Questions tagged [simplified-chinese]

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How do you use “a” in the chinese language? [duplicate]

For example, If i wanted to say, "A sandwich" or "A car tire" in chinese, How would i say that, and where does the "a" go? At the end of the sentence, or at the beginning ...
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Who knows the most number of characters in Chinese?

I am mainly just curious as to the answer. And it would be interesting to hear if it is different for simplified and traditional. I know there are 80,000+ characters and most native speakers will ...
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How do you answer the following question when someone asks: 我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗?

我想认识一个美国朋友,你给我介绍一下,可以吗? My Chinese teacher asked me the question above ^. Am I supposed to say: 这是我的中国老师, 王朋. or 这是我的美国朋友, Rodger Smith. Basically, should I be introducing my Chinese teacher who ...
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Explanation for simplification of 遙

Why is 遙 simplified into 遥? The second does not really look simpler - except in this unfortunate digital form that I now see that certainly was of no consideration to those who enacted simplification -...
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比 as synonym for 放?

I recently changed my phone language to Chinese. Someone "loved" a text I wrote, meaning that they put a heart on the message. The phone notification says, "这个人比了个心“, which to me, seems ...
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Is there an explicit/crude saying for bravery in Chinese?

I am looking for something similar to the english 'having big balls' as an indication of bravery.
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Is this sentence right ? 用两个语言把自己介绍

I'm making a video which I speak a few words about myself in two languages. I want to have a Chinese title for it. 1- 用 (使用/通过) 两个语言把自己介绍 2- 用(使用/通过) 两个语言把自己介绍 3- 用 (使用/通过) 两个语言来介绍自己 4- 用(使用/通过)...
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What’s the difference between 吃上饭 and 吃下饭?

I think one means it hasn’t happened yet and the other means it’s already happened, but I don’t really understand what that means when trying to translate into English or when trying to think of it in ...
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Why is there a 零 after 块 when you pronounce 1000.20元? It's 一千块零二毛, but why?

Recently I came across a lesson in a textbook that was about money, numerals, and quantities in general. There was a puzzling entry claiming that 1000.20元 should be pronounced as 一千块零二毛。 Honestly, I ...
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what is the Two-Block Haicut called in Chinese(Mandarin)?

does anyone know what is the Chinese name for the Two-Block Haircut? I heard it can also be called the Dandy Two-Block haircut. It is the one that is popularized by Korea and is shown in many Korean ...
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Help me choose a good chinese name [closed]

I'm currently learning chinese and I've decided to adopt a chinese name since my given name doesn't translates well to mandarin. I wanted to choose a nome that comes from ancient poetry and evoques ...
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A Chinese Poetic About Understanding the Universe

These are some lines from a verse I was translating: 我傻楞着,不知说的是你 那么要读懂这宇宙, 就只须读懂一个人的眼睛 该是什么样的眼睛 My rough translation: "Being foolish, I don't get what you're saying, That those who seek to know ...
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A Chinese Poem About Weather, Crops…And Clipper Ships?

I've been trying to translate passages from a poem about weather and seasons. There's a particularly knotty passage below I'm trying to unravel: "至于雾水那是亟待被理解的事物 墙面和我的手臂是时间的快船" My rough ...
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Help translating a Chinese character

So I came across this character and I have no idea what it means. I've tried looking it up in an online chinese dictionary but was unable to find anything. Does anyone know what this character is and ...
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Difference between 他带来了很多衣服 and 他带很多衣服来

大家好! I don't really understand the difference between two sentences: 1.他带来了很多衣服; 2. 他带很多衣服来; The 1st one was found on the Internet, but the 2nd one I have "created" by myself. Is the 2nd one ...
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Symbolism Of A Verse From A Chinese Poem

I'm trying to translate a poem with the title "Plum In The Basket". The subject matter of most of the poem revolves around eating plums and plum wine, but the opening line, key to ...
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Does anyone know what this means or the origins of this artwork?

