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In an article talking about Chinese cuisine, what does 辉煌 describe in 以至辉煌至今?

This article is talking about Chinese cuisine. 中国的饮食文化历经数千年, Chinese cuisine is thousands of years old, 始终具有魅力, it is always charming, 是因为它不仅民族特性鲜明, not only because of its distinct ethnic ...
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What is the meaning of this 将?

This 将 indicates A. 'just before' or B. 'just after' sunset? zdic.net has 将: 快要, ‘just about to' so A 将: 刚,刚刚 which I think means 'just happened', so B 那是一个夕阳将落的傍晚,.....
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Three words for “test”: differences?

I just stumbled upon the three words 實驗 (shíyàn), 測驗 (cèyàn), and 試驗 (shìyàn). Looking them up on mdbg.net and on Google Translate, they all translate to "test/experiment". So I was wondering: what (...
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In 霸王别姬 is 霸 just a name?

I have not seen the film or read the book, I can't judge. Is this 霸 just a name, or does 霸王 really mean 'the tyrant king'?
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What does 整人 mean?

I found this in an article, and then looked it up on the internet. From what I see, it appears to be playing pranks on people.
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Which day is 周末

I and my friends disagree on what 周末 means. And to summarize all opinions, is it 周五, 周末 was used to describe 周六 when 周六 is workday (last workday in a week). And since 周六 is no longer a workday, we ...
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躲 vs 藏 usage in terms of objects and timing

I just want to confirm if my research on the usage is correct or not for these two words. So based on my research so far, 躲 means hide (people) while 藏 means hide (objects). The thing I'm not sure ...
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On the day: Difference between 每到教师节 and 每到教师节这一天

What is the significance of the 这一天 in the longer version? 每到教师节,... 每到教师节这一天,...
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What pronunciation is '骑‘ in 千里走单骑’的‘骑’是什么的骑?qi 或者 ji?

Web page wants me to write some English. “千里走单骑” 的“骑”是什么意思? “几天时间里,单骑千里,过五关斩六将,威风八面,气概冲霄。” 关羽厉害的! 还有:‘威风八面 = 威风凛凛’了吗?
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来不及爱你 Too late to love you

why the phrase 来不及 is translated into too late? why not use 太迟? 太迟爱你. what is the different between them? and why does 来不及 mean too late in the first place? 来=come 不=no 及=?? Makes little sense ...
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Can 持续 have these 2 meanings?

I found these 2 example sentences, with English translations, for 持续。They are very different in meaning. Are both ok? 高温天气持续了几天。 The hot weather went on for some days. 持续 = continued 这足以持续到周末。It is ...
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What does “二人要通过许多小的管卡” mean?

From what I see from google, "管卡" is some sort of metal clamp? Would the phrase mean something like "the two of them passed through many small mechnisms"?
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What is the role of 曾经 in this sentence?

欧盟委员会曾经宣布,将暂时维持对中国皮鞋的反倾销税措施。 Can I write: ‘欧盟委员会宣布了‘ or ‘欧盟委员会宣布过‘,or even ‘欧盟委员会曾经宣布过‘instead? I mean, is it a past tense marker here, or does it mean 'once'?
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What does 背着 mean in the novel 活着 (pp.10-12), e.g., …让她背着我回家…?

I encountered 背着 thrice in quick succession in the novel 活着 (pages 10 through 12): 我年轻时吃喝嫖赌,什么浪荡的事都干过。我常去的那家妓院是单名,叫青楼。里面有个胖胖的妓女很招我喜爱,她走路时两片大屁股就像挂在楼前的两只灯笼,晃来晃去。她躺到床上一动一动时,压在上面的我就像睡在船上,在河水里摇呀摇呀。...
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Why does 兴奋 (excitement) not mean what I think it means?

I wrote this: 我觉得小夏后悔过去的比赛,小夏回忆没进球也也许让一个好机会错过。所以小夏在房间里老坐着。马克想帮助小夏带他去足球比赛再体验足球的兴奋,让小夏高兴点儿。 My teacher made the following corrections (my question relates to the 5-th item below): she deleted the ...
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Does 听说你去丽江玩儿了 imply they are still in 丽江?

From 标准教程HSK4上 (page 88): A:听说你去丽江玩儿了?那儿怎么样? B:那里特别美,空气也很新鲜。 If I'm not mistaken, the 了 is the change-of-state 了. But this gives two possibilities: The change of state is B going from B's ...
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What does 足有 mean?

