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Idiomatic translation of “passive aggressive”

The English term "passive aggressive" is generally used to describe non-overt displays of aggression, such as resistance, poor attitude, posting silly workplace notices or other behaviours that ...
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How can I say “I have translation background” in Chinese? [closed]

How can I say "x background" like "I have translation background" in Chinese?
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What is this character? [closed]

I would like to know what this necklace means, thank you
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How to translate the phrase “just because . . . it doesn't mean that…”? [closed]

I want to be able to say something along the line of: "just because she has a boyfriend doesn't mean she can't focus in school."
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Something I came across in a movie 你说它真它就真说它假

I came across this in a Chinese television show, which I would like some help to translate. 你说它真它就真,说它假它就假,它是真真假假假假真真谁也弄不明白. The first part I do understand. It means: "If you say it is real then it ...
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How to translate “穷则变,变则通,通则久” to English?

Is there any elegant and succinct way to translate “穷则变,变则通,通则久” to English? I felt the translation could be quite lengthy when I tried to explain every single character. Thank you very much.
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What is the meaning of 豫兮 in 豫兮若冬涉川 ?

A random phrase from the 道德經 is 豫兮若冬涉川 . I understand the part 若冬涉川 as "like crossing a stream in the winter" where "in the winter is used" is used adverbially, so a more verbatim translation might ...
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How Did Third Eye Blind Get Translated As 心灵蒙蔽合唱团?

I don't often see a lot of foreign bands names translated but came across this: 网易云音乐 心灵蒙蔽合唱团 Third Eye Blind How Did Third Eye Blind Get Translated As 心灵蒙蔽合唱团? 合唱团 means chorus, does it ...
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meaning of 把自己 and 收下 and 在地里 and some translations

i am learning new i have a couple of questions about a text 1:收完白菜,老山羊把自己种的白菜送给他们 2:山羊收下白菜 1:what 收完 exactly is translated into-what about 把自己 can you tell me the grammar and exact translation 2:what ...
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How to say: subway line is not in operation

How to say in Chinese: Today part of the blue subway line is not in operation. Should it be 在操作? Or another word?
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口是心非 歌词 : “怕是怕” What does “x Shi x” mean?

I was listening to one of my favorite Chinese songs, 口是心非 (duplicity) by 张雨生, and there's a line in the chorus that says 于是爱恨交错人消瘦 怕是怕这些苦没来由 a) what does x 是 x mean? b) what does it mean in this ...
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Can someone translate this for me? [closed]

http://m.imgur.com/i7FcLqc This is from the top of a container my friend found at work. I was wondering if someone could do a quick, easy translation. I tried to draw it in Google translate, but it ...
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if 奥巴马 was a sentence in classical chinese, what would be its meaning? [closed]

if you look up the characters used to transscribe obama in chinese, you get the following: 奥 = mysterious 巴 = to long for 马 = horse a simple sentence pattern in classical chinese is: adv. V O ...
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is google correct translate for me? [closed]

i have translated these 5 sentences with help of google translator is these are correct? Hello from XYZ! {0} Your verification code is {1} = 你好从XYZ! {0}您的验证码是 {1}。 This link of ...
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Can someone please translate this for me? [closed]

http://i.solidfiles.net/690a5c4a8c.jpg I really need it as fast as I can, sorry if it's not appropiate to request translations like this, but it's for a relative of mine who really needs it. It's ...
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What does “&” (Ampersand) means in Chinese language? [closed]

While visiting Dr. Sun Yat-sun Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver, B.C. I noticed the sign "&" (Ampersand) is posted everywhere. The tour guide said that "&" means money in Chinese, it is ...
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What does my Chinese name 林惠妃 mean?

I was adopted from China at 11 months and was given a name in the orphanage. My Chinese name is 林惠妃。I study Chinese currently, and am just unsure of the meaning of my name. I have been given some ...
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How do you say “none available”?

How do you say "none available"? As in: "There is none available" (without the "there is". Or not.).
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How to say “a bit more” in “Verb + Something + a bit more”

I'm often stuck with how to use "a bit more" in Chinese in situations like : Verb + something + a bit more I want to watch TV a bit more I want to eat spicy noodles a bit more I want to ...
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How to write date and number in Chinese?

I need to fill a part of a form in Chinese, does anyone here could help me? I've tried to use google translate, but unfortunately, I know nothing about Chinese and I'm afraid I was wrong, please help ...
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Parsing grammar of 我想不出还会有谁

我想不出还会有谁。 I don’t understand how to parse this. Is it [i][cant think of][still can][there is who]? How does that translate to “i can’t think of of anyone else”? I just see a string of verbs that don’...
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How to translate Pinyin with tones marks on Google Translate?

On Google Translate , if I enter Pinyin with tone marks (for example "nǐ hǎo"), Google Translate is unable to translate from Mandarin to English. However, if I type without tones (for example "ni hao")...
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Sign on the edge of a cross-country ski trail in Ontario, Canada

This sign has been at the entrance to a ski trail. I've been wondering what it might mean for the past couple years. thanks for anyone able to translate.
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What does this red seal and picture say or mean? (Characters identified: 天天快樂,前程似錦)

Please help me find out what this means as live to know artists to find out what a piece of art means
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Can anyone here read handwritten calligraphy and can tell me what this says please? It's on a porcelain plaque

Can anyone here read handwritten calligraphy and can tell me what this says please? It's on a porcelain plaque.
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What does 握草 mean?

