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Does anyone recognize the characters written here? (Characters identified: 天倫樂敘)

Does anyone recognize the characters written here? I've tried to figure it out but still can't understand what is written there, since I've just recognized the rightmost character, 天. It's a carving ...
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What is the meaning of 报 in 你有报语言培训班吗?

A Chinese friend asked me: 你有报语言培训班吗? I understand what she means, but I wonder what meaning 报 carries here. Anyone could help me?
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What does 给盯背过去 mean in 差点没把人家给盯背过去?

The full sentence was more or less: 差点没把人家给盯背过去 I was wondering if it was a phrase, or if it just meant that they were staring at the person's back.
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What is the meaning of “对着/对上/对不上” in this pattern “Subj. + 对着/对上/对不上”?

I read this. I do not understand the meaning of "对着/对上/对不上" in this structure. Can you guys make it clear? Moreover, this pattern Subj. + 对着/对上/对不上 may lack of predicate. So, what types of ...
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What does 套 mean in …绝对没有一个规则套在这里…?

This is 俞敏洪 speaking: 这个问题两说,我建议想清楚了一件事情以后再去做,只要想清楚了,你就要不断往前, 只要资源允许,时间,能力没问题,你都要坚持去做。 这就和战争一样总是要看到当时当地的情况才能下决定,绝对没有一个规则套在这里,大家以后就不用去思考。 绝对没有一个规则[套]在这里 (there is) absolutely no rule/principle [...
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What does 相比起来则 in this sentence?

I try to fine the grammar for this sentence: Noun 1 + 比 + Noun 2 + Adj. + 很多 (Expressing "much more" in comparisons) But in not the same as: 玛丽相比起来则温和+得多.
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Can someone recommend a good book that can explain chinese characters and how they came to have their meaning

My mind is so literal that I think it would help me to understand and memorize the characters and their meaning. I recently found on this site an explanation for the difference between sun and speech....
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Meaning of “也是吼”? Is it slang/colloquialism?

I'm looking for the meaning of "也是吼." It popped up in an instance without context. (It was its own sentence.) I tried googling it and saw it popped up in books and on twitter so I was wondering if it'...
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Word in Mandarin that is often used that sounds like “jigga”?

I saw this Very frequently used word in Mandarin that sounds like "nica" or "nigah" question, but I often hear another word in Chinese Mandarin that sounds like "jigga." It seems ...
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What's the difference between 老公 (lǎo gōng) and 丈夫 (zhàng fu)?

I understand that they both mean "husband" in some capacity; are there any differences in formality or connotation between the two? Thanks!
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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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Help understanding 有病不怕,只怕有病说没病,不肯让大夫治疗。

I'm reading a text on New Practical Chinese Reader 4 (讳疾忌医). 扁鹊 is trying to convince a king to treat his disease, but he doesn't listen, until it's too late. And there's this sentence: 我该说的都说了。...
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How to know “了…就” indicating completed actions

I just find out two circumstances that "了...就" construction is used. (1) 昨天,我买了书就回家。(Yesterday, after I had bought the book, I came back home) - COMPLETED ACTIONS (2) 我买了书就回家。(After buying the book, ...
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What does 上 mean in the lyrics 红领巾迎着太阳 阳光洒在海面上?

I'm learning《让我们荡起双桨》right now and at the beginning of the second verse it goes: 红领巾迎着太阳 阳光洒在海面上 What function is 上 serving in the second line? The three possibe translations I can imagine are: ...
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What is the difference between 满足 and 满意?

I learned both of these words recently. I asked a Chinese friend what is the difference, and she told me they are "almost the same". I'm wondering how strong the "almost" is here. How interchangeable ...
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The meaning of 了 before and after Object of Consecutive Actions

I get confused about the meaning of 了 in the sentence describing consecutive actions. Can you guys explain the difference of meaning in two examples? 我坐飞机去了上海。 我坐飞机去上海了。 and 我来他家吃了饭。 我来他家吃饭了。 ...
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What does 有节奏地 mean?

