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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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Was there ever any mixing up of 阙 and 缺 for the meaning of 'lack' or 'short of'?

阙 in 现代汉语大词典 says quē [....] 4 缺乏;稀少。 with the excerpt: 鲁迅《狂人日记》 分隔多年, 消息渐阙。 Which seems strikingly similar to the pronunciation and meaning of: 缺: quē [....] 3 ...
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What is “kao se” in Taiwanese for “挖苦”?

Heard "kao se" on Taiwanese TV where the subtitles read: "挖苦". It's probably a Hokkien word but what can it be? I'm not finding anything when searching "kao se" and "挖苦" in Baidu.
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An expression found in a short story by contemporary writer Han Shaogong

What does the expression 赶马驭树 mean? Is it correct to understand it as: to gather firewood and transport it with horses?
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How is 堪 different from other auxiliary verbs?

I just learned 堪 on the following sentence: 这种损伤是长期,可能无法逆转的损伤,对身体的危害堪比心脏病发作。 I extracted the relevant part only but this sentence talks about 心醉. The auxiliary verbs to express "may" that I have ...
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What does 一番 mean in 与5年前相比翻了一番?

In the following sentence: 调查显示,32%的海外民众认为中国是对世界经济影响最大的国家。与5年前相比翻了一番。 一番 might mean "one time" (at least my dictionary on macOS says "一倍" while Pleco only lists "one kind"). However, 翻 I believe ...
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What is the meaning of 教训 here?

A very good fisherman taught his 3 sons his technique but he did not teach them 教训。 What does this 教训 mean here? Earlier, in the text, it says: 可他三个儿子的捕鱼技术都很平庸。 别人告诉他:“你只传授给儿子们捕鱼的技术,...
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Is it possible for 已 to make a sentence into the future tense?

According to my dictionary, 已 means already or/and afterwards. However, for the translation of 我已无法忘却。 , I've already been unable to forget (it).` seems to be a little awkward. I seems this ...
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What does 唯物史观 mean here?

I can't quite see what the phrase 唯物史观 really means here. Could someone please reformulate it with other words or just longer? 任何一门学科,包括理科,都是知识体系和价值体系的结合统一。物理学科的科学精神、唯物史观,不都是思想教育的重要内容吗? 所以,...
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In what kind of contexts should you use 处于/处在?

I just read the article titled 睡眠时间男女不同 日本女性很难入睡, and in the article, I read the following sentence: 据《读卖新闻》下属的网络媒体报道,在几乎所有主要国家中,女性睡眠都比较好,尤其是北欧国家的女性处在容易睡眠的环境中。 Then I learned that 处在 is a synonym ...
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What does the phrase '痞痞的' mean?

I tried to find out but I found that '痞' means constipation which I think would be highly unlikely in cases like this: '痞痞的小小姐' or '痞痞的小家伙'
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Could you please explain the words in this '一边对着双桅小帆船呶呶嘴'?

I found this: 一边对着双桅小帆船呶呶嘴。“他帮我把船从巴拿马开过来。” I nodded toward the ketch. " He helped me sail her up from Panama. " What does '桅'mean here? Does 呶呶嘴 mean 'nod'?
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What is learned by analyzing the component and relationship of 牧野 in regards to The Battle of Muye?

In other words, what am I missing by not analyzing the characters? It seems that 牧 (mù) can be used in a very Chinese sense to connote a benevolent ruler, in that the term is also used for shepherd. (...
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Meaning of 踏破铁鞋无觅处,得来全不费功夫

I understand the overall meaning of this saying, but I don't understand the specific meaning of the characters 无觅处. It literally would mean 'unsearched location,' which semantically doesn't make ...
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What would the meaning of '之前知道' be? And '之前知道了'?

If someone said '我之前知道【proposition】' would this imply that they knew it before, but no longer do? How about '我之前知道了【proposition】'? What about when the time is specific such as ‘昨天我知道【proposition】’? ...
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What does 一票 mean here?

I have: '男儿有泪不轻弹' and later: ',理智的男子汉再悲伤也不轻易哭泣, 爱哭的男人走到哪儿都会被一票否决‘ 否决: 对事物作否认的议决 一票: one ticket So what does 一票否决 mean in this context? Seems to mean 'by everyone, completely rejected‘
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What is the difference between 连续, 陆续, 接连, and 一连?

连续 successive; continuous; consecutive 陆续 in turn; successively; one after the other 接连 on end; in a row; in succession 一连 in a row; in succession; running From what I've read, 连续 is the most ...
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What are the seal characters on this white jade pendant?

What do these Chinese seal characters mean?
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What is the meaning of 练 in 冬练三九?

I see pretty pictures of plum blossom, 81 petals of the 九九消寒图,but I can't really figure out the meaning of 练 in: ‘冬练三九,夏练三伏‘ What does this 练 mean here? Maybe: Winter has?? 3 very cold periods '九‘, ...
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Meaning of characters in 休戚相关, 患难与共

I have consulted a dictionary, but am unsure of the meaning of 关 in 休戚相关, 患难与共。 Also I'm not sure about the meaning of 与 in this context.
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What is the sense/meaning of this 着?

我希望你们都有一个愉快的假期! 国庆节快乐! When I read this, I assumed 扎着 was zha1zhe, but when I listened she says zha1zhao2. 快结束时我看你微微甩了甩手,你平时被东西扎着时就是这个样子。 Near the end I saw you give a little flick of the hand; when ...
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Ahjumma in Chinese

Is there a common way to translate ajhumma/ajumma into Chinese? I've been looking but haven't seen a word in Chinese that carries the meaning the ajhumma has. For example, ajhumma can mean: Married ...
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What does 狸猫换太子 mean?

