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What is the concept of 华夏?

This paper talks about the concept of 华夏: At the core of this traditional Chinese identity is the concept of hua-hsia. By invoking a sense of Chineseness (hua) that is rooted in the shared ...
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What is the meaning of “拜了个拜”?

I heard this phrase from some Chinese-speaking stranger. I assume it's related to farewell since the stranger was waving hand to someone else, but what does it mean exactly? Is there a certain context ...
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In 立下了汗马功劳, how should I understand 立下了 (“set up”) 汗马功劳 (“war exploits”)?

In many example sentences for the chengyu 汗马功劳 hànmǎgōngláo war exploits; (fig.) heroic contribution[src] we see 立下了汗马功劳, e.g.: 他参加过许多战役, 立下了汗马功劳, 但他仍然很谦虚。 I don't understand this because 立下 = &...
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What does 出来 mean in 真看不出来你是外国人?

What does 出来 mean in this sentence? 真看不出来你是外国人 Doesn't 出来 mean "come out of ..."?
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何处横空出世 - meaning

I am translating an article about Elon Musk and one of the subtitles is called "何处横空出世?". I don't quite understand what 横空 means. I found one translation that said it means some kind of ...
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Are there any two chinese words which can be used interchangeably?

I have been studying Chinese for a while, and what I find interesting is that no 2 words have exactly the same definitions. For example, 表扬 and 称赞 have almost the same meaning, but there will always ...
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What's wrong with 很多同学坐着在草地上?

很多同学坐着在草地上 => My textbook gives me the correct sentence: 很多同学坐在草地上. But I think the original one is not wrong. (1) 很多同学坐着在草地上. Many students are sitting on the grass. (2) 很多同学坐在草地上. Many ...
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Are “gratitude” and “appreciation” suitable CC-CEDICT definitions for 感激之心?

In my writing, my teacher suggested I use 感激之心. I didn't find 感激之心 in CC-CEDICT, although there is 感激 感激 [gan3 ji1] /to be grateful/to appreciate/thankful/ It seems reasonable to create a ...
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Meaning of 的 in 真的?

Question: Is the 的 in 真的 a modal 的 [see resources.allsetlearning.com]? How does 的 change 真? Does it bring some emphasis? I guess the purpose of 的 in 真的 is the same as in 好的 or 有的? See Is each 的 in 有的 ...
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If I go to a store and the cashier asks “有會買嗎?” what does that mean?

For example, if a cashier rings me up and says "這樣一共是五百元, 有會買嗎?" What does the "有會買嗎" mean and how would I respond? Thank you.
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Differences between 饭,菜, 食 and 餐

What are the differences between 饭,菜, 食 and 餐?Basically all mean food. But I know they are sometimes used in different curcimstances. What is then the most common word for food: 菜 or 食 ? 我吃过四川菜。Also ...
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What's the difference between 称赞, 表扬 and 夸奖?

They all have a meaning of "praise", but do they have a difference?
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他在工厂住了半年/living in factories

This was an example sentence in Practical Chinese Reader 31. Do people actually live in factories, or is there some cultural context I'm missing? In previous chapters, people are constantly visiting ...
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How do I break apart the middle part of 事实证明,澳大利亚非量没有用奶制品进行反制的条件,破产事件反而证明这是澳方的软肋?

Today I read an article about Australia considering blocking China importing baby formula (奶粉), which expresses the opinion that the current pandemic has shown what happens if China stops buying ...
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Which one is more commonly used in Chinese speaking communities: 年轻 or 年青?

One of the elective projects on the study of Chinese culture given in my high school is as follows: 探讨中国传统文化如何助当今年青人走出困局。 I thought this was a typo so I asked our teacher to correct it to 年轻. But ...
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中东 - “Middle East” or “Eastern China”?

