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Questions on specific points regarding translating Chinese to/from another language. Do your own research first!

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Chinese Seal on silk painting - what does it mean?

I have inherited a beautiful Chinese silk artwork. I would like to know what age it is and what the script and seal mean. Much appreciated if anyone can help
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Why “mistreat” is translated as “三顿饭” by Google translate?

In Google translate, one of the Chinese translations of “mistreat” is “三顿饭”: Why does “三顿饭” have anything to do with "mistreat"? It is not an idiom, is it?
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How to translate 就 into English as in 这就是个很好的例子?

这就是个很好的例子。 Either with or without 就, it can be translated to This is a good example.
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„Incognito” in mandarin

I.e. a person trying to hide his/her true identity? I asked Chinese friends but they are providing different options and I’m not sure if there is a direct equivalent of the English word. I’d like to ...
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English text from chinese author - What does “It will be better to …” mean

I am trying to read a research paper from a Chinese research group (written in english). The author is frequently using the phrase "It will be better to ...", and I am having a hard time to understand ...
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Does anyone recognize any of these seal script characters or translate it?

seal statue The image is two old men one might be a teacher being given a gift by a student
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Journey to the West: “Mother of wood”

I am reading Wu Cheng'en's Journey to the West in English (using the translation by Anthony C. Yu, don't know enough language to understand the source) and there seems to be a recurring theme of using ...
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I want to identify the chinese stamp and words on a painting

I recently purchased a Chinese painting with 2 stamps (Baiwen) and Chinese symbols on the side. I was hope you could give me some insight on the artist or translation of the words. Images below ...
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Is referring to Mandarin as just “Chinese” problematic?

I am living in Taiwan learning Mandarin Chinese (with traditional characters). When speaking in English I try to refer to the language as Mandarin both for clarity, and because I imagine people who ...
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what's the best translation for English for the following words?

what is the best translation for English for the following words: 初试锋芒,渐入佳境,登堂入室,独孤求败 For badges of game achievements
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译成 To translate from… into

大家好, 我想知道怎么说 I translate from English into Chinese. I interpret from English into Chinese. My attempts: 我从英文笔译成汉语。 我从英文口译成汉语。 However, I'm unaware of whether it is better to use cong...dao...从。。。到 ...
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How would a person start translating classical stories from the Han dynasty?

Stories like both Confucius's Analects and Ying Shao's Fengsu Tonyi seem to use the characters in different ways than I've encountered so far. As an example, I'm currently working on translating a ...
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Is 电视剧 equivalent to “TV series” or “TV drama”?

https://www.quora.com/topic/Television-Dramas I find TV dramas only refer to Chinese/Japanese/Korean 电视剧 on the quora topic. Why? English 电视剧 only are called TV series? If an English 电视剧 only has ...
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Is this a true translation of a famous quote?

I got this out of the Routledge Encyclopedia of the Chinese Language, it really spoke to me, but was wondering if the translation is as true as they depict it. Nothing is as good as running it by ...
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Error in Book? Need help

I was reading Assimil Chinese with Ease and came across this. 你见过他? Since this is a question, is 吗 necessary for the question? Perhaps an error? Or can you omit 吗?
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Can anyone translate this Seal Script into english for me?

I played this game called Sleeping Dogs that I really loved! It took place in Hong Kong and the main character Wei Shen has this tattoo on his arm that I thought would be cool to have. After doing ...
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Difference in meaning based on position of modal verb

Here's a child's essay [1]: 今天是元宵节,妈妈说,在滨江公园有猜灯谜的活动。她还说,看花灯、猜灯谜、还有吃汤圆是元宵节的民俗。 晚上七点半,我和妈妈还有亲戚一起来到滨江公园,人真多,非常热闹!那里没有猜灯谜,我好失望。但是我们放了烟花,还放了孔明灯和河灯,真是太有趣了! 我觉得最有意思的是放孔明灯。我先在上面写了“希望我学习100分”,...
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Is `方法是通过xxx` a correct sentence? i.e. 中文中,介宾结构能作为名词(宾语)使用吗