I found this in Matilda (p.13): 这本书的这一版本足有四百一十一页。 that edition contained four hundred and eleven pages. [original English (ref.)] the book's [这本书的] edition [这一版本] has (?) [足有] 411 pages [...
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I have a tattoo, i wish to find the meaning

What is the meaning of these letters, and is it somehow connected to eachother?
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What's the difference between 我住在 and 還活著?

I think both 我住在 and 還活著 have quite the same meaning (I'm alive), can I use evenly one of them as I like or are there some rules that force me to distinguish their use according to different contexts?
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I would be grateful if anyone can translate/identify the artist of this Chinese “Farmers' Art” painting

The attached image is of a painting of the genre known as Chinese Farmers' / Chinese Peasants'/ or Chinese 'naive" paintings. But I cannot de-code the signature and seal, so would be most grateful if ...
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what does the lettering on my shirt mean?

My friend gave me this shirt, I've been trying to figure out what it means. Can anyone translate it?
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Which of “她睡觉的时候…”, “她在睡觉的时候…”, “她睡觉时候…”, and “她在睡觉时候…” are grammatically correct and do they all have the same meaning?

In class, we learned this sentence: 她睡觉的时候,她的朋友正在上网。 Tā shuìjiào de shíhòu. Tāde péngyǒu zhèngzài shàngwǎng. My question is about the following three variants. For the first, we add in a 在 (zài)...
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What is this character and what does it mean? [closed]

I've tried to find this character in dictionaries and by looking it up on Google Translate, etc., but I'm unclear- is it two characters or one? What does it mean? Thanks so much]1
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What does 太搭了 mean?

Came across this comment on the douban page for Isle of Dogs: 掉线 看过 2018-04-16 【B】①日风和韦斯安德森太搭了,方方正正的建筑配上方方正正的镜头,带出强烈的仪式感。 MDBG gives the definitions: 1 to put up 2 to build (...
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What does the Mars symbol (♂) mean in Chinese (subtitles)?

I keep seeing this - probably in some B站 (BiliBili) type of videos: It looks like the Mars Symbol to me: ♂ although the orientation is a bit off. This clearly is not a Chinese character - but ...
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What is the meaning of 咬人猫

I was looking up the meaning of 咬人猫 on google translate. 咬人猫 translated to Bite the cat I know a little bit of kanji and know that 人 means person/human/man ... and 猫 means cat. So "Bite the cat" ...
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How does 非机动车 (fēijīdòngchē) mean “bicycle”?

In the road sign below, we have the following: 非机动车靠右行驶 fēijīdòngchē kàoyòu xíngshǐ Which breaks apart as: 非机动车 = bicycle (with 机动 meaning "mobile") 靠右 = keep right 行驶 = travel along a route ...
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Better translation for “Grateful for everything life has given me”

Is "感谢对一切生活给予我" or "感谢生活所给予我的一切" a better translation for the proverb "Grateful for everything life has given me". If both don't make sense what is the accurate translation?
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What does 風雲 mean?

Many Cantonese dramas titles contains the suffix 風雲. Examples include: 法外風雲 TVB 酒店風雲 Korean What does it even mean? A google translate gives: Outrage Situation ( Makes sense) Hotel Situation?? ...
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What's the meaning/reason for sudden influx in usage of English word “word” in Chinese?

I just got a push notification: word天! ..... and it's not the first I've gotten with the English word "word" in it. Here's a quick baidu: 焦点资讯 新闻| Word天,这款润滑油要逆天! 1小时前 搜狐汽车 ...
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Meaning of 甜-Z (Z is the upper-case English letter)

This is apparently a jargon engineering term for something to do with frequency (Hz). I'm guessing it might be something to do with resonance ("sweet spot"?) but I've not run into it, and neither ...
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What is the verbatim (grammatical) meaning of 不了​了之?

不了​了之 is a ChengYu, read as bu4 liao3 liao3 zhi1 its figurative meaning is "to let sth. in its original state". I guess the ChengYu had some concrete verbatim meaning in literary Chinese, but I do not ...
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Do 向 and 学 or 学习 work together here?

I'm not sure how to interpret 向学 in these 2 sentences。I think that 向 and 学/学习 work together. 1) 小张一心向学,厉志要成为一名科学家。'一心向学' = 1 mind to study = single-mindedly (to) study?? 1) is from iciba and they ...
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What is the difference between 全部作品 and 完本?

