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how to correctly translate 我想你

When I started learning Chinese I was taught that this term would mean I miss you However have recently seen this been translated different ways into English. 1st I miss you 2nd I'm thinking ...
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Meaning of seal and engraved characters on teapot

I came across an old teapot with inscriptions, but since I don’t speak Chinese, I have no means to know what is written on it. There are two columns of five characters (four columns with twenty ...
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Why use combined characters that have the same meaning?

(rèn shí ) both characters means ( to know)and when combined it still have the same meaning. So why can't I use only one of them ?
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Mandarin Equivalent: “duh!”

"duh!" Advanced English Dictionary duh Disdainful indication that something is obvious. "It’s hot in the desert. - Well, duh!" Is there a Mandarin equivalent of 'duh!'?
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How can we translate 不是……胜似 into English?

I just saw a friend's profile saying: Not a geek, but like a geek. Somehow I immediately translated it as 不是geek胜似geek. But it seems not right since I feel that 不是geek胜似geek is much semantically ...
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Any “casual” translation for 遵命?

遵命 It's said from a person of lesser position to a person of higher position, ie from soldier to general. What would be a more "casual" way of translating it into English other than "As you wish", ...
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What does 没门 mean?

I stumbled across this expression in the following context: 学世界语有没有意义,主要看你是什么目的。如果是想代替英语,没门。 In this context, I think the meaning of 没门 is pretty clear. I'm wondering how this expression may be ...
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How often is 羊肉 Goat in chinese?

I've always translated 羊肉 as mutton. Mutton is not really a protein eaten in the west. Lamb is eaten a lot but that is 小羊. Goat is said to be the most widely consumed protein in the world. How ...
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How do you say “tape it” as in, “taping a package”?

Google translate says "tape" is 胶带, and "tape it" is 用胶带. But to me, that's just saying "use tape". Is there a verb for the act of taping something? For example, how would you say "could you tape ...
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Differentiating: 肚 and 胃 in English?

In Chinese 肚 and 胃 are two quite seperate things. In English, though, it's mostly just: stomach. Is there a good way to differantiate between the two in English?
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Translation: 深V

Maybe this question is better suited for the English Language SE site, but anywho... V here stands for V-Neck as in: v-neck t-shirt/v-neck blouse/v-neck sweater, etc. 深 is deep - or more accurately ...
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What does 神逻辑 mean?

I've encountered this word online. If you google "神逻辑" (with quotes) you'll find mostly instances where it's used as a standalone noun. Anyone know what it means, and maybe its origin/the explanation ...
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How to say “to give”?

I've been doing research on how to translate the verb "to give". I'm trying to find a common way to say it as in sentances like "I gave my friend one apple" or "My friend gave me one apple". I haven'...
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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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Meaning of “不了” in “忘不了/喝不了/…”

I know that 了 after a verb means a completion or termination of a certain action, such as: 吃飽了 (I am) full. 開始了 (It) has started. 不動了 (It) is not moving anymore. But what about 了 ...
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What are the different colloquial terms for Chinese mafia positions?

I am creating a Chinese game where you are working with the Triads. I am looking for a list of Chinese equivalent names for the 黑社会 (triads). Like (source: http://mafia.wikia.com/wiki/Ranks,...
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(古文) Is ‘attract’ for 援 in 人所援也 acceptable?

許慎 writes for 媛:美女也。人所援也。 I am inclined to translate 人所援也 as ‘someone who attracts people’, but I might be mislead by English ‘attractive’. It sounds so modern. (Being a beginner with CC, I also ...
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What does 有模有样 mean?

Is 模 in this phrase mo2 or mu2? Literally, have mold/model, have appearance/shape. Does it mean something like takes shape? Context: Fire TV, which arrives after years of explicit rumors and intense ...
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How to say “I prefer x over y”?

For example: I prefer eating fried rice over fried chicken. How to say that in chinese? How about this? 我较喜欢吃炒饭比炸鸡 我炒饭比炸鸡较喜欢吃
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翻译这个传统的中国地图 --坤輿萬國全圖--

我最近对这个古代世界地图产生了特别浓厚的兴趣。但因为都是文言文,没有断句,非常难懂。 我想请问有没有谁知道这幅由利玛窦原创的地图曾经被学者翻译过么? 在哪里可以找到全部文字的翻译呢? 它在这里。 I am very interested in these old Chinese maps, such as the 坤輿萬國全圖. They are so advanced, and ...
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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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How to say that you were accepted/rejected from a college in Mandarin?

For example, how would I say something like "Harvard rejected me" or "Harvard accepted me"?
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Is 熵 in any way part of the spoken language?

In my own language (Dutch) I can (jokingly) point at something that is decaying (or perhaps my tea getting cold, or my desk being disorderly) and utter the single word: ‘entropy’. Or I can, out of the ...
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說-speak? why translated as pleasant?

