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How to interpret 主题先行?

This is 张东阁 speaking. I think to understand this, I need to understand the mentality of China in the 1970s, but still, "主题先行" puzzles me. "Themes go first"?? What themes? 我是在上世纪70年代开始剪纸创作。 I started ...
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How to translate 超然物外?

I was looking up the saying: 登东山而小鲁,登泰山而小天下。 Part of the explanation says: 用超然物外的心境来观看世间的变幻纷扰。 Can someone please expand 超然物外? Maybe: 超过自然,物质外边 ??
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What is the meaning of these words?

I recently watched a celebrity show where an actor said: 我还会演雨戏 我还会演风戏 我不光会演雷剧 What are 雨戏, 风戏, 雷剧? I guess that these are some kind of television dramas.
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Is 不仅仅 the correct word?

In the following sentence: 这家小资的咖啡店本身不仅仅是一间咖啡店,还是首个提出咖啡情绪疗法的品牌。 I know 不仅 means "not only", and 不仅~还是 means "not only ~ but also ~", similar to English idiom. However, this sentence uses 不仅仅, not ...
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What is the 以 in 给人以?

‘给人以’ is a common phrase. I think this ’以‘ works like ’而‘ to give a sense of 'cause'. Can I replace ’以‘ with ’而‘ in 1.: 给人以诚恳、自信的印象 浴室给人以明亮通风之感。 这座桥无法给人以美的享受。 为某事而受苦 因某事而出名   zdic 6. 文言连词,与“而”...
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Where are people using the expression 過得 / 过得?

MDBG lists 过得, but during my time in China, I have never heard this expression. Where in China is it used and what are the local meanings of it? 过得 guò dé How are you getting by? / How's life? /...
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What does 上 mean in these lyrics?

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 ...
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What's the difference between ‘谁是你?’ and ‘你是谁?’?

What's the difference in meaning and grammatical structure between ‘谁是你?’ and ‘你是谁?’? I've read: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/145519/which-one-is-you-vs-which-one-are-you
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What does 乐群 (lèqún) mean?

Among the many banners for new students at Nankai Uni is this one: It says: 爱国 敬业 创新 乐群 Àiguó jìngyè chuàngxīn lèqún The first three I can translate: 爱国 (àiguó) = patriotism (literally "love ...
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What reaction would you (a Mandarin/Chinese speaker) have to my Chinese name (宁春菊)?

Hi! I am American but I was adopted from China so I have a Chinese name. Recently I have been curious about how a Mandarin/Chinese Speaker would react to my Chinese name, which is 宁春菊 (nìng chūnjú)。 ...
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What is 前源? If not the 'spring ahead'?

Here are some random sentences 海上画派的前源是以董其昌为代表的松江画派。 他在师从鲁风老师的同时,亦在不停的上溯花鸟画艺术的前源,寻找滋养,丰盈自我素养,这就使其花鸟画作品逐步凸显出章法的大开大合,用笔则更加强化了 ... ... 也就是说,商代后期的殷墟文化应当另有其本土前源。 I'm thinking it is some art ...
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Is the '之' in '要之何用' also regarded as a possessive article?

I'm confused. Does this '要之何用' mean 'Is there any use?', or could the '之' in this phrase be regarded as a possessive article and therefore the phrase would mean 'What is the use (for someone)'? Or did ...
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Can anyone translate this Chinese text? (Characters identified: 招財納福) [closed]

My friend has a statue and there is some Chinese text on it. Can anyone translate it to English for me. Also, I would like to know more about this statue, any links, history about it, anything.
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What is the difference between 广阔,宽阔,宽广 and 辽阔?

They have very similar definitions 广阔 vast; wide; spacious; expansive; extensive; broad: 宽阔 broad; wide; roomy; spacious 宽广 broad; extensive; spacious; vast: 辽阔 vast; extensive
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What can 侃大山 mean?

I'm a bit confused about the meaning of '侃大山’。 It means 'chat, chit-chat', 'gossip', 'brag'. Anything else? Is it still used or old-fashioned? What exactly does '侃大山‘ mean? Where does this phrase ...
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What is the difference between 怀疑 and 疑惑?

