

Below was a question about the role of 方 in 貽笑大方. I'm sure our learnéd friends correctly advised. Just as a gut reaction, I would have said 大方 meant 'everywhere'. I would like to know about 方 in 方向。 ...
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Does 危机 really mean both crisis and opportunity?

A lot of people, mostly those who haven't studied Chinese, like to claim something along the lines of "In Chinese, the word for crisis 危机, also bears the meaning of opportunity." This is usually ...
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Why is “quotient” translated as 「商」 in mathematics?

Wikipedia defines "quotient" as: In arithmetic, a quotient (from Latin: quotiens "how many times", pronounced /ˈkwoʊʃənt/) is the quantity produced by the division of two numbers.[1] Does the ...
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What is the meaning of 子 in words like 菓子(과자), 帽子(모자), or 獅子(사자)?

I'm learning Sino-Korean vocabulary at the moment and have noticed that many words seem to end in a '子' that doesn't seem to add much semantically to the other character in the word. What should I ...
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How should I interpret 最大限度 in 我们最大限度地利用现有港口条件运货?

我们最大限度地利用现有港口条件运货。 I think I should treat 最大限度地 as one word, namely 'maximally‘. Does that fit? Rough draft; not good English: We maximally exploit current harbour conditions transport goods. ...
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what do 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning “situation”?

The Chinese word of 형편 (situation) in Korean is 形便. Can anyone explain what 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning "situation"?
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What does 触控 mean in 使用者将可轻松地以触控的方式浏览教科书内容?

I was busy reading about Apple's new textbook announcement on Engadget China, and I came across the following sentence: 使用者将可轻松地以触控的方式浏览教科书内容. What is the meaning of 触控 in this sentence? (My guess ...
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What does 必死的决心 mean? Must-die determination?

我以必死的决心发誓,从此绝对不会手淫src I, by a must-die determination pledge, from now on absolutely won't masturbate. 抱着必死的决心去奋斗,不论前方有多大的困难src Carrying a must-die determination go [and] struggle, regardless ...
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Does 一个 mean *exactly* one? Or can it mean *at least* one?

If someone (truthfully) says "I have a car" then they have at least one car. If someone says "I have one car" then they have exactly one car. How does this idea work for "我有一辆汽车" ? Could someone say ...
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难得的一颗歪脖子灯杆站在了窗前: which translation is correct and is 了 needed?

I'm confused about this sentence: 难得的一颗歪脖子灯杆站在了窗前 Does it mean: A rare lamp pole that could break (someone's) neck stands in front of the window A rare crooked lamp pole stands in front of the ...
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Does 越来越多的中国人步入二次购车的行列 talk about second cars or second-hand cars?

I'm pretty sure this sentence is referring to '2 car families', but I'd like to check. How should I interpret ‘二次购车’ here? Maybe they are talking about second hand cars, or families that have ...
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What is the meaning of 赶上 in …完全是赶上了好时代?

Can't quite get the meaning of 赶上 here. Any suggestions please? 像她这样一个铁路工人家庭出身、没上过大学、貌不出众的文工团演员,一步步地走到今天,成为一个集制片人、导演、演员于一身的大明星,完全是赶上了好时代。 完全是赶上了好时代。 totally (赶上)in time for?? the (好时代)golden era?? ...
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What is the meaning of …不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求?

I can't quite get the last part of this 专家:这个问题不能一刀切。对于东部的企业,因为起步较早,有一定产业规模和资金积累,所以调整产业结构,提高技术含量,不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。 Can I rewrite the last bit thus: 不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。= ...
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What is this de 地 or deyu 地与 doing in …只有选好了工作地点,才能有选择地与招聘单位联系和洽谈…?

I can't see how this hangs together. What is '有选择地‘ doing here? This comes from a 听力专项训练。 The sentence is: 选择工作地点是应届毕业生找工作的一个重要步骤,因为只有选好了工作地点,才能有选择地与招聘单位联系和洽谈,才能迈出与用人单位联系的第一步。 In a similar vein I ...
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What does 我是足不出户的半宅体 mean?

