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What is the function of 得 in words like 覺得、記得、顯得、值得、懂得、免得、認得…?

First of all, does 得 have the same meaning in those examples? I'm familiar with 得 in other senses like 得到 and 聽得見, but those meanings seem distant. Is it more related to usage like “我唱得不好”? The main ...
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比 as synonym for 放?

I recently changed my phone language to Chinese. Someone "loved" a text I wrote, meaning that they put a heart on the message. The phone notification says, "这个人比了个心“, which to me, seems ...
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Other than 秘密,are there two-syllable words in Chinese where each syllable is a different character with the same pronunciation?

秘密 is a curious word because both characters are pronounced mì yet they are different from each other. Given that there are so many homophonous characters in Chinese, I'm curious if there's any other ...
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what is the Two-Block Haicut called in Chinese(Mandarin)?

does anyone know what is the Chinese name for the Two-Block Haircut? I heard it can also be called the Dandy Two-Block haircut. It is the one that is popularized by Korea and is shown in many Korean ...
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Why is 来 used in “因为‘东西’一般不能用来表示人”?

Why is 来 used in the following sentence? For some context, this is a line from a text used in the second workbook of the New Practical Chinese Reader series (pg. 93). In the text a teacher is ...
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Where can I get a Chinese language word list?

I am looking for as large as possible a Chinese language word list. Does anyone know where I could find one? I want a list on my computer. I am looking into NLP (Natural language processing)
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Why is 兼职 part time job?

I searched up what each character means, and it doesn't make sense. 兼 means twice or simultaneously and 职 means job. So does it mean second job? I understand that some people have a part-time and full ...
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How do we reconcile the different definitions for 弊端 in the HSK Standard Course 6上 (“disadvantage” etc.) and CC-CEDICT (“malpractice” etc.)?

The HSK Standard Course 6上 textbook (p.45) definition for 弊端 is inconsistent with the definition from CC-CEDICT: HSK6上: n. disadvantage, drawback CC-CEDICT: malpractice / abuse / corrupt practice ...
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Is 枝 used as qí?

I found that the word 枝 is used not only as zhi but also as qí, but I could not find the entry on macOS Chinese dictionary. Also, when I tried typing it qi on iOS, the keyboard didn't show 枝 on the ...
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How does 真有你的 mean “you really are something”?

If you look at each individual character, the definitions don't add up. Can someone explain it to me? Also, is this word used often?
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How do you say “allowance” in mandarin?

Google Translate says it is 津贴, but my mom says it is 零用钱. Apparently 津贴 doesn't mean allowance, so what does each character mean? My book and google translate say 零用钱 is pocket money. How does that ...
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Why does 公路 mean highway?

If you break it down, 公路 means public road, which does not mean highway. So why does every dictionary say 公路 is highway?
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Is the word 感觉 not redundant?

感觉 means to feel; however, both 感 and 觉 both mean to feel by themselves. Why does the word 感觉 exist then? I've noticed that a lot of words are redundant.
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What does 都 mean when added to 主 here: 主都知道,主都不在乎

This is a quote from “黑暗森林”, I've never quite understood the 都 there. Also, I've opened the book and tried a quick search, it seems like the author switches between 主都 and 主, which is entirely out of ...
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Is google translate wrong about 上海外国语大学?

Google Translate says 上海外国语大学 means Shanghai International Studies University. Shouldn't it mean Shanghai Foreign Languages University?
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I have no idea how 八九不离十 works?

My textbooks says 八九不离十 means pretty close and that makes sense to me, but the way they use it makes me lose my head. “汤姆说考试八九不离十就可以了。” I think they are trying to say " 80/90% is close enough&...
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What does 讲民主 mean?

My mandarin textbook says it means "speak to democracy," but I can't find a definition for this word anywhere on the internet. Even google translate says it is not a word.
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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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What does 同父异母或同母异父的兄弟 mean?

I think it means half-brother, but my book says it is step brother. I thought step brother is 继兄弟. What does 继 mean?
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I don't understand why 老外 and 洋人 mean what they mean

老外 - foreigner 洋人 - westerner Why does each individual character mean? When I combine the definitions, it doesn't make much sense. Also, which one is more common?
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Is there a word for grandparents(collectively)?

