Questions tagged [translation]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
3answers
69 views

How to parse 单反穷三代, 摄影毁一生 in a humorous photo?

I was told that the caption of this photo, "单反穷三代, 摄影毁一生..." states how costly photography is as a hobby, but I am unsure how to parse it. Google Translate gave "SLR poor three ...
2
votes
4answers
273 views

“Home” translation in “hate has no home here”?

I'd like to translate a common sign I've seen around, which says "hate has no home here". My initial thought would be "这里恼恨没有家", confirmed by dictionaries/etc. However, the ...
2
votes
2answers
78 views

To make friends: 交朋友 vs 认识朋友?

I have come across some sentences where both 认识朋友 and 交朋友 were translated as to make friends (even though typically 认识 is translated in English as to know). Is there a difference between them? ...
1
vote
2answers
67 views

How would you translate the line 我在寻人启事上看见我身份证办好 from the movie 地久天长

I'm having trouble understanding what 我在寻人启事上看见我身份证办好 means in the following dialogue. Here is some context: A young guy gets mad at his parents and decides to go away leaving no traces (he goes ...
2
votes
2answers
179 views

What is the meaning of 会 in 你们太会了 and the sentence's connotation?

I'd like to start off with the context so it'll make sense: There was a photo of a female Chinese celebrity sitting down and some fans cropped and pasted that photo on different photos, to make her ...
3
votes
1answer
70 views

How can I ask “which one is your favorite/do you like more”?

I want to ask "which one is your favorite?", like between A and B, which one do you like more. Can I say "哪一个你最喜欢?" or "哪个你更喜欢?"? Is there a better way to ask? At this ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

For magazines or books, how much does “text volume” differ when comparing Chinese to English or German?

For a magazine, I know from a personal source that English text, when translated properly from German, fills out two thirds of the space the German source text usually takes up. Does anyone know how ...
2
votes
1answer
68 views

What did you think? 你觉得呢 vs 你觉得啥

What is the difference between the following translations? 你觉得呢? 你觉得啥? 你觉得怎么样 ? Do they all roughly mean the same thing? Which one is most appropriate for spoken, written, and texting?
2
votes
2answers
370 views

What is 要 doing in 每天她要慢跑?

In an exercise, I came across this sentence with the translation: 每天早上她都要慢跑一个小时。 Měi tiān zǎoshɑnɡ tā dōu yào màn pǎo yí ɡè xiǎoshí. She goes to jog every morning for an hour. What is the meaning of ...
3
votes
3answers
834 views

Does Chinese require more context to avoid ambiguities than English?

After some time learning Chinese, I feel Chinese language is more ambiguous than English or Spanish, in the sense that a single sentence without some context can easily have multiple distinct meanings,...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

In 祝贺你喜得贵子, is 喜得 a typo?

I came across this example sentence translation in Pleco: 祝贺你喜得贵子 Congratulations on your newborn baby! I think 喜(得) may be a typo for the following reasons: the English translation specifies that ...
-2
votes
0answers
41 views

HIcan anyone pleas etellme what this says in English. 剛完流 [closed]

Hi Can anyone please tell me what 剛完流 says in English ? Im really wanting to know what this says too if anyone can help
3
votes
4answers
312 views

What is the meaning of 怼回去?

I came across a comment: 巴西柔术被误以为女子防身术, 怎么怼回去 What is the meaning of 怎么怼回去?
2
votes
1answer
112 views

Is Google Translate image feature accurate at this? (Characters identified: 金陵子弟來相送,欲行不行各盡觴)

I couldn't find a good translation for this since Google Translate with picture feature probably is not as good for such a long sentence So I came here: Google Translate says "Jingling children ...
2
votes
3answers
68 views

What is the meaning of 看场子?

"1997年,他到东莞打工,在一家木材厂给人看场子,在那里,他学会了汉族的生活方式,和朋友一起打台球,到歌厅唱歌。" Hi everyone! I'm trying to translate this sentence, but I don't understand what 看场子 stands for in this sentence. I know it could ...
2
votes
2answers
67 views

How to ask what personality traits do you like in Mandarin

How would one ask "What personality traits do you like?" in Mandarin? I've seen it translated as: 你喜欢什么个性特征 but isn't 性特征 sexual characteristics? So I wasn't sure if it would be better to ...
3
votes
2answers
123 views

Translation and script type of Chinese calligraphy scroll (Characters identified: 高明配天 敬璧)

What is the translation of the text and seal on this scroll? What is the script type of the large main text? Initially I thought it was seal script since the characters looked quite similar to those ...
1
vote
4answers
158 views

What does 别把这天的彩虹, 放在明天的天空 mean?