I search it on web and it means rhythmically. I thought that 地 always comes after an adjective to make it an adverb but 节奏 is a noun.
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Whats the difference between 抛弃,放弃,舍弃, 丢弃?

I know they all mean to give up, or abandon but what would be the different meanings and context these words are used in?
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What's the meaning and part of speech of 两种 in this sentence?

喝彩有正彩,倒彩两种。 It's a sentence from an article about 喝彩. What's this "两种" (two types) semantically and grammatically? I understand it (probably wrong) as: cheering has a positive shade, booing two types....
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The difference between 陪 and 跟

The meaning of both 陪 and 跟 is "go with", so are there any differences between them? 我陪你去医院。 我跟你去医院。
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Do '不很 + adj' and '很不 + adj' have the same meaning?

I have two sentences. Does 不 preceding or following 很 affect the sentence meaning? 她不很聪明,但很努力。 她很不聪明,但很努力。
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What's the meaning of lai2 in this sentence?

中国观众在看京剧的时候,看得高兴时,就用喝彩,鼓掌的方式来表示自己高兴的心情,他们也用这种方式来赞扬京剧演员 What's the meaning of lai2 in this sentence? Is it a common meaning of this? What are other examples in which I can use it with this meaning? Is ...
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What is the difference between 几乎 and 差点儿?

Recently I've studied these two words: 几乎 and 差点儿. My book says that they have different meanings and they are used in different contexts, however I don't quite grasp in what way they are different, ...
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Differences between 咱们 and 我们?

我们 [wǒmen] and 咱们 [zánmen] both means: we, but when I should use 咱们, 我们? What is the difference?
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Meaning of 的 in 只有三个得满分的

The full sentence is 他考得很好,得了满分。听说只有三个得了满分的。 I get a bit confused with 的. I understand that the sentence means “there are only 3 people that get full marks.” Please help me out. Thank you guys :D
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Why does 十全十美 mean complete and beautiful?

Why does 十全十美 mean complete and beautiful ? e.g. this dictionary meaning. http://dictionary.writtenchinese.com/#sk=%E5%8D%81%E5%85%A8%E5%8D%81%E7%BE%8E&svt=pinyin
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A: 周末愉快! B: 你呢! What does 你呢!mean?

What does "你呢!" mean? Can it be used as "You too", for example: Person A: 周末愉快! Person B: 你呢! Google translate says that "你呢!" means You too, but this dictionary doesn't. My current guess is that ...
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比较你们国家和中国对颜色、数字的看法: How can I compare two country's opinions on “colors” and “numbers”?

发展汉语,高级口语(I) has this problem (page 24): 比较你们国家和中国对颜色、数字的看法 It translates to something like: Compare your country and China's opinions on colors and numbers I'm confused about what it's asking ...
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What does 一起 imply about a romantic relationship?

In stories I see 一起 used to describe a romantic couple being "together", but I would like to understand what it implies. For example: “……要是我能和她在一起该多好啊!” in this context the boy has just seen a very ...
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Difference between 目的 and 目标

I don’t manage to grasp the difference between the two words 目的 or 目标. I have seen some explanations stating that 目的 means purpose and 目标 objective but I don’t know if it is a cultural issue or not ...
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Difference between 发愁,着急,担心,关心,操心,烦恼

In addition to this post: Is there a difference between 担心 (dānxīn) and 着急 (zháojí)? HSK contains a lot of words which relate to being worried: 发愁,着急,担心,关心,操心,烦恼 - am trying to distinguish ...
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What's a suitable CC-EDICT definition for 各司其职?

I encountered 各司其职 in my textbook 发展汉语,高级口语(I) on page 19, so I'm attempting to whip up a CC-EDICT definition. Question: What's a suitable CC-EDICT definition for 各司其职? The definition the textbook ...
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Does the chengyu 话不投机 (huà bù tóu jī) mean “uncongenial speech”?

