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Ambiguity with 请问 and 大家

请问 means "please", but 请 alone means "please" like in 请开门, and 问 means "to ask" So if you want to say "please ask", does it become "请问"? Also, 大家 ...
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How to use 次 with verbs

How do I use this with verbs with and without nouns, generally I can't find the grammar I tried googling and search on YouTube but I can't find anything in deep detail
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How can I answer the question "你什么时候开始学中文的?"

How can I answer the question "你什么时候开始学中文的?" I cannot answer the "什么时候" questions. Can anybody help me please?
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Is there a idiom or term to describe someone who don't see you as the same level as them?

The best I can think of are the combination of: 讽刺意味 (to have the "smell" of irony on you) and 很偏激 (very extreme or biased)。 举个例子/For example: Everything you say or do is viewed as ignorant(...
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Which one is correct? 桂林的冬天 or 冬天的桂林

I came across to this sentence somewhere, 我不喜欢冬天的桂林 Meaning "I don't like Guilin's winters" I wonder if it would be better to say 桂林的冬天 instead of 冬天的桂林?
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Names of years in secondary school

Some countries have both middle school and high school while some countries combine these into one school called secondary school. In secondary school in Ireland there are 6 years. We would never use ...
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about stative verbs, is there any complete list of these "adjectives"?

I am actually forwarding a kind of lexical on most frequent words used in Chinese (打有 com). There are many of them which are used as stative verbs with common grammatical rules. So i began to make a ...
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Common use of character 大 as adverb

Wenlin dictionary doesn't consider 大 as an adverb, whereas Online dictionary Chine Nouvelle considers it also as an adverb. So is 大 commonly used in modern Chinese as an adverb? Or would it not be ...
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Cangjie reference

I'm currently starting to learn to use a cangjie keyboard for typing Chinese (倉頡) and I'm struggling to find the combinations for characters. I would like a resource where I can use my slower ...
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Ways to politely insult somebody's intelligence in Mandarin?

I know of many words to insult people and call them stupid, but a majority of them are incredibly offensive. There are more polite phrases, such as 真笨, which I've seen used within families (as a plain ...
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What is the polite way to say a grandparent has passed away?

I've been trying to find out what is the polite way of telling someone that someone, specifically a relative, has passed away? I'm pretty sure it's not very nice to say someone died (死)。 Google ...
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How would you express ''swerving all over the road'' as in a drunk driver?

他喝醉的时候一直 ... I know a bendy road is 弯弯曲曲的一条路 but I don't think 弯弯曲曲的开车 can be used. Then I though about 往左拐 and 往右拐 , maybe I could say 拐来拐去的开车 ?
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Translation a slogan "the perfect boost" to Chinese

I try to translate it to “ 注入新鲜血液,实现品牌升级” or “最完美的品牌升级” but I still have no idea how to translate it suitably. (a straight translation is not always the best choice for a slogan) Any suggestion or ...
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Retention of 其 as a modal particle in modern Chinese

There is a recent Chinese Stack Exchange question on the significance of 其 in 尤其, given the meaning of the word is largely contributed by 尤. I am quite confident that some of the answers in the thread ...
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Was "jih pun"- an origin of "Japan", came from Cantonese?

Looking up the origin of pun, I came across this for the origin of Japan. I suspect jih pun must be Cantonese. Tang Ho, as resident Cantonese expert, is that so?? http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?...
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怎么读“÷”号在这个等式里?how should "÷" be read aloud in this equation?

怎么读“÷”号在这个等式里? 《16÷8=2》 须要读"chú"吗?或者,chúyǐ? "shíliù chú bā děngyú èr". 在现代汉语规范词典有这个定义: 除法 chúfǎ 名 求一个数的若干分之一的运算方法。如16÷8=2。 How should "÷" be read aloud in the ...
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How do (did) you remember the meaning for 迫(廹)?

迫:coerce, force, compel; urgent What are the tricks you use to memorize its meanings?
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How is adding oil going to beneficial to the situation? 加油

Is anyone able to explain the history behind this cheer? At the face of it I'm unsure how this could be a cheer as 加 translate to add/plus/apply and 油 translates to oil/fat/grease you would think ...
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快别说了 vs 别说了: tone changed?

I understand what is the meaning of 别说了. What is 快 doing? According to Google Translate: 快别说了 as “Stop talking”. 别说了 as “do not talk”. Does the 快 change the tone of 别说了? If so, how do you ...
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“他演讲得很精彩”, is this sentence grammatically correct?

I want to ask, “他演讲得很精彩”, is this sentence correct or not? Is “演讲” a verb or a noun?
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What is the meaning and origin of the word/phrase 奥利给?

I think it means something along the lines of 给力, and I get the impression it is a relatively new word used on the web. Though I can't really understand the explanations online. Can anyone shed some ...
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How to parse 轉所依識?

From the Lankavatara Sutra: sūkṣmamabhivijñānaparāvṛttikuśalānāṃ Bodhiruci: 能轉一切微細識 Śikṣānanda: 能以妙慧轉所依識 Suzuki: to cause a revulsion in the depth of the mind fittingly by means of an exquisite ...
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Expressing knowledge or skill: 认识 vs 会 vs 知道

I came across several verbs meaning knowledge or skill about something. I guess that 会 (simplified) / 會 (traditional) is used specifically to imply a skill, as in "他会说中文" - He can speak ...
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了解, 理解, 讲解 usage in the same sentence

This is from a native speaker: 完整讲解请至官网收看. Would 了解 and 理解 be suitable to be used in place of 讲解? for example: 完整了解请至官网收看 完整理解请至官网收看
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整日 Vs 整天 Is there any difference?

