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Is there a difference between 有趣 and 有意思?

They seem to mean the same thing, but I've seen 有意思 quite a few times in my books, and never 有趣. When is 有趣 used and why (especially in comparison with 有意思)?
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Meaning and use of ideograms around “language” : 说,话,语

I just arrived in this warm community and am glad to find a stackexchange about Chinese language. I merely began to learning Chinese and find it really exciting, yet many of uses and conventions are ...
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What does 起来 mean in this phrase?

把被子收起来吧. Translation: Let's put the quilt away. In other circumstances, 起来 means to get up but here there is a different meaning, and from the definitions I can't decide which definition is used ...
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Why use combined characters that have the same meaning?

(rèn shí ) both characters means ( to know)and when combined it still have the same meaning. So why can't I use only one of them ?
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做 as the verb “to be”

Can someone please clarify how and when 做 is used to mean "to be" e.g. 不愿做奴隶人们 I am familiar with 做 meaning "to do" or "to make", and I would expect that if I was saying "I am a slave", “我是一个奴隶“ ...
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What does j8傻逼 mean?

In the following picture: I understand the meaning of 傻逼 but what is the "j8" before it?
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What does “死党” mean?

My first impression to this word is something like "enemy" or "enemies", because the letter "死" is used and it means death. But when I do some search, it means "sworn followers"? I really doubt at it....
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Roots of the difference between 谈,论,说,讲,议, 叙,言,报,告,述

All those talk, discuss, chat and ect. In any language there are a lot of words expressing different connotation of people speaking. In my own language (russian) there are lot's of them BUT I can ...
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What is the difference between 听到、听过 and 听说?

There are 3 听 (hear or listen to). What is the difference between 听到, 听过, and 听说?
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What does 没门 mean?

I stumbled across this expression in the following context: 学世界语有没有意义,主要看你是什么目的。如果是想代替英语,没门。 In this context, I think the meaning of 没门 is pretty clear. I'm wondering how this expression may be ...
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Is 得弄 one word or two in 首先得弄清楚我们需要什么?

I have 首先得弄清楚我们需要什么。 I see 得弄清楚 is a fairly common combination of words. Is 得弄 one word or 2 words here? Should I read de nong or dei nong? Should I translate the sentence to 'First we need to find ...
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What is the usage of 有 in 有比丘五下分結盡?

Here is the phrase, it is from Buddhist scripture: 有比丘五下分結盡 I know 有 as "to be", "to have", and as often serving as a translation for the Sanskrit bhāva. Is this usage something like "being monks, [...
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了 usage conflict “now” vs “completion”

While learning about 了 usages, i confronted a headache conflict between it's usage or maybe it's an error so i need someone please to clarify this issue. 下雨了 If i go by it's use as action completion ...
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Meaning of 翼 in 不翼而飞

The Chinese idiom " 不翼而飞" contains the character 翼 meaning wings, but how could one fly without wings? Here 不翼 = 无翼 ? I'm confused. I am aware of the fact that the saying means "vanish into the air ...
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What is 被 doing in sentence “这种病在三十年前就被根除了”?

I understand that the sentence means something like "This disease was eradicated 30 years ago", but I have no idea what role does 被 have in it? Is the sentence okay if we remove it? Does it convey ...
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What is the meaning behind 5000萬「袋住先」and D7689!@#?

On a poster referring to the umbrella protests in Hong Kong, there is a Chinese politician depicted in the way of the picture "the scream" by Edward Munch. Next to him is a humanoid banana with ...
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Meaning of “不了” in “忘不了/喝不了/…”

I know that 了 after a verb means a completion or termination of a certain action, such as: 吃飽了 (I am) full. 開始了 (It) has started. 不動了 (It) is not moving anymore. But what about 了 ...
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What is the meaning of 送上 here?

