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How to translate 脑袋短路 into English?

I would ask this on ELL but I honestly have no idea how to express this in English. Online translation give "brain short circuit", which sounds more like terminology than self-mockery. I am looking ...
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Is there a proverb that means “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”?

Is there a Chinese (Mandarin or Classical Chinese) proverb equivalent to the American proverb "the squeaky wheel gets the grease"? I looked it up in the Cambridge English-Traditional Chinese ...
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Chinese phrase for residency program

I am looking for a phrase in Chinese which means the residency program that physicians go through after graduation from medical school. SEe here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Residency_(medicine)
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What is this proverb?

I met someone who told me a proverb which in English read as follows: Wake up late and you lose the morning. Wake up early and you lose the whole day. She repeated it in Mandarin very quickly ...
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Chinese honorifics + thanking familiar elders

From here. Honorific Verbs Like nouns and proper nouns, some Chinese verbs can also be complemented with an honorific modifier. For example, the verbs 告gào ("to tell"), 还huán ("to return"),...
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如何把名词形式的 'Nothing' 翻译成中文 How to translate the English noun form of Nothing into Chinese?

Here are 2 English sentences, both have the word 'Nothing' in it in the noun form. I am wondering if it can be translated into Chinese while preserving as much of its original meaning as possible. ...
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What variant phrases of 五里不同天 exist?

五里不同天 is defined in《广安方言与民俗词典》as: 比喻地区不同,事物就有差异。 I remember long ago hearing that in 福建 they say that the culture changes every nine li, but I never learned the actual phrase. What similar ...
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Descriptors for moody teenagers?

There are few common ways to describe moody teenagers, albeit not overly precise: (很)叛逆(期) or 青春(期) I'm wondering if there is anything more colorful to describe these cranky kids?
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Chinese phrases akin to “back to the grindstone”?

A colorful way to mention you’re going back to work, especially after a break is by saying: back to the grindstone This is just usually plainly, and rather matter of factly, translated as: 回去干活 ...
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Word for banana blossoms in Chinese

This Web Page shows that banana blossoms correspond to what a Chinese friend of mine from Beijing used to call "tall skinny Chinese person" or "long skinny Chinese person". Upon stumbling upon this ...
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How do you say “You mean …?” to respond to what you don't understand enough?

In English, it is common to ask "You mean XXX...?" when a person does not understand enough what the conversation opponent said. I'm now in China, and to express the same thing I usually say the ...
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How would you interpret: “你的美如日; 你的智若猫头鹰”?

How do you interpret the phrase: "你的美如日; 你的智若猫头鹰" (Nǐ dì měi rú rì; nǐ de zhì ruò māotóuyīng in Mandarin)? I'm trying to say something like: "Your beauty is like the sun; your wisdom is like an owl's"...
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How to express giving two people some privacy?

Recently I noticed that a young girl waited for several hours, so as to be able to pass the break with my younger colleague. So my friend and I took a walk outside. Though this is not something I ...
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What does the phrase 'holding in the palm of hands' in chinese mean?

I've read that phrase in a lot of stories and in a lot of different form; could you tell me the official form of that phrase (or maybe idiom) and its meaning?
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What is a polite response to 《很高興認識你》?

I usually say 《我也是》, but it feels like an awkward response, and maybe a bit cold. Is there a common friendly or colloquial response? Thank you!
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How to give a thinly veiled threat?

I want to know a phrase in Chinese that most native speakers would immediately understand to be a (thinly veiled) threat to their physical safety, very similar to "You had better watch your back" in ...
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phrase request: complexity of interpersonal relationships

This has been harder to find than I imagined. I'm looking for any sort of phrase or quote that talks about how, very, complex interpersonal relationships are. The best I've found so far is something ...