Need help with where the signature stamp came from. Deng Shaoxin has been translated, but I'm not sure where to go from there as this is a very common surname. Translation of the rest seems to be ...
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I need help with a Chinese phrase

I'm trying to translate the following sentence into Chinese: My friend has invited me to New Years in Copenhagen. Im taking the train and I will be there at 5 pm. Google Translate gives me, ...
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Why is 'The apple is 3 yuan' written '苹果三块' and not '苹果是三块'

Why is 'The apple is 3 yuan' written '苹果三块' and not '苹果是三块', or are both acceptable?
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How Would I Write 多为和平 Vertically?

I used Google translate to tell me how to say Mostly Peaceful in Chinese which it said was 多为和平. I do not know any Chinese at all and I am designing a shirt where I would like to stack the words 多为和平 ...
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Asking “what are your dreams for the future”

How does one ask in Mandarin, "what are your dreams" (i.e. future ambitions) I know that 打算 can be used for if you're planning to do something e.g. 我打算明天去看医生 so am not sure if the phrase ...
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What does 迫不及待 开始倒计 mean?

This line came from 深呼吸 by Yu Quan 羽泉。 迫不及待 - anxious to wait 开始倒计 - begin counting down Would it just be translate as 'anxious to wait, I begin to count down'?
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What does 传承跨越沧桑的壁垒 mean?

传承 impart and inherit 跨越 stride across; leap over 沧桑 vicissitude 的 poss. 壁垒 rampart; barrier I came with 'passing the obstacles' but I'm not sure if it's right.
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What tone for retroflex r?

The retroflex r is not the consonant r in a word (pinyin) like in 人 rén. The retroflex is added as a suffix in the Beijing area, or as a diminutive suffix. Would it be pronounced with the second tone,...
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Chinese-characters learning software for Ubuntu (Linux)

I am looking for a software that shows a Chinese alphabet/word on my desktop with its pinyin and meaning in English, and each day it will give a different word. Since I am using a Linux (Ubuntu 18.04) ...
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When should one use a mixture of simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese?

See the photos above. Both simplified and traditional Chinese are used. Is there a general rule regarding when should one use a mixture of both? Or is it always a bad practice to mix these twos?
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What's this sentence 麻烦包两份上次的礼盒 mean?

I've been googled and using translator what I found that 麻烦包两份上次的礼盒 means is "Please pack two copies of the last gift box". but I'm not satisfied so I searched that 麻烦 is similar with Qing = ...
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开一个生日会 explanation as to why 开 is used here?

My book says that "to host a party" is written as... 开一个生日会 Example: 她想在家里开一个生日会。 The reason I am confused is because everywhere I look, 开 means to open. However, the book translates it as &...
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The characters I face in alipay

大家好, I wanted to know what does what is the exact meaning of 专区 in 5G专区,I saw it in alipay, I search in dictionary but it does not have any sense to me, can someone explain when I should use 专区。 ...
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Which word means 'log in'?

Are there any differences between 登陆,登入,and 登录 ? Which is the correct words to represent 'log in'?
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Can someone break down the sentence structure for the following

I have another question about 玩儿 since you guys have been so helpful! 你在北京玩儿得高兴吗? - Did you have a good time in 北京 Can someone explain the sentence structure here? I'm hoping it can answer these ...
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Can someone explain why 玩儿 is used in these sentences?

I am someone new to chinese, I am in chinese 3 honors. We are learning about traveling and had some questions about the use of 玩儿 in these sentences and why they are here! 今年夏天我们在西安玩儿了三天,在北京玩儿了一个星期 - ...
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There is this song that I can't find the Pinyin lyrics to on Youtube

Can someone help me find it please? This is just copied and pasted from what should be the songs title 凌震 尤金 多看一眼
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Help to translate a deep meaning chinese sentence into English

I have a very good Chinese friend who studies design. Yesterday she shared with me one Powerpoint for her presentation that will take place next week. She explained the following sentences to me, ...
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Textual Examples of Honorifics used (contemporary/historical) [closed]

Could anyone recommend some texts or videos where Chinese honorifics are used? I have a list of types of Chinese honorifics but not any textual examples.
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Does ‘Exchange English to Chinese and learn both’ mean ‘把英文翻译成中文,可以同时学习两种语言’ in Chinese, properly translated?

