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What's the best translation to 「要看两千年的中国,去西安;要看一千年的中国,去北京;要看一百年的中国,去上海;要看十年的中国,去深圳」?

What's the best translation to 「要看两千年的中国,去西安;要看一千年的中国,去北京;要看一百年的中国,去上海;要看十年的中国,去深圳」? My version is To find two thousand years of China, go to Xi'an; To find one thousand years of China, go to ...
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Why is 快樂 after 新年

Why are there some adjectives after nouns, but when translated to english the adjective appears before the noun.
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“学大汉,武立国”? Is it not “国立武汉大学”?

What is the point of "learning from the Grand Han Dynasty and Establishing the Nation by Military"?
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What exactly does 差不多先生 mean?

I've been trying to study the song 差不多先生 and am having difficulty understanding all of the uses of 差不多. Also if anyone is feeling super inspired, I'd love to have a full translation of the song. A ...
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Can anyone read Seal Script? I'm completely stuck

Is anyone able to give the modern character equivalents for these seals? I'm completely stumped on the top one, but got as far as "X 廾 東 X" on the bottom one. There's also a 詩塘 at the top, and I don'...
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What does it mean to be scratched or scraped?

I tried to translate these sentences from a convo and got a weird translation. 淺藍不戰爭會被瓜分的. Light blue will not be divided by war. 綠國刮分結束. The green country scrapes the end. 再來是淺藍. Again, light ...
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Uses of interrogatives as pronouns

In English, interrogatives are occasionally used as not as interrogatives but as adverbs and relative pronouns. For example: I don't know why we moved; I don't know how that machine works; I know ...
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Can someone please translate my grandfather's signature

There is a mystery about my great great grandfather's name, I found this on his australian marriage certificate. The signature is over 120 yrs old and he was an older man and may not exactly match ...
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What is the meaning of 一看 in this sentence?

打开盒子一看,里面是一只小猫 Is it the same as 看看 or 看一看?
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Can a Good Listener Help Me Translate?

I am translating a paragraph from English into Chinese, going by a recording a native speaker made. I am trying to use the same characters that they are using in their spoken translation, but am ...
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Use of Preposition or Verb with telling time

In English, when telling time, a verb is used: "Now it is 9 o'clock." Additionally, when telling at what time, a preposition is used: "I will meet with the principal at 4 o'clock." In Chinese is a ...
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How to say “calendar” in Chinese?

In English, calendar can refer to several things. I would like the Chinese word that would mean calender in the sense of a planner, like how a teacher might calender her future lesson plans or you ...
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Is this use of 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 ...
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Can anyone tell me the translation of these words? [closed]

Please i want to know the translation of the words written on this bracelet
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the leaf always falls down on its root

A friend of mine mentioned the Chinese saying that says that "the leaf always falls down on its root". I would like to know whether this refers to the text that in old age several people return to ...
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Please translate the image that looks like breasts [closed]

Can someone explain the symbol at the end... the symbol that looks like breasts?(https://i.stack.imgur.com/t3GNO.png)
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What's the meaning of “氪金”? How to translate it?

I know the meaning of 氪 is krypton. But I find there are many people say: 这个游戏真好玩,我要氪金. Now they have got the game and played it, so they needn't buy the game now, even sometime they say so when play ...
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How to translate “detangling knot” or “knot that unties”?

I need to use the expression "detangling knot" (knot that unties). It's for a poem and I should write it with two kanji and no more... is it possible or is it better for me to use something like this ...
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What does 死锤 mean?

What does 死锤 mean? I get that it's probably some type of weaponry, but I want a clearer translation. Below is the whole sentence. 这个时候就是众人与其死锤的时候了。
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Why 中華民國 = Republic of China?

According to google translate and other dictionaries, "republic" means "共和國" in Chinese.
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What word should be used to describe anyone who is counter-revolutionary, that is, one who opposes a revolution?

Literally translating, can one who opposes a revolutionary be called a "反革命" in Chinese? In mainland China, "反革命" used be a serious crime which may be lead to death penalty. So people are not allowed ...
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Can “相” ever be translated as “elephant”?

I heard that in Xiangqi (Chinese chess or 中国象棋), 相 is translated as "Elephant". Is it a correct translation? Should "bishop" or "minister" be better translations for 相 here? Are there any other ...
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Translation for these symbols (Google turned back nothing!)

My grandfather received a painting when he was invited to China as part of a group of representatives of Sweden. I've always wondered what the symbols meant and since he has passed away and Google ...
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What is the function 就是 and 对 in this sentence?