I'm looking at creating a CC-EDICT entry for 话不投机 (huà bù tóu jī). This will need to go through their review process: All submitted entries will be queued for reviewing by the CC-CEDICT editors team....
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你老竇個仔, is it a minced oath in this case? If so what would be the original meaning?

I'm talking specifically about this scene. I'm trying to translate this to english but as of now I don't know where to start.
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What does 之为 mean in 如果把人生比之为杠杆…?

What does 之为 mean in the following sentence? 如果把人生比之为杠杆,信念则好像是它的“支点”,具备这个恰当的支点,才可能成为一个强有力的人。
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What's the meaning of 人 in 他们人退休了?

What's the meaning of 人 in 以前他们工作的时候忙得没有时间唱。现在他们人退休了。?
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What does 生命诚可贵 爱情价更高 若为自由故 二者皆可抛 mean?

生命诚可贵 爱情价更高 若为自由故 二者皆可抛 I think it means "life is expensive, but love is even more so. However, both are not as good as freedom."
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What does 严防境外输入 mean?

What does this mean? 严防境外输入 Seems it is common in social media at the moment. Does it mean "avoid foreign influence" or "avoid foreigners immigrating or visiting"?
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Can anyone explain what this symbol means? [duplicate]

Please translate this Chinese character symbol found on Chinese food bowl.
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What does 才 mean in 什么样的人才能做以下职业? [duplicate]

什 么 样 的人 才 能 做 以 下 职 业 ? What is the meaning of 才 in this sentence. Or is the word 人才 or is the word 才能? I think I understand the meaning of the sentence: What type of person can do this job? ...
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What does 才 mean in 妈妈说,鼻子长才是漂亮?

What does 才 mean in this sentence? 妈妈说,鼻子长才是漂亮。 (Quote taken from a nursery rhyme.) After looking in the dictionary my best guess is that it means "just" or "only", so as to make ...
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Does the chinese letter mean the number, one?

As I browsing around on the internet, I was looking at what a sentence meant in English. But the issue is that I was not sure if this is the Chinese letter for "1" or does it have a different ...
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What is the meaning of 能者多劳?

I've seen this word 能者多劳 being used in multiple senses on the Internet: One can interpret 劳 as a verb that means working, as in 劳动. Then it gives us able people (should) do more work, or loosely ...
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What's the difference between 差異 and 差別?

Do both of them mean "difference?" Not sure if they are the same part of speech or if they are interchangeable.
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What's the correct word division of this sentence?

I don't understand how I should understand this sentence word by word: 农夫过去一看. Without "guo4" everything is clear for me, since "qu4 yi2 kan4" means "to take a look". But with "guo4" I don't know if ...
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What's the meaning of 道郡?

I encountered this word '道郡' while reading a story set an China's ancient times. I tried Baidu and got some names such as '怀道郡' and '狄道郡', so I think '道郡' may be an ancient counterpart to the modern ...
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Why does 了 change in 突然父亲嘘(了)一口气?

The sentence is (1) 突然父亲嘘了一口气 and (2) 突然父亲嘘一口气 I would have understand them if it's not the for the "突然" part. My take: (1) "Suddenly father exhaled (once)" (like "ooooh" and then maybe ...
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What is written in this Chinese painting? (Characters identified: 寧靜致遠)

Can somebody tell me what is written in this painting? http://sino.ro/5976-thickbox_default/pictura-chinezeasca-simbolul-liniste-cod-b68-6.jpg The Chinese people selling this painting told me it's ...
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Please critique my short story: Liǎng ge jiǎozi

I have written a short story in pinyin for a special person. As for grammar/vocab, feel free to suggest corrections. More importantly, what was your interpretation of the story? The recipient knows I ...
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On the day: Difference between 每到教师节 and 每到教师节这一天

What is the significance of the 这一天 in the longer version? 每到教师节,... 每到教师节这一天,...

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