Can somebody help me translate this sentence? 我是足不出户的半宅体 Using a dictionary, I guess it describes a person who doesn't want to leave his house. But I am not sure what is the exact meaning of it.
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Can I rewrite 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端得空前绝后的假设 using 的 or 地 instead of 得?

I'm not too sure what this 得 is doing here. If I rewrite as in 2. or 3. is that a) correct and b) still the same meaning? 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端得空前绝后的假设,。。。。。 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端的,空前绝后的假设,。。。。。 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端地空前绝后的假设,。。...
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Should 屋 and 居 use radical 户 instead of 尸?

户 means home. So these examples are not suprising: 房 fáng (house), 扁 biǎn (flat), 扇 shàn (fan [mostly used indoor]), 扉 fēi (door) 尸 means corpse, and it looks like it refers to tail or something ...
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What is the difference, if any, between 开心 and 快乐

Dictionaries will give "Happy" for both. A Mandarin song has the title 你开心所以我快乐 https://youtu.be/Sb1ojccxvyw Question therefore is whether there is any signifying difference in usage? That is, ...
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Unknown meaning of a carving on the back of a Buddha statue (Character identified: 朱)

I hope someone could help me understand if this is something. Its on a Budddha statue I purchased.
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What does 软文 and 小号 mean in internet slang?

Just like the title says, what does 软文 and 小号 mean in internet slang? For example: 还有就是严禁那些动不动就说是软文或小号的人发言
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Happen to (in questions)

I'm aware that you can use 正好 or 碰巧 to express low probability in statements, equivalent to English "happen to" . 我正好是有你要的那种啤酒。 我发现他碰巧就是我的一个远亲。 How can you use this same idea in a question? "Do ...
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How would I translate “与君知”

Google translate his been giving me straight pinyin as a translation, and pleco doesn't have what I'm looking for. I got the definitions of each individual character, but I'm not sure how to put them ...
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“他们之间不再会有什么友谊”:在这个句子里"会“贡献什么意思?

我的问题就对于这个句子: 他们之间不再会有什么友谊。 我的英语翻译是: There can no longer be any friendship between them. 为了了解“会”的贡献,我就试试删除它,后来翻译一下: 他们之间不再有什么友谊。 我的英文翻译成为: There is no longer any friendship between them....
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What should I use to say “I love you”: “wa ai lo” or “wo ai ni”?

Some of my Chinese friends speak Chinese. I asked them how to say "I love you" in their language, but most of them said "wa ai lo" not "wo ai ni", how can this be? I look for google translate, it ...
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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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Meaning of 一人付一半 in 车费我们俩一人付一半,怎么样?

In this sentence: 车费我们俩一人付一半,怎么样? I don't fully understand the meaning of 一人付一半. I have found that 付一半 can mean "pay half", but 一人 confuses me (if it refers to one person, why is that form used ...
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What is the role of 清楚 in 一定要注意签订书面合同,核实清楚物业费、水费、…?

What is the role of 清楚 in this sentence? Could they have written '核实得清楚‘ = 'verify clearly' or does ‘清楚‘ somehow work with '拖欠‘ = verify (the property) is clear of arrears. I suppose it doesn't ...
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What does 一个赛一个不讲理的 mean? Does the 的 determine its meaning?

一个赛一个不讲理的 Does it mean 'one competition, one unreasonable' or 'one is more unreasonable than the one before'? Does the word '的' important in sentence like this?
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Role/Grammar of 找 and 跟 in “他找白如玉跟他在師大附近走走”?

他找白如玉跟他在師大附近走走, 試試地圖好用不好用。 My book translates this as: He went to see Bai Ruyu and asked her to accompany him on a walk around NTNU to try out the map functions. This is how my English brain is ...
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How to interpret 开始起步 in IT企业的电子商务也在1999年开始起步?

In this sentence, IT企业的电子商务也在1999年开始起步。 How would you translate '开始起步'?
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Is there some other meaning in 微笑是一种真实的、热诚的、发自内心的快乐的情绪。?

微笑是一种真实的、热诚的、发自内心的快乐的情绪。 Take away the descriptive elements and it says: 微笑是情绪。 (A) smile is (a) mood. Maybe if they said: ‘一个微笑表示着一种真实的、热诚的、发自内心的快乐的情绪。’ Would that be acceptable?? A smile is an ...
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What is the usage of 有 in 有比丘五下分結盡?

