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What is the original of “Sold Out” by poet Mo Mo?

I was suddenly reminded of this poem today: Mo Mo SOLD OUT I sell dreams, cheap following my inclinations like a dog who sold his master I sell epochs, my body crosshatched with scars I sell time, ...
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How to translate “blouse” to Chinese?

I'm researching names for many different clothes in Chinese, and when I reached the word blouse, seems like I've reached a dead end and, consequently, a need of an explanation. Just to make myself ...
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Understand 憎人富貴厭人貧(窮)

The Cantonese expression 憎人富貴厭人貧/窮 (hate the rich, discriminate the poor) illustrated a mentality that is considered unhealthy. I am trying to find a simple description of this attitude I came up with ...
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Is 我的中文水平还是挺有限的 a suitable translation of “My Chinese is still quite limited”?

我的中文水平还是挺有限的。 My Chinese is still quite limited. Anything wrong with this translation? Or is there a better way of expressing this?
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How to discuss preferences / ask which do you prefer in Mandarin

How does one discuss preferences/ask what someone prefers out of a series of options? Do you just list each option followed by 好不好? Thanks
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What does this mean in English, please? [duplicate]

[广州市]【广州国际中心】已出口直封 What does this mean in English? I am expecting a parcel to be delivered.
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Chinese names for zeptoseconds and yoctoseconds

While compiling a list of names for fractions of seconds which are in the International System of Units, I stumbled upon two curious fractions of seconds whose names I'm unable to locate anywhere, and ...
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what does 上疾 mean in this sentence (她在网球场上疾如闪电。)

I have the sentence 她在网球场上疾如闪电。I know that it means "she is as quick as lightning on the tennis court" What role does 上疾 have in the sentence it clearly doesn't mean, on disease! Are there ...
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What is the hidden meaning of “mi mi”, the Chinese word for secret?

The English word is "secret" The Chinese word is "秘密" I found 禾 means grain, 必 means must. The second character has 宀 (mián) roof,必 (bì) must and 山 (shān) mountain. How does it all ...
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Trying to translate specific Data Science terms to Traditional Chinese

I am translating a paragraph to Traditional Chinese about Data Science. The subject is Decision Modeling which is translated in Google as:決策建模 The term I am having a problem with is: Quantitative ...
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Asking “what are your dreams for the future”

How does one ask in Mandarin, "what are your dreams" (i.e. future ambitions) I know that 打算 can be used for if you're planning to do something e.g. 我打算明天去看医生 so am not sure if the phrase ...
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How do I express the notion of “drama” in Chinese?

If you have housemates or a romantic partner, you might (unfortunately) encounter what we call "drama" (n.): A way of relating to the world in which a person consistently overreacts to or ...
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What does 迫不及待 开始倒计 mean?

This line came from 深呼吸 by Yu Quan 羽泉。 迫不及待 - anxious to wait 开始倒计 - begin counting down Would it just be translate as 'anxious to wait, I begin to count down'?
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What is a better translation of 箱子 in the following context?

The phrase 这辆铲车正在把箱子装上卡车 seems at first glance to say "This truck is loading a box onto the truck", but in fact this is used along with the below photo. Is it right to say that 箱子 in this ...
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Need help translating Oriental markings on a lamp

Looking to find out more information on my lamp but I'm unable to translate the symbols that I assume are Chinese dialect
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What does 传承跨越沧桑的壁垒 mean?

传承 impart and inherit 跨越 stride across; leap over 沧桑 vicissitude 的 poss. 壁垒 rampart; barrier I came with 'passing the obstacles' but I'm not sure if it's right.
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English translation of Su Shi's “Cold Food Observance”

I have obtained a copy of Su Shi's "Cold Food Observance". I would like to find a good English translation of the 129 characters, preferably with standard (kaishu) characters alongside so ...
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Is 天的数月 the correct way to say “days of the month”?

Is Tiān de shù yuè (天的数月) the correct way to state "days of the month"? I am looking for a term that will encompass all of the days of the month. This will be the heading for a paragraph ...
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What does this artwork say? (Characters identified: 湖岩)

I'd like to ask you for help me to identify this sign and stample. It should be painting on silk.
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Can you help translate the scroll seal (Characters identified: 神龍圖 嘯天)

I believe this dragon is about shinlong but I would like to know the artist as I cannot make up any of the symbols
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Does English have a word for 师兄/师弟/师姐/师妹?

I know one obvious translation would be "classmate." However, I have also heard the above words used when two people have had the same teacher. For example, if someone had the same teacher ...
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Given that 门店 (lit. “door shop”) = “outlet”, how do you say “door shop”?

门店 (mén​diàn​) CC-CEDICT: (retail) store (We might otherwise translate 门店 to "outlet".) This raises the question as to what you would call a shop that sells doors, given that 门店 (which ...
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Is this translation correct? “一人说一句.”

一人说一句。 Does this mean, "Each person say one sentence"? Is this correct? Thanks so much!
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When translating “he thinks I bought three books, but I didn't buy anything”, do we add a completion 了 for “bought”?

When learning about when to use 了, we're typically given simple examples with clear-cut answers, such as the following: 我买了三本书。 I bought three books. Expressing completion with "le" We are ...
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How to translate 因為所以科學道理?

I heard this from native speakers but am confused about its meaning. I understand every word but this phrase itself does not make much sense to me.
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Is there a common idiom equivalent to “tomato tomahto” in mandarin?

I'm being very nitpicky with a coworker (20s, first language is mandarin) and I'm trying to tease myself playfully by saying something along the lines of "tomato tomahto" in mandarin. I'm ...
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What is the meaning of the passage ”天下失道,而後仁義生焉……“?