The dictionary lists both Middle East and Eastern China for 中东. Is one of these meanings more common? What would be a native speaker's first impression of the word? Does the meaning vary from mainland,...
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Talking future tense: 将,要,将要, 会, 将会

I have been looking at various explanations and definitions all over the Internet, but they seem mutually exclusive and quite chaotic. One explanation I got is that 要 generally means “going to”, or ...
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Definition order of adjectives of noun

黑小狗 means black puppy and 小黑狗 means small black dog, please correct me if I am wrong.
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Meaning of 这么说 in the conversation

A:她未婚夫不愿意让她工作了。 B:这么说,结婚以后她就不工作了。 A:对。 My questions are (1) What is the meaning of 这么说 in this conversation? (2) In addition, does 这么说 have any other meanings? Can you give me some examples?
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Why does 有机 as in 有机食品 mean organic?

有 and 机 are some of the first characters we learn in Chinese, but only recently did I find out that they mean "organic" when put together. Can anyone explain why this is?
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A joke involving 忆苦思甜

I ran into the following wordplay: That's your dad! [...] I heard he has two wives, one back in the countryside, and a new one. Why do you think one's called Sitian and the other is called Yiku? I ...
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说你胖 你还喘上了 来劲儿了 how does this translate in english in this context?

I'm trying to figure out what the sentence in the title means in this context: A gang of punks has just beaten a retarded guy and another guy, who saw what was going on, tries to stop them but he ...
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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 ...
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In 那个是我工作上的东西, what is the difference between 工作上 and 工作?

那个是我工作上的东西 Why is there a 上 in this sentence? How does it change the meaning? Ie, what's the difference between 工作的东西 and 工作上的东西? When should 工作上 be used as opposed to 工作?
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- 古伦木! - 欧巴! Meaning in this context?

I'm watching the movie "in the heat of the sun" and very often groups of people seem to greet this way: a guy says "古伦木!" and the other one says "欧巴!". Now, I'm trying to figure out if this has some ...
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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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What is the English translation of my chop? Is it right side up? [closed]

I bought calligraphy supplies in a Chinatown and talked with the owner of the store. I told the person (who had her uncle carve this) that I was an artist/painter. I also told her my name in English ...
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What does …玩得转 mean?

In an opinion piece about recent criticism towards China, Hu Xijin wrote: 再有就是特朗普公开针对中国撒弥天大谎,向中国推卸他们抗疫失败的责任,居然在美国能够玩得转。是什么把美国公众搞得这么好骗,一眼就能看穿的甩锅把戏却有声有色地一集一集表演着,在美国也太容易带节奏了。 刷新认知,美国的人命竟然这么“不值钱”, 胡锡进, ...
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Meaning of a text on a teapot (Characters identified: 石泉槐火)

I have a teapot which has been in my family for about a century. Not knowing the Chinese language I tried to make something of the five characters text which is marked on it. With Google Translate I ...
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What is the difference between 比如 and 例如

I know both can mean "for example/such as/for instance". They are most likely synonyms but even synonyms have slight subtle differences in precise meaning and usage. I know that 例 can be used alone: (...
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What does 天將降大任於斯人也,必先苦其心志 mean?

"天將降大任於斯人也,必先苦其心志" seems to be a saying by 老子 or 孟子. Could someone provide a literal translation + what the saying means?
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What can 侃大山 mean?

I'm a bit confused about the meaning of '侃大山’。 It means 'chat, chit-chat', 'gossip', 'brag'. Anything else? Is it still used or old-fashioned? What exactly does '侃大山‘ mean? Where does this phrase ...
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How am I supposed to understand 充分一些?

What does the phrase 尽量准备充分一些 mean? I have this sentence: 并非每个人都适合创业,但有想法的人可以大胆去做,尽量准备充分一些。 As much as possible prepare ample a little 尽量准备充分一些 Should I prepare a little, or a lot??
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How should I understand 虱子多了不咬,债多了不愁 (“lice much stop biting, debt much ignored”)?