I began learning Mandarin so that I could read Chinese fantasy novels (I've read several translated ones already). I'm a little confused because on Qidian's website I see several tabs at the top, one ...
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What language is this tattoo? what does it mean?

What does this tattoo mean? what language is this guys?
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Can someone explain the meaning of 都 in 我都說?

I'm studying this video, and the speaker starting around 0:38 uses 我都 a number of times (我都覺得,我都說。。。) I don't really understand this use of 都. Can someone clarify what is going on here and what this ...
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Is this a Chinese symbol? Cufflinks that belonged to my uncle

This pair of cufflinks belonged to my uncle who worked in California. I recently was given the cufflinks and to date have not been able to figure out what they represent. I have included a picture, ...
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What does B格 mean?

In the following answer over 知乎: 我在美国,异国恋,一直在坚持,克服孤独的最好办法只能是享受孤独吧。这可能是略有B格的一句话,可当我真正到了国外学习,发现没有太好的办法来克服孤独,是我境界不高,还是我乐趣恶俗,的确始终找不到好的办法。大家都很忙,就算有朋友也很难照顾彼此,百分之九十五的时候是一个人去完成一项事情,不准剽窃,不准作弊,严格的制度和偏执的诚信,...
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What is the meaning of 磨练?

When researching online, finding an exact definition was hard. Does it mean to make oneself hard? Or like to harden yourself? Could you give me a few examples?
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What is the difference between 井底之蛙 and 坐井观天?

To express a person that has a narrow view, there are two 成语. According to 百度词典: 坐井观天 坐在井底看天。比喻眼界小,见识少。 井底之蛙 井底的蛙只能看到井口那么大的一块天。比喻见识狭窄的人。 Both words include derogatory sense (含贬义). But for me ...
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Does the meaning of 靓丽 change depending on how 靓 is pronounced?

I find for 靓丽: liànglì jìnglì With the difference in pronunciation, is there a difference in meaning?
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What is the meaning of 冲着

冲 is a word with many nuances. In my sentence, does this 冲着 have any sense of 'rush'? I take '冲着 ...... 去' to mean 'because' here, although maybe 'intent on', 'aiming at' might be better. 当初,你考美元的时候,...
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Why use 有 in 看到有?

This irreverent rat sits on the Buddha's head and laughs at the people. 它常常爬到人们不敢正视的佛像头上,看到有善男信女们烧香叩头, 它就得意地暗喜:“可笑的人类, 竟然向我下跪!” Why bother to use ’有‘ here? Could it just be left out? I see that the ...
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How to parse and translate 必须要有?

Edit: typo, wrote '必需‘ instead of '必须’. Is '必须要有‘ 2 or 3 words? What does it mean? It seems to say 'must have (必需) must (要) have (有) 人必需要有自己的追求, In English we use 'needs must', for example, often ...
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What does 这是 ~ 更是 mean?

Quoting another question here: 现在,中国网民总数已经超过美国人口总数,但美国网购人数占其全部人口的75%,中国则只有25%左右,而且,中国网购消费者年均消费额仅为美国消费者的1/5。于刚认为,这是差距, 更是中国电子商务的潜力。 In one of the comment there: Also: 这是...更是... could be seen as ...
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What is the difference between 麵粉 and 麪粉?

I was reading a Chinese book when I came across the word 麪粉. I didn't know how to read the first character, so I performed a search on Google translate. According to Google translate, both 麵粉 miànfěn ...
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Translating ministerial job title

I need help understanding this title. 國家 in this case is China. 部委 are ministries and commissions 某司: a certain department (of the above) 項目:project 處長:head (of department) But why is there a ...
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How to translate 动感强?

Talking about 滑雪: I think maybe they mean 'nerve-tingling' for '动感强‘ but I am far from certain. 动感强 might mean 'very dynamic'. Skiing down a mountain, you can reach very high speeds, you need fast ...
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讨 at the beginning of the sentence

An example from a dictionary: "讨不讨厌呀!Isn't that annoying?" The first 讨 usage isn't clear here, as for beginner. Is it a special grammar structure? Maybe even an accidental mistake in the dictionary? ...
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What does 春德东更 mean and in what language?

What does that phrase 春德东更 mean? I found the writing on a t-shirt (which you can see below). When I look up the phrase on Google and Google Translate, the results doesn't come up with any satisfying ...

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