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How do you say mixer in chinese?

I was wondering how to say and write mixer in Chinese? This is the type of mixer I'm asking about:
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What does this mean: 更不是被告?

Does it mean "not the defendant"? The translation I have available (which isn't mine) is the following: "let alone the defendant", so which of us, if any, is correct?
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Translation of 飞架 in 港珠澳大桥飞架三地

How do you make grammatical sense of 飞架 in the expression 港珠澳大桥飞架三地? Is it "the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge flies a three-city frame"? Or "the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge: flying and supporting ...
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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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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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The name of the California high school fraternity, Hi Tow Tong

Honor societies and fraternities are a fixture in U.S. colleges. Most often they use Greek letters for their names, and some have names in English. However, the men's honor society of Santa Cruz High ...
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Can anyone translate this Seal Script into english for me?

I played this game called Sleeping Dogs that I really loved! It took place in Hong Kong and the main character Wei Shen has this tattoo on his arm that I thought would be cool to have. After doing ...
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Writing “Please Recycle” in Mandarin

How can one write "Please Recycle" in the context of an office paper room? I have tried: 请回收利用 but my friend says this is only for recycling batteries.
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Does 海半仙 have an English translation?

I'm seeing a few references to 海半仙 in articles I'm going over. For instance: there is this note on Douban 相传,同山镇上的酩酊山巅住着一位通晓天地玄机的酿酒仙人,叫海半仙。 There are references there to the Classic of Mountains ...
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How will translate “谁让你” into English?

How will translate "谁让你" into English? For example, 我不得不服从你的安排。 谁让你是我的老板呢?
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How has “素以为绚” be rendered into English?

I came across a sentence with the fragment: 叫作‘素以为绚’,这是见诸《论语》的 in it. Although, 素以为绚, is from Analects it doesn't seem to appear in any English dictionaries that I have. Ideas?
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How to translate 脑袋短路 into English?

I would ask this on ELL but I honestly have no idea how to express this in English. Online translation give "brain short circuit", which sounds more like terminology than self-mockery. I am looking ...
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What does this say [closed]

Can you please tell me what this says and, if you can write it so, I can copy and paste it would be great
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Translation of oracle bone《甲骨文合集》11503

Relating to my Oracle Bone Question on the History Stack, and using this link droooze provided, can someone please translate these for me (keeping the brackets and the "..."): 11503.正 癸 囗 [ 卜 ...
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Why is Russia translated to 俄罗斯(E Luo Si)?

The Chinese Wikipedia article describes the name of Russia, and many of its historical Chinese exonyms. 按照俄语发音“Россия”,其名称应翻译为“羅西亚”。元朝时根据蒙古语译为「斡羅思」[b],到清朝初年许多文献中曾称为「羅剎」[c],但在以国家相称时则多译为「鄂羅斯」[d]或「...
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When to use a complement?

I recently said to a native Chinese speaker: "你跑步跑得很快“ ,and then asked him if that sentence was grammatically correct. He said he understood what I was saying, but that he would have said: ”你跑步很快“. ...
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I looked for it “until” I found it

How do I say “I looked for it until I found it“ or “I looked for (something) until I found it” what is the word that i use for “until”?
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How does do (做) mean become (成)?

In the sentence ‘I want to be[come] a policeman’, why is the verb for ‘become’, ‘do’? 我想做一个警察。 Wǒ xiǎng zuò yīgè jǐngchá. I have seen one of the dictionary definitions of 做 to mean become, ...
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What does 已出口直封 mean?

My first question here, sorry if it's not a good fit. I am tracking a parcel in Chinese, but I do not know what 已出口直封 means. I know that 广州互换局 means Guangzhou exchange bureau/office, and 已出口开拆 means ...
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How is 果岭 a loanword from the English “green” (i.e.: putting green)?

MDBG has the following entry: 果岭 guǒ​lǐng​ green (golf) (loanword) 果岭 doesn't really sound anything remotely like green, 岭 especially doesn't match up with the end of green. How did green ...
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Is there an English translation of “The Legend of Oghuz Khagan”?

This tweet kicked off my interest in this topic. AFAIK, "The Legend of Oghuz Khagan" is one of the classics in Uyghur literature and it has been called one of the great poetic epics of Uyghur history....
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Pls help translate a short sentence

I am looking into getting a Chinese tattoo saying “Just go with the flow” down my spine but I don’t want to trust Google translate and would much rather get the answers through here.
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How can I say “孤陋寡闻” in English?

In a situation like: My friend: 你知道StackExchange吗? Me: 不知道啊, 孤陋寡闻了. how can I properly translate 孤陋寡闻了 here? "I am being ignorant"?
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What exactly does 拆开 mean and is it commonly used?

I've been trying to figure out how exactly to use 拆开 and what it means since I saw it in a song: Mine, Mine by 周杰伦. In the song, the translation i got was disassembling which i would think to be like ...
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Does any know what the translation is? [closed]

I found this in my moms stuff that she gave me a long time ago, help?
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What are the Chinese characters for the American English word “Dishonored”?