I know there is 祖父母, but that's only paternal grandparents. Is there a word that the encompasses grandparents from either side or together?
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What does 大通铺 mean?

I think it means communal bed, but some people are saying it means collective bed, which doesn't make any sense. Also, google translate believes it isn't a word, so is it not used anymore?
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What is the difference between 吃不消 and 受不了 to mean “I cannot bear”?

I came across these two expressions "吃不消" and "受不了", both translated as "cannot stand / cannot bear". My impression is that 吃不消 refers more to physical circumstances, ...
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What is the function of “一” in the sentence 要上山,只有这一条路?

I came across this sentence: 要上山,只有这一条路 Is there a rule when to throw in a 一? In detail: What exactly is the function of 一 in this sentence ? Could I also simply say 要上山,只有这条路 ? Sometimes I come ...
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The exact meaning of 就 as a linking word

I know 就 is a linking word in these sentences, but what's the exact meaning? I don't really know if it's rather "and" or "then", "and later", "immediately", &...
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What's the logic behind the word 从事?

Usually Chinese words are not made up of random characters, but instead have some kind of underlying logic. Moreover, understanding this logic makes it easier to remember and use the word. However, ...
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What is 心血 in English?

What is 心血 in English may I ask? The full Chinese sentence is 我花了许多心血在房间的摆设上。整间房子里面,随处都可以发现我的心血。 I try to think about some alternatives, but haven't find out a perfect translation. One alternative is ...
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Does the word 透露 (“leak”) only refer to something undesirable?

透露 (tòu​lù) CC-CEDICT: to leak out / to divulge / to reveal I see 透露 a lot in newspapers, and I only ever recall seeing it refer to something bad, e.g. leaked information. Moreover, examples such as ...
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How should I understand XYZ姑娘?

I saw these two expressions in a book (with fairytales): 春天到了,春姑娘把大地披上了绿衣裳 花姑娘们都热情地欢迎它去家里作客 (in a fairytale about a bee) I have a feeling it means "Miss Spring" and "Miss Flower"...
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Confusions about 虽然 and 即使

I'm a Chinese native, but even though I can't figure out the differences between 虽然 and 即使 clearly. Here're definitions of these two words in 现代汉语词典 (Modern Chinese Dictionary) (Edition VI). 【虽然】...
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How to use the 让 character

I don't understand the meaning of 让. I found out that it could be used to ask permission, but also to permit or authorize. This is really confusing to me because I never know what it means... Could ...
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What is the difference between 大学的二年级学生 and 大学二年级的学生?

My mom says 大学二年级的学生 is correct, but I don't understand how the other one is wrong. I believe both convey the same meaning. Is one wrong because of syntax?
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What is 'hea' (in Cantonese conversations)?

I have been seeing this word 'hea' in YouTube transcriptions involving 'relaxing' or travelling. What is the original word and how has it evolved to 'hea'? (I know it must sound similar to anglicised '...
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How to say 孝 in English?

How to say 孝 in English? It is be nice and somewhat comply to parent. But how to say it in English? Former discussion mentions about filial piety, but I am not sure. It looks like a rare and unpopular ...
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在 in front of the nouns like tomorrow or exact dates and time

Do we need to put 在 before 明天 三点钟 星期五 in such sentences like 早在八月我们就开发了一个愿型,or 我是在1997年喜欢上汉语 or 我在八月到的上海?
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Is there a word for Chinese songs that rhyme like Jay Chou's 迷迭香 and JJ Lin's 伟大的渺小?

Every single line in Jay Chou's song "Rosemary" ends with the "ao" sound: ni de zui jiao wei wei shang qiao xing gan de wu ke jiu yao xiang xiang bu dao ru ci xin tiao ni de ...
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What exactly are the meaning/function of 的 and 了?

In my experience, not 1 single 对外汉语教师 can explain these two words, the most popular-used, to the students, unfortunately, including myself. Can anyone explains is this sