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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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Is 州平 a name or a title or official position? [closed]

Is 州平 a name or a title? 在‘崔州平’的‘州平’是什么,名字或者职称? ‘哥哥’是诸葛亮。 “我哥哥昨天应崔州平相约,出外闲游去了。”
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Difference between 语言 and 言语?

According to line dictionary, both of these mean 'language'. From looking at the examples list, 语言 seems to be a more literal translation of 'language', for example if one wanted to say "Chinese is my ...
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What is “一” doing in “事情一开始进展得很顺利,但后来我们遇到了困难”?

事情一开始进展得很顺利,但后来我们遇到了困难 I understand the meaning of the sentence, but I don't understand what is "一" doing in there? Could it be dropped? Would it change the meaning? Is it a part of the "一开始" as a ...
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What is the difference between 鸡蛋 and 鸟蛋?

I am learning Chinese with Rosetta Stone software and it is based on guessing the sense of words by pictures. And I can't guess the difference between various types of "eggs". When I see normal, ...
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What is 了 doing in the sentence 我出发了?

Consider the sentence 我出发了。 with the translation I'm leaving. This was given to me in a list of examples demonstrating the putting 了 after a verb expresses a completed action (perfect aspect, I ...
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What is meant by 废钱?

I can't understand the reference here. Is there such a thing as 'waste money, 废钱' in China? Or is it 'abandoned, discarded money'? Who threw the money there '我们‘ or 其他人?? Is he alluding to some story ...
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Difference between 察覺 and 覺察

I often use the word 察覺, which, I believe, corresponds to 發現 in colloquial context, meaning "to realize". But I recently encountered the word 覺察 in a similar context as the following: 小偷覺察屋子裡有人,...
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What is the correct way to ask “How do I get to your school” in Mandarin?

Here my focus is to understand the correct usage of 怎么走 and 到. The English sentence is, "How do I get to your school". This is in terms of asking the directions to reach the school. I found three ...
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What does 马大碗 (mǎdàwǎn) = “horse big bowl” mean in 马大碗拉面?

This sign is on our campus's halal cafeteria: It says: 马大碗拉面 各种面食 mǎdàwǎn lāmiàn gèzhǒng miànshí 拉面 = "pulled noodles", famous noodles in China, often from Lanzhou (兰州) 各种 = every kind of ...
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how can I translate 翳红?

翳 means 'to cover'(?), does it mean veiled red in the compound word 翳红? I couldn't find any reference in dictionaries thank you, rosa
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Could someone tell me what is 奶思 means?

I found this pic on Weibo so I'd really want to know the meaning.
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How should I understand 虱子多了不咬,债多了不愁 (“lice much stop biting, debt much ignored”)?

After describing various urgent or overdue matters I should be dealing with yet ignore, my teacher said this: 虱子多了不咬,债多了不愁。 Shīzi duō le bù yǎo, zhài duō le bù chóu. I think she used it to mean ...
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Does 刚开始工作的时候… mean “when starting work” (each day) or “when entering the workforce”?

This is from HSK4上 (page 49): 刚开始工作的时候,什么最重要? What is most important when I first started working? (Google Translate) I'm confused here: I can't tell whether this means: "when starting work"...
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Meaning and etymology of the expression “棒棒的!”

Someone wrote to me "两个月就写这么好,棒棒的!" I get the first part (though I don't think it's true - 哪里哪里 ;-)), but what exactly does that "appendix" stand for? I interpreted it as a kind of "clapping one's ...
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Difference between 盖,修,建

We probably all know these three (盖,修,建) can be used when we want to say "build a house" like: 盖房子 建房子 修房子 But is there any difference between them? (if possible please also explain the difference ...
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Dictionary meaning required [closed]

On my Chinese dictionary, there are a few characters that I don't know what it means. It says: 商务印书馆. I want to know what it means.
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链接, 连接, 连结, 联接, 联结 - lianjie - is it a joke and if not, what's the difference?

Amongst 链接, 连接, 连结, 联接, 联结 - which one is the most correct to use in which situation? Is one more formal than others? Maybe the meanings are different? Please, write as much as possible about ...
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Why is Little Lin's nose bleeding? 还不习惯北方的气候,估计是天气太干。

This snippet is from 标准教程HSK4上 chapter 7 (my translation): 小李:你的鼻子怎么流血了?快用纸擦擦。 Little Li: Your nose is [how] bleeding? Quickly get a tissue and wipe [it]. 小林:我还不习惯北方的气候,估计是天气太干。今天天气不是很冷,...
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What does this mean 什么时候我也会看到你们受这份罪的,你们两个?

I don't understand this sentence: 什么时候我也会看到你们受这份罪的,你们两个。 I'll be seeing you some time, you two. (玛帝尔达 (Matilda), page 127; English version pdf page 111) It doesn't seem too well matched ...
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What does “起” mean in “饮食起居”

饮食起居: 饮(drink), 食(food), 起(?), 居(house). What does "起" mean? 百度百科: 饮食起居,拼音是yǐn shí qǐ jū,出自《祭杜祁公文》,解释为指人的日常生活。
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Does 好 mean “it's better to” or “in order to” in complex sentences? E.g. 今天天气不好,咱们好留在家

What's the meaning of 好 in the following sentences? 今天天气不好,咱们好留在家 你要支持治病,好早一点恢复健康 Is it "it's better to" or "in order to"?
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What is the difference between 挣扎 and 奋斗?

When I search both online I get the same definition of to struggle. What is the different use of them then if the meaning is the same?
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When does evening, 晚上, begin in China?

This is from a little text about 俞伯牙弹琴。 Travelling on a boat, they stop to wait for the wind and waves to calm down. 晚上,风浪渐渐平息,天气晴朗,江水清澈,景色十分迷人。 望着空中的明月,俞伯牙来了兴致,拿出琴弹了起来,一会儿他酒沉醉在了音乐之中。 zdic.net: 晴朗: ...
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Fridge and Freezer Beyond 冰箱

How do I say the words fridge and freezer while keeping the distinction? There seem to be a lot of Chinese words for each, which is most accurate/natural? I don't trust Google. But here is what I ...
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How to interpret 尽一份责任?

This article is about IBE, Imaging Biodiversity Expedition. 怎样为野生动物保护尽一份责任 Maybe: How to best serve and protect wildlife. I'm having trouble with understanding: 尽一份责任 Possible answers: 1. give the ...

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