In this sentence 送上 means what?? I think is means 'send = 送 to attend = 上(a series of lectures) = 一场讲座' but maybe it is just 送给?? 据报道,某石油化工公司前不久举办了一场心理知识讲座,为近百名员工送上了一把找到工作快乐和取得成功的“心灵钥匙“。
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Is 帮忙 and 帮助 interchangeable?

I looked up in the dictionary, 帮 means help, and 忙 means busy while 助 also means help, so is 帮忙 (help busy) and 帮助(help help) interchangeable? Or what is the subtle difference between them? Thanks!
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What is the meaning of 子 in words like 菓子(과자), 帽子(모자), or 獅子(사자)?

I'm learning Sino-Korean vocabulary at the moment and have noticed that many words seem to end in a '子' that doesn't seem to add much semantically to the other character in the word. What should I ...
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How to say that you were accepted/rejected from a college in Mandarin?

For example, how would I say something like "Harvard rejected me" or "Harvard accepted me"?
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'最终有个交代‘, '交代’ meaning

The sentence comes to my mind is at least, in the end, I can say that I tried everything I could. Is there a corresponding expression for ‘交代’ here?
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What does the phrase “足矣” mean?

I saw this phrase recently in a post online. The whole sentence is 人生得一知己足矣. I think 人生得一知己 means "getting a BFF(?) in one's life". (The only meaning of the word 知己 that I know of is BFF, but please ...
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What is the difference between 很, 十分 and 非常?

What is the difference between 很, 十分 and 非常? Or do they have the same meaning?
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我可不觉得 - agree or disagree?

I worked with dialogue of two persons: A: 外边下雨. 挺有意思. B: 我可不觉得. 上个星期我穿了新衣服出门, 忽然倾盆大雨. 我的衣服报废了. 可不 - vocabulary translation gives "1) that's just the way it is. 2) exactly". But here Person B is ...
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What is the difference of use between 没空 and 没(有)时间?

As far as I can tell, they both have the same meaning: have no time, i.e.: 对不起,今天我没空帮你 对不起,今天我没(有)时间帮你 But the first one looks like a quasi-idiomatic expression (have no air?); is there a ...
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What is the difference between 网上 and 在线?

Both 网上 and 在线 mean "online". What is the difference between 网上 and 在线?
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What is the meaning of 刚 in 变形金刚?

I came across the word 变形金刚 in a short children's story that I read and Pleco dictionary states that it refers to either shape-shifting warriors protecting the Buddha, or Transformers (which Google ...
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What does 就 mean in 你怎么就睡在这里了呀?

你怎么就睡在这里了呀? Searching 就 up on the Chinese Grammar Wiki gives a pretty long list of usages, and I have no idea what (if any) is most applicable.
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Is 熵 in any way part of the spoken language?

In my own language (Dutch) I can (jokingly) point at something that is decaying (or perhaps my tea getting cold, or my desk being disorderly) and utter the single word: ‘entropy’. Or I can, out of the ...
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Difference between 留神,留意,留心?

I am now learning 近义词 and got a problem with distinguishing the difference between 留神,留意,留心. The textbook says: 他干什么特别留心,看书时也常常做笔记 (留神and留意arent allowed here) 多亏我对他留了一点心,这个情况没有告诉他 (留神 and 留意 ...
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Can 弗 Mean Dollar In Chinese?

弗 means dollar (as in USD, $) in both Korean and Japanese. Korean 불 [弗] a dollar Japnese ドル noun dollar (from Dutch, orig. an abbr. of ドルラル; also written as 弗) (see also: ...
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Formality of “悲哀” as opposed to “悲傷” and “哀傷”

From what I have learned, or I remember I have learned, 悲哀, 悲傷, and 哀傷 all mean sadness and are interchangeable. However, as I remember, I have read 悲傷 and 哀傷 in academic/professional writings, but ...
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What is the difference between 嘗試,試圖,and 企圖?

