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Further information on calligraphy piece? (Characters identified: 斿于⿰坴丮)

I have a work of calligraphy that I am trying to get as much information as possible on. The story behind it is that back in college, I took a Chinese calligraphy summer session course (was maybe 4 ...
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Is Goldblatt's talk about Waley available on-line?

Is there any on-line source for Howard Goldblatt's article "Why I hate Arthur Waley."?  It is in Translation Quarterly (1999) No. 13 & 14,  pp.33 -- 48.  I have even found pictures of ...
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What does it say? [closed]

My son bought this shirt with this writing on it. What does it say?
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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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Translation of “go from … to …” / 从 … 到

Cinderella went from rags to riches, but when you are already at the top, fate is more than happy to kick you down. 辛德瑞拉(灰姑娘)从穷到富..., 可以这样翻译吗?"从"是动词吗?或者went怎样翻译?
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Please, help translate the text and stamps on this painted silk screen to identify the artist and date?

This is a painted silk screen showing a mongolian mounted archer. I think that the original motif was shown on a 1280 painting, but this is, of course, much later (1900?).
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Chinese Poem Verses About Weapons, Advice, and Israel?

This is an excerpt from the end of a poem I'm working to translate: 以前之前 如风如迷的人与神 温润良言 亦如戈鋋铿锵然 让以色列都复了国 要我度过这长夜 又有何难 And this is my current translation draft. "Long, long ago/ Like the wind, or ...
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Choosing a Chinese name based on John the Apostle

I'm new and I only recently started getting more serious about learning Chinese. After doing research and talking to people, someone suggested that I should chose a Chinese name and that I should ask ...
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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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Differences: 信息 vs 讯息?

What are the differences between: 信息 vs 讯息? Perhaps 信 is more related to the mailing? Perhaps 讯 is more related to the information? Perhaps 息 is related to the breathing?
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What does “我牛起来” mean?

I know what each of the characters mean, but I'm confuse on how to put it into a sentence. 我 - I 牛 - ox 起来 - up
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The translation of “the draft services for suppliers”?

The meaning of it is like "someone draft some informations for guiding suppliers". Thanks in advance!
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Translation a slogan “the perfect boost” to Chinese

I try to translate it to “ 注入新鲜血液,实现品牌升级” or “最完美的品牌升级” but I still have no idea how to translate it suitably. (a straight translation is not always the best choice for a slogan) Any suggestion or ...
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Are antithetical couplets mostly untranslatable?

For example, 四品青天褂 六味地黃丸 Or 公門桃李崢嶸日 法國荷蘭比利時 I am not sure if there exists any reasonable translation.
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How do you translate: she's very fancy

Fancy as she dresses well, fashionable or is good decorating, etc.
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Can someone translate what is written in this photo please?

Please i need help translating this into english. I have no idea what it says.
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How can I say “Available in Chinese” about a product

I'm making a marketing image for a product, and the logo is in English. I want to add in Simplified Chinese under the logo the sentence "Available in Chinese" so that people who see it ...
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Can anyone help translate this signature / red seal

Ive had this painting/print for years, i inherited it from my Uncle. Ive always wanted to know what the red seal means and the translation of the text. I would love to find out more about the artist
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Can someone translate this Chop? [closed]

My parents got me this chop when they went to China but I have no idea what it says... can someone translate? (Sorry for the awful stamping... I couldn’t get it to stamp super clear.)
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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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Chinese? Seal Need help with translating and more information on this scroll (Characters identified: 鄧紹新印)

I have searched and searched but cannot find what this means. Can anyone help with translating this seal, or pointing me in the right direction? Thank you! Thank you for the help. One of the ...
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Please help with the meaning of seal calligraphy writing on the following clay board

Please help with the meaning of seal calligraphy writing on the following clay board.
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What's the meaning of 娷?

While inputting PinYin's shui, I got the character 娷 among others. Neither automatic translators nor dictionaries gave me an accurate translation of it. I can identify the radicals 女 (female) and 垂 (...
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Does anyone know what these symbols mean? Cantonese? They appear in a tray marked “Hong Kong”

Does anyone know what these symbols mean? Cantonese? They appear in a tray marked "Hong Kong"
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What's the technical term for “cryptography based on elliptic-curve pairing”?