After describing various urgent or overdue matters I should be dealing with yet ignore, my teacher said this: 虱子多了不咬,债多了不愁。 Shīzi duō le bù yǎo, zhài duō le bù chóu. I think she used it to mean ...
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What is the difference between 魂 and 魄?

Maybe this is a religious technical question and therefore a bit tricky. In English, soul and spirit are used more or less interchangeably, although their origins are dissimilar. spirit: mid-13c., "...
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What does “格” mean in “爾國臨格”?

Matthew 6:10 of the Bible is translated as the following in the Delegates Version: 爾國臨格、爾旨得成、在地若天、 The context was Jesus was teaching how to pray and gave an example of a prayer. I fail to ...
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Please help translate my Chinese seal chop (Characters identified: 詩思妮)

While on a recent trip to Shenzhen, China, I came across a booth selling Chinese Chops. I had one made for me. The artist asked me to write my name down, CECILE, and he made me this chop. Since he ...
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What does 你们已经干得够多了 mean?

I read an opinion piece regarding the US response to the coronavirus: 哥伦比亚大学教授质问美国高官:用谎言攻击中国可能导致冲突,“你们没有羞耻感吗?” (7 May 2020). I don't understand one part: 特朗普先生、蓬佩奥先生,你们收到了很多警告。到目前为止,...
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What is the significance of 女娲补天 beyond its literal meaning “Nüwa mends the sky”?

女娲补天 refers to an ancient Chinese myth, and literally means something like "Goddess Nüwa mends the sky". I'd be interested in creating a CC-CEDICT definition for it, so it'll need the syntax: 女媧補天 ...
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Is 金口难开 an idiom, and if so what would be a suitable CC-CEDICT definition?

I stumbled upon 金口难开, and I think it's a 成语. I think it describes people who are pretentious (金口 = gold mouth), which makes it hard for them to speak (难开 = difficult to open). Examples: ...
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What is the correct way to ask “How do I get to your school” in Mandarin?

Here my focus is to understand the correct usage of 怎么走 and 到. The English sentence is, "How do I get to your school". This is in terms of asking the directions to reach the school. I found three ...
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Is 白加黑 (“white add black”) slang for 感冒药 (“cold medicine”)?

I'm reading the book 喜欢你,我也是, and I encountered this: 张侃侃无语地摊摊手:“可我既不是医生,也不是白加黑啊!” “对于生病的谈晋而言,你就是他的医生,就是他的白加黑。”叶莉亚边说边郑重地点了点头。 (A sample text containing this part is here.) I understand 张侃侃 has ...
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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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About a line in 爱拼才会赢

Here are the full lyrics of the song in the title as found here, where a video is also found: 一时失志不免怨叹 一时落魄不免胆寒 那通失去希望 每日醉茫茫 无魂有体亲像稻草人 人生可比是海上的波浪 有时起 有时落 好运 歹运 总嘛要照起工来行 三分天注定 ...
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What does my tattoo mean?

Sorry if my question is inappropriate, but I really need to know what this tattoo means. Thanks in advance!
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Translation/meaning of 叫阮的名 song by 巫啟賢 [closed]

What is the meaning/translation of the song lyrics. I grew up listening to this song and it brings me great memories. However, I do not know Hokkien. If you are willing to share or point me to a ...
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Why 明 for tomorrow and next year but 下 for next month?

I would like to understand why you can say 明天 and 明年 but not 明月, or why you can't say 下天 and 下年 but you say 下月. From the dictionary, 明 and 下 both seem to mean "next". Maybe the logic behind is "just ...
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链接, 连接, 连结, 联接, 联结 - lianjie - is it a joke and if not, what's the difference?

Amongst 链接, 连接, 连结, 联接, 联结 - which one is the most correct to use in which situation? Is one more formal than others? Maybe the meanings are different? Please, write as much as possible about ...
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Meaning of 火冒三丈

What is the meaning and literal translation of this phrase or idiom? I have not has a clear understand of this base on dictionary searches and web searches. Example sentence would be helpful.

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