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Chinese translation of "disproportionation"

Chemistry term: disproportionation What is the Chinese translation of this? The cambridge dictionary gave this: disproportionate translate: 不成比例的;不相称的;太大(或太小)的 But I found this very unreliable.
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What is the proper translation of "工业" and "行业"?

The word "industry" in English-Chinese dictionary have multiple meanings, including both "工业" and "行业", but I think there are differences between "工业" and "...
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Chinese version of "beat around the bush"

Most people know the famous english idiom: beat around the bush How should I write this in Chinese? Cambridge dictionary gives: Don't beat around the bush - get to the point! 别兜圈子了——有话直说! But I ...
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Chinese version of "action speaks louder than words"

What is the chinese version of the common idiom: Action speaks louder than words Google translate gives this: 行动胜于雄辩 Is this correct? And what other alternatives are there?
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How to say subject–verb–object (SVO) in Chinese?

I want to make some notes on the general grammar of Chinese, and standard Chinese uses SVO or subject-verb-object. How do I say this in Chinese? Google translate gives: 主语动词宾语 But other sites ...
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Blood vessels in Chinese

What is "blood vessel" in chinese? I searched an online google translation from english to chinese and got this: 血管 Other dictionaries such as cambridge also suggested this, but I am not ...
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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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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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mother of pearl chop marks on underside of large ivory chess pieces (Characters identified: 乾隆年製)

Large and very fine ivory chess set that I inherited in 1965. The major pieces are 8 inches tall. I am enclosing photo of the inlaid mother of pearl chop marks on the bottom of these pieces......Is ...
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What are these seals?

I am trying to identify a Chinese watercolor of the Great Wall of China and would like to know what the three seals on the painting mean. The piece is 222” wide and 43” high. Thank you in advance for ...
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Bibliography in Chinese?

I want to put the word "bibliography" at the end of my slides for a Chinese project, but I'm not sure what the correct word is. I searched online and found this translation on google ...
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Antimetabole and source for literary devices

What is the translation of the literary device of antimetabole in Chinese? I'm sure a bunch of idioms use it, but I haven't found a good translation for the term. For instance, how would someone ...
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Are the words "stamp", "seal", and "chop" synonymous (all meaning 印章)?

I see these the three words "stamp", "seal", and "chop" used to refer to what seem to be almost the same thing. Image source: ThoughtCo. I'm not sure if there's any ...
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Can anyone help with identifying the red stamp symbols or the full text?

I came across a nice butterfly tree painting and I am trying to learn as much about it as i can.
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Can anyone out there offer any assistance on the translation and meaning of these two seals? (Characters identified: 國湧 化吉)

These two seals are located on a very large painting of flowers and fruit. So far I've only been able to translate the title which was done in cursive script. Is anyone familiar with these two unusual ...
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how can I say "the book was written by him" in chinese? [closed]

I need to write a similar sentence with not skilled chinese but i don t know how Write any similar sentence you think can help. Thank you in advance
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Translation of "Spare the rod and spoil the child."

The British, in their wisdom, had this attitude towards the education of children: Spare the rod and spoil the child. 省了棍子,害了孩子。or 不打不成器。 The Chinese, in a similar vein, also have: 打是疼,骂是爱。 “打是疼,骂是爱”...
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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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Can anyone assist with the translation of this seal mark? (Characters identified: 乾州王氏)

This mark is one of several that are located on a Tang dynasty style watercolor painting that I own. However, it is this one that I'm most interested in knowing the meaning of. Can someone please help?...
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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 someone translate this text? [closed]

This is an old silver stuff, what is the text? Can you help me? This is the back of it.
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Need translation for painting in regards to who the artist is and what it reads in Chinese calligraphy

Watercolor painting with calligraphy script and a red seal it's 7 in x 7 in on paper
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Looking for translation of calligraphy piece into English

I am looking to get a translation of this calligraphy piece into English. (It was done as a demonstration by a Chinese artist at college ~1976.) Thank you! [
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Specific translation for "Butternut Squash"

For a community gardening project I'm working on, I need specific translations for varieties of different strains of produce, to print in Simplified Chinese on identification stakes. In this case, I'm ...
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How do you say 感谢台前幕后队友们的功劳努力 in English?

Let's say we have successfully completed a project and as a project manager, you would like to thank the entire project members i.e. those facing the client and those working quietly behind the scenes ...
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Help translating 他这个辣把控是不是那种干辣干辣的感觉你知道吗

In a video the guy was eating 冒菜 I don't get what he's saying especially 把控 and 干辣干辣 他 might be a typo edit: It's this vid at 4:50 https://weibo.com/5602073113/Lv6FkoOZE?layerid=4774137945915894
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Which is best to use in 我觉得学汉语不容易,但是我 (会/能/可以)学?

