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How can I use 笨/蠢/傻/呆/痴 properly?

笨/蠢/傻/呆/痴 what are the differences and how are they properly used in a sentence? thnk U
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What is the purpose of 赴 (“to visit”) within 全力以赴 (“to make an all-out effort”)?

全力以赴 (quán​lì​yǐ​fù​) CC-CEDICT: to do at all costs / to make an all-out effort Breaking apart this chengyu, we find: 全力: "with all one's strength / full strength / all-out (effort) / fully (...
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Expressing knowledge or skill: 认识 vs 会 vs 知道

I came across several verbs meaning knowledge or skill about something. I guess that 会 (simplified) / 會 (traditional) is used specifically to imply a skill, as in "他会说中文" - He can speak ...
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What suffix of location is more natural in Standard Mandarin : 头, 面 or 边?

when I use 上 /下 /东/ 南 /里 etc. how do I know If I have to use 边 /面 /头? I normally use 面, as in 书在桌子上面, but I want to be sure I'm right.
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The difference between 左右 and 大概

房子大概九十平方米。 房子九十平方米左右。 I believe, 大概,左右 both mean: roughly, approximately. Why should/must 大概 precede and 左右 follow?
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Counterproductive - 起到反作用 - how to parse?

I learned that in Chinese counterproductive is 起到反作用 or 起反作用 I'm trying to figure out what the characters or words mean in this phrase. I know 作用 means result or effect here, 反 means opposite. How ...
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Understanding the glyph origin of 占

I have the following etymology from Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters: 占 depicts cracks (卜) in a turtle shell and a hole (口) drilled into the shell during the divination process. Its original ...
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Meaning of 有步骤地

I stumbled upon this text extolling the work of the Communist Party. It states: 此后,党在各个方面深入总结历史经验,制定了一系列正确的方针政策,有步骤地解决了许多历史遗留问题和实际生活中出现的新问题,推动着以经济建设为中心的各项事业沿着正确轨道健康发 My gut feeling is that 有步骤地 ...
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Glyph origin or any mnemonic for 蕴?

I failed to remember the meaning for the word 蕴含 yùnhán. Is any mnemonic or story or etymological hints to remember 蕴?
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Is there any mnemonic to remember 支 and 技?

I am using Flashcards to remember vocabulary, but could not remember the meanings for these 2 words. If you have any easy mnemonic, image or story, please advise. thanks 支 zhī disperse, pay, support,...
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How are 连A带B and A着B different

他连说带笑 / 他笑着说 他连唱带跳 / 他唱着跳 Do these sentences have the same meaning? and if I change the position between the two verbs, do they still have the same meaning? 他连说带笑 / 他连笑带说 他笑着说 / 他说着笑
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Why has zuò//láo // in between?

I am going through the word 坐牢 using the Pleco dictionary. Generally they will not keep // in between two characters. But I can see // for this. zuò//láo What does // mean? Can zuò and láo be used ...
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不自量力 can this be used to under estimate one’s capabilities also?

I understand the meaning of 量 is measure, estimate. But how the capacity also was the meaning? any background, etymology? 量 liàng measure, estimate, capacity, quantity 不自量力 bùzìliànglì not have a ...
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In “一网打尽” what does 尽 mean?

一网打尽 yīwǎngdǎjìn lit. to catch everything in the one net. In this sentence what does 尽 means? how to easily remember the meaning by seeing the character without wild guess and imagining etymological ...
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就: what are the top 3 meanings by usage

就 is one of the most widely used word. From secondary school english student point of view/ general usage/ HSK exam point of view what are the 3 most meanings that covers by usage? dictionary has 20+ ...
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Etymology of 于 and transformation to in, on, at, go to

Two possibilities for the object of representation 于 are: Pictogram (象形). An ancient wind instrument; early form of 竽 (OC *ɢʷa). This view is supported by mainstream palaeography. Exhaled air; early ...
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What does 按部就班 mean?

I have checked the dictionary, the following are the meanings for Idiom and its components. could not get how ‘keep conventional ways’ was the meaning derived. can share more light on this? thanks ...
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question about the usage of 返 (Cantonese)

In the sentence 我已經做咗好多日,而家想放返幾日假, I would like to ask about 返. What is the difference between just saying 放幾日假 and 放返幾日假. What is the function of 返? Thanks
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Ranking of Likelihood/Probability Words

There are several words in Chinese that express various degrees of probability/possibility/likelihood, such as 也许,说不定,可能,确定,etc. Many of these words have overlapping definitions, but this may or may ...
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Mnemonic or technique to remember 咅 ,部, 陪

I want to remember 咅 pǒu and all the dependent words on 咅. Could you please let me know what is the correct way/ think process? What technique are you using to remember the meaning forever? This is my ...
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What is the meaning of 放 fàng in this idiom?

The meaning of 放 fàng from dictionary is “put, release”. “Put or place” is an entirely opposite word / antonym of “release, free, liberate” Then what does 放 mean in the following idiom: 放在心上 ...
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台 tái = term of address? Is this address?

The dictionary has a meaning like this: 台 tái = platform, unit, term of address What does “term of address” mean? Does tái mean address?
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Any hypothesis to remember 刑?

Any easy way or background why Well + knife is Punishment? Knife is related punishment, but after killing with knife any history to through them in the well? wikitionary details about 刑: Originally ...
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Please help identify characters in my seal on a modern brush painting

I am trying to find information on the characters in the red seal in the lower right corner of a painting.It is on paper and seems modern. I suppose it is a signature, Thanks for any information
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Air quality meter name

I have an air quality detector meter. It has the name of the manufactures written on the bottom. What's the english translation? Does this manufacturer have a web page? Thanks EDIT: In the web page ...
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Month-on-month and Quarter-on-Quarter

I know that 同比 is “year over year”, while 環比 is “month over month”, but can also mean “quarter over quarter”. In reality, the latter is used to compare two different periods. Therefore, if one says 環比,...
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what exact image is the basis for the 圭?

