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What does my tattoo really mean? (Characters identified: 媳自強)

Ive had it for over 10 years kinda forget. I think it means daughter and inner strenth? Its kanji if that helps.
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What is the difference in 一点儿都不贵 with and without the 都?

What is the difference if we say: 一点儿都不贵 or without the 都 (i.e., 一点儿不贵)?
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What is the difference between 做 vs. none in 这是我妈妈(做)的菜?

What is the difference if we say: 这是我妈妈做的菜 and 这是我妈妈的菜? With\without (做)
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What does 黄 (Huáng) in 黄色 ("yellow") mean, and can it be used as a name?

According to Google Translate, "yellow" translates to "黄色" (Huáng sè). What is the meaning of "Huáng" alone? Does it make sense used as a pet name? Or is it silly? What ...
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How to understand "乒乓大方卜"?

I saw a brand (Hup Seng) of sugar crackers with the Chinese character "乒乓大方卜". Though I recognise every character here, I do not see how these five characters make sense together. Does not &...
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How long will it take when people say 马上?

If someone say 马上, how long will it take? 2 min? 10 min? 马上,汉语词汇,拼音是mǎ shàng,意思是立即。作时间副词,表示时间很短的意思。 马上https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E9%A9%AC%E4%B8%8A/80352
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汉语里的这种看似而并非纯属口语、平时不跟他字搭配成词的字有特别的名字吗?

据我所观察,以下字均符合这两个条件:一、看似而并非纯属口语(词典作根据),二、平时不跟他字搭配成词。进一步说,在这些字中,很多平时会被其他频率较高的字或词所代替。 且看: 字:蒙(哄骗) 例句:你别蒙我。 字:蒙(胡乱猜测;碰运气) 例句:这球踢进门,全是蒙上的。 字:蒙(糊涂;不清楚) 例句:一上台就蒙了,不知道该说什么好。 字:蒙(昏迷) 例句:被人打蒙了 字:磨(消耗(时间); 拖延) 例句:...
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Why does typing "qi" into my pinyin keyboard produce the trans flag?

I use an online Pinyin keyboard which suggests emojis based on what I write. For example, if I write "开心“, a smiley face is suggested. I've noticed, if I type "qi", the trans flag emoji ...
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What is the meaning of "削平巨寇"?

I read the sentence 岳飞真是一员猛将,在很短的几天内削平巨寇。 削 means cut 巨 means huge how to read the 削平巨寇? it means cut the 巨寇?
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Precisely what do 净入学率 (~"net enrollment rate") and 毛入学率 (~"gross enrollment rate") mean?

I'm reading about literacy in China, and encounter the terms 净入学率 and 毛入学率, but I'm unclear on their precise meaning: CC-CEDICT: 净 (jìng​) ... / net (income, exports etc) / ... CC-CEDICT: 毛 (máo) ... ...
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What does 经起 actually mean?

What does 经起 actually mean? Can you please give some sample sentences?
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the difference between 出价 发价 报价 提价

Anyone know the the difference between 出价 发价 报价 提价? I want to know the detailed different meaning about those words. thank you for answering my question.
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I don’t know Chinese, so can someone help me figure out what this sentence says?

I don’t know Chinese, but I want to know what the sentence in the attached image says in. I only have the sentence in an image so hopefully you can see it. I apologize for the low picture quality. I ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between 世间 and 世界上?

As far as I understand, 世界 means world or the world. And these two words 世间 and 世界上, I think they both mean the same: in the world. But I am not sure if I interpret them correctly. Is there any ...
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What does 老铁 mean?

I found some people call others 老铁. What does this mean? Does it mean friend? I can't find this usage in any dictionaries.
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what's the meaning/origin of 呲东西停不下来桑?

I came across this sentence that is puzzling me, especially the last characters: 呲东西停不下来桑 Its meaning should be "I can't stop eating" but I cannot really understand where is coming from. ...
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What does "你究竟是还看了些 什么东西" mean?

So I was reading a novel and I don't get "你究竟是还看了些 什么东西" does it mean "what else did you see?" Or would it be more like "what else did you learn?"
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What are some example sentences for 现代汉语词典's first definition of 论证, which means something like "argumentation"?