The study of modern crytography is more than just about keeping information secret - public-key cryptography studies methods to exchange secrets in open public (key exchange, public-key encryption) ...
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Help w/translating (to English) a stamp on bowl please!

Thanks for helping me with this!✌️
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How do you say “allowance” in mandarin?

Google Translate says it is 津贴, but my mom says it is 零用钱. Apparently 津贴 doesn't mean allowance, so what does each character mean? My book and google translate say 零用钱 is pocket money. How does that ...
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Can somebody please translate main 4 symbols and the 6 little ones for me? (Characters identified: 格物致知)

Can somebody please translate main 4 symbols and the 6 little ones for me?
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What is the meaning of 江山入画

Please, can you explain me the exact meaning of 江山入画? It is a name of a novel. However I am not sure of exact meanging. I know that 江山 means country, 画 is painting. Please what it mean all together ?
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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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What is the original of “Sold Out” by poet Mo Mo?

I was suddenly reminded of this poem today: Mo Mo SOLD OUT I sell dreams, cheap following my inclinations like a dog who sold his master I sell epochs, my body crosshatched with scars I sell time, ...
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How to translate “blouse” to Chinese?

I'm researching names for many different clothes in Chinese, and when I reached the word blouse, seems like I've reached a dead end and, consequently, a need of an explanation. Just to make myself ...
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Understand 憎人富貴厭人貧(窮)

The Cantonese expression 憎人富貴厭人貧/窮 (hate the rich, discriminate the poor) illustrated a mentality that is considered unhealthy. I am trying to find a simple description of this attitude I came up with ...
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Is 我的中文水平还是挺有限的 a suitable translation of “My Chinese is still quite limited”?

我的中文水平还是挺有限的。 My Chinese is still quite limited. Anything wrong with this translation? Or is there a better way of expressing this?
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How to discuss preferences / ask which do you prefer in Mandarin

How does one discuss preferences/ask what someone prefers out of a series of options? Do you just list each option followed by 好不好? Thanks
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What does this mean in English, please? [duplicate]

[广州市]【广州国际中心】已出口直封 What does this mean in English? I am expecting a parcel to be delivered.
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Chinese names for zeptoseconds and yoctoseconds

While compiling a list of names for fractions of seconds which are in the International System of Units, I stumbled upon two curious fractions of seconds whose names I'm unable to locate anywhere, and ...
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what does 上疾 mean in this sentence (她在网球场上疾如闪电。)

I have the sentence 她在网球场上疾如闪电。I know that it means "she is as quick as lightning on the tennis court" What role does 上疾 have in the sentence it clearly doesn't mean, on disease! Are there ...
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What is the hidden meaning of “mi mi”, the Chinese word for secret?

The English word is "secret" The Chinese word is "秘密" I found 禾 means grain, 必 means must. The second character has 宀 (mián) roof,必 (bì) must and 山 (shān) mountain. How does it all ...
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Trying to translate specific Data Science terms to Traditional Chinese

I am translating a paragraph to Traditional Chinese about Data Science. The subject is Decision Modeling which is translated in Google as:決策建模 The term I am having a problem with is: Quantitative ...
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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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How do I express the notion of “drama” in Chinese?

If you have housemates or a romantic partner, you might (unfortunately) encounter what we call "drama" (n.): A way of relating to the world in which a person consistently overreacts to or ...
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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 is a better translation of 箱子 in the following context?

The phrase 这辆铲车正在把箱子装上卡车 seems at first glance to say "This truck is loading a box onto the truck", but in fact this is used along with the below photo. Is it right to say that 箱子 in this ...
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Need help translating Oriental markings on a lamp

Looking to find out more information on my lamp but I'm unable to translate the symbols that I assume are Chinese dialect
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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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English translation of Su Shi's “Cold Food Observance”

I have obtained a copy of Su Shi's "Cold Food Observance". I would like to find a good English translation of the 129 characters, preferably with standard (kaishu) characters alongside so ...
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Is 天的数月 the correct way to say “days of the month”?

Is Tiān de shù yuè (天的数月) the correct way to state "days of the month"? I am looking for a term that will encompass all of the days of the month. This will be the heading for a paragraph ...
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What does this artwork say? (Characters identified: 湖岩)

I'd like to ask you for help me to identify this sign and stample. It should be painting on silk.

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