I encountered the following sentence recently: 这个重大责任, 就是对民族的责任。 I loosely translated it to: "This important responsibility is the nation's responsibility." But grammatically, I was confused by the ...
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無神除神, There is no God but The God

For a graphic design for a client I want to render the words "There is no God but the God" into Chinese in as few characters as possible. It is of course a translation of the Islamic "La Ilaha ...
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anybody knows what this means? tatto from my brother [closed]

anybody knows what this means? tatto from my brother
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What is the common word used among programmers for a bug?

What is the translation for a computer bug that is being commonly used in the programming environment?
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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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What is a comfortable English translation of 姐夫

My soon-to-be sister-in-law is Chinese. My future wife is her older sister, so she doesn't feel comfortable calling me by my given name. In Chinese she would call be 姐夫, for which the nearest English ...
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Yahtzee score card — what is the term for a “full house”

I'm teaching my mother-in-law how to play Yahtzee so she can more easily join us when we have a family gathering. She's visiting the USA. Most things I explained easily enough using Google Translate....
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How do you say 学霸 in English?

Is there a word for 学霸 in English? 霸 comes from 霸王, which is an attribute people gave to a super warlord in ancient China who is invincible even when he was just fighting along against an entire army. ...
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Chinese painting poem and seal meaning

Could anyone please help me, I got a painting as a gift, and I tried to find the meaning of the poem and seals on my painting but it didn’t succeed.
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Does the word proud exist in Chinese?

I know this is gonna get closed because it's more philosophical in nature but it's something that's brought up (subtle Asian traits, if curious) the word proud is rarely used in Chinese culture and ...
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What is the difference between 参加 and 参与?

I have been using these interchangeably, until today I was corrected, being told that one "参加活动”, not "参与活动“. I then looked up the definition, but it wasn't too helpful. How do I know when to use ...
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How do I say “我不是太喜欢旅游.” in English?

The translator gives the translation is I don't like traveling very much. But it sounds like I hate traveling. But I'm just not a traveling enthusiast. If my family need a traveling, I can go with ...
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what do 接盘 and 接盘侠 mean?

They seem to be Internet slangs but I can't figure out what the meaning is. For example here 让我以后不要找中国男人接盘
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Does '到现在' imply a recent change?

Chinese-to-English dictionaries seem to translate '到现在' as 'up to now' or 'until now'. In English this often implies a recent change in conditions rather than a continuation of conditions; however, in ...
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How to understand 灵魂 sense of spirit?

The words 灵魂 translates to 'soul' or 'spirit'. In English, the word 'spirit' can refer to the undefinable spiritual entity associated with the divine. I think that in Chinese, 灵魂 can refer to a person'...
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How do I translate these verbs?

I recently saw these phrases (from the song 我要你的爱): 你为什么不走过来 (I think it basically means: Why won't you come here) 你为什么不说出来 (I think it basically means: Why won't you say it) 为什么不肯说 (I think it ...
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How to translate “舔狗” to English?

This is a popular word in China. I know 舔 means lick, 狗 means dog. But it seems that the meaning of 舔狗 is not to do with lick, there is a sentence says 舔狗不得好死, so I think it's a noun. And according ...
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“To give someone space”

I was looking for the equal word of "to give someone space" in Chinese and found this : 给我一点空间。 I'm not sure if 空间 is the correct word though. 空间 means "space" but I think it refers to a visible ...
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How to translate the famous saying “路漫漫其修远兮,吾将上下而求索” in Li Sao?

"路漫漫其修远兮,吾将上下而求索" is a verse in Qu Yuan's classic Li Sao. My translation is: My journey is so hard and nearly endless, I will keep going forward until I get to the end in someday.
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How to refer to 'depression' in Chinese?

Depression is a word used to describe a 人 who feels a sadness that is buried deeply in heart and mind. What word is used to refer to this kind of depression? If you can think of any idioms or ...
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What is the difference (and english translation) between 风浪 and 涌浪?

As far as I can tell, 风浪 is waves created by wind, and 涌浪 would be waves created by tidal movements or surge waves. However, this is a very bulky way to describe them. What is the English for this ...
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What is the translation for 淫之以色,啗之以利,養之以味,娛之以樂?

淫之以色,啗之以利,養之以味,娛之以樂 is a sentence from 六韜 (six secret teachings), a book about strategies. There are 4 lines each containing 4 characters and the same pattern: A 之以 B, wherein A and B are semantically ...
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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 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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what is the of exact original/source text of “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”

I was browsing http://www.brainyquote.com/ website and found that the top one quote on hot topic "life" is an quote from Confucius(http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_life.html): "Life is ...
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Can someone please translate this for me? I’ve had a piece of metal with this written on it for years but have no idea what it says!

Can someone please translate this for me? I’ve had a piece of metal with this written on it for years but have no idea what it says!