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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 is the difference between 情势, 局势, 形势, 情形, 情况 and 状况?

< 情势 situation; trend of events; circumstances: 局势 situation; state (of affairs) 形势 situation; circumstance; condition; state of affairs > < 情形 circumstances; situation 情况 circumstances; ...
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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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How to use the expression 一個上年

My book, among other expressions we should read out, lists 一個上年 without explanation. Now, I have heard 上年 as a variant of 去年,but I can't guess the meaning of 一個上年! I can't imagine when you would want ...
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Meaning of 别 in 别开生面?

I am aware of the fact that 别 usually means "don't", but what about :/ the expression 别开生面​。 Here, doors it mean "another"? What exactly does it mean in this context? Thanks.
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Is this 肠 a mistaken character?

Is this 肠 a typo in my book? 这次探明了大石围天坑是集地下溶洞、地下原始森林、珍稀动植物以及地下暗河于一体的世界第二大天坑。 短肠蕨类植物比恐龙时期的桫椤还要古老。 短肠蕨类 : short intestined fern Can 肠 refer to the trunk of a tree, the stem of a plant or somehow the ...
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What is the difference between 交易就告成立. and 交易即告成立.?

What is the difference between 交易就告成立. and 交易即告成立.? The catch: Since every book says that 就=即 I considered to create a new sentence out 交易即告成立 by switchin characters.There is no instance of 交易就告成立 ...
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Similarities between connectives 就 and 而?

而 - is a connective like "and" in some situations. Etymologically this meaning comes from how hair in someone's beard are close together. 就 - is a connective in other situations. Etymology information ...
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What does 蕉 mean in Cantonese?

I've seen 蕉 translated into Mandarin (and dubbed into Mandarin) as 肏. CC-CANTO doesn't really give anything much for 蕉 in Cantonese. words.hk doesn't give any results, either. I'm guessing 蕉 just ...
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Is it possible to 结交朋友?

This little text is talking about the importance of 人脉关系. If you want to be successful, you should make a lot of friends. (in brackets added by me, not in the original text) (如果你)多结交能认同你的做法、想法和才华的朋友,...
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What is the meaning of 心理活动 here?

I have this sentence at the beginning of a short 听力练习。 就一般心理活动而言,人们并非总是喜欢被别人称赞的。 心理 = mental, psychological 活动 = activity, action Together 心理活动 just means 'mental movements'? = thoughts? Is that ...
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What is the meaning of '中国面孔'?

I think I know what this '中国面孔' means, but sometimes Chinese surprises me completely. 同时,也说明西门子这样一个跨国公司,已经开始选择完全的中国面孔来拉近和中国的距离。 已经开始选择完全的中国面孔来拉近和中国的距离 (Siemens) has already begun to select only ...
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What is the meaning of 变现?

I have this sentence, but I'm not sure what '变现‘ means. I think it's 'assets', but baidu has 'realize' and 'liqidate'. Is '变现‘ an abbreviation for a longer phrase? 三是租赁行业,利用虚假身份证明,骗取汽车租赁公司汽车进行倒卖变现; ...
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Is there a single English word equivalent that means 人各有志?

I think I could say something like "differing opinions/perspectives/thoughts/etc." I'm wondering if I could somehow say this with one word?
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What is the meaning of 刚一通过 here please?

当年,《中华人民共和国商标法》刚一通过,美国的《读者文摘》就立即为其中文文版《读者文摘》注册,并得到了相关部门的批准。 Does ‘刚一通过’ mean (a law) just passed through parliament , or in this case, the Peoples Congress in Beijing and ratified?
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What is the meaning of 十余年 here?

I have: 娃哈哈连续十余年领跑中国饮料行业, I keep seeing 余年 = one's remaining years, but I'm pretty sure 十余年 means 'for the last ten years', not the (10 remaining) years ahead. It's not as if 娃哈哈 only has 10 years ...
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What does “&” (Ampersand) means in Chinese language? [closed]

While visiting Dr. Sun Yat-sun Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver, B.C. I noticed the sign "&" (Ampersand) is posted everywhere. The tour guide said that "&" means money in Chinese, it is ...
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Meaning of 这么说 in the conversation

A:她未婚夫不愿意让她工作了。 B:这么说,结婚以后她就不工作了。 A:对。 My questions are (1) What is the meaning of 这么说 in this conversation? (2) In addition, does 这么说 have any other meanings? Can you give me some examples?
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Is 白加黑 (“white add black”) slang for 感冒药 (“cold medicine”)?

