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What could these characters i found on a robe mean?

I guess the first character is 福 meaning good fortune And the second character is 得 meaning to gain but i have no clue what the third character should represent. I not even remotely sure about my ...
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Chinese Fill in the Blanks and Translation for Two Sentences

I was wondering if someone could check if the fill in the blanks and the translation for the underlined sentences marked 1 and 2 are correct. Sentence 1 夏天的天气非常热,我朋友还得在外边陪狗玩儿。 The weather during the ...
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Immanuel Kant quote

Immanuel Kant once said something along the lines of ''You can judge a man's character by the way he treats animals''. I can find many different versions/paraphrases of this quote in English online ...
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How to change default rule of Google Translate when to translate 'you' to '你' instead of '您''?

'您' is honorifics description of 'you', But ususally we may just want to use '你'. I find google always translates 'you' to '您', How to change the default translate rule?
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What is the translation for 以后还得了?

So I came across seeing this post and I find that I can't translate "以后还得了" to English. But based on my knowledge, this post is saying that her daughter would be very clever if she knows how ...
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This is a seal on a porcelain piece. I am not sure if it is from China or Japan. Can anyone tell me what it says? (Characters identified: 大明嘉靖年製)

I am trying to read the seal script on the base of a porcelain piece. I am not sure if it is from China or from Japan.
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A Translation of, “A Forgotten,Yet Deeply Engraved Memory, Left It’s Mark In The Depths Of My Mind.”

So, I have an assignment due where i have to write an short poem in chinese... It's for a test grade so it HAS to be as accurate as possible. But, since i've only been studying chinese for about 3-ish ...
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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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临江仙 rhyming and translation of phrase

I was trying to learn more about the opening poem to Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and I found out about 词牌. Correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I understand, 临江仙 is a 词牌, because many poems share ...
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why 没出息 becomes useless?

I am going through the word: 没出息. How not ending/ ceasing out become useless? 没 méi not have 出 chū out 息 xi cease Any background or details how it become useless? was it referring to not stopping war/...
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How to politely ask “What do you really mean?” [closed]

Every now and then in conversation it’s normal for us to have suspicions about the true intentions of a question, comment, proposal, etc., that someone says to us. Having some standard responses ready ...
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How to translate Session?

In a workshop context, I am trying to verblly translate "Session 1", "Session 2" into Chinese. The first word coming to my mind is 第一课,第二课, but we are trying to avoid the ...
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I need help with this painting

I found this painting online, is there any way to know who made it?
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grow smaller 长小

https://archive.org/stream/Asimovs_v13n13_1989-12-Mid/Asimovs_v13n13_1989-12-Mid_djvu.txt She watched the miniaturization procedure (she had seen it before) and saw Mike grow smaller and disappear. ...
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How would you translate 佛系 into English?

Wikipedia (https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/佛系) says: 佛系是中文網路新生的流行語,約在2018年左右開始比較頻繁的在中文網路跟媒體出現,在中文的語境裡大致意思是指怎麼都行、看淡一切、無欲無求的一種生活態度。[1]該詞據考證來源於2014年日本的《non-no》[2],提出所謂的「佛男子」(日语:仏男子)的概念,是指专注于自己的兴趣或工作,...
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Phrase or idiom for “vocal minority”

How do you say "vocal minority" in Chinese? Specifially, in Mandarin?
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What is the meaning of these seals?

What is the meaning of these seals?
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Translating “for”, as in “with”

In mathematics, when we introduce variables in expressions we might say, for example, "F=ma, for m the mass and a the acceleration." How would you translate the "for" here? ...
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How to say ‘freeze tag’ (a game) in Chinese language? If you don’t know this game, please research it before you answer

I’m quite new to Chinese, having only started learning it a month ago, I struggle to find words in Chinese for names like: Harrry Potter, Freeze Tag, etc. Can we actually use ‘冻结捉捉’ to say ‘freeze tag’...
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Please help identify this signature and seal

I have 2 art sketches my grandfather brought home from WW2. I think the signature is Chinese and would like to know if this is true and what it says. I’d be grateful for any help.
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Air quality meter name

I have an air quality detector meter. It has the name of the manufactures written on the bottom. What's the english translation? Does this manufacturer have a web page? Thanks EDIT: In the web page ...
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Month-on-month and Quarter-on-Quarter

I know that 同比 is “year over year”, while 環比 is “month over month”, but can also mean “quarter over quarter”. In reality, the latter is used to compare two different periods. Therefore, if one says 環比,...
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Trying to translate signature and stamp for Chinese print (Characters identified: 戊午九月石年)

Trying to find the origin of this print and the translation of the signature and seal.
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What does this name mean in pinyin/english?

i'd appreciate it a lot if someone could tell me! id like to know what this name means in pinyin, as well as english.
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May I ask for help deciphering this seal?

I am new to Chinese and this seal fascinates me and makes me want to learn more about this complex language. I have looked all over the internet with not much luck! I would be very grateful for some ...
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Chinese art seals and signature?

I was gifted this rather lovely silk painting back in the 1990s from a friend. It came with some Hokusai prints , thus this MAY be Japanese. In which case, please ignore me. If however, it IS Chinese, ...
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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 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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