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How should I understand 我可活什么劲?

双腿瘫痪后,我的脾气变得暴怒无常。望着望着天上北归的雁阵,我会突然把面前的玻璃砸碎;听着听着李谷一甜美的歌声,我会猛地把手边的东西摔向四周的墙壁。母亲就悄悄地躲出去,在我看不见的地方偷偷地听着我的动静。当一切恢复沉寂,她又悄悄地进来,眼边红红的,看着我。“听说北海的花儿都开了,我推着你去走走。”她总是这么说。母亲喜欢花,可自从我的腿瘫痪后,她侍弄的那些花都死了。“不,我不去!”...
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What is the meaning of 房屋 in 比其他房屋的规模大?

大门一般开在东南角或西北角,院中的北房是正房,比其他房屋的规模大,一般包括长辈的卧室和具备日常起居、接待客人等功能的客厅。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 14. What is the meaning of 房屋 here: 比其他房屋的规模大?
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What is the meaning of 言语间充满了骄傲?

如此大手笔的推广,腾讯自有其底气所在。微信“在海外注册用户已经超过7000万,且在快速增长当中”。7月3日,在北京召开的2013腾讯合作伙伴大会上,腾讯总裁刘炽平言语间充满了骄傲。 Hi all. This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 12. Please help me translate this: 言语间充满了骄傲 I ...
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Do the almost identical sentences 你没有他的勤奋 and 你没有他勤奋 have some difference in meaning?

The book I'm reading says there is a slight difference of meaning between these two sentences. I can't really grasp the difference. Do you agree with my book? 你没有他的勤奋。 你没有他勤奋。
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What does this name mean? (Characters identified: 善任) [closed]

I would love to know its meaning. Thank you in anticipation. <3 The characters represent my adopted daughter's first name, as assigned by her great uncle.
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What does 批 mean here?

I came across this sentence in 天橋上的魔術師 by 呉明益. 「不是,我是魔術師。」男人自己這樣宣稱。有一天我問他東西是哪裡批來賣的時候,他說,「這些魔術都是真的。」 東西 here refers to magic tools the man who claims to be a magician is selling. What meaning does 批 ...
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How to read this and meaning

Just want to know how to read and meaning of this.
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Is the word 着数 used in Modern Chinese?

According to my dictionaries, 着数 zhāoshù means: a move (as in chess, Go etc) same as 招数 zhāoshù: "movement in martial arts or on stage; trick, plot, scheme, device" There's also a 着数 with ...
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How does the “有“ affect the meaning of a sentence beginning 有一天 vs. 一天?

How does the “有“ affect the meaning of sentence? ‎What is the difference between 有一天国王把他的故事给一名作家 and 一天国王把他的故事给一名作家.
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Meaning of "如果不是因為"

I am reading a graded reader and came across a sentence that I find a bit confusing: 如果不是因為這個面試,我都不知道... My understanding of the (partial) sentence above is "If it weren't for the interview, I ...
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What does 把帽子全扣我头上 mean?

Fascinatingly, Wikipedia author 折毛 somehow managed to fabricate large numbers of Chinese Wikipedia pages about Russian history etc.. However, I'm a bit confused about this part of her apology letter: ...
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What is the difference between using "去 + place," versus using "要去 + place"?

For example, 我们去森林里探险。Translations for this will be pretty much the same as, "我们要去森林里探险。 I understand the difference may be subtle, but I'm curious as to the nuance of the difference. Thanks so ...
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English idiom of "想入非非"

There is a chinese idiom called 想入非非: to indulge in fantasy Is there is an english idiom that is similar to this? Searching gave me this strange "idiom": allow one's fancy to run wild
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Why does 竹槓 (bamboo) also mean rip off?

I know that "bamboos are hollow and compartmentalized". "A bamboo rod has an empty middle". But I still cannot connect the dots! I can't think up any relation between bamboo + ...
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Is 了 optional in the following sentence: 我上午八点前起床了 and 我三十分钟前起床了?

Is 了 optional in the following sentences: 我上午八点前起床了 and 我三十分钟前起床了? I know that 了 is for completed actions, but in the case of getting up, it's obvious that I already woke up. I got the same thoughts ...
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I need help interpreting the signature located in the upper right corner of my silk painting. Can anyone help?