The phrase often appears in english-chinese translation. For example: If you want to become a better photographer, the only way is through repetition. 如果您想成为一名较好的摄影师,惟一的方法是通过反复练习。 The ...
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Can I get a clue as to the meaning of this spam? [closed]

A US forum on home construction has recently been receiving spam such as: 精仿1:1制作原版内布拉斯加大学办理林肯分校UNL毕业证文凭微|Q603012914代办美国成绩单|学位证|伪造假毕业证假学历丨留信网认证+大使馆认证、教育部认证University of Nebraska Lincoln Can anyone ...
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Translation of this sign [closed]

This sign was in season 1 episode 2 of White Dragon which takes place in Hong Kong. I was hoping someone here might be able to shed some light on what it says. Thank you!
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What's the common Chinese term for a chest cold?

I can find 支气管炎 for "bronchitis" but I wonder if that's a bit too technical or medical or whether it's common in day-to-day conversation. In English "bronchitis" is a bit technical so more often ...
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Why the surname 유 (Yoo) is translated as 刘 instead of 余 or 于?

유창혁 (Yoo Changhyuk) is translated as 刘昌赫 in Chinese. Is there any reason that 유 is translated as 刘 instead of 余 or 于?
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How to translate “march wearing in one uniform: leadership”

Looking back at my two weeks at NYMA, I've learned many valuable lessons, but the most important lesson I will remember is that people from different background all over the world, can create ...
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Translate into English this pic [closed]

Please help me in translating this pic into English
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What is the grammatical structure of: 我把你们带到茶馆来。

I was reading New Practical Chinese Reader Chpater 27 and stumbled upon the following sentence: 我把你们带到茶馆来。 While the meaning of the sentence is pretty clear, I have trouble understanding its ...
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How do you translate “I always drink coffee with cream”?

I'm particularly interested in how you translate "with" here. I remember someone using it in a conversation yesterday, but didn't get the chance to have them repeat it. I tried searching MDBG and ...
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How to translate “de-”?

I was reading this article in The Guardian recently when I came across this sentence: By the time I have finished typing, Chris could have lost a battle of wits with the A358, or de-invented trains....
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Touch: difference between 碰,碰觸,觸碰, and 觸

There appear to be multiple ways to say touch according to YellowBridge. 1) Is there a difference between 碰,碰觸,觸碰, and 觸, or are they interchangeable? 2) In Cantonese, 點 seems to be the right way to ...
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How do you say or write love yourself in Chinese?

I want to get a tattoo of the phrase “love yourself” in Chinese but I don’t want to just google and translate since it gets words and phrases wrong all the time. I want to know from someone who ...
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How to use 者 as “… one who is …”?

I have read that 者 can be used as "... one who ...", for example I met a X, one who is a Y. Is that right? If yes, what would be the translation of "I met a X, one who is a Y"?
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In online gaming, how would you exhort a Chinese teammate to die gloriously?

I once played an online multiplayer game called Boom Beach, which involved some team play. I was in a multinational group, and we did have two mainland Chinese folks in the group. One was reasonably ...
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A question about Google Translate

Yes, I do know this isn't about Chinese language as such, but I'm not sure where else to ask - and I hope people will find it a little bit amusing and forgive my transgression. So, this is my question ...
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Does 丢 mean “discard” as well as “throw” and “lose”?

