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What does 一般 mean?

'一般' 的意思? 初学者的问题 我查了字典这个词的意思,但我不明白 这个词 经常看到 我想知道意思 一般来说 i guess in English nuances is close to generally rule of thumb broadly speaking p.s. I am quarter British so idk wide knowledge of hanzi
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What is the meaning of 结束退场时 in 却常常忽视结束退场时的准备?

比如说为了一场戏剧演出,我们会投入很多时间,准备服装、化妆、道具、舞台美术,以创造良好的效果,争取给观众留下一个好的印象,却常常忽视结束退场时的准备。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5 section 17. What is the meaning of 结束退场时? end leaving the theater time? Why do ...
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What is the meaning of 僝头?

I don't normally read about linguistics. Now I know why! 汉语里甚至有动词性主语加名词性谓语的句子,例如: 逃,僝头。(no more context, just this) Maybe: Flee, you poor bastards! 僝头是什么意思呢? I find 僝僽: 1.憔悴;烦恼。haggard 2.折磨。worried ...
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What is the literal translation of this sentence: 渐渐地,秦军无法快速取得胜利?

这个办法果然非常有效,成功地把秦军拦在了国门之外。渐渐地,秦军无法快速取得胜利,粮食也快没了,有些坚持不住了。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5 section 15. How can 渐渐地 and 快速 be combined in the same sentence? 渐渐地(gradually),秦军(Qin army)无法(...
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What is the difference between 我 and 我们 as "we"?

几年后,赵奢去世了。这一年正好秦国军队来打赵国,赵国派老将廉颇带20万大军迎战。廉颇根据敌强我弱的形势,命令士兵们坚守阵地,绝对不可主动出战。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 15. Baidu and Google say that here 我 means we and indeed according to ...
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What is the difference between 困扰 and 问题 in 困扰人们很长时间的取球问题就这样被一个小孩子解决了?

你瞧,困扰人们很长时间的取球问题就这样被一个小孩子解决了。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 13. What is the difference between 困扰 and 问题? Why are they both needed here? Is 这样 referred to 困扰 or 问题? Isn't ...
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What is the meaning for the 炮 in 娘炮?

I know what the word as a whole means but just wondering if anyone know something about perhaps the etymology and/or meaning or the like of the 炮 part in the word 娘炮, i.e. why use the character 炮 here ...
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What is the literal translation of this sentence: 一位球员连忙找来一把锯子把篮筐的底锯掉?

“何必这么麻烦呢?把篮筐的底去掉不就行了吗?”多亏了他这句话,人们如梦初醒,一位球员连忙找来一把锯子把篮筐的底锯掉。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 13. Please help me understand the literal translation of this sentence: ...
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What is the glyph origin of 乍 ( the radical in 怎 )?

My research has indicated 乍 is related to soil and farming, but I have seen other sources claim it's a collar of a robe. The meaning in English is "suddenly" - I assume this to be a phonetic ...
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What is the meaning of 旁边经过 in 一个上幼儿园的小男孩跟着父亲从一群正在进行篮球比赛的人旁边经过?

几年后的一天,一个上幼儿园的小男孩跟着父亲从一群正在进行篮球比赛的人旁边经过。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 13. What is the meaning of 旁边经过? This is my literal translation: 几年(a few years)后(later)的一天(a day),一个(one)...
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What is the difference between 跟, 跟着 and 跟着着?

What is the difference between 跟着 and 跟? All dictionaries say that both can mean the verb "to follow". If I want to use the 着 as a "particle indicating the continuation of an action or ...
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What is the meaning of 从中 in 有人却从中感受到对自由?

抽象派画家的作品中经常见到好像随便洒上颜料而形成的画作,在有人看来极其神秘甚至丑陋,有人却从中感受到对自由、对生命的赞美。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 18. What is the meaning of 从中? According to dictionaries, 从中 is an adverb meaning &...
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What is the meaning of 事情的经过 in 而事情的经过对记忆几乎没有影响?

我们对事物的记忆仅在高峰和结尾,而事情的经过对记忆几乎没有影响。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 17. What is the meaning of 事情的经过? I am at this point: 而(and)事情的经过(?)对(towards)记忆(memory)几乎(almost)没有(not have)影响(...
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What is the meaning of 正好 in 这一年正好秦国军队来打赵国?

几年后,赵奢去世了。这一年正好秦国军队来打赵国,赵国派老将廉颇带20万大军迎战。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 15. What is the meaning of 正好? Wiktionary says that it means "by chance". Something like ...
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What is the meaning of 出来 in 在下面一拉篮筐就能把球弹出来?

有一位工程师甚至专门制造出一种机器,在下面一拉篮筐就能把球弹出来。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 13. What is the meaning of 出来? To get out? Maybe a 取 is omitted? Something like 取出来? Or what? Maybe all ...
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What is the meaning of 拉 in 在下面一拉篮筐就能把球弹出来?

