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

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Translate an error message in chinese [closed]

Can someone please translate this message?
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Can someone translate this Chinese calligraphy into English?

This was written by a relative of mine, Ahn Jung-Geun
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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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Is there a Chinese variant of the expression "and the list goes on and on“

Is there a Chinese variant of the expression "and the list goes on and on" or something simillar to it?
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How to translate 冲 in a phrase 道冲。

Is there any meaning of the character 冲 that allows to translate it as Vessel (or empty vessel)? The section four of 道德经 states: "道沖而用之或不盈" - 冲 is usually translated here as an empty vessel or ...
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Chinese stone stamp translate [closed]

I want to translate this stone stamp. Any ideas what does it mean?
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How to separate the words in the phrase 博格瑞牌法兰希小金文奶酪 & match it to the word translation in english

I'm trying to make a word to word correspondence of the following sentence from chinese to english: 博格瑞牌法兰希小金文奶酪 Borgri Franchi Small Cheese [Google Translate] The translation from google translate ...
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Need help understanding: “人生要就不忍,不然就請你一忍到底。”

I'm working through this video and am having trouble understanding the sentence the speaker says at 9:31: 人生要就不忍,不然就請你一忍到底。 My best guess is this means "in life you don't want to have to restrain ...
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When will one be able to

How do you say "When will I be able to go to China?" After trying to figure out and failed, I tried to translate the sentence from Korean to Chinese and came up with this : "什么时候能去中国?" Now, the ...
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Is “光轮” for “Nimbus” as in “Nimbus 2000 broomstick” just a transliteration?

In a translation of the second Harry Potter book: "All Harry's spellbooks, wand, cauldron and top-of-the-range Nimbus 2000 broomstick had been locked in a cupboard under the stairs by Uncle Vernon ...
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The differences between 生日 and 生辰

Recently, I have come across people giving birthday wishes to others using the word 生辰 instead of 生日. I looked up some online dictionary/translation tools and it turns out 生辰 also means birthday. So ...
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help identifying the meaning of the word in the picture

So there are two characters written on that orange jacket(?) they are wearing It seems like it says "北看" but I can't seem to find anything related to that meaning maybe Its not "看" I hope someone can ...
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what does the lettering on my shirt mean?

My friend gave me this shirt, I've been trying to figure out what it means. Can anyone translate it?
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The meaning of 是…的 in 有什么事是我该做的吗

I am a total noob when it comes to Chinese, so sorry if this is a dumb question. Recently I started using an Anki deck called SpoonFedChinese to study Chinese. Today I came across the following ...
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Does this scroll say 䤛食琴心?

I was given the following scroll and would like a translation before I keep it up on my wall. I believe it says “䤛膳琴心” but I’m not sure. Moreover, I’m not familiar with this idiom and don’t know what ...
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Why is 7元/并 written instead of 7元/瓶?

A photo from the campus shop: (large image) I transcribe and translate this to: 纯享促销 7元/并 Purejoy promotion: 7 yuan/bottle (Here, Purejoy (纯享 chúnxiǎng) is a brand of yogurt.) I'm ...
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Condom poster: What should 爪 in …因爪安全性行为感染艾滋病 actually be? And why is 经 in 预防艾滋病经性传播?

Question: What should 爪 in 天津市平均每周都有1名学生因爪安全性行为感染艾滋病 actually be? And why is 经 in 预防艾滋病经性传播? Why I ask: this poster has appeared in some campus bathrooms (in the women's ones, at least): (...
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How do you translate “place” in an address into Chinese?

I am trying to translate this address 1 Gustave L. Levy Pl, New York, NY 10029 into Chinese. Not only I have trouble with "pl", but also the former part of the address. I am wondering if there are ...
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How can I say “a class in Chinese” (and not “a Chinese class”)?

As far as I know 汉语课 (along with 中文课) means only "Chinese class" = "a class for learning Chinese" (and it may be in English, Chinese, or any other language). I'm wondering how to succinctly say "a ...
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What are the prefixes for animal genders?

I know the male version when describing gender of an animal or pet is 公,but I have no clue with the female version.
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What is 那种带有 doing in 我喜欢喝农民那种带有苦味的茶水?

From the third sentence in the book 活着 我喜欢喝农民那种带有苦味的茶水 Wǒ xǐhuān hē nóngmín nàzhǒng dàiyǒu kǔwèi de cháshuǐ This translates to something like I [我] like [喜欢] to drink [喝] the farmers' [民那] ...
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What does this say?

I need to find out the publication details of a Chinese book. I've taken an image of what I believe is the info box that gives them. Could any kind person please tell me what this says? I'd really ...
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Mandarin equivalent of hai 係噉㗎嘞?

ABC Cantonese defines 係噉㗎嘞 as: FIXED EXPRESSION accept philosophically the way things are in life; that's life, c'est la vie And gives the example sentence: 幸運兒永遠係少數,呢個世界係噉㗎嘞。 hang6 wan6 ...
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How do I say “I just went to the shops”?

I'm specifically asking about the situation below: Bob: we need more milk, I'll go to get some this evening Blob: oh, I just went to the shops, but I forgot about milk I would tentatively translate ...
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How to translate these inspirational phrases correctly?