On a Chinese teaching site they are translating 丢 as "throw away" but Pleco, English Wiktionary, and Google Translate do not include "throw away" as a translation of 丢 or include 丢 as a translation ...
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Help in identifying an object

I have an item with Chinese writing on it. Can anyone help me identify it / how old it is? any help would be greatly appreciated... Jonah
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Translate “当然” with a truning meaning

通常“当然”翻译作 of course。考虑下面一种情况 我在和人争吵,我说:“我不同意你的观点!” 接下来,为了缓和气氛,我用一句转折, “当然,你说的部分也有道理。” 这里的“当然”可以译作“of course”吗?我感觉不能,这里需要一个表示转折意义的“当然”,而“of course”通常是强调的意思。可否译作 though ?
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Seal identification under a Chinese bronze censer

I have an antique Chinese cloisnné bronze censer with a seal that I would like some information about: artist, date, etc.
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Could someone tell me if I interpret this sentence correctly?

I'm reading a web novel called "凤凰仙尊,刁妻萌娃好难训." There's a sentence which confused me, so I hope someone could tell me if my interpretation's already correct. “凡物只所持,不外乎三种,神念、灵气、元血。只是,一旦错了。就不知会如何了。” I ...
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What's the most accessible translation for 修仙 or 修真?

Can I use xiuxian? It means taking pills of immortality and cultivate oneself to become an immortal, short for cultivate immortality, can you understand the latter easily if it suddenly appears in ...
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What are the best Chinese terms for the correct sense of the English adjective “everyday”?

It seems that even CEDICT is full of the common English usage mistake confusing the adjective "everyday" with the adverbial phrase "every day". This means many dictionary sites and apps such as Pleco ...
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Meaning of 纷纷 (fēnfēn) referred to 雨 (yǔ)

In the famous poem "清明" by the Tang dynasty poet 杜牧 (Du Mu), rain 雨 is "纷纷". As reported by dictionaries, like https://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/dictionary.php , 纷 (fēn) means "numerous; confused; ...
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Meaning of 惹人嫌?

The full sentence is 唇上 唇下 留着 不长不短 但 总之 很 惹人嫌 的 髭须。 Which I've translated as 'His facial hair was not short or long, but overall the beard was suspicious. Is 'suspicious' a good ...
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Does this sentence make sense?

I'm trying to write a piece about sexism, that specifically discusses the gender wage gap and how it's affected by race. The sentence I'm trying to say is, "Latina women have to work until Nov. 20 in ...
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Why Fiorentina is commonly translated as “佛罗伦萨” instead of “费奥伦庭那”?

Though “费奥伦庭那” is sometimes used, it is not nearly as common as "佛罗伦萨". When the name of a place is translated into Chinese, why do people not use the most close pronounciation? Another example is ...
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How to say catcall in Chinese? “Catcall” 怎么翻译?

I'm trying to say "catcall" or "catcalling" in Chinese (as in, for example, a woman walking in a city street, a man yells something at her, typically degrading and commenting on her looks, etc), but ...
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Help translating writing on a bowl [closed]

Hi there! Could anybody translate what is written on the bottom of this bowl? It is at the request of an elderly relative who is computer illiterate! Many thanks!
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Why is my translation different from theirs?

So, I was was reading something and they provided me a translation. Here's the first one: 我不想要你因为我变得消极 I won't want you to become pessimistic because of me. Why didn't it translate to "I don't ...
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How many English words does 4000-8000 Chinese characters correspond to?

I have to write a grant application in Chinese. I intend to write it in English first, and then get a friend to translate it for me. I am supposed to give an overview of my research project with a ...
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Meaning of 上不上下不下

What does 上不上下不下 mean as an idiom? (Not the riddle) Here is the sentence where the phrase came from. 可惜,她越是这样,楚野就越是觉得被一根刺卡在喉咙处,上不上下不下,非常的不爽。
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What is a Singapore Sling drink known as in the Chinese dialects of Singapore?

The drink's inventor was Hainanese, though accounts of the drink's history and contents vary. The only reference to it in any form of Chinese that I was able to find was apparently written in ...
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Is 你跟家人一般见面? a yes-no question?

Duolingo translates 你跟家人一般见面? as When do you normally see your family? However, I don't see why it is a question at all. I would translate 你跟家人一般见面 as You normally see your family. We can also ...