The Hanzi meaning for 圭 guī = (old) jade tablet (a ceremonial badge of rank) I checked the images, not sure based on what jade tablet 圭 is drawn, can any one point to the correct image? Thanks
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比 as synonym for 放?

I recently changed my phone language to Chinese. Someone "loved" a text I wrote, meaning that they put a heart on the message. The phone notification says, "这个人比了个心“, which to me, seems ...
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What does 课文放大镜 mean?

What exactly does “课文放大镜” mean in English? Can I translate it to 'questions for the lesson'? Google translates it as 'text magnifying glass'. After every lesson we have questions for that lesson, and ...
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What is the meaning of 有本事?

Context 1: - 看我不打死你 - 你打呀!有本事你就打呀! Context 2: 傅文佩!你别躲在里面不出声!我知道你在家。你有本事抢男人,怎么没本事开门啊?开门! Context 3: 怎么着?有本事你再回去你哥哥的公会啊? Context 4: 有本事你开开呀?你敢开我就敢跳! The literal meaning is having the ability to do ...
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中学生 why not secondary student life?

As 生 means life I thought 中学生 = secondary study life. But actual meaning of 中学生 is Secondary School Student. xuésheng is student, so I remember it as student. Why it is student rather study life?
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What is the meaning of the seal in the picture? (Character identified: 譜)

My friend is doing a historical research for her uni assignment about the object in the picture attached and would like to know the meaning of the seal. Since neither of us really studies chinese we ...
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I am from or I come from in Chinese

What's the difference of these two and are they used only for the place you originated from?
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Why 看 is used in 我看得目瞪口呆?

Going through this sentence. 我看得目瞪口呆。I was stunned/dumbfounded. 看 means see, why see in this sentence?
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What does 晓敏 means

I understand 晓敏 is girls name. Understood. but what exactly that means? 晓 dawn, to know 敏 quick, clever, smart Is it quick dawn? Know quickness? Quick ? Clever? Smart Dawn? Smart?
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Where can the phrase 给点面子 be used? I was wondering if it has a cultural element that I’m missing

我在抖音上看到一部视频说这段话的意思是“Cut me some slack”但是我觉得有点我尚未不知的文化精神,而英语翻译不完全掌握那个感觉。请说明一下这段话是否有什么特殊!谢谢~
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What is the meaning of 省 in character breakdown

I went on zdic.net to find out about 乔. It says in the 详细 section, 会意。从夭,从高省,高亦声。夭,象人(大)行走的样子。本义:高 To my understanding, when a character is of the 会意 type, part of the character might be both ...
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Comparing 到 and 得 to emphasize results

I am trying to understand the usage of 到 and 得 when used to emphasize results. Take, for example, the lyrics from "吻别": 我的世界開始下雪 冷得讓我無法多愛一天 In this adjective + 得 + clause construction, can ...
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What does “我牛起来” mean?

I know what each of the characters mean, but I'm confuse on how to put it into a sentence. 我 - I 牛 - ox 起来 - up
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What does 拼命连比带画 mean?

我根本不会说法语,我当时拼命连比带画,想问画家能否给我再画一张刚才那个女孩的画像,结果他没有听懂。 这世界,缺你不可, p.90. I translate it to something like: I fundamentally don't speak French, and at the time I 拼命连比带画 (??), and wanted to ask the painter ...
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How do the words 我主張制止不了就放任 piece together?

The phrase is: "我主張制止不了就放任". Initially I tried to break the sentence and thought the translation would be something like: (1) "In my viewpoint,  if you can't stop it, just let it go&...
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Translation a slogan “the perfect boost” to Chinese

I try to translate it to “ 注入新鲜血液,实现品牌升级” or “最完美的品牌升级” but I still have no idea how to translate it suitably. (a straight translation is not always the best choice for a slogan) Any suggestion or ...
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Etymology of 太太

I just finished the movie "Raise the Red Lantern" 【大红灯笼高高挂】with my girlfriend, and she asked me about the etymology of "太太” as lady, wife, mistress, etc. Given the rather simple nature ...
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How do you translate: she's very fancy

Fancy as she dresses well, fashionable or is good decorating, etc.
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How do we reconcile the different definitions for 弊端 in the HSK Standard Course 6上 (“disadvantage” etc.) and CC-CEDICT (“malpractice” etc.)?

The HSK Standard Course 6上 textbook (p.45) definition for 弊端 is inconsistent with the definition from CC-CEDICT: HSK6上: n. disadvantage, drawback CC-CEDICT: malpractice / abuse / corrupt practice ...
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多大 or 多少?Which should be used when and where?

多大 or 多少? Could these two terms be used interchangeably, and if not what is the difference between them? When should they be used?
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Does anyone know what this means or the origins of this artwork?

Need help with where the signature stamp came from. Deng Shaoxin has been translated, but I'm not sure where to go from there as this is a very common surname. Translation of the rest seems to be ...
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difference between 人缘儿 and 谈得来

What is the difference between these two words, or are they the same? 人缘儿 and 谈得来 Am I supposed to use them at different times?
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你认为做什么事的时候时间过得最快: Could some explain the meaning of this sentence

I am a little confused honestly about this whole thing. What do you think is the fastest time, but I doubt this is correct. Really any kind of break down of sentence structure or meaning would be very ...
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What's the meaning of 娷?

While inputting PinYin's shui, I got the character 娷 among others. Neither automatic translators nor dictionaries gave me an accurate translation of it. I can identify the radicals 女 (female) and 垂 (...

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