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Can someone please help me translate the writing on my dizi flute?

I've always been curious to know the translation of this sentence but I've never been able to translate it
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How to translate "见字如面” into English?

As far as I know, I think "见字如面” literally means when you see someone's letter, it's as if you were seeing him or her face to face. So I believe this word sort of indicates your familiarity with ...
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What does 必须追一下 mean?

So I found this comment on a drama on YouTube. Did the commenter mean the person who sang the song (or the theme song itself ) needed to catch up? Meaning it was not as good as the drama or just ...
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Chinese phrase meaning 钓到凯子了

I am still reading a Chinese book and found something I cannot translate. Possible you can help me. Thanks in advance. The phrase: "钓到凯子了". P.S. thanks all helped me last time.
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而且每一颗导弹的事实上整个境内- What does this mean?

I'm kinda confused as to what this means, I've tried to do a translation, from my understanding and the translation, does this means that "in fact, each missile can cover the entire country",...
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How did 输 come to mean "lose"?

输: transport, convey contribute money; donate Lose, be defeated How did the first two senses give rise to the third?
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Chinese phrase meaning 也不要再把瞳孔藏进眼眶

guys. I am reading a Chinese book and found something I cannot translate. Possible you can help me. Thanks a lot. The phrase: "也不要再把瞳孔藏进眼眶".
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How can I more precisely translate 通过联接功能简单的终端共享计算机,以虚拟技术把大计算机资源分割给以终端对应用用户使用?

I'm struggling with the reading and the translation of a computer text, precisely concerning cloud computing and the history of computing in general. In particular, there is one sentence that is ...
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Teapot mark in small seal characters?

I was given a wonderful teapot, but cannot understand the mark at its bottom. Is it small seal script? I think the character on the top right should be 局, but what about the others? Thank you for your ...
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What's the deeper meaning behind 不吃饭则饥,不读书则愚?

I'm loving learning some of these wise sayings, but I'm having a little trouble getting the deeper meaning. It seems like it basically is "don't eat the hungry, don't read the stupid". Does ...
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Meaning of the Characters and Signature on Teapot

I recently found a red clay teapot (potentially a Yixing, but probably a fake) that seems somewhat modern, but I can't read the writing that's on them. Anyone want to take a crack at it? Apologies if ...
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can you help identify seal markings

I have over 40 ink paintings that I am trying to identify flowers, fish, humans, horse etc. They are painted on very thin paper with Chinese writing.
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What does 她又自杀又下跪地被送上了飞机 mean?

后来据说阿紫自己跑去医院打掉了孩子,她的家里人为了断绝她和仲嵚的来往,想办法把她弄去了法国,在亲戚家开的餐馆做帮厨,她又自杀又下跪地被送上了飞机。现在想来,这应该是这个故事里最圆满的一种解脱。 仲尼, 谢谢你曾来过我的世界, 2017, p.19 (photo of original). I don't get what the part in bold above means. Google ...
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What's the meaning of 我跟你学学他啊?

Two girls are talking about how bad a guy was. One of them said 我跟你学学他啊 then proceeds to imitate/repeat what the guy said. When I look up 学学他, all I get is the meaning of learn or study which does not ...
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How to memorise a Chinese -character/-word that have different meanings?

There are Chinese characters & words that have many and different meanings, my question is how remember their meanings ? Are there any tips ? Simple examples: 得 (de, děi, dé): particle, must, ...
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What's the meaning of 溜个号 in 我出去溜个号

Sitting in a class, one says: 你帮我盯着点 我出去溜个号 I'd like to know what 溜个号 really means Or is it just "I sneak out"
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Does 几棵参天大树字 refer to trees (树) or characters (字)?

This is from a grade-5 composition: 左边,有几棵参天大树字、直直的挺立在那里。 快乐的秋游 I'm confused as to whether 几棵参天大树字 refers to trees (树), or characters (字). The measure word 棵 suggests it's referring to trees, but ...
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Can I use "前年" to refer to as "Last year"?

I saw people using "去年" to refer to as "Last year". Can I use "前年" to refer to as "Last year"?
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Good Mnemonic to remember few radicals

隶 lì to catch, Servant 麦 mài wheat, barley Can anyone suggest unique, etymologically correct mnemonic for the above radicals? Thanks
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How do I interpret 者 in 如是者有年,一日偶然…?

我自读书识字以来,就想为英雄豪杰,求之四书五经,茫无所得,求之诸子百家,与夫廿四史,仍无所得,以为古之为英雄豪杰者,必有不传之秘,不过吾人生性愚鲁,寻他不出罢了。穷索冥搜,忘寝废食,如是者有年,一日偶然想起三国时几个人物,不觉恍然大悟曰:得之矣,得之矣,古之为英雄豪杰者,不过面厚心黑而已。 李宗学,厚黑学全集,p.21. (photo) I don't understand 如是者有年 ...
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What does 裏頭 mean? Please comment on the usages containing 「裏頭」

From DeFrancis' Beginning Chinese Reader p. 208 – Lesson 20, Exercise 3, Items 3 and 10, I translated Lesson 20, Exercise 6, Item 11 into Chinese. Please confirm or refute the usage of 裏頭: ...
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What is the difference between 地 and 土?

Based on some dictionaries, the former seems to be more physically relating to the soil, earth; with the latter being more relating to soil or territory. I'm not sure how correct this is.
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Can 杠杆 ("lever") be used for levers which operate mechanisms (e.g. "pull the lever, Kronk")?

CC-CEDICT: 杠杆 (gàng​gǎn​): lever / pry bar / crowbar / financial leverage In English there are two types of lever, one which pivots via a fulcrum and is used for raising objects... Image Source: ...
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Does 我也不知道怎么冒犯他了 mean "I also don't know how to offend him" and/or "I also don't know how I offended him"?

My teacher prepared a (large) batch of sentences to study. One sentence is: 我也不知道怎么冒犯他了。 Here I see two interpretations of this sentence: I also don't know how to offend him. I would naturally ...
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What does 念不過你 mean?

The full sentence containing this phrase is 我想他念不過你. From DeFrancis' Beginning Chinese Reader p. 185 – Lesson 19, Exercise 5, Item 12
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What does this sentence mean? 我初次看見他是沒念中學以前 [closed]

from DeFrancis' Beginning Chinese Reader p. 184 – Lesson 19, Exercise 5, Item 5
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Stress and the meaning of sentence

Yes I am a native Chinese speaker, but something confused me. I used to think the meaning of a Chinese sentence should unique no matter the intonation and stress (spoken Chinese, of course). I found ...
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非切片精分,1V1,丧了吧唧强大攻 mean?

非切片精分,1V1,丧了吧唧强大攻 I read it in some web novel's description. What does it mean? I know about 1v1 and gong. Please help me understand the rest. Thank you.
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Why do 蓝 and 篮 look so similar?

Is there a reason why 蓝 (as in 蓝色 = blue) and 篮 (as in 篮球 = basketball) look so similar, or is it just a coincidence?
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What does 丑八怪 mean?

I have a gaming group in which this term "丑八怪" is being used a lot along with the 眼皮底下, anyway all the letters look similar.
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When does 两 mean a number other than 2?

I was born in China but came to the US at a young age. Growing up, I was told that the character 两 could sometimes mean a small number other than two, depending on context. And indeed, yellowbridge ...
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What is the function of “而” and “使” in this sentence?

all. I'm reading through a textbook and came across this sentence: “那些得益于畜牧农耕而使人类实现了定居的地方,大都成为人类文明的摇篮。” Overall, the sentence doesn't really give me much trouble except for that “而使” in the first ...
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Exact meaning of 都 in 刚刚你的担忧,我都听见了?

In 李芳,实不相瞒,刚刚你的担忧,我都听见了。 What is the real meaning of 都? Cause i think it can have the 都...了 pattern wich means "already" so the sentence can be translated as :李芳 ,to be honest i already ...
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Can I use "对了" to refer to as "Correct"?

Most of the time I hear people use the word "对了" to refer to as "By the way" or "Anyway" to start talking about a new topic. Can I use "对了" to refer to as "...
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How do you know when 很 means 'very' or connects nouns and adjectives?