I have found the following definitions: 怀疑 [doubt; suspect; scepsis] 疑惑 [feel uncertain; be not convinced], and it is additionally defined as "Puzzle" and "Unpeaceful" From what I feel the former ...
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Southwestern Mandarin: what does 欛新床/铺新床/压床 imply?

欛新床 《成都方言》 喻指小男孩或未婚男青年睡新床:~又叫“压床”。亦作“铺新床”。 Why only boys? or unmarried men? What sort of implications are buried in this word?
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Meaning and translation of: 钱米?

I have this sentence here: 乱花钱米叫“泡稍” Another reference also confirms this saying: ②形容(手头) 宽裕 ▷他的钱~,尽是大手大脚的用。 References for 钱米, though, are very few. 古汉语大词典's entry for 俸恤 says: 旧时官史除俸禄外,...
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What does “总价,以分为单位” mean?

I'm working in a software project and the documentation for some component I need to integrate is only in Chinese. There's a table that has a field named "Amount" and its description is "总价,以分为单位". ...
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Differentiating the words 阿姨 親阿姨 and 姨 correctly

When I started learning Chinese, I learned that 阿姨 can refer to both older female friends and the maternal aunts. I was therefore told to refer to my aunt as 親阿姨, at least upon first mention. Today I ...
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Can anyone recommend Chinese names that mean “a rainfall of jade”?

In my opinion, “a rainfall of jade” conjures up a pleasant imagery. The name I’m looking for is intended for a boy. Family name is 白. I was thinking of the name 雨琳 as it’s closer to the English ...
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What does this translate to? ㄨㄞ

I have this on a shirt and cannot find out what it means. My findings are that it is bopomofo/zhuyin phonetic for "Wai1". The only translations I found were "lop-sided" which doesn't seem to make any ...
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How do I answer 这是哪儿?

I'm confused about answering 这是哪儿. Should I answer directly and say that this is a restaurant, or if I should give a general answer and say this is Utica, if someone asks me that question?
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What does 这个书包看起来不大 mean?

Can somebody please help me in the translation of this phrase? 这个书包看起来不大 What does 起来 mean in this context?
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What is the origin of 抠门儿?

I understand that 抠门儿 is an informal phrase meaning dingy. But can't figure out how these three Chinese words combined together could be used to describe a person being dingy (extremely reluctant to ...
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How should I translate 属地化?

In my text I have 2 sentences with 属地化。‘属地化管理’ is a phrase which can be easily found in 百度。 Does it have more connotations than 'regional management'? '属地‘ seems to mean 'dependency', as in a region ...
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What does 坏坏的 mean in “坏坏的问道”?

坏 is obviously bad/broken, and 问 is ask. So, does that mean 坏坏的问道 means something like "asked spoiledly" or something similar? There is no need to translate it since I'm just looking for the ...
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What's the difference between 确实, 的确, and 实在? [duplicate]

I never understand the difference between these three words, and nobody has never been able to explain it to me. I searched about it on many books, and websites, but I just didn't get it. Can you ...
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What does “叱吒” mean?

After some searches here and there, why does "叱吒" translate to "rebuke"? Could it also mean something like "being at the top of [location]"?
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What does bianniu 变牛 mean?

I have seen this expression in a few texts, including news articles, but it does not seem to be commonly used. Here are a few examples of context: "...第二舰队变牛了以后调到了第二舰队当先任参谋..." "高考报志愿:...
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What is the meaning of '脱产培训‘?

Is '脱产培训‘ the opposite of '在岗培训‘ that is to say ’off the job training' compared to 'on the job training'?
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Help understanding this passage

首次在天空中被人目击不到两年之后,中国新型“空警”-500预警机已经加入现役。“空警”-500预警机可以同时对470公里范围内的60多架飞机进行跟踪。“空警”-500“空中预警与控制系统”(AWACS)看起来更像是美国的空中预警机(其上部有圆形雷达穹顶),但体积小一些,由运-9四引擎涡轮螺旋桨飞机(类似于美国的C-130)搭载。 I know what the first sentence ...
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What is the meaning of 这是给谁的礼物?