學而時習之 不亦說乎 it is beginning of Analects. I would translate: to learn and take tome practising is it not said? (spoken)? but it is everywhere translated as pleasant. Why?
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Is 同性恋 considered a slur?

Is calling a homosexual person 同性恋 rude, offensive, or a slur? My dictionary translates it simply as "homosexual" but then in the usage examples gives "fairy," which is definitely a slur in English ("...
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What does 且 mean by itself?

I was watching Blur's new music video, which includes a recipe for ice cream with instructions in Chinese. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp1ks7PTzng) At 3:03, the recipe says '将奶黄放入一个大,...
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How do you translate “start”?

I'm trying to ask, "Are you sure you want to start a new game?" My best guess is, 你確定要开始新遊戲? I'm not sure whether I used "start" correctly.
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Is my interpretation of this sentence correct?

http://economy.caijing.com.cn/2013-11-07/113534884.html 在这一重大的历史时点, 和讯网 对 著名经济学家张维迎就改革的 发展问题 进行了 一次非常深入的访谈。 "At this important historical point, Hexun.com has conducted a very in-depth ...
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What is 好高骛远 in English?

Google translate translates "好高骛远" into ambitious. I was wondering if you agree with that? I don't think ambitious carries the meaning of lacking capability.
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How would you translate the word '面子'?

I want to describe that a certain action gives you '面子', or that people do things to try and maintain or protect their '面子' but I can't think of an appropriate English word for it.
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What are the prefixes for animal genders?

I know the male version when describing gender of an animal or pet is 公,but I have no clue with the female version.
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Could you please explain me a difference

I am writing one project about an aspect in Chinese, but I have some difficulties in the Chinese variant of Continuous. Could you please explain me a difference between the meaning of there 3 ...
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Original phrase: You’ll earn less building rockets than you’ll earn selling eggs

In Evan Osnos's book Age of Ambition he mentions that during the Cultural Revolution People took to saying, “You’ll earn less building rockets than you’ll earn selling eggs.” What's the original ...
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Hell yeah! - How to express great joy?

I'm looking for some exclamations to be used in comics to express great joy and pride, such as: "I'm a good boy!", "Hell yeah!", "I'm so great!" or similar. Any suggestion?
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What does 嘰咿— mean?

I'm reading a Chinese manga translation and have come across this note above a panel: 嘰咿— I'm not sure what it could mean or say in English. Can anyone help me? Thanks!
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Translating the idiom “thinking outside the box”

I normally hate overused catchphrases in English, like "paradigm shift" and "out of the box thinking". But I was recently chatting (in Chinese) with a friend about an earlier situation in which ...
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How are versions and dates formatted?

I'm writing a program and need to know how dates, versions, time, and numbers are formatted in Chinese. Example (in English): Version 1.0.0 (Build 0) How would that look in Chinese?
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Which one is correct 你说的对 or 你说得对?

Which one is correct 你说的对 or 你说得对? Especially to express meaning: You are right in terms of ...
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Translating the two meanings of 好自为之

My dictionary gives the meaning of 好自为之 as "look out for yourself". This is a positive thing you might say out of genuine concern for another person, and I think this was also the case with the ...
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Adverbs that don't use 地

So I know that to make an adverb, you use 'de/di' and put it before the verb like: 我兴奋地打开了我的礼物 But in my studies this week I saw this: ...病症的人逐年增加 and 逐渐成长为独立 Am I right in thinking that ...
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How to translate “黑科技” into English?

As titled, how to translate "黑科技" in to english? Is there any translation better than "fictional technology"?
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I need help with the translation of 长和能力

I'm working with Chinese resumes and I've found 长和能力 as a section title. I tried to translate it using the Google Translate and it says it means "Length and capacity". Is there any alternative ...
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How does English to Chinese translation affect magazine layouts?

For a magazine, I know from a personal source that English text, when translated properly from German, fills out two thirds of the space the German source text usually takes up. Does anyone know how ...
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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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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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How to ask for “free-range eggs” in Chinese?

Quick question: I will be going to a local supermarket here in Taipei. How do I ask for "free-range chicken eggs"? According to google translate its "自由放养的鸡蛋." Is this correct?
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A more direct translation for “I [verb] [x] more than [y]”

I don't know how to directly translate a sentence like this: I [verb] [x] more than [y] I would usually translate it like this: [x] 比 [y] 更 [some adjective that captures the same meaning as the ...
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How to translate “I hope I didn't embarrass you”?

"I hope I didn't embarrass you" 怎么翻译? 是不是:”希望我没让你没脸“ ?
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Differences between 滑鼠 (huá shŭ) and 鼠标 (shŭ biāo)

I've seen both 滑鼠 (huá shŭ) and 鼠标 (shŭ biāo) used as translations for "computer mouse". Are there differences in meaning, and which is more commonly used?
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最后吃的菜 or 吃最后的菜?

I had a friend who said there is a slight difference in the two phrases. But I don't see any difference between the two expressions. Could anyone explain it? Thanks, Rachel