Since I'm encountering issues originating from using (insufficiently precise and often incomplete) Chinese-English and English-Chinese dictionaries, I'm trying to make the switch to Chinese-Chinese ...
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是 assessing an overall situation

This is the title of a paragraph in the book "Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar", by Yip Po-Ching and Don Rimmington, whose content I find really hard to understand. The explanation: 是 shì ...
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警察 vs 武警 difference

So I'm trying to understand the first sentence from the book 三体. The original: 汪淼觉得,来找他的这四个人是一个奇怪的组合:两名警察和两名军人,如果那两个军人是武警还算正常,但这是两名陆军军官。 My translation: Wang Miao thought the 4 men coming to him ...
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Does 面对疾病,特别是癌症,也就是恶性肿瘤 not imply 癌症就是肿瘤?

面对疾病,特别是癌症,也就是恶性肿瘤,除了及早治疗,彻底消灭癌细胞,心态也很重要。开朗、乐观是战胜癌症的武器。据统计,因此而完全恢复健康的奇迹并不少见;而悲观情绪,却间接成了癌细胞的帮手,加快了癌细胞在我们体内的繁殖。 HSK Coursebook 6上, listening, page 196 (original) The above is the listening component of ...
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What is the difference between 但 and 只?

I see that 但 means "only" besides its typical meaning "but". So what is the difference between 但 and 只 and when do you use 但 with the meaning "only"?
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How to give news of my grandmothers death

In English I would say: I am sorry to say my grandmother passed away on X date. How would I give that news in mandarin? Is there a way to say ‘I am sorry to say’ or do they not say that in mandarin?
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How do I precisely understand 坐井而观天,曰天小者,非天小也 (the origin of the chengyu 坐井观天)?

CC-CEDICT: 坐井观天 (zuò​jǐng​guān​tiān) lit. to view the sky from the bottom of a well (idiom); ignorant and narrow-minded The origin of the above 成语 (idiom) is reported to be the line 坐井而观天,曰天小者,非天小也。 ...
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Why does 苏 have the meaning revive?

苏 originally referred to the plant with purple flowers, I believe. Maybe it likes to grow by a river. 江苏 苏生:come back to life 苏醒:awake from being unconscious 苏:昏迷中醒过来 苏 can refer to Perilla frutescens ...
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Precise meaning of 马到成功

So I just happened to watch a youtube video that has displayed in the background an artwork with horses and the phrase 马到成功. Google Translate offered these: It's a success. Gain an immediate victory....
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What are the key traits of someone with a 坚强的性格, and which notable people are examples?

I'm having trouble making 坚强 concrete: CC-CEDICT: 坚强 (jiān​qiáng​) staunch / strong The standard example phrase is 坚强的性格 which is sometimes translated to a "strong/staunch personality". ...
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Compound words with 生

The dictionary says 生词 means "new words". I know that 词 means "word". Then I concluded that 生 would mean "new" as well as the famous meaning "birth" that it has....
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What is the difference between 赞赏, 欣赏 and 佩服?

These are the meanings in the MDBG.net dictionary (based on CC-CEDICT dictionary) 赞赏 to admire / to praise / to appreciate, 欣赏 to appreciate / to enjoy / to admire, 佩服 to admire. So all of them ...
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Meaning of a slogan for an advert

I found this old airline advert with a “slogan” using 3 by 3 words: 生於斯 情所依 In context, there is a huge calligraphy of 家, which means home. So the first three characters i would interpret as “i was ...
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Expressing "it is there" 是在那儿 vs 在那儿

Dear fellow community members, I recently encountered the wording 是。是在那儿 to express "yes. it is there" as a response to the question "是在这儿吗?" . I was wondering if this is correct? ...
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Use of 是 and 很 to express "I am not well"

Dear Chinese Language community users, I have the following question. During my learning I encountered the answer 我不是很好 in response to 你好吗?I was puzzled because I thought the correct negative answers ...
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When you first meet someone, sometimes they say (for example): " 我是小朋...“

。。。 “小时的小,朋友的朋。” I think Chinese people will say that because you may not know how their name is written, so you get a better description of what their name is. But... does the word have to be the ...
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Is 俄 still used as an adverb?

