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Has there ever been an English translation of 《輶軒》"Fangyan"?

《輶軒使者絕代語釋別國方言》has a couple of different names including《方言》and《揚子方言》. In English it mostly just gets called Fangyan. The entire Chinese text has been put up on ctext. As the first Chinese dictionary ...
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Can you read this, or at least help me identify the characters?

Can you help me read these, or help me identify the characters? They're written on the backing paper of a scroll painting, probably from my great grandmother from about 1925. I’ve tried two different ...
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What did Liu Cixin mean by: In this book, a man named “humanity” confronts a disaster?

In a postscript to the American edition of The Three-Body Problem / 三体, the author says: In science fiction, humanity is often described as a collective. In this book, a man named “humanity” ...
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Reverse Translation: “The Devil’s own uncle knows!“

In Peter Hessler’s (何伟) latest article for The New Yorker, China’s Reform Generation Adapts to Life in the Middle Class, there is a paragraph which reads: The man swore in dialect: “The Devil’s own ...
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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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Need help with artist name seal (Characters identified: 文丘德之印)

Could anyone help me identify this artist? It is on a silk ink painting. Thank you. My Chinese is not that good but usually, I get by with dictionaries. However, seal script is new for me. I found ...
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I am hoping to find any information available regarding this stamp (Characters identified: 福 日本館印)

This stamp is on an Enso circle that I purchased at auction. I'm hoping to find out any information that may be gleaned from it.
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Is there a clear linguistic explanation behind this mistranslation?

I'm an electronics hobbyist, so I'm no stranger to iffy machine translations from Chinese to English in datasheets and marketing materials. However, today I came across something that I'm not sure can ...
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Seal on vase identification help (Characters identified: 工藝)

This is the seal on the vase I’m trying to identify. The picture is of a bird and flowers. Thank you!
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Artist name and date of painting

What is the artist name and date of the painting? It’s ink on paper 7.5 in x 8 in.
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Can anyone tell me anything about what's being said in the inscriptions and seals on this painting?

**This is a color and ink painting measuring approx. 15 x 19 inches. I think the script could be referring to the "Tian Shan" mountains but I'm not sure and I think the seal in the lower ...
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We have inherited a container shaped like a puppy. It is signed in cursive script...can anyone tell be by who? We think it is Japanese

puppy container, possibly Japanese, signed
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Can someone help me translating this?

This was photographed by a friend in Beijing. Cursive script is very hard, I can only recognize two characters (多 永). The character on the top is clearly traditional (i.e. not simplified), though the ...
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How to ask the other to speak shorter?

I talk with a voice assistant 小爱同学. When I ask it: 今天是几号? It answers: 今天是9月30号,周四,衣历辛丑年八月二十四。 It is difficult for me to understand this phrase. I want a shorter answer: 今天是9月30号 or 30号 or 三十. 小爱同学 is ...
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“The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.”

This quote is imputed to John Maynard Keynes (1883 - 1946). How do I translate it to Chinese? My attempt with Google Translate: 股市保持非理性的時間, 要比保持破產的時間長。 Keynes was thus able to scrape together the ...
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Snuff Bottle Calligraphy

I recently inherited a modern snuff bottle collection that have what looks like old calligraphy on the back side. Can someone tell me what the calligraphy says, and maybe even the chop?
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What does this Chinese seal translate to?

I have just recently bought this from a antique shop nearby and would like to know what it translates too Thanks! :)
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I need help translating a Chinese seal/stamp on a painting

I don't have the adequate knowledge or tools to translate the characters. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Art Translation on Gorgeous Pieces!

I came across a few pieces of Chinese art and purchased them all. One piece was called 100 Stallions and came in a cool box with ivory. I have these other pieces that I love but I have no clue what ...
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What does 一般 mean?

'一般' 的意思? 初学者的问题 我查了字典这个词的意思,但我不明白 这个词 经常看到 我想知道意思 一般来说 i guess in English nuances is close to generally rule of thumb broadly speaking p.s. I am quarter British so idk wide knowledge of hanzi
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(NSFW) Making a vulgar joke sound natural in Mandarin (Warning: contains offensive language)

My friend and I were jokingly conversing (read: google translating) in Mandarin Chinese and I spent 20 minutes on Wiktionary trying to translate offensive language: into Mandarin. I ended up with &...
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How to read this and meaning

Just want to know how to read and meaning of this.
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We have a silk embroidery Chinese painting and wondering if someone can decipher the stamp seal (Characters identified: 周爭煇印)

We have a silk embroidery Chinese painting: and are wondering if someone can decipher the stamp seal.
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I need help interpreting the signature located in the upper right corner of my silk painting. Can anyone help?

Can anyone interpret the signature located in the upper right-hand corner of my painting own silk fabric. I'm guessing that it dates to around the 1960s. I'm not sure whether or not the signature is ...
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Does anyone recognize this artist

Does anyone recognize this artist
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What's the term for bank microdeposit, small test deposits that one bank sends to another to verify the second account's information and ownership?

"micro + deposit" can be literally translated as 小額 + 存款, but this doesn't capture the meanings below. How do I verify my bank with Microdeposits? – Wealthsimple help center How do I ...
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Where can I find a digital copy of 黄继忠's translation of 论语?

I'm looking for a digital copy of Chichung Huang (黄继忠)'s translation of The Analects of Confucius (论语). Amazon's blurb mentions what they believe are the advantages of the translation: Far more ...
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Translating the last verse of “Si maritau Rosa” into Chinese

Background I am making a Chinese singable version of a Sicilian song called "Si maritau Rosa" (Rosa has gotten married). I have three questions about how to best render the last verse. Here are the ...
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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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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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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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Help with Chinese Tea Identification

This was a gift. I have seen how to extract with a needle/knife, but since there is no English at all, I’m at a complete loss to identify this other than that is is Pu-erh. A friend brought it from ...
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