So, a textbook i purchased has 很 used in the sentence “我很好” but states it only means "I'm good", yet, in the vocabulary section, it expresses that 很 means "very". How are you able ...
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Existence of a Chinese sentence with several meanings according to how the characters are grouped

In Chinese, there is no space between words (groups of characters). I have heard that most of the time there is no confusion possible. But is there any Chinese sentence where there are multiple ways ...
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What does 星辰大海 mean?

As far as I know, 星辰is used to mean time, and even when used literally, it has nothing to do with 大海, or it makes no sense, especially when put in the context of 我们的目标是星辰大海, which could be heard in ...
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Please help me change these sentences using 不止

I'm not sure if what I changed below was correct or not. 我看陳太太那麼老,恐怕不會只有70歲吧? -> 我看陳太太那麼老,恐怕不止70歲吧? 愛闖紅燈的,並不是只有騎摩托車的,開車的也一樣。 -> 愛闖紅燈的,不止是騎摩托車的,開車的也一樣。 王小姐家不但她能幹,她兩個姐姐也是女強人。 -> 王小姐家不止她能幹,...
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Hi I was planning on getting tattooed 'love yourself' in Chinese. Should I use '爱你自己' or '爱自己'?

Hi I was planning on getting tattooed 'love yourself' in Chinese. Should I use '爱你自己' or '爱自己'? Is there any difference and if so what are they?
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该讲不该讲 vs. 当讲不当讲

有句话不知该讲不该讲。 In 古代 dramas they used it quite a bit. But I have also heard the 当讲不当讲 version. It has always been in a situation where a lower ranking personnel was addressing a higher. Are there any ...
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Why is 上下 used in 这套房子是上下两层的?

I am confused by the use of 上下 in the sentence: 这套房子是上下两层的,楼下是客厅,楼上有三个房间。 This house has two floors, the living room is downstairs, and there are three rooms upstairs. I understand 上下 as up and down,...
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Is 易牙 really a compliment?

I have only ever known 易牙 is connection to cooking up his own child. 《汉语大词典》 人名。又称 狄牙 、 雍巫 。 春秋 时 齐桓公 宠臣, 长于调味, 善逢迎, 传说曾烹其子为羹以献 桓公 。见《左传·僖公十七年》、《战国策·魏策二》、《史记·齐太公世家》。后多以指善烹调者。 Hanyu Da Cidian, ...
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Is 各行各业 equivalent to “all walks of life”?

各行各业 was from of Google Translate.
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Help understanding this sentence “你不会不明白的”

I saw this sentence when I was watching a TV play. I don't understand what it means. The heroine said this to the hero. My brother thinks this sentence means "you don't understand". However, ...
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Correct understanding and use and of the words in 全都是用爷爷的番茄,生菜和黄瓜做的。

In the sentence 全都是用爷爷的番茄,生菜和黄瓜做的。 全都是 is a adverb to say without exception. 用 is a preposition to say "with" 爷爷的番茄 , is the object 生菜和黄瓜做 ,is the other part of the object and 做的 , is the ...
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What does "Xian" mean to a native Chinese speaker?

This might sound a little silly I know, but there is a game called Tomb Raider 2, which contains an artifact called the Dagger of Xian. No explanation is given in the game for the name. I have looked ...
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What is the difference between 暍 and 热? [closed]

大家好 What is the difference between 暍 and 热 and when they are used ? 谢谢
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搞得头 ,弄得头 ,睡过头 what does mean 头 in these three examples?

What does 头 in 搞得头 / 弄得头 / 睡过头 For example in this sentence: 可是这个密码那个密码,搞得头都大了。 “头” 是 head的意思? “头” 字是个结果补语还是名词?
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What does 鲜明 mean?

I looked it up in more than 3 dictionaries, but I still have trouble understanding it. Please use some other ways other than dictionaries to explain it. Thank you so much in advance. An example ...
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How can I understand “老牛追兔子--有劲使不上”?

I know "老牛追兔子--有劲使不上" is a 歇后语. But why does it mean "有劲使不上"? Could you make a sentence with it? Thanks so much.

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