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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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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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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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In Chinese, how can I describe someone as being cynical?

cynical as in "believing the worst of human nature and motives; having a sneering disbelief in e.g. selflessness of others."
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What does “滿腦門子的黑線” mean?

腦門子 would be forehead. 黑線 is black lines. Does it mean something like "veins popping on his forehead"?
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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 does 卡了壳 mean?

Here's the context. I am guessing it means stumble. 其他选手则要么在微妙的措辞上卡了壳 Other contestants stumble on delicate phrasing But according to this it means quiet/silenced? Q: 步枪卡了壳是什么意思? A: 步枪卡了壳 - 不响 咯咯
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Clipping the Emperor’s wings

Background In Liang Qichao‘s 戊戌政變記 (pdf) pretty much at the beginning of the second chapter (pp. 129 and 130 of the linked pdf) mention is made of the Emperor trying to promote several able people of ...
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“did not come”: 没来 vs 没来了

I translated "The student did not come" as "学生没来了" but the answer was "学生没来" (i.e. 了 is omitted). This answer confuses me because it doesn't contain any indication of past action; i.e. I would ...
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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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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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How to parse “就算世界与我为敌”?

I'm looking at the phrase: "就算世界与我为敌" and I understand that the gist of it is: "Even against the whole world" But, I don't fully understand how to properly parse it. In particular, the words: 与 - ...
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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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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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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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Expressing “Fair enough”

The English expression "fair enough" can be used to concede a point in an argument, or acknowledge the other person's position, without expressing complete agreement. To take an example from ...
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How do we describe 九九 in english

In Chinese lunar calendar, starting from 冬至, which was yesterday, you can count 9 days as the first 9 days, and subsequently second, third,...,until ninth nine days, a total of 81 days. After you ...
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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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What does 你找我有事吗 mean?

I got this from the Spoonfed Chinese shared deck on Ankiweb. The translation, which was included in the deck, was "Did you find me about something?" and Google says "Are you looking for me?". If I ...
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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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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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What does 严防境外输入 mean?

What does this mean? 严防境外输入 Seems it is common in social media at the moment. Does it mean "avoid foreign influence" or "avoid foreigners immigrating or visiting"?
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What is the function 就是 and 对 in 这个重大责任, 就是对民族的责任?

I encountered the following sentence recently: 这个重大责任, 就是对民族的责任。 I loosely translated it to: This important responsibility is the nation's responsibility. But grammatically, I was confused by ...
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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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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 to say ”(尤为)难得“ in English?

How would you say "难得“ and ”尤为难得“ in English? For example, 他在自己生活困难的情况下,资助老弱病残,尤为难得。
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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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Logic of the word 上午 (shànɡwǔ, morning)

上午 apparently means "morning". But I don't understand the logic of this word for two reasons: 1) Isn't the meaning of 午 "noon"? 2) With the words 早上 (early morning) and 晚上 (evening) then 上 is the ...
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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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What does 已出口直封 mean?

My first question here, sorry if it's not a good fit. I am tracking a parcel in Chinese, but I do not know what 已出口直封 means. I know that 广州互换局 means Guangzhou exchange bureau/office, and 已出口开拆 means ...
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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
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How would one write “face up” (e.g. as an instruction on a copier)?

We are trying to solve a minor mystery over at Japanese.SE: I found a multifunction printer/scanner/copier/faxer that had the following instruction label on it. Curiously, the last two lines are both ...
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What is smaller than 小

There are so many ways to say "tiny" it seems. What is the most common way to say "tiny" to something, as in size, an object. Like a tiny insect, or tiny butterfly. Small in English, is still ...
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Identifying a type of topping used for congee

I am hoping somebody could help me identify the name of a type of topping that goes with the congee that my grandma would give me as a kid. She didn't know English and had passed away years ago. I ...
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How to translate “路人缘” or “观众缘” in English

In this context, 缘 = potential relationships, connection 路人 = average Joe, random person, total stranger 观众 = audience, viewer 路人缘 (路人緣)and 观众缘 (觀眾緣) pretty much means the same thing. They are used ...
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what do 接盘 and 接盘侠 mean?

They seem to be Internet slangs but I can't figure out what the meaning is. For example here 让我以后不要找中国男人接盘
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Help please me find out what this means

I’m looking to find out what this means. Please help was handed down to me from my family
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Can I use 在 with 一边… 一边?

我一边吃饭,一边做作业 I do homework while eating 我一边在吃饭,一边在做作业 I'm doing homework while eating Is the second sentence correct? Can I use 在 or does 一边...一边 already imply that the action I'm talking about ...
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Question about 受 in the Lotus Sutra

From Chapter 23: 若有女人聞是藥王菩薩本事品,能受持者,盡是女身,後不復受。 Burton Watson, a famous translator, renders the passage thusly: If there is a woman who hears this chapter on the Former Affairs of the ...
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How to translate 举杯邀明月,对影成三人?

Specifically, I'm trying to translate a paragraph of 琅琊榜, and I find poetry particularly difficult as it has imagery, metaphor, and meaning. 云氏庭院的花前柳下,依然是举杯邀明月,对影成三人。 Within context, this describes ...
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How to say “see you this weekend?”

My Mandarin teacher told us “星期四见” to say "see you on Thursday." How would I say "see you this weekend"? “这个周末见” or “末见这个周”? Or something else entirely? This is being used to end a letter, so I don't ...
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What does this woman say in Chinese? (From the new Daredevil tv show)

I was watching the new Daredevil show and noticed this bit. I was hoping somebody might be able to explain what the elderly lady is saying...Thanks. Here is the clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

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