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Please may someone tell me what this symbol means?

Hello! I was wondering whether this symbol meant anything? I tried to search on Google and even used the image search on Google translate but nothing came back. Thanks in advance!
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飛鵝山 final paragraph translation to English

Could someone please translate this paragraph from this essay by 余光中. (第27段) 對着珠江口這一盤盤的青山,一灣灣的碧海,對着這一片南天的福地,我當風默許:無論我曾在何處,會在何處,這片心永遠縈迴在此地,在此刻踏着的這塊土上,愛新覺羅不要了,伊麗莎白保不了的這塊土上,正如它永遠向東,縈迴着一座島嶼,向北,...
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What is 汉白玉 and is it 大理石?

汉白玉 is translated to English as "White Marble". Is that translation correct? Is it a form of 大理石? And if it is a form of marble then is it a valuable, expensive form or a cheap form? And is there ...
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A better translation of 假作真时真亦假,无为有处有还无。

In the Chinese classic 红楼梦 ("Dream of Red Mansions"), there is a famous couplet: 假作真时真亦假,无为有处有还无。 Pinyin: jiǎ zuò zhēn shí zhēn yì jiǎ, wú wéi yǒu chù yǒu huán wú. This has been translated into ...
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Trying to find out if this teapot is real or not. It had these symbols on it. [on hold]

Just got this teapot trying to find out if it's a real or a fake it has the symbols on it.
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I am trying to figure out what the symbols mean on the bottom of a chinese vase [on hold]

I have a picture of the symbols I can send.
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How To Interpret 患难见真情

患难见真情 A google search from sites shows: "A friend in need is a friend indeed" (is in here meaning during or requiring?). A literal translation reveals "adversity" while another shows "adversity ...
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What is the colloquial Cantonese translation for “还真是”?

A says: 他自从遇到车祸以后就不开车了。 B says: 还真是,我以为他不喜欢开车呢。
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Correct grammar? 她对待客人很友好。

In an Anki deck I downloaded, the Chinese translation of "Her treatment of the guests is very friendly." is given as "她对待客人很友好。" Shouldn't it be "她对待客人得很友好。"?
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Is 不要在厨房里留下任何废物 the correct way of saying “do not leave any waste in the kitchen”?

Is 不要在厨房里留下任何废物 the correct way of saying "do not leave any waste in the kitchen"? Background: I'm living in an apartment building in Taipei and there is a common kitchen on the first floor that I ...
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Why 你在笑什么?, why not 你笑在什么?

In English, you say What are you laughing at? I'm laughing at this situation. Here, the preposition "at" refers to "this situation" and "what", respectively. In German it's more clear, since the ...
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Need translation please

I have recently gotten this photo and am having a hard time finding it and reading the signature and stamps and would like to know what the stamps are as well as the signature translated please and ...
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What is the purpose of 一切信息 in this sentence?

Example sentence, from 青少年科学百科全书 (第一章:声音) 各种各样的声音能够使我们了解来自内部身体和外部世界发生的一切信息。 I've translated this as: Various sounds can enable our understanding of events in the human body and the outside ...
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What 意思 means in below?

In this situation, B gave A (B's leader) some bonus money. A:“你这是什么意思?”   'what do you mean?' B:“没什么意思,意思意思。”'nothing. just .?.'    A:“你这人真有意思。”    ? B:“其实也没有别的意思。”  ? A:“那我就不好意思了。”   ? B:“是我不好意思。” ...
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How to translate “and” to Chinese

I would like some clarification on translating 'and' into Chinese. I know 和 and 跟 can be used as 'and' with nouns, 也 can be used with verbs, and often 'and' isn't translated but a comma is used. But ...
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How do I translate the words “player” and “team” into Mandarin?

I have noticed there is a large number of words that translate as “player” and “team”. I've been trying to decipher those and so far it seems that: 玩家 wánjiā, 玩者 wánzhě – those two mean a player ...
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What do the characters I've found on this old gun mean?

On an antique shotgun I was told had Korean origin I found the following (what I presume are Hanja?) characters†. Four out of five I believe I have correctly identified. One character I could not find ...
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“That's so like you!” or “That's typical of you” in chinese

I'm having trouble formulating "That's so like you!" or "That's typical of you" in Chinese. I'm trying to write a dialogue where a friend responds to someone who lost their phone, by replying "That's ...
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Need help translating writing on painting

I have a painting and I am trying to learn more about it. I'm not familiar with the language and hoping you could help translate. Thank you!
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Translation help needed

I am doing some DIY and stumbled upon blog that should aid me in figuring out details of some obscure electronic PCB. Google translate was useful for most of the text but I am not able to translate ...
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Are the wiktionary definitions for 切 qiè correct?

Definitions 2 through 11 for pronunciation qiè are missing in the 11 dicitionaries I compare from qtranslate. Would they be recognizable in mainland chinese? to be close to to bite tightly; to clench ...
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How to ask for “free-range eggs” in Chinese?

Quick question: I will be going to a local supermarket here in Taipei. How do I ask for "free-range chicken eggs"? According to google translate its "自由放养的鸡蛋." Is this correct?
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Trinket translation problem

Could you translate me this phrase or sentence please. No translating app is helping me and I have no one who knows Chinese.
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How do you translate “share” in the context of social media

I'm creating a website in Chinese and realize I dont have translations for small UI terms, such as: - About - Latest recipe - Read More - Share (In the context of Social Media) - Nutritional value -...
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Best translation for “confused”: 迷惑,困惑,弄混,搞亂,搞混?

This page lists multiple entries for confused: https://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/dictionary.php What's the best translation for confused in these contexts: 1) English: "What you just said ...
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What it mean the name Alexander Esam Abood in Chinese and what it is it’s calligraphy?

I’m asking this question because, I’m really interested to know what does it mean that name in Chinese and how it is written in Chinese English, such as Cheng. When I found this site, I thought it ...
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Mandarin equivalent of 同 when the meaning is “for, on behalf of”

As the dictionary entry below lists, 同 in Cantonese means for, on behalf of. http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/dictionary/characters/215/ In Cantonese, you might say something like this (slightly ...
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Need help with translating operating instructions

Could anyone spare a minute or two to help me out with this? I'm here in Taiwan for a few days. Long story short I need to wash my cloths but don't know how to operate this machine. Nobody here ...
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Say no to Animal Cruelty [closed]

Because of the latest announcement by the government of China regarding reintroduction of use of endangered species I’d like to the translations for the following... Not medicine. Arrogance will ...
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How could I translate “一语道破”, “一语道破天机”

I want translate "一语道破" or "一语道破天机" to a phase with an etymology. tell the truth, blurts out the whole truth, seem not very good.
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Can someone translate this message?

Someone sent me this: 所有这些塑料袋都来自于周边非洲国家,因为他们经常应用这种黑色袋子。 And when I translated it sounded offensive.
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How to express psychological insecurity (not physical insecurity)?

These two dictionaries seem to offer translations for insecurity that capture the physical sort, not the psychological sort (i.e., insecurity about your looks, weight, smarts, etc.). http://www....
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Appearance should be 現象, 跡象, or 表面?

This dictionary page lists many options for appearance: http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/scripts/wordsearch.php?level=0 現象, 跡象, and 表面 all seem like good candidates. 1) Which one is the most common ...
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What is the function of 便 here? And what does the sentence mean?

This is a sample sentence for 八九不离十, from 现代汉语规范词典: 不猜便罢, 若猜便猜它个八九不离十。 It uses an interesting idiom 八九不离十 which I just learnt thanks to duchinese.net. http://www.duchinese.net/lessons/E269-eight-...
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need help me translate this title and signature?

can someone help me with what this says, i've tried google image search and even looking for different signatures but no luck so far.
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Glossary Implementation

I am implementing multilingual glossary where we have alphabets and glossary content having title and description. Currently it is in english and I want to add support for Chinese. In English I have ...
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Difference between 偏見,偏私,and 偏心?

偏見,偏私,and 偏心 all seem to mean biased in some form or another. Is there a difference among the three, or are they interchangeable?
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Artistic characters?

Came across characters which appear to be written on parchment. Any idea why it’d be framed or the meaning of it? All I can tell is that it seems to be a [poetic] story. (The characters in red are a ...
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從上次我們去那個咖啡店這次是第一次去了: This is the first time at the coffee shop since the last time we went?

Trying to translate This is the first time at the coffee shop since the last time we went produced these two sentences, which feel incorrect for Chinese grammar. 從上次我們去那個咖啡店這次是第一次去了 從上次我們去那個咖啡店,...
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Translation of characters on antique metal

During my last visit in Shanghai I bought this old pice of metal, it might be silver. What are the characters on it? I am having trouble reading them. Also, what do they mean?
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How are individual seconds counted in Chinese?

In English individual seconds can be counted by n + one-thousand: one one-thousand two one-thousand three one-thousand [...] These terms are not easily found in any dictionaries though, any ...
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“Light reflects off mirror” in Chinese

Light reflects off mirror. 镜子反射光 or 光反射镜子, which is correct? 镜子反射光 is supporsed to be right. But it sounds strangely for me. How do you think about it?
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Meaning of 依 in 大凉山失依孤儿

The phrase in question is a title of an article on news.qq.com. Both 大凉山失依孤儿 and 大凉山失孤儿 translate to "Daliangshan's lost orphans" in Google Translator. Using dictionary was no use as well, since I'm ...
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Playing a game, a Chinese player says this: “德莱厄斯两兄弟” What does it mean?

I was getting along with a teammate, and then a third guy (who was speaking english before) says this: 德莱厄斯两兄弟 Google translate just says "Two Brothers", and I can't figure a different definition ...
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Could 看不起 work as the Mandarin equivalent of 睇唔起?

This dictionary entry says the Mandarin equivalent of Cantonese's 睇唔起 is 瞧不起. http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/dictionary/words/15825/ Some Mandarin speakers seem to use 看不起. Is 看不起 a valid way of ...
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Is 看怎麼理解? a generalized expression for “it depends” in Mandarin? How about for Cantonese?

A movie used the phrase 看怎麼理解 to mean, "it depends." The context was character A asking character B if something is good or bad. Character B responded with 看怎麼理解. 1) Is 看怎麼理解 a generalized phrase ...
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Chinese for 'row' & 'column' in spreadsheets/tables

I need to talk about a spreadsheet remotely with a colleague of mine. In order to do that I need some good terms for column row row is henghang I believe (not sure about the characters though but I ...
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Can someone help translate 不枉 lyrics to English?

I have a general idea of the meaning of the song. And would love to read the translation. Here is the lyric for 不枉. =========== 不枉 水滔滔 天蒼蒼 一借東風頃到燒光 樹靜雲淡也是虛罔 撓起弓箭為著射穿怯慌 對酒當歌醉飲星光 相看一刻哪需多講 ...
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How to say “I wouldn't go so far as to say…” in Mandarin

I'm searching for a common way to say "I wouldn't go so far as to say that" in Mandarin. The only translation of this expression, that I found in a dictionary, is : It's good, but I wouldn't go so ...
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How is 那还用说!translated as “Of course!” or “That goes without saying!”?

Could anyone please tell me how these characters mean "Of course!"/"That goes without saying!" when placed together? Because when it's translated one by one, the characters don't seem to correlate to ...