Related to the video game Dishonored. I'm not looking for the characters for 'Ashamed' or 'Insulted', words that would not work to properly describe in English the game title :D. Any other choices? I ...
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“Repeat” in Chinese

I have do not speak Chinese and need to know what the verb (as an instruction) "repeat" means. I'd like to use it when asking someone to repeat what I say just after me. I wish to use the verb "repeat"...
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Why “外籍球员” is written as “外援” instead of “外员”?

"外援" literally means "foreign assistance". Why are "外籍球员" called "外援" then?
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Help with Zen Painting translation?

Can anyone help with translating this? I think I see characters for Buddha, Chan Zen and Insight or Seeing Clearly?
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What is Eric Bana saying in Chinese in this movie scene?

In Funny People, Eric Bana's character can speak Chinese (Mandarin). In this scene, he says something to his children in Chinese, but I don't know what he says. It sounds something like: " 觉得__你的再见 "...
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Help translating instructions since English website has been shut down

Can someone help me in translating these instructions. The English website has been shut down. I'm trying to find out how to do a hard reset on this device. The products English website was Onn-w7 ...
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Can anyone figure out if this tattoo means anything?

Can anyone tell what this tattoo is supposed to say, or if it actually means anything at all?
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What's a good translation for 说法?

在我们这边是有这种说法——混血儿会比较聪明。 I know several meanings for it. 官方说法, Official statement; 讨说法, seek explanation or justice. 今日说法, talk about law. However, here 说法 means a kind of public opinion. Can it be ...
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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 moral of the short story 三块巧克力?

I was trying out 听故事学中文 and read the story about 三块巧克力 (another version is here). I'll add my translation below: 有个孩子放学后,在客厅里玩篮球,不慎打落书架上的一个花瓶。孩子慌忙用胶水把碎片粘起来,胆战心惊地放回原位。 After school a child was ...
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Translation needed for painting scrolls

I have several scroll paintings and have no idea who the artist is or what they are titled. not even sure what the exact language is on the scrolls. Please help to translate the writing in the photo ...
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there's this theme for android i don't understand the characters, can you help me translate it? (the characters are on images bellow)

https://imgur.com/a/0GzzcKM https://imgur.com/a/wtj7sah theme name is Fo mo dao xian buddhism, also would apreciate if you tell me what does that mean.
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How to say 反常识的 in English?

How to properly translate 反常识的 to English in academic writing? I want to express a surprising and unusual phenomenon that shouldn't appear in an experiment, which is not expected and against the ...
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Is “繁体字” a “贬义词”?

Since "繁" means "complicated"; “繁体字” seems to have a slightly negative implication. Would "正体字" be a better translation for "traditional Chinese"?
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How do I parse the Zhou Enlai quote 为了中华之崛起而读书?

This was listed as a Zhou Enlai (周恩来) quote in my 3-rd grade Chinese book: 为了中华之崛起而读书 Wèile Zhōnghuá zhī juéqǐ ér dúshū Reading for the rise of China [Google Translate] Question: How do I ...
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Hi! Can You tell me what this Word is (is it a brand? [closed]

I think this might be a brand name . I have this little charm and I’m dying To find where iit comes from. Or how to buy more. Thank you INCREDIBLY for your help.
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Difference between 给 and 跟

What is the difference between 我给你讲 and 我跟你讲? These two phrases both seem to translate to I told you. But when would one be preferable to another? Thanks
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What's Jackie Chan's Character's Chinese Name (in Characters) in Rush Hour?

In Rush Hour Jackie Chan's character is called Yan Naing Lee: Rush Hour Wiki:Yan Naing Lee Chief Inspector Lee is one of two main protagonists of the Rush Hour series. He is a Chief Inspector with ...
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What letters (A-Z) have Chinese counterparts?

Some letters (A-Z) have Chinese character counterparts. For instance: X = 叉 U = 优 What other examples of this phenomenon are there?
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Why is a Big Mac called 巨无霸 (jùwúbà)?

Question: Why is a Big Mac called 巨无霸 (jùwúbà)? Translating the individual hanzi: 巨 (jù) = huge 无 (wú) = without 霸 (bà) = tyrant; lord So 巨 seems reasonable (essentially the "big" part of "Big Mac")...
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How do I parse 宋耀如一家用过早餐?

This sentence is from the 3-rd grade 语文 book I'm studying (the exact pages are here): 一个星期天,宋耀如一家用过早餐,准备到一位朋友家去。 It says "One Sunday, [something], ready to go to a friends house." Question: How ...
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意饺: English Translation?

I've seen 意饺 translated as ravioli. Obviously 意饺 = 意大利 + 饺子, but does it only refer to ravioli? There's a lot of different kinds of Italian "dumplings", no? Can it refer to other things besides ...
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help translating art seals

I recently received a painting that I am curious about who the artist is. These are the name seals in the lower left hand corner.
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Can you help translate this Chinese scroll?

Can you please translate this Chinese scroll for me? (https://i.stack.imgur.com/FdilC.jpg) Much appreciated!
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How would I ask for a fade haircut plus a little bit off the top in chinese?

In the US I usually ask for the following: A #2 (top) to #1 (bottom) fade on the sides and neck The neckline grows way too low so I ask them to cut that to a certain length Half an inch off the top ...