Can anyone interpret the signature located in the upper right-hand corner of my painting own silk fabric. I'm guessing that it dates to around the 1960s. I'm not sure whether or not the signature is ...
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Origin and history of 吃

Chinese meaning of 吃 From google dictionary: 动词 咀嚼后吞咽下去(有时也指吸、喝)。  「吃饭」 动词 吸纳(液体)。  「沙土地特别能 吃水」 动词 消灭;吞并。  「连 吃对方三个子儿」 动词 耗费。  「吃力」 动词 承受;受。  「身体 吃不消」 动词 指一物体进入另一物体。  「轮船越重 吃水越深」 动词 ...
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Difference between 谈 and 讲

What's the difference between 谈 and 讲, and when do I use them? Or are they interchangeably used? They both seem to mean "talk".
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Meaning of 我在医院工作

I'm getting confused about whether 我在医院工作 means: I work in a hospital or I'm working in a hospital at the moment. To clarify, in the first option I mean that hospital is my day-to-day place to go, I'...
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What does 狗尾巴草 mean in the following context?

The following quote is from the short story 1934年的逃亡 by Su Tong. 陈宝年心中长出一棵灰暗的狗尾巴草,他在祖宗像前跪拜天地的时候,不时蜷起尖锐的五指,狠掐女人伸给他的手。 What does it mean to grow a Setaria_viridis in one's heart?
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Official definition of (單)字, (單)詞, 片語, 成語

As stated in the title, is there an official, or unified, definition of these terms?
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Meaning of 明珠本珠 describing a person

Used in describing a person, is it a set expression? 黄磊也太宠黄多多了,明珠本珠了
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How should I interpret 『看你楣到啥個辰光』?

While rereading Taipei People by Pai Hsien-yung I encountered this phrase: 勿要面孔的東西, 看你楣到啥個辰光! Which, in the English translation comes out as: Shameless things! Let's see how long you can keep ...
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屋子 - House or building?

I'm currently working through Rosetta Stone and it's showing me various pictures of generic buildings (e.g., gym, doctor's office) and describing them as 屋子. However, both my wife (who is Taiwanese, ...
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Does Chinese have 单词 ("words")?

This may seem like a strange question coming from someone who has studied Chinese for a number of years now, but I recall a teacher long ago saying I shouldn't call Chinese words CC-CEDICT: 单词 (dān​...
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What does 脫上台 in the following context?

This line comes from the song 走建國路回家但後座少ㄌ泥. Lyrics can be found here if more context is needed. 知道妳喜歡自由, 不會去管你太多就算妳說上台要脫 I know you like freedom, so I won't bother you too much, even if... What? &...
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What does 外地人能干的,北京人应该照样能干,转变观念已迫在眉睫 mean in my textbook?

据介绍,今年北京的劳动力市场总体上仍供大于求,就业形势依然严峻。外地人能干的,北京人应该照样能干,转变观念已迫在眉睫。行文至此,北京市职业介绍部门传来令人欣喜的消息:在招聘的85名保洁员中,有50人是北京人。相信会有越来越多的北京人从外地人离京这一课中受到启发,振奋精神,展示北京人的新风采。 Short Term Reading Chinese (2nd edition): Advanced; ...
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Does this tattoo mean honesty?

I was told this meant truth and honesty when I got it. Is that the true meaning?
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Could somebody help me translate what these bookmarks say?

My boyfriend got me a small box of bookmarks off the internet, however they are all in Chinese. I have tried translating them through Google Translate but had no luck as it is not picking up all the ...
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What does 片 mean in 右肩已经一片麻木?

This is the whole paragraph: 车已经开了快三个小时了,车窗外的天还是很阴沉,身边坐的姑娘还在睡,脑门儿很踏实地枕在他肩上,右肩已经一片麻木。 It cannon be a measure word, since 麻木 is an adjective, right? Also, the 一 yi means A/AN or ALL/WHOLE in this ...
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The meaning of 肉niuniu的

"肉niuniu的" is written as is and the person is describing/eating a durian 榴莲 Is it 扭扭? Or an onomatopoeia? or something else edit: added image for clarification it's really "niuniu&...
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How should I interpret the 一……一 construct used in 一爱一岗 and 睫一毛一?