I'm reading the book 喜欢你,我也是, and I encountered this: 张侃侃无语地摊摊手:“可我既不是医生,也不是白加黑啊!” “对于生病的谈晋而言,你就是他的医生,就是他的白加黑。”叶莉亚边说边郑重地点了点头。 (A sample text containing this part is here.) I understand 张侃侃 has ...
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How to know “了…就” indicating completed actions

I just find out two circumstances that "了...就" construction is used. (1) 昨天,我买了书就回家。(Yesterday, after I had bought the book, I came back home) - COMPLETED ACTIONS (2) 我买了书就回家。(After buying the book, ...
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Does the chinese letter mean the number, one?

As I browsing around on the internet, I was looking at what a sentence meant in English. But the issue is that I was not sure if this is the Chinese letter for "1" or does it have a different ...
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What does this tattoo character mean? [closed]

Tattoo symbol, what does it mean?
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What is the meaning of “吃这一声”?

For context the entire sentence is, "吃这一声,周昂忽然一下子睁开了眼睛。" Is it supposed to be something allong the lines of, "[the sound of] eating, this single sound"? This sentence isn't making much sense to me.
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Lost Postcard Shop

I travelled to Shanghai a long time ago and recently got to come back for CPhI. I returned to Tianzifang, where I bought these beautiful poscards, and though I can speak and read some Chinese, I ...
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也许 vs 或许 vs 可能 usage

I checked the meaning for all 3 words and it appears that: 也许 = maybe, perhaps, probably / 或许 = maybe, perhaps, probably"/ 可能 = possibly, possible, maybe, perhaps. It seems to me that 也许 and 或许 have ...
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What do the first 4 letter stand for? Are they company name that made the tool or something else? ( From history )

I was asked if the letters of the image are Japanese or not. I answered they must be Chinese since Japanese does not have the first letter. What would the first 4 letters stand for? Thank you for ...
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Is 受得了 the Mandarin equivalent of 頂得住 in Cantonese?

Is 受得了 the Mandarin equivalent of 頂得住 (cannot stand this) in Cantonese? If not, what is?
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Difference between the verbs 轮 and 轮流 (meaning to take turns)

In HSK 5, lesson 1, the word '轮' is part of the word list, with the translation: 'v. to take turns'. In lesson 3, the word '轮流' is part of the word list, again with the translation: 'v. to take turns'....
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你不敢吃我 What's the meaning of this?

你不敢吃我 What's the meaning of this? Is it something like don't fool me?
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What are these two questions asking about? 云南石林的风景怎么样? and 小李为什么想再去云南? [closed]

小王: 你好! 最近我在云南的大森林里工作了五个月,今天才回信,请原谅。、 云南省非常好玩儿!云南菜也很好吃,“过桥面”是我最喜欢的。我最喜欢昆明市,因为那儿的气候很好,四季如春。 在云南人们用大象搬远树木,很有趣!森林里有很多动物:小熊猫、黑熊等等。 云南还有世界闻名的石林。那儿的风景很美,有山有水,像中国的山水画儿一样。我很想再去云南画那里的风景。 请尽快回信! 你的朋友 小李 (...
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Can I translate 哭拜 as mourn?

Yesterday I was reading 孟母三迁。 (Your environment has a big effect on your development seems to be the underlying theme.) ’... ,孟子常常玩修筑坟墓或学别人哭拜的游戏。‘ I can't find 哭拜, so I suppose it is a contraction ...
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Meaning of 纸 in radicals

I was asked this in my Chinese class and have to write a mini paragraph on it: 解释一下“纸”这个字部首是什么?最早纸是什么意思? I know that the first part of 纸 means 丝绸, but what does the second part of the character ...
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Any difference between 发蒙 and 上学 for children?

Sometimes the words 发蒙 and 上学 can be seen together as a single phrase: 发蒙上学. Working with the topolectical words 穿牛鼻子 one defintion says: 喻指小孩到学校读书 while another says: 比喻儿童发蒙 Is there any, ...
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What does 群峰争奇 mean here?

This little text is talking about types of clouds. 夏天,雷雨到来之前,在天空先会看到厚厚的积云。积云如果迅速地向上凸起,形成高大的云山,群峰争奇,耸入天顶,就变成了积雨云。 From zdic.net I see that 争 can mean: 4。 怎么,如何(多见于诗、词、曲):~不。~知。~奈 形成高大的云山,群峰争奇, 1. ...
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上帝也哭泣, Cantonese version, is this bit of lyrics correct?

The song in the title is by Wang Jie. The lyrics can be found here. However, ever since I first met this song, I was puzzled by this bit: 谁飘涌这里未能别去? This should transliterate to: Seoi4 piu1 ...