有一位工程师甚至专门制造出一种机器,在下面一拉篮筐就能把球弹出来。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 13. What is the meaning of 拉? In dictionaries there are many meanings, such as to pull, to drag, to play, to ...
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What is the meaning of 大家纷纷 in 大家纷纷出主意?

这样的行为必须一再地重复,为此,比赛不得不断断续续地进行,缺少了激烈紧张的气氛,连运动员都不满意,更何况看比赛的球迷呢?为了解决这个问题,大家纷纷出主意,想出了很多取球的办法。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 13. What is the meaning of 大家纷纷? Everyone in great ...
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What is the meaning of 踩 in 就得有一个人踩着梯子上去把球取出来?

不过,由于栏杆上固定的是真正的筐,每当球投进时,就得有一个人踩着梯子上去把球取出来。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 13. What is the meaning of 踩? Something like: 就得有一个人踩着梯子上去 = should exist a person stepping up to go ...
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Why 海 (ocean, sea) in 腦海 (mind)?

How is 海 related to 腦? Why does compounding sea/ocean (海) to brain (腦) mean mind (腦海)?
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What is the meaning of 来说更是如此 in 特别是对于那些体重减轻者和体重保持者来说更是如此?

这项联合多所医学院校所做的研究发现,除了个别人以外,多数人体重的增加会从周六开始,而体重减轻则会从周二开始,特别是对于那些体重减轻者和体重保持者来说更是如此。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 16. What is the meaning of 来说更是如此? After searching dictionaries, ...
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Why does 鬱 mean lush as well as gloomy, moody and melancholic?

Originally 鬱 meant (茂盛) lush, luxuriant, and "densely overgrown". But then how did it mean "anxious; depressed; grieved; [...] melancholic; moody"? Lush trees and nature therapy ...
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What is the meaning of 杂院?

但也有多户合住一座四合院的情况,被称为“大杂院”,住户多为普通劳动人民。 I found this in the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 14. What is the meaning of 杂院? According to dictionaries (character by character), it means "mixed ...
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What is the meaning of 合 in 但也有多户合住一座四合院的情况?

但也有多户合住一座四合院的情况,被称为“大杂院”,住户多为普通劳动人民。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 14. What is the meaning of 合 (...户合住...)?My feeling is "together". Do you agree? Or it means ...
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What is the difference between 过 and 度 in their meanings "to spend/pass (time)"?

Is there a general difference between the two? There are two examples I have found: 度假 Is this interchangeable with 过假? And the second 这个假期你打算怎么过? Can this be exchanged with "...怎么度"? If ...
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What is the meaning of 在经营销售上?

在经营销售上,微信针对不同的国家和地区,推出了不同的广告片,邀请当地明星和名人代言,收效相当不错。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 12. What is the meaning of 在经营销售上? At the moment I am here: 在经营销售上 = 在[经营销售]上 = in managing / ...
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Why it's called 勾芡?

I understand the meaning of "勾芡", but I was not able to find the origin of this term. I am trying to learn why when "勾" and "芡" combine together, they mean velveting. ...
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What is the meaning of 多所 in 这项联合多所医学院校所做的研究发现?

这项联合多所医学院校所做的研究发现,除了个别人以外,多数人体重的增加会从周六开始,... This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 16. What is the meaning of 多所?
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What is the meaning of 封闭式 in 四合院内便形成一个封闭式的小环境?

只要关闭起大门,四合院内便形成一个封闭式的小环境。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 14. What is the meaning of 封闭式? I understand that 封闭 means "closed" and 式 means "style/type", yet ...
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Why does 慢 mean "supercilious; rude"?

I have lived in China and Taiwan for at least 20 years. I have always known that 慢 means "slow". But I never knew until today — and could never have guessed that — 慢 also means "...
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What are the implications of saying 保护好自己?

I've heard this used in various contexts, but there is one that I am confused about which relates to being emotionally vulnerable. Specifically, it seems like people say that about situations where ...
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What does 她个做饭乜叫做饭 mean?

I never met this little fella before: 乜。Is it 粤语 for what? I thought they'd written 也 wrong! I have no more context, this is an example of 个 being used as 冠词, according to the author. 她个做饭乜叫做饭? ...
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Different meanings of ‘儿’

I know 儿 can be a diminutive suffix, and can convey endearment or smallness but when used as a suffix for 这 to change the meaning from ‘this’ to ‘here’ I don’t think this applies. (Same with 那 ...
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What does "荒野寒暑换红颜" mean?

The following line comes from the song 归去来兮 by 花粥: 此去必经年 荒野寒暑换红颜 此去必经年: This time I will be gone for several years. 荒野 is clearly wilderness. 寒暑 is hot and cold, and by synecdoche summer and winter, ...
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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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