According to PLC, 俄 can be an adverb and it means "very soon, presently, suddenly". Does this meaning still occur in modern Chinese?
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Interpretation of 冂 in 大盂鼎

I was recently looking into the origins of the character「冖」, which《說文新證》states does not appear on its own in the texts excavated so far: 現有考古文字材料未見獨體的冂(偏旁或作冖)字,... However, searching「冖」on 小學堂 gives ...
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What does this mean in English?

I wasn’t sure what this person meant when she said 你的国语太累 Not sure if I used the right lei?
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What is the exact function/purpose of 来了 at the end of sentences like this:

她吃晚饭的时候她朋友打电话来了。 I know it focuses the mind on perspective -- like the action previously stated has come toward the speaker in some way. But what is the exact function? I'd love to start naturally ...
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Are these sentences correct?

大家好! 1.大女方四岁。 2.男方大四岁。 3.男方大其四岁。 Are these sentences correct? 谢谢! 有大神回答下吗?
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What does 按 mean in 打印机好像坏了,我按半天了,一直没反应?

This is from a HSK5 exam listening section: 男:打印机好像坏了,我按半天了,一直没反应。 女:昨天刚修的,居然又坏了?真耽误事儿,我看看。 问:女的对什么感到奇怪? I'm not sure what 按 is doing in this sentence. From the context, it seems to mean something ...
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What is the difference between 有时 and 有时候? How are they used differently in context?

大家好! I noticed that in Chinese, there are two similar words for "sometimes": 有时 and 有时候. Are they any different from each other? For example, is one more formal than the other? Thanks! :)
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稀里糊涂and糊里糊涂, Are there any differences?

大家好! 1.稀里糊涂/糊里糊涂,它们有区别吗? 2.稀,里是什么意思?These are words not found in most dictionaries.
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Who would we describe as 豪爽?

豪爽 (háo​shuǎng​) CC-CEDICT: outspoken and straightforward / forthright / expansive 豪爽 is an adjective used to describe people's personalities. Judging from dictionary definitions and examples, such ...
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Why is 因为 listed as an adverb in the dictionary?

“因为”是连词,为什么有副词? https://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/thesaurus.php?word=%E5%9B%A0%E4%B8%BA Please show me example sentences with 因为。
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Chinese characters on original Art (Painting and Litho on Wood) I bought in China

Does anyone know what the chinese characters say on these pictures? I bought them in China while visiting a few years ago and everyone always asks me what they mean. I love them but would love to know ...
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What does 头上养马 mean?

I've tried to understand it using context clues from the following but I really can't make sense if it. Is it literal? Some example: 让他头上养马 那怎么还敢在她头上养马? 敢接受莫可可的人,必须得有在头上养马的觉悟。 你是想在劳资头上养马吗!?
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What does 乐助 (yuè zhù) mean?

I think we've got some music biz jargon here: 【我们恋爱吧 第二季】EP12 @ ~20:09 The sentence: 我们的那个乐助说了 The person speaking often speaks of his band, so it is likely that 乐 is short for: 乐队. Of course, less ...
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The difference in meaning between 俺 and 我

I stumble upon the word '俺' when my mom was talking to someone from a different region of China but the dialect was still the same. 俺 and 我 both mean the same thing right?
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What does 早待不住了 mean in 要在往常,我一定早待不住了……?

要在往常,我一定早待不住了,惦记着某某侦探的案件是不是有了突破,…… Google Translate: As usual, I must have been unable to stay any longer, wondering if there was a breakthrough in the case of Detective XX,... 标准教程HSK6上,87页 I don't ...
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Background guy in tik toks

Often in chinese tik tok compilations, there is a guy in the background who says something sounding like "ayodema" or something like that... I'd like to ask you what he is actual saying and ...
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What could these characters i found on a robe mean?

I guess the first character is 福 meaning good fortune And the second character is 得 meaning to gain but i have no clue what the third character should represent. I not even remotely sure about my ...
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