I was reading this in an online dictionary. 别把这天的彩虹, 放在明天的天空 I can translate it word by word but is it a saying/quote?
-4
votes
0answers
59 views

Can anyone tell me how this logo will translate in China? [closed]

Logo of my new company. I'd like to know how it translates and if it will be acceptable within China.
0
votes
1answer
73 views

What do these wooden sticks mean? (Characters identified: 天然香樟木 防虫,防蛀,防臭)

A Chinese merchant sent me a parcel with an ordered item and unrelated five similar wooden sticks with white ropes attached: I did not order those sticks and have no idea concerning the usage of ...
1
vote
7answers
187 views

How to translate “something separates me from other people” in Chinese?

I'm trying to translate a song lyric that reads "something separates me from other people". My translation is " 我从别人点儿什么分开“. Is this correct? Thanks in advance for your help!
11
votes
4answers
16k views

Why 干菜类 was mistakenly translated to Fuck Vegetables?

In the following famous sign which appeared in some supermarket in China: why 干菜类 was mistakenly translated to Fuck Vegetables instead of Dried Vegetables? Is there any hidden meaning in it? Source: ...
2
votes
2answers
601 views

How do you say “do a plank” in Chinese?

Here is a person doing a "plank". What would you say in Chinese?
6
votes
5answers
967 views

What is the difference between Chinese simplified and Chinese traditional?

I'm Indian. I'm trying to learn Chinese. I searched Google translate, it's showing Chinese simplified or Chinese traditional. What is the difference between Chinese simplified and Chinese traditional?...
1
vote
1answer
78 views

Unable to find matching script for this artifact inscription

I need help getting this translated. I think it's a lesser seal or even Hong Shan era. Attempts to translate by myself have failed to match the script.
2
votes
3answers
352 views

What is the literal translation of the first line of the Tao Te Ching?

You see this: 道可道非常道 dào kě dào fēicháng dào Often translated as "The Dao that can be told is not the eternal and unchanging Dao". What is the literal translation? What's missing is, we ...
0
votes
2answers
70 views

Difference between 问 and 让 “to ask”

How do 问 and 让 differ in meaning and in what sort of situations would you use either of them? In chinese.yabla.com there are a lot of different verbs with the meaning 'to ask'.
-1
votes
0answers
60 views

To decipher a Chop or Seal

I purchased a Painting of Egrets...there is an Asian style Mark or Seal at the bottom left. I would like to know what it means Any help will be appreciated. Best regards, Gary Hancock
1
vote
1answer
295 views

How do I ask “Can you wash your clothes at the hotel?”

I've recently come across this statement. 那你可以在宾馆洗. "Then you can wash them (clothes) at the hotel." I'd like to say, "Can you wash your clothes at the hotel?" But I can't figure out the ...
4
votes
2answers
277 views

What is smaller than 小

There are so many ways to say "tiny" it seems. What is the most common way to say "tiny" to something, as in size, an object. Like a tiny insect, or tiny butterfly. Small in English, is still ...
1
vote
2answers
84 views

How to say “home improvement” in Chinese?

I'm trying to help some friends who constantly struggle with home repairs due to lack of home maintenance experience. I have a nice English book with a lot of pictures, but it is not very useful for ...
5
votes
3answers
592 views

What's the best way to say “Chinese speaker” in the sense of “a person who speaks Chinese”?

What's the best way to say "Chinese speaker" in Chinese? There are the terms 母语者 and 非母语者; there are 华语学者 and 中国通 and 能说中文的人. None of these terms seems to encapsulate the simple "Chinese speaker," ...
2
votes
2answers
420 views

Please help identify traditional Chinese painting

I've inherited a Chinese cloth painting from my ancestors. I'd be grateful if you could help me know more about the artwork through the signature and seal. (Full artwork)
1
vote
2answers
87 views

In 有一只小鸟真可怜,它在树枝上冷得发抖 why is 有 at the start?