On google it says it means Wò cǎo, hold grass. On my translation app it means grip the grass! I know this term means like an expression of surprise, and similar to the curse word f*ck, but I’m not ...
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What is the sword style in 大巧不工剑讲究的就是一个不工,意念要厚重,剑式要雄强圆厚…?

大巧不工剑讲究的就是一个不工,意念要厚重,剑式要雄强圆厚,气势要庄严雄浑,你看看你使出的剑式,太过松散,转折太过刚硬,致使出剑无力,剑式笼罩的范围太小……” I’m not learning Chinese, I just enjoy doing machine translations to read and translate, but Google and the dictionary ...
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How do I translate “both medicines and foods have common origin”?

I am trying to translate the sentence both medicines and foods have common origin into simplified Chinese using different translation apps etc. and get weirdly different answers.
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Lost Postcard Shop

I travelled to Shanghai a long time ago and recently got to come back for CPhI. I returned to Tianzifang, where I bought these beautiful poscards, and though I can speak and read some Chinese, I ...
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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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“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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Various uses of the English “for” to indicate purpose

The sentences below all use the word "for" to indicate purpose. I tried to think of a few sentences that may use "for" a little bit differently. Can you help me understand how to use "for" in Chinese? ...
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In online gaming, how would you exhort a Chinese teammate to die gloriously?

I once played an online multiplayer game called Boom Beach, which involved some team play. I was in a multinational group, and we did have two mainland Chinese folks in the group. One was reasonably ...
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A question about Google Translate

Yes, I do know this isn't about Chinese language as such, but I'm not sure where else to ask - and I hope people will find it a little bit amusing and forgive my transgression. So, this is my question ...
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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!
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Please may someone tell me what this symbol means?

Hello! I was wondering whether this symbol meant anything? I tried to search on Google and even used the image search on Google translate but nothing came back. Thanks in advance!
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Translation help needed

I am doing some DIY and stumbled upon blog that should aid me in figuring out details of some obscure electronic PCB. Google translate was useful for most of the text but I am not able to translate ...
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If Pinyin (or Other Romanization) can be Translated Back into Chinese Characters

From what it sounds like (also here): Chinese characters cannot be faithfully constructed backwards from a tone+syllable combination -- the mapping only goes one way (and even then, sometimes ...
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Is there a Chinese variant of the expression "and the list goes on and on“

Is there a Chinese variant of the expression "and the list goes on and on" or something simillar to it?
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What does 其实也没什么 mean?

Link is here (7th answer from the top), and here's the context: 讲一个我朋友的故事,他10多年前开这个车。(image) 没错,松花江小面。其实也没什么,10多年前有个车还算不错了。可这个朋友有个癖好,就是喜欢去五星级酒店或者饭店品茶,吃个早点。 Can anyone explain the grammar, ...
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Taiwanese brand of computers called 嘉馬電腦

From what I can tell, 嘉馬電腦 means The Auspicious Horse Computer. Is this a reasonable translation? Is 嘉馬電腦 a normal-sounding brand name to Chinese-speakers? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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How to translate “minister for loneliness”

Recently, I learned that the UK established a "minister for loneliness". http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42708507 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minister_for_Loneliness I thought of "孤獨大臣", which ...
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How to express 忽悠 in English?

In a light conversation over Christmas dinner, a question was brought to me as "Is there a word in English to describe 忽悠 in Chinese"?
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How to reply to a recruiter ‘thanks for reaching out, I'd like to hear more’?

A recruiter wrote me over Linkedin and I'd like to ask for more details, but my Chinese is completely rusty. Linkedin's predefined answer is "您好,感谢与我联系!我希望了解更多信息。". I would like to use another one, if ...
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Please help me translate this message

Please help me translate this message. What does it mean in English? 得了考前放弃症 可能无药可救了。 So here is the situation. I have been seeing this girl for about almost a year now and today we went out and ...
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Can 谢谢 be abbreviated to a single syllable 谢?

Is it meaningful to say "谢" only? Google Translate implies that it may also mean "wither". I want to use it to say "thanks" instead of both characters. I am looking for single characters that I can ...
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English name for this musical piece?

I’m making the program booklet, and one thing they are playing is 苏三起解. Is there a commonly used English name for it? I have “Su San Under Escort” but see others when I search for it, like “Susan ...
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How to say “I don't want you to be sad” in Taiwanese Mandarin?

Let's use 難過 to translate "sad", then, in Mandarin as spoken in Taiwan, what would be the most common way to say: I don't want you to be sad. As you might say when you notice that someone is sad ...
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How can I write my cat's name, TK-421, in Chinese?

TK-421 (pronounced Teekay four two one) is the serial number of a character in a science fiction movie (and also my charming cat). What would be the most natural way to write this down? TK-四二一? TK-...

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