Is the following properly translated? 把英文翻译成中文,可以同时学习两种语言 Exchange English to Chinese and learn both And if not, what would the proper translation be? Would you mind helping me?
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Does anyone knows a 'Leo' surname transliterated from the 劉/刘 characters?

Grandfather from Macau, China came to the Philippines when he was only 13 years old. His name in my Dad's birth certificate is 'Leo Suening'. yDNA (paternal test) results points me to the Liu/劉/刘 ...
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五笔字型 practicing Apps?

I've recently gotten into the 五笔86 input method and I am wondering if there are any apps on the computer I can use to practice typing so I can get quick with it. I have a Mac and I've looked for a few ...
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How to do line breaks when mixing in Simplified Chinese characters and non-Chinese characters?

Context: I am working on a video game with a Simplified Chinese translation. I'm not handling the translation myself, but I am working on importing the translated strings into the game's engine. I ...
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What is the meaning of “完败”?

客队0比3完败。 客队0比3完败主队。 客队3比0完败主队。 客队以完败收场。 客队0比3完胜了。 客队3比0完败了。 What is the meaning of "完败" in these sentence?
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How common are the following Chinese names: 王朋 & 李友 & 高文中 & 白英愛? My Chinese coursebooks are full of them!

Context: my Chinese course uses a series of books (called 'Integrated Chinese') in which the following are among the most commonly used names: 王朋 李友 高文中 白英愛 It makes me wonder how common these names ...
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Why is “的” used instead of “了” in this sentence?

I've been learning Chinese for months, but I found an interesting sentence. 他和她一起来的吗? In this sentence, my question is about why “的” is used instead of “了”. For example, I would say "他和她一起来了吗?&...
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What is the difference between the characters of 问 and 何? [closed]

I am really having a difficult time trying to understand what these two characters mean. I know the second character means what but I don't know what the first character means.
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How to talk about cooking a dish with multiple items

I have been practicing Chinese by writing essays in Chinese. I am starting one on my cooking routines. While I know many food terms, I have never expressed anything beyond basic with respect to food. ...
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还 in 你还好吗 is just for emphasis?

还 in 你还好吗 has the meaning of "still" , "as well", "even", or just for "emphasis (强调)" and no meaning here? Thank you!
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When 马 is used as the left component (e.g. in 骑), does the 一 héng stroke change to ㇀ tí?

I am thinking about the 马 character. I know that when you use 土 and 车 on the left in a composed character (like 地,场... and 较,辆 ...) the 3rd stroke in 土, and the 4th in 车 change from 一 héng to ㇀ tí. ...
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Is 纟 obtained by simplification of 糸 ?

Neither纟 nor 糸 are used as words in modern Chinese, i know the word for silk is 丝( trad 絲). Many radicals in the list of 214 kangxi radicals have both traditional and simplified character, but that ...
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does 心 used for translation of the heart as an organ? [closed]

I would like to know which Chinese word is used when we are speaking about the heart as an organ, and not a feeling or the seat of soul affections. The most commonly used word :-)
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To display a correct pinyin in a web page what font should i use

I have the line <link href="https:/ /fonts.googleapis.com/css2?family=Ma+Shan+Zheng&display=swap" rel="stylesheet"> to display a nice font for Chinese characters, which ...
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How to ask what personality traits do you like in Mandarin

How would one ask "What personality traits do you like?" in Mandarin? I've seen it translated as: 你喜欢什么个性特征 but isn't 性特征 sexual characteristics? So I wasn't sure if it would be better to ...

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