Yet another sentence where I know all the words but can't work out the correct meaning! In one of my textbooks I have a series of phrases: 给我礼物 给谁的礼物 这是给谁的礼物? Would I be correct in translating ...
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What is the meaning of 做一个梳理

I have the following text: 最好在创业之前对你所要做的事情做一个梳理,包括注册公司的流程、选址之类的事情。 What does 做一个梳理 mean? I think it must be 'make a list'??
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Understanding/Translating: 空无

What is the best understanding and (English) translation of 空无? 汉语大词典: 佛教语。谓一切事物从因缘生,唯心所造,了无自性 《维摩经菩萨行品》: "观於空无而不舍大悲。" There are a lot of religious, if you will, concepts in here that I just ...
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Does anyone recognize the characters written on this home shrine? [closed]

So far I can read most of the characters on this picture, except 1 character. The characters on the center is: 忠義 (zhong1yi4 - Tiong-gī), which means: Loyalty and is related to the story of the three ...
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When should 吧 be used?

I understand that it is used at the end of a sentence to indicate suggestion, but I want to know what kinds of everyday situations warrant its use. I'd appreciate two or three examples. Also, does it ...
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problem with 要 - it seems to have several meanings

一看见这些楼房,他心里就想,自己一定要买上一套房子。 This is the sentence that I've come across. I've translated it as: Once he sees these houses, he thinks that he can definitely buy a house himself. But I'm always ...
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Meaning of 修养­­­­

The dictionary defines 修养 as: accomplishment / training / self-cultivation However many examples in context seem to have the sense of the development of being a gentleman / lady, or being cultured....
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The usage of 该 in sentences

I still do not get how to use 该 in a sentence. For example, 就该吃饭了, you can just say 就吃饭了, can't you? How do you use 该 properly in a sentence because I don't get its purpose.
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Is it ever ambiguous if 几 means “how many?” or “a few”?

I'm confused about hao to know if 几 is asking a question (how many) or making a statement (a few). If I heard the following sentence (not read), is there a way to hear the difference? 从上海到东京坐飞机要几个小时
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Can 宁和 be used as a real name

I'm creating a half Japanese half Chinese character and I'm trying to figure out whether or not 宁和 can be used as a name. I'm also wondering if it means to aspire to peace and is read a "ninghe".
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What do Chinese write on a condolence card?

I was wondering what Chinese people would write when they write a condolence card. Is it just a translation from the English or are there specific sentences?
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A song called “Lu Hua”

I recently heard a live performance of an amazing song by a Chinese woman in the United States. She said the title of the song is "Lu Hua", and I was able to find a version on YouTube: https://www....
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“I didn't buy that” without 了

Is 了 ever/sometimes/never omitted for past subjunctive? What if not subjunctive; i.e., positively something did happen. wohok.com gives for 没 two example sentences 我没买这个 我没有买这个 and translates both ...
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What does '眼观鼻鼻观心' represent? Obedience or an attempt to be invisible?

Is it more about obedience as in 'obediently looked down and listen to someone's teaching'; Or is it more about pretending to be oblivious/invisible? For example two of your bosses are fighting each ...
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What are the different uses of 体会?

While trying to understand the complete meaning 体会, the examples I found online had many different uses when translated into English. 体会 to know from experience; to learn through experience; to ...
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the meaning and translation of 悲亡 in a poem by Bei Dao

What does the word '悲亡' mean? I found it in a verse by 北岛 : 大海为生者悲亡,the ocean suffers for the living beings.
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untranslated characters and their meaning

I recently saw a movie where this appeared and unfortunately, this was the only part that wasn’t translated. Could anyone tell me what it says?
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Difference between 大兄弟 and 小伙子

Difference between 大兄弟 and 小伙子. Under which condition should we use one of them?

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