I came across this passage: 天下失道,而後仁義生焉。國家不治,而後孝子生焉。民爭不分,而後慈惠生焉。道逆時反,而 後權謀生焉。 To translate, I think it would be "When all have lost their way, benevolence shall follow thereof. When the kingdom ...
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English name translation of “Jerron” into chinese [closed]

I am looking for a translation for 'Jerron' to chinese. Simplified please. Already tried Google and just would like to double check. thank you.
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I need help translating and orienting two signature chops (Characters identified: 精忠報國 忠誠衛士)

There are two chops. My name is Jake and my wife's name is Kenwyn (Ken-win). We believe the chops were created to represent our names phonetically in Chinese, versus using the symbology to convey an ...
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How to indicate in Chinese text that a quote has been translated from English?

In a Chinese text, if I used a quote that was in English, but was translated into Chinese, how would I indicate this? For example, if Tom said "I have a house", and to quote Tom in the text, ...
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Sentence Translations with an Emphasis on 被 and other general sentences

I translated these sentences. I just wanted to make sure they made sense. If there is anything I can fix, please tell me. Thank you very much. My leg hit the ground and was injured. 我的腿撞到地上,被受伤了。 ...
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Translation of a slang for 'mutual flattering'

circle jerk (vulgar, slang) Any group or group activity indulging in excessive mutual praise. When I try to translate this term in this context, I come up with 互相吹捧 and 互相奉承 (mutual flattering). It ...
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What is a snappy way to express e.g. “my brain has switched off” that is familiar to native Chinese ears?

It's common in English to say e.g.: I've done so much work today, my brain has switched off. No, I can speak Chinese. She doesn't understand me because she has switched her ears off and is not ...
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What is 心血 in English?

What is 心血 in English may I ask? The full Chinese sentence is 我花了许多心血在房间的摆设上。整间房子里面,随处都可以发现我的心血。 I try to think about some alternatives, but haven't find out a perfect translation. One alternative is ...
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How to translate “when there’s a gold rush, sell pickaxes and shovels"?

What's the Chengyu 成語 for this financial investing idiom, “don’t buy gold/mine for gold in a gold rush; sell shovels and pickaxes”? Google Translate output “當淘金熱時,賣鎬和鐵鍬。” But I got no idea if this ...
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What does the lady in this video say?

I am watching a small advertising video for chinese radio station (here it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL6hj3ocYZM), and cannot quite catch what the lady is saying from 00:12 to "96.3好歌好FM&...
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Why Does Rosetta Stone Use 打开 With 拉链?

I have been trying to figure out what is happening here since I was told by TrainChinese (a Chinese dictionary and flash cards app) that 打卡 is never used with 拉链. They referred me to 拉开. Are they ...
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Looking for an dict API with pinyin, characters, translation

For an iOS app development project I need a web API (or offline data collection is well also) where I can get a dictionary (at least 5000 words). Each entry should contain the pinyin, the chinese ...
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Do it while you can or “Strike while the iron is hot” in Chinese

How to correctly communicate or express these timely sayings in Chinese? "Do something while the conditions are right" or "Seize the opportunity when it presents itself" Would this ...
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Hard to translate music verse

I have a blog on which I translate Chinese Music. I've come to a halt at the verses 无法容下世间之爱 and 但愿无声自有人在 and 但愿无能自有人在 in the song 臥軌的火車 【火海 The Flame of Love】 I don't quite understand this, even ...
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Chinese abbreviation for the BBC?

I've been trying to see if there is a simple Chinese abbreviated translation for the BBC. Wasn't there some law disallowing the use of English abbreviations on CCTV before? The long form translation ...
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what does 塞翁 mean in 塞翁失马?

I recently read about this idiom and its story. I know what it actually means. But when it comes to character by character translation, I struggled. I asked some of my Chinese friends, but they didn't ...
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“您好,我是否能知道原因呢” translate to “Hello, can I know the reason”

I translate "您好,我是否能知道原因呢" to "Hello, can I know the reason" But it looks like lose courtesy meaning. How to normally behavior courtesy meaning this chinese sentence in english?
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Help me translate stamps on bowls and paintings? (Ancient Chinese, Japanese & Cantonese) [closed]

Im looking for help identifying 7 pieces of art (5 paintings and two bowls). I was advised sby a friends grandmother that some is ancient Chinese, Japanese and Cantonese but have had no luck ...
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Hello! Can someone please translate: 'My Little Ghost' to Chinese?

I'm creating a story with this title and the setting I'm supposed to have is in ancient China. It would be helpful if you can show me how it is spelled and if the translated version sounds more like ...
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My Chinese Laoshi gave me a Chinese name “玉意” I don't know what it means

My Chinese Laoshi gave me a Chinese name "玉意" I don't know what it means.. if anyone knows what my chinese name means... can you please explain to me?? My mandarin is still very limited so I ...
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Which word means 'log in'?

Are there any differences between 登陆,登入,and 登录 ? Which is the correct words to represent 'log in'?
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The Etymology of the word 有的

Im having trouble wrapping my brain around why the characters "有的" are chose to represent the idea of "a smaller amount of a larger group" or more directly in english: the word &...
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What these seals characters means? (Characters identified: 讀書志在聖賢 爲官心存君國)

I have this seal but i really dont know what means these characters, If somebody can help me to translate i would appreciate.
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There is this song that I can't find the Pinyin lyrics to on Youtube

Can someone help me find it please? This is just copied and pasted from what should be the songs title 凌震 尤金 多看一眼

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