I'm trying to make a label for my workbook but I'm not very sure how to write this phrase: If you can dream it you can do it!. Using google translate (traditional chinese) renders me this result: ...
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What's the function/meaning of 就不要 in 过去的事情就不要说了?

就要 normally means "about to" but in this sentence the negated form makes the sentence hard to translate.
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How would I say “What does X mean?” in mandarin?

This would be useful for you to know if there is slang that a outsider wouldn't know off of the bat.
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How to write 7th month, 2nd day of year 4714 in lunar calendar?

My grandpa’s death anniversary is August 4, 2016 and I looked it up to be the 7th month, 2nd day of year 4714 in the lunar calendar. Can someone translate this to the correct way of writing it in ...
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How to translate 欢迎乘坐我们的出租车!

欢迎乘坐我们的出租车!is an idiomatic Chinese sentence. When a passenger enters a taxi, the driver can use it as a greeting. By word-for-word translation, 欢迎: welcome (to) 乘坐: take 我们的: our ...
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Character translation chinese or japanese

Can someone please help me figure out what characters are and how to translate the top four and the seal characters in the attached pic? If you could please answer in a clear way to identify which is ...
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How to phrase “You know what they say? [quote]” in Chinese?

When giving some kind of saying or folklore knowledge, in English we often say e.g.: You know what they say? Two heads are better than one. I want to say something similar in Chinese: You know ...
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Are witches/wizards the equivalent of a devil in China or which cultural thing am I not getting here

A Guy in my brawl stars clan said 狗男巫 is a delusional name. Is there a cultural string plucked with having witches/wizards, another guy said it also wasn't a good name. Just how bad are is that, and ...
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Can someone tell me what this says?

My friend got this tattoo like 6 years ago and he can't remember exactly what it means.
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What does this say? I need help

I've ordered a product from a chinese manufacturer and it has some specifications and I cannot understand some of it. I would apperciate if some of you guys here could help me out in translating it?
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Chinese painting poem and seal meaning

Could anyone please help me, I got a painting as a gift, and I tried to find the meaning of the poem and seals on my painting but it didn’t succeed.
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Meaning of seal and engraved characters on teapot

I came across an old teapot with inscriptions, but since I don’t speak Chinese, I have no means to know what is written on it. There are two columns of five characters (four columns with twenty ...
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What is the meaning of 磨练?

When researching online, finding an exact definition was hard. Does it mean to make oneself hard? Or like to harden yourself? Could you give me a few examples?
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What is the difference between 挣扎 and 奋斗?

When I search both online I get the same definition of to struggle. What is the different use of them then if the meaning is the same?
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What are the different uses of 体会?

While trying to understand the complete meaning 体会, the examples I found online had many different uses when translated into English. 体会 to know from experience; to learn through experience; to ...
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Express“with each other” or “amongst themselve”

I'd like to express the idea that the members of a group perform a multi-party action, e.g., conversing, amongst themselves. E.g., "My co-workers use English when they talk amongst themselves". The ...
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the meaning and translation of 悲亡 in a poem by Bei Dao

What does the word '悲亡' mean? I found it in a verse by 北岛 : 大海为生者悲亡,the ocean suffers for the living beings.
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Need help with Classical Chinese

I'm a postcrosser and deltiologist. A few days ago, I received a postcard from China. There was some Chinese text along with the artwork on the front side of the card: I tried the Google Instant ...
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Question about the use of “零” in money

If I spent 100.50, would I have to say, "一百块零五毛" if yes, why do I have to put the "ling" after the "kuai" since "yibaikuai" already establishes the number 100?
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what do 接盘 and 接盘侠 mean?

They seem to be Internet slangs but I can't figure out what the meaning is. For example here 让我以后不要找中国男人接盘
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Why is 右助 (yòu zhù) in this Chinese translation of Qur'an 1:5: 我们只崇拜你,只求你右助?

A Chinese translation of Qur'an 1:5 (link) says 我们只崇拜你,只求你右助, Wǒmen zhǐ chóngbài nǐ, zhǐ qiú nǐ yòu zhù, I'm unclear about 右助 which YouDao translates to "the right to help". The sentence mostly ...
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How do I say “I need some advice about X”?

For example if I'm going to a wedding in a few weeks, I might ask my friends "I need some wedding clothing advice" or "I need some advice about what to wear". I know that I can directly ask 参加婚礼穿什么好?...
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How do I say “did you watch the football?”

With the World Cup on, this is a common phrase I want to be able to ask. Is it simply 你看足球了吗?Or 足球比赛?And do I need the 了 in this sentence? Including the 了 makes it feel like I'm asking them "do you ...
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translating a few words on this microprocessor block diagram

I am trying to understand an embedded system tutorial in Chinese I can use Google for the text part but have problems with comments in Chinese on a figure Please help me understand the meaning ...
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How can I improve my translation?

拥有豪华的住宅和一批在菲律宾。 开放的外国护照持有人。 拥有您梦寐以求的房子在该国的,而不仅仅是一座公寓式的! ENGLISH Own luxurious house and lot in the Philippines. Open for Foreign passport holders. Own you dream house in the country and not just ...
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What are these Chinese character stamps?

I found these stamps in an old book, what are they I can hardly make them out? And what do they mean.