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Meaning of “建一个国内的飞机场,也能翻回去” and “美国不会对标建墙的” [closed]

I'm confused by the statement "建一个国内的飞机场,也能翻回去" and "美国不会对标建墙的" in this short blog post from https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/fs2zbK1kGUJ1xirpDaEFNA. My translation would be "if you ...
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If you are backward you will take a beating [closed]

I look for Chinese translation for: If you are backward you will take a beating I do like the adage.
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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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Does the chinese letter mean the number, one?

As I browsing around on the internet, I was looking at what a sentence meant in English. But the issue is that I was not sure if this is the Chinese letter for "1" or does it have a different ...
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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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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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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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What does this '这样真的容易累成胖子' means?

这样真的容易累成胖子 "Getting easily tired like this is (making me) turn fat?" I don't really know how to understand this sentence, please help me. Thanks.
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Colloquial equivalent of the English: “good for you”

Advanced English Dictionary defines good for you as: An exclamation of encouragement or congratulation. "You got married? Good for you!" It is usually used sarcastically. ABC’s E-C dictionary ...
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Word translation

Can someone please help me identify these chinese or japanese characters and what they translate in english? If you could please answer in such a way to clearly distinguish between the large word and ...
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Translation of “we won't be able to see you”? 我们会不会看你?

I'm confused about a translation question. If I wanted to translate "we won't be able to see you" (the actual sentence isn't important, just future tense and then some action with 会), would I say ...
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Can someone please translate this note to a friend? (Characters identified: 你是我的嘘声) [closed]

Someone wrote this to a friend of mine. Can someone please translate it?
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Translating the shortcomings of a primary school student

我是许晨曦,一个活泼开朗的小男孩,圆圆的脑袋,一头乌黑的短发,明亮的眼睛,大大鼻子,还有一张不怎么会说话的嘴巴。 我喜欢打羽毛球,溜冰、下棋……但我最喜欢的是打羽毛球,每次和小朋友打得汗流浃背,痛快极了。 我也有缺点,做作业马虎,有时不直接看节目就直接写下去。 这就是我,我想在这个学期改掉这个缺点,做一个好学生。 Source: http://www.zuowen8....
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Could someone translate this poster for me? [closed]

I've had a few friends take a look and they had very differing opinions.
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Does Chinese distinguish between (western) pole dancing and Chinese pole dancing? If so, how?

How does Chinese distinguish between western pole dancing and what English calls Chinese pole dancing, if at all? The Chinese edition of Wikipedia has an article on pole dancing, using the word 钢管舞. ...
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知識分子 - can it be translated as `intuitive person`?

知識 - means knowledge 分 - point 子 - son (or person of) Now 知識分子 is generally translated as intellectual, person of intelligence. What I wonder if the words can be interpreted in different conjunction....
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Is 中文亲属名称 the correct translation for “Family member names in Chinese”(i.e. as in regard to one's family tree)?

Is 中文亲属名称 the correct translation for "Family member names in Chinese"(i.e. as in regard to one's family tree)? Anyone has a better translation?
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What is 越级挑战 in one English vocabulary form and if possible, also in idiom?

What is 越级挑战 in one English vocabulary form and if possible, also in idiom? I use google translate and it give me a ridiculous answer: the leap frog challenge.
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I would like someone to translate the writing on this plate in to english please [closed]

I would like someone to translate the writing on this plate in to english please
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How to say: “at three different sides of the room ”

I want to tell a joke where the teacher places three students at three different sides of the room. I tried like this, but apparently it was wrong: 老師讓他們分散在房間的三方。 Can you offer any suggestions? ...
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How to say “increase the food price” in Chinese?

学校餐厅的开支增加了,这样一来,餐厅就会 increase the food price. How do I say "increase the food price" in Chinese? Thank you!
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how to say “projected numbers” in chinese (mandarin)?

appreciate if someone can let me know how to translate the following into mandarin, thanks! "kindly provide me with the full year numbers up to october, we will use it to project for the full 12 ...
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How to translate “thread” to Chinese? [closed]

I found this word in Github guide, and I don't know how to translate it to Chinese.It is used in this context: Muted threads won’t show up as unread again until you are specifically @mentioned ...

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