I'm trying to translate this sentence to Mandarin: She's trying to recover the torn photo. So I was trying to find a meaning of "to try" in Pinpin Dictionary, and I came up with three different ...
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Could you please explain me a difference

I am writing one project about an aspect in Chinese, but I have some difficulties in the Chinese variant of Continuous. Could you please explain me a difference between the meaning of there 3 ...
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What role does 的 play in the sentence 我不明白你刚说的第一句话?

I take 我不明白你刚说的第一句话 to mean "I don't understand what you said in the first line" I'm trying to understand what 的 does in this sentence (or grammar function). Relatedly, would it be possible to omit ...
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What does 惟覺 mean here?

While lying in the hospital, I am thinking about 唐詩。 Particularly about this one: 多情卻似總無情,   惟覺樽前笑不成。   蠟燭有心還惜別,   替人垂淚到天明 I think I can more or less understand it, but I have no idea what 惟覺 ...
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What does 自个 mean: “since a” or “onself”

As a title, I have found to meanings for 自个: "since a" or "oneself", what is correct and how to translate it?
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What is the difference between 由于 and 因为?

What is the difference between "由于" and "因为"? For example, what is the difference between 由于今天是公共假期,我不需要上学。 and 因为今天是公共假期,我不需要上学。
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What does 嘰咿— mean?

I'm reading a Chinese manga translation and have come across this note above a panel: 嘰咿— I'm not sure what it could mean or say in English. Can anyone help me? Thanks!
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Is 太君 a derogatory word?

These days it seems popular that Chinese netizens call Japanese 太君. According to some posts on 百度知道, like this or this or this, although they explain the etymology and the meaning of the word, there ...
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What does 弹性 refer to in this sentence?

This text discusses '人体运动到底有没有极限?‘ 人的心理因素弹性很大,积极的精神状态可以激发身体潜能,从而让运动员在竞赛中超水平发挥。 弹性: 物体受外力作用发生形变、除去作用力能恢复原来形状的性质 (zdic.net) 弹性: flexibility, elasticity However, I don't think they want to say 'the ...
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Can I rewrite 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端得空前绝后的假设 using 的 or 地 instead of 得?

I'm not too sure what this 得 is doing here. If I rewrite as in 2. or 3. is that a) correct and b) still the same meaning? 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端得空前绝后的假设,。。。。。 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端的,空前绝后的假设,。。。。。 德里克.帕腓特有一个极端地空前绝后的假设,。。...
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Has 管理 something to do with plumbing? If so then

Has "管理 = manage" something to do with plumbing, making pipes or taking care of them? As far as I know 管 is a measure word for tube-shaped objects. So my logic suggest that 管理 is an meaning-extension ...
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What is the meaning of 声 in …车市降价声已经是此起彼伏?

What is the meaning of '声‘ in this sentence? 近2/3的进口车也大幅降价;而2004年、2005年和2006年,车市降价声已经是此起彼伏。
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Difference between 生气 and 愤怒

I can't find the difference between 生气 and 愤怒. Oxford Dictionary says angry means 生气, but I found 愤怒 in the online dictionary. Both have more than 20 million hits on Google, both have pictures of ...
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I need help with the translation of 长和能力

I'm working with Chinese resumes and I've found 长和能力 as a section title. I tried to translate it using the Google Translate and it says it means "Length and capacity". Is there any alternative ...
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山火 vs 野火 vs 丛林大火: Chinese for “bushfire”

I would imagine that 山火 meant "a fire in the mountains", but the dictionary lists "wildfire / forest fire". Is 山火 then a generic word for an out of control fire? What about 野火? I saw 山火 on the news, ...
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What does 糗大 (qiǔdà) mean?

What does 糗大 (qiǔdà) mean in the following phrase? 那才真的糗大了。 From context, I think it ought to mean something like "that would really be terrible" or "that would be far worse," but I can't find a ...
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What is the difference between 比如 and 例如

I know both can mean "for example/such as/for instance". They are most likely synonyms but even synonyms have slight subtle differences in precise meaning and usage. I know that 例 can be used alone: (...