……父母是子女的第一位启蒙教师,要培养子女的责任感、事业心,家长首先就要敬业一爱一岗,有强烈的责任感、事业心。…… 大禹治水 ……大王,您想错了。我虽然见识不多,但我知道,人的智慧往往就同人的眼睛一样,能见百步以外的东西,却看不见自己的睫一毛一。…… 目不见睫 I'm not sure how to interpret the 一……一 phrases above. I've ...
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What does 嗦特嗦 mean?

Hello I'm wondering what would 嗦特嗦 mean? I've done a bit of research on baidu and I know 嗦 would mean eat/suck, 嗦嗦 is an onomatopoeia, 特 is special, but combined 嗦特嗦, it doesn't make much sense to me. ...
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What does 量能塞 mean?

Source from the news 量能塞…確診藏黑數「第2波死亡潮來襲」
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What does 科 in 本科教育 or 本科学历 mean?

This question is triggered after reading the post "What does 本 in 本科教育 or 本科学历 mean?" In which, the word 本 was well explained, how about 科?
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What's the difference between 说话的人 and 说话人?

Does anyone know the difference between 说话的人 and 说话人? Thank you
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Seeking help with the interpretation of this seal. Can anyone help me?

This seal is located in the lower left corner of my free hand brushwork painting and I suspect that it could contain the name of the artist. All help will be appreciated.
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Can anyone tell me anything about what's being said in the inscriptions and seals on this painting?

**This is a color and ink painting measuring approx. 15 x 19 inches. I think the script could be referring to the "Tian Shan" mountains but I'm not sure and I think the seal in the lower ...
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Can anyone assist with the interpretation of this japanese pottery mark?

**This mark is found on the bottom of a ceramic pottery tray believed to be Japanese in origin. Any help with the interpretation will be greatly appreciated.
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Does anyone recognize this artist

Does anyone recognize this artist
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Can anyone assist with the interpretation of the symbol that is being depicted in this calligraphy artwork?

**This is a framed scroll painting that was executed by the artist "TIESHENG" as indicated in the oval shaped seal on the lower left. It measures 36 x 28 inches. The two seals on the right ...
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Does the character 䐀 mean "put a pearl in the mouth of a deceased relative"?

In a technology presentation, the presenter lists out several Chinese characters that gets printed out when there's an issue with how text is encoded: (Clicking the image below will lead to the ...
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刚下完雨的地面尚且带着潮湿的水责. Grammatical and translating problam!

刚下完雨的地面尚且带着潮湿的水责. Well, first of all, do you see the above sentence? Honestly, for example, I know what each of these characters position(grammatically) is in the sentence (except for this part 尚且带着), ...
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Is 消杀 (xiāoshā) a new word, and what does it mean?

In recent reading about the pandemic, suddenly I'm encountering the word 消杀. It doesn't appear in any dictionary I'm aware of, but it seems to be used in formal communication. I also encountered it ...
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森严 Why does this mean heavy guarding?

So why does "森严" mean "strictly protected"? like, ok, "森" Means Jungle and "严" means strict, so shouldn't it means "strict forest" not "...
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Can anyone understand the meaning of this seal? It"s taken from a calligraphy brushwork painting that I own

[] Painting consist of a total of three seals (YING;YANG;& OVAL)with a vertical inscription in kaishu script on my calligraphy ink brush painting.
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How do I translate 手指往前一点,纸牌化作黑色的线,纤拉而过,犹如一线江潮倾轧?

I'm trying to understand this sentence, but it doesn't really make much sense to me. I've tried translating (using google translate) it but it still doesn't make much sense to me. Could someone ...
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What does 摆烂 mean?

The meaning seems obvious but could not be expressed in an exact word of English. For example, 卡纳瓦罗为了获得赔偿金,目前看起来是在摆烂。It may mean that guy tries to get his compensation to act even like a dirty man (he ...
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What's the logic to change the literal meaning of the words

I read a short story in the DuChinese app where the woman wanted his husband to call her as "queen". She said: "不要叫小明妈、叫我“女王"吧。 The husband pretends he understood she wants to be ...
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How do I make sense of 具备……条件?

It seems 具备 and 条件 form a collocation, such as: ……,我具备今年参加司法考试的所有的条件,…… ..., I possess all of this year's judicial test's requirements, ... Source: random Chinese government website. However, this ...
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