So I am studying this children´s story, and I can´t find a proper grammar explanation. 有一只小鸟真可怜,它在树枝上冷得发抖。 So here I assume 有 indicates the bird´s existence, however in every explanation about 有 ...
1
vote
2answers
162 views

If 冬 in itself means winter, why add 天?

If 冬 in itself means winter, do adding 天 Impact the meaning, or perhaps refer to winter time instead of the season itself? Or is it because 冬 is monosyllabic and 冬天 has two syllables?
1
vote
1answer
66 views

Is there any difference between 我给你不买 and 我不给你买?

Is there any difference between these two sentences: 我给你不买 and 我不给你买? Chinese grammar says we should put 不 in front of the preposition in these types of sentences... But I saw a lot examples when ...
0
votes
2answers
76 views

What does 垃海 mean in Shanghainese?

I found this sentence on Tatoeba: 我会得垃海九点钟回来. I will be back by nine. What does ‘垃海’ mean in this sentence? My guess is ‘by [nine]’, but the phrase doesn’t show up on Wiktionary.
1
vote
1answer
98 views

What does 介绍人 mean?

I have the following text: 丁力波的爸爸是加拿大人,妈妈是中国人。汉语是他爸爸,妈妈的 “介绍人”。 What does “介绍人” mean? Does it make sense?
0
votes
2answers
63 views

How would I say 'what …' in Mandarin

I think the French ce qui/que says it better. This is what I mean: I do what I want. (Je fais ce que je veux, in French) How would the 'what' be translated?
1
vote
1answer
51 views

Meaning of 老掉牙的設定?

what is the meaning of 老掉牙的設定? I want to say it means something like "overused archetype", but I'm not sure if that is correct. (This is in the context of describing common kinds of characters). ...
3
votes
1answer
59 views

How can I say basic phrases “Do you mind if I speak in Chinese?” “Feel free to correct me” “How do you say (X) in Chinese?”

I'm new to learning Chinese, I've gone through the Hello Chinese app and feel like my Chinese is still terrible, so I think its time I start talking with Chinese people. I was wondering if you could ...
1
vote
2answers
87 views

Where can I find word-for-word translation for “Beijing Huan Ying Ni” song?

I'm trying to learn Chinese by listening to music, and I've been listening to the Olympic song "Beijing Huan Ying Ni." But I don't know what the words mean. All the translations online are approximate ...
4
votes
1answer
145 views

difference between two words for balance of account

I want to pay off the remainder of my credit card bill. Can someone help me differentiate between 余额 and 尾数?
7
votes
3answers
724 views

Why is “economics” translated to “經濟”?

I know that 經濟 is a translation from Japanese, but I do not know why it became this. Could someone explain it in detail?
6
votes
4answers
220 views

Can 太久 be used to refer to time past between two dates?

As an example, if I am making plans to meet with a friend, and I say I am free on a specific date, say 2 weeks from now, and then I follow up by asking my friend "Or is that too far ahead?" To ...
0
votes
2answers
54 views

不要说话 vs 不说话 (vs 别说话)

Currently on DuoLingo, and got this sentence: 我们看电影的时候请不要说话 which means: Please don't talk when we watch movies. My question: is the 要 strictly necessary here? Google translate actually gives a ...
5
votes
2answers
154 views

How to write and structure a modern professional follow-up email like a native Chinese speaker?

I'm interested in how the modern professional email structures differ between Chinese and English. I'd like to create a go-to template/structure that can convert what native English speakers ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

If you are backward you will take a beating [closed]

I look for Chinese translation for: If you are backward you will take a beating I do like the adage.
1
vote
1answer
237 views

How to translate "(surname)老板“ in English

how does one translate '(surname)老板' from Chinese to English? I understand that the word '老板' means boss/shopkeeper/shop owner/chief, but when a surname is added in front of their position, how ...
1
vote
3answers
90 views

How to translate 'grade school 風紀/風紀員' into English?

When I was a grade school student in Hong Kong, some students in school would be assigned positions of duty or authority. For example, 班長 (class representative) , 行長 (roll leader) and 風紀(whose duty ...

1
2 3 4 5
35