I came across this in a Chinese television show where someone says: "咱们狸猫换太子的计划". I can't figure out what "狸猫换太子" could mean. To my knowledge this means: "Leopard exchange for Crown Prince". Which ...
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How should I deal with 产生 in this sentence?

I have this sentence below, but I don't really know how to deal with 产生。Any suggestions? I have basically ignored it. 1. was my first attempt, then I wrote 2., which I prefer. Does that agree with the ...
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What's the difference between 确实, 的确, and 实在? [duplicate]

They all seem to have the same meaning. What's the difference between them? Thank you.
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Difference between 特色, 特殊, and 特别?

What's the difference between 特色, 特殊, and 特别? Can you please show me some examples? Thank you.
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What is the meaning of the last phrase here?

Can anyone help with the last part of this text. I put the section title and the whole paragraph, so you might be able to decipher it. I can't see what they are saying. 2 other times people here have ...
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What Does '技能技术' Mean?

Can you please tell me how to translate "提高技能技术". Both "技能" and "技术" seem to mean skill, but "技术" also means technology.
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What is the meaning of '有机结合‘ here?

The sentence before he said: 一般企业更多雇用的是员工的双手和双脚,而不是员工最有价值和创造力的部位--大脑。 I have this sentence: 面对这一业界难题,我们公司看到的不是两难,而是有机结合。 Next sentence:(this is from my fltrp text book, so I assume it is good 汉语) ...
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What does this line mean?

哦,您原来跟齐天大圣一个姓埃我爸差点晕倒。。 I found this on http://m.zol.com.cn/xiaohua/detail45/44743.html.
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Need help with 你们不是向着我的吗?

I found the phrase discussed in the title of this question on the 海贼王 manga (One Piece). I have not found this phrase anywhere else, and have put this on other forums without much success.
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What are the arguments of 结合?

I have this sentence: 某酒类品牌的成功,在于它紧紧抓住都市文化的特点,将产品创新同城市文化、都市人怀旧心态紧密结合,大大提升了酒的档次,创造了酒的新概念。 Sometimes, no often, I get confused with Chinese, especially when sentences use 将 or 把。I rewrote the part I ...
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What belongs together here '年产数百万顿的'?

How should I read this: ,形成了年产数百万吨的强大产能。 Is it: A ,形成了 (年产数) 百万吨的 强大产能。or B ,形成了年产 (数百万吨的) 强大产能。 I believe '数百万‘ = 'several million', but I think '年产数‘ could be 'annual production figure'. ...
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How am I supposed to understand 充分一些?

What does the phrase 尽量准备充分一些 mean? I have this sentence: 并非每个人都适合创业,但有想法的人可以大胆去做,尽量准备充分一些。 As much as possible prepare ample a little 尽量准备充分一些 Should I prepare a little, or a lot??
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Which radicals are used mostly just as phonetic?

Some radicals do not seem to be commonly in use for their meaning, but only to convey pronounciation. As answer to this question and many websearches revealed. Is that true for many radicals? Could ...
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减/減 (Reduce/Subtract/Decrease/Diminish): What's it got to do with water?

So here we have 冫+咸 (or 氵+咸) = 减(減). 减(減) means something along the lines of reduce/subtract/decrease/diminish or what have you. What has water got to do with this though? Logically one would ...
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How to use 了 in Chinese? [duplicate]

I know 了 is a indicator for past tense in Chinese. But it seems there are more usages for this character, so how to use 了 in Chinese?
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Translating seal stamp

I have recently been given some artwork and was looking for some help in translating the seal found on the art Any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks
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Whats the difference between 毁灭,销毁,和烧毁?

I know they all mean to Destroy to some extent, but was told 烧毁 is specifically to use fire. What are the different contexts or situations you would use them in? Thanks!
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What does it mean to be scratched or scraped?

I tried to translate these sentences from a convo and got a weird translation. 淺藍不戰爭會被瓜分的. Light blue will not be divided by war. 綠國刮分結束. The green country scrapes the end. 再來是淺藍. Again, light ...
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Is the mūdra “little tarzan” a real thing? what does it mean?

This children's(?) book is using mūdra (手印) to make some eastern vs. western jokes: The guy says: 小泰山! Little Tarzan! and sticks up his middle finger. Is "Little Tarzan!" a real mūdra? What ...
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Some 阿-prefix Sichuanese Hakka words (阿妹, 阿姐, 阿妈, 阿孃, 阿祖) - what do they mean?

Sichuanese contains a lot of words from other topolects (Hakka, Min, Cantonese, etc.) thanks to the great migration. There are a bunch of 阿-prefixed forms of address 《四川方言词典》explains: 阿 a1 (缀) ...
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What's this chinese symbol mean? [closed]

What does this Chinese symbol mean?
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What does this phrase mean in Chinese “珉,石之美玉者”?

Seems to be a line of poetry from ancient times?
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What is the difference between 发货,出货 and 交货?

What is the difference between 发货, 出货, and 交货?
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What does “吃你的豆腐” mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the exact meaning of 吃豆腐, and where does the expression come from? Someone made a joke with this phrase during dinner. What does "吃你的豆腐" mean other than the obvious ...

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