Here is the phrase, it is from Buddhist scripture: 有比丘五下分結盡 I know 有 as "to be", "to have", and as often serving as a translation for the Sanskrit bhāva. Is this usage something like "being monks, [...
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What is the meaning of “比一比” in 一件件新衣向身上比一比?

Continuing from my previous question, here's another sentence I picked from a song. 一件件新衣向身上比一比。 I tried to search through Pinpin Dictionary, it means: To make a comparison To engage in a ...
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Which day is 周末

I and my friends disagree on what 周末 means. And to summarize all opinions, is it 周五, 周末 was used to describe 周六 when 周六 is workday (last workday in a week). And since 周六 is no longer a workday, we ...
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How can I interpret 多 in 我才来了三个多月?

It must be pretty easy, but what does 多 mean here? 我才来了三个多月
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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 this 会 doing in 当初为什么会转行呢?

I can't see what 会 is doing in this sentence. Maybe nothing, could it just be omitted?? 当初为什么会转行呢 Which I would translate as: 'Back then, why did you change your profession?'
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What sickness was 瘦?

“Skinny” (瘦) is clearly written with a sickness radical (病字旁): 疒. Outlier, also, writes the following in its definition: FORM 瘦 shòu is composed of 叟 sǒu and 疒 “to be sick, not well,” pointing ...
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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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What does 一不留神 mean …还写了不少东西,一不留神写了不少军报头条?

I get 'take care' or 'be careful' for 留神。 I‘ve seen '一不留神‘ translated as 'accidentally', but this guy did not write his stuff 'accidentally'. It seems to mean 'surprisingly' here. Is that right? ...
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What does 倒 mean in 现在也倒没有透露我们到底为哪个峰会准备这个午宴?

Can this 倒 be omitted in this sentence? Does it work together with 也? Is it some kind of passive marker? (Edit: This was the previous sentence: 如果我们的主席也正好在华盛顿的话,我想他会感觉到非常自豪的,能有这么好的中午餐提供给华盛顿这些首脑。) ...
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What is this 运行 in …国内的汽车行业与汽车市场运行环境发生了前所未有的改变?

中国加入世界贸易组织后,国内的汽车行业与汽车市场运行环境发生了前所未有的改变。 Sometimes in colloquial English we say 'shift' to mean 'sell'. Is '运行环境‘ something like that? 运行环境 maybe 'sales environment' or ‘turnover' (交易额) ??
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What does 就 mean in 你怎么就睡在这里了呀?

你怎么就睡在这里了呀? Searching 就 up on the Chinese Grammar Wiki gives a pretty long list of usages, and I have no idea what (if any) is most applicable.
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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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What does 酿 mean in 苹果iPhone 5酿致命意外?

Taken from this news article What does "酿" mean in this sentence: 苹果iPhone 5酿致命意外
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Why use 有 in 只要前排的牙齿有脱落… about shark teeth?

This text is talking about sharks. 很多鲨鱼口中都有成排的利齿。 只要前排的牙齿有脱落,后方的牙齿便会补上,而且新牙齿更大、更耐用。 脱落: 脱掉;落下 只要前排的牙齿有脱落, Why not just write '只要前排的牙齿脱落,'? Is this supposed to be some kind of Chinese Past ...
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What is the meaning of 声 in …车市降价声已经是此起彼伏?

What is the meaning of '声‘ in this sentence? 近2/3的进口车也大幅降价;而2004年、2005年和2006年,车市降价声已经是此起彼伏。
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Is it ever ambiguous if 几 means “how many?” or “a few”?

I'm confused about hao to know if 几 is asking a question (how many) or making a statement (a few). If I heard the following sentence (not read), is there a way to hear the difference? 从上海到东京坐飞机要几个小时
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What is 建设 in …以期更好地展现我国航天建设的辉煌成就…?

This is from an interview with 航天员杨利伟。 今天的访谈我想和他聊聊他的这段奇妙的太空经历,以期更好地展现我国航天建设的辉煌成就,.... 建设 normally means 'build'. Do you 'build or construct (建设) accomplishments (成就)' in Chinese? '我国航天建设的辉煌成就' '...