Is there any difference between 整日 and 整天 整日 : whole day refers to only day ? 整天 : whole day refers to day & night? Dictionary Meaning: 整日 zhěngrì all day along, whole day 整天 zhěngtiān whole day
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Meaning of 江山错落. 人间星火

Those two phrases are from this song on YouTube “礼仪之邦”. I have high confidence that I understand the 人间星火. But I am not quite sure about the 江山错落. Here is Google’s version: The country is scattered. ...
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What are the most common Mandarin words for each pinyin syllable?

I've been practicing my pronunciation by reciting the different pinyin syllables described in my book. My book lists some examples of common words for some syllables. I was wondering where I could ...
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''Standing Order'' in Chinese?

What is the best way to say a standing order ? Just to be clear I am referring to a bank standing order where I set it up such that my rent is paid by bank transfer on a monthly basis.
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words where it is important to distinguish between the neutral tone and the citation tone

I'm working through the HSK vocab lists, and sometimes I find it hard to remember if a character should be pronounced with the neutral tone or with the citation tone. It would help if I knew when it'...
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What are the differences between 报名,登记,挂号?

It looks like they all mean "register". Are there any differences between these three words?
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Air quality meter name

I have an air quality detector meter. It has the name of the manufactures written on the bottom. What's the english translation? Does this manufacturer have a web page? Thanks EDIT: In the web page ...
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Month-on-month and Quarter-on-Quarter

I know that 同比 is “year over year”, while 環比 is “month over month”, but can also mean “quarter over quarter”. In reality, the latter is used to compare two different periods. Therefore, if one says 環比,...
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Is this grammatically correct? 我对着红绿灯说着是否一切会好转

So, this weird sentence and a reply go as follows 我对着红绿灯说着是否一切会好转 它们说「我不知道」 I came across it and reckoned it was a mistranslation, but a friend pointed out it's actually Taylor Swift's song that goes: ...
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Etymology of 策, 朿

What is the etymology of 策 and 朿 ? As per dictionary the meanings are as below: 朿 cì stab 策 cè policy, plan, scheme, bamboo slip for writing(old), to whip (a horse), to encourage, upward horizontal ...
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好羡慕拍照的人,有这么漂亮的人可以拍: who is 的人?

Google translated this 好羡慕拍照的人,有这么漂亮的人可以拍 as “I really envy people who take pictures. There are such beautiful people who can take pictures.” Context: This came from someone looked at some pictures ...
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Connection between 甫 and 父?

The following sentence can be found in the first chapter of《清江壮歌》by Ma Shitu: 而且他的经济状况比谁都好,他和他的妻子在一个叫清江中学的教会学校里教书,收入本来不坏,更不同的是他还有一个“吃教饭”的哥哥,在本城天主堂里当神甫,和外国那个主教很要好,自然属于“高等华人”一流,收入是很可观的。 Here 神父 is ...
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Hi! What is the difference between 忙得过来 and 忙不过来

Are they opposite, or do they mean the same thing? My teacher gave me an example like... A: “工作这么多,你忙得过来吗?” B: “我可能忙不过来.” but I am still having trouble understanding this.
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How can I say someone is doing their work in a half-assed manner?

The adjective half-assed means to finish something but often without regards to it being perfect. I don’t think 半途而废 means this as it literally means go half-way and give up (and not finish). I ...
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Up close and personal equivalent

How do you express something similar to “up close and personal”? Like this sentence: She likes to get up close and personal.
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What is the point of 的 in '你也是大学生?你是什么专业的'?

I'm trying to understand 是。。。的 constructions. The page on such constructions at Chinese Grammar Wiki explains one way to use 是。。。的: This is the most simple way to use 是 with 的: you drop the noun and ...
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Difference between 羞辱 and 侮辱

What is the difference between 羞辱 and 侮辱? Do they have difference in terms of the contexts where they can be used, or semantically, or syntactically?
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Chinese computer vocabulary, and most frequently encountered common computer terms

What are the most frequent words I'm likely to encounter when using a computer in Chinese. Stuff like file menu, cut, copy, paste, edit, properties, ok, cancel, back, refresh, save, print etc... ...
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difference between 人缘儿 and 谈得来

What is the difference between these two words, or are they the same? 人缘儿 and 谈得来 Am I supposed to use them at different times?
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Do all one-syllable words need to be followed by a 子 to make it colloquial?

Do all one-syllable words need to be followed by a 子 to make it colloquial? For example, 椅 becomes 椅子, 锤 becomes 锤子, 尺 becomes 尺子 and etc. I thought about this because I came across a picture ...
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Difference between 想 and 要?

I know both of them mean "want to" but have usage in different contexts. When should I use each one? For example: 我要去上海市 and 我想去上海市 What's the difference in the meaning between them? Also, I've ...
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What is the difference between 演奏 and 表演?

What is the difference between 演奏 and 表演? Google translates both as “perform”, “performance”, or “playing”. It also indicates they are either verb or noun. Can they be used interchangeably?
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抱有 vs 摆有: When does a serial verb become a word?

保有财产 ; 抱有好感 ; 怀有敌意 ; 育有一子 Bi-syllabic verbal compounds like these (in bold) are words: they form a lexical unit; they are used as independent lexemes; they are lexicographically counted as lemmas/...
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Is 摆有 a word in MSM?

桌上摆有一卷书 (source: example sentence in a publicly available flashcard deck - no other context provided). None of the 40+ dictionaries I consulted carry this lemma, and google offers precious little too....
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How to express a date in Chinese (lunar) calendar?

Many traditional festivals are observed on a given date on the Chinese (lunar) calendar(Actually, the Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar). For example, the Spring Festival falls on the first day ...
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Are these two having the same meaning: 遥远的地方 vs. 远方

遥远的地方 vs. 远方 Are these two having the same meaning? Like these sentences: 我住在一个遥远的地方。 我住在远方。

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