The question I was given is 你觉得学汉语怎么样? I want to say I feel that learning Chinese isn't easy, but I can do it. So far, I've written 我觉得学汉语不容易,但是我 (会/能/可以)学。 but I'm not sure if I should use “可以”,...
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Hi, could someone please tell me what Xiaokuluze might mean in mandarin? Is this a model of car?

Im wondering what Xiaokuluze means in mandarin, is it a model of car?? Thank you,
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Hi can anyone decipher this stamp please?

It's from a Chinese scroll I was given by a collector about 10 years ago. The person who gave it to me died recently. Thanks for any help!
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What are the correct terms for "open accounts" and "closed accounts"?

As the title indicates, I'm asking what the correct terms for "open accounts" and "closed accounts" are where "accounts" refers to a list of financial accounts (bank ...
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Does this tattoo mean honesty?

I was told this meant truth and honesty when I got it. Is that the true meaning?
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Could somebody help me translate what these bookmarks say?

My boyfriend got me a small box of bookmarks off the internet, however they are all in Chinese. I have tried translating them through Google Translate but had no luck as it is not picking up all the ...
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What does 片 mean in 右肩已经一片麻木?

This is the whole paragraph: 车已经开了快三个小时了,车窗外的天还是很阴沉,身边坐的姑娘还在睡,脑门儿很踏实地枕在他肩上,右肩已经一片麻木。 It cannon be a measure word, since 麻木 is an adjective, right? Also, the 一 yi means A/AN or ALL/WHOLE in this ...
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How do you translate "下沉市场" to English?

It feels like the concept of a "developing market" but a developing market implies a foreign market but 下沉市场 is a part of domestic market. Unlike "low end market", 下沉市场 in addition ...
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What does 嗦特嗦 mean?

Hello I'm wondering what would 嗦特嗦 mean? I've done a bit of research on baidu and I know 嗦 would mean eat/suck, 嗦嗦 is an onomatopoeia, 特 is special, but combined 嗦特嗦, it doesn't make much sense to me. ...
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Help translating seals, and phrase

I was wondering if anyone could help with the translation of this seal And characters, this are the only photos that i have right now. Thanks in advance
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What are these four seal script characters? [closed]

I noticed this mark on the bottom of a teapot. I'm having trouble identifying the four characters which I believe to be seal script. I would be grateful if someone could point me in the right ...
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How do you say "adventure" in Mandarin (as in, "a swashbuckling adventure")?

My friend's parents are visiting us and they only speak Mandarin and Cantonese and I only speak English, so she translates for us. We were talking about movies and I wanted to know what kinds they ...
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Please- Chinese Chop/Stamp translation

I purchased this lovely carved horse chop today but I can not read the characters… is anyone with that skill willing to help me translate please?
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Is anyone able to tell me in English what the read seal says on this painting, please! (Characters identified: 史達畫印)

Hoping someone can tell me in English what this red seal/ chop on a Chinese painting is saying. Is it it the artists name and what does it translate to. Thank you!
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What does 折腾 mean in this context?

I've been trying to translate two sentences for days but cannot find a suitable English word to translate 折腾. Here's the context: 以前有段时间,他很喜欢养花,开始折腾各种盆栽。 Because of this, I also cannot translate the ...
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Seeking help with the interpretation of this seal. Can anyone help me?

This seal is located in the lower left corner of my free hand brushwork painting and I suspect that it could contain the name of the artist. All help will be appreciated.
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What does mean these chinese instruction on a 4-20mA water depth sensor?

I have received a 4-20mA water depth sensor with no notice in english. I cannot even type it to get an automatic translation. Could you help me please? Here are two photos: Usually, such a sensor is ...
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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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What does this translate to? [closed]

I was wondering if someone could help me translate this. Apologies for it being sideways - not the best at tech. Thank you very much for your time, and I hope you have a great day.
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What does 拉丝为加丝 mean?

Could someone tell me what 拉丝为加丝 means? I searched it up on baidu and the first thing that came up was Las Vegas and it also makes sense within the context, but the characters are different from Las ...
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How to say wow in chinese and stretch it out? Woooaaaaah

How do you say "waaa~" in chinese? Woooaaaaaa~ To express being dazed by awe. I know 哇 exists but I'm not sure how to exaggerate it.
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Can anyone assist with the interpretation of this japanese pottery mark?

**This mark is found on the bottom of a ceramic pottery tray believed to be Japanese in origin. Any help with the interpretation will be greatly appreciated.
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Does anyone recognize this artist

Does anyone recognize this artist
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In the sentence "这位有名无实的超级英雄被他所对抗的各路神通广大的反面角色所衬托的黯然失色," what is the function/meaning of "所衬托的"?

I understand that the overall meaning is "the titular superhero has been overshadowed by the myriad of powerful villains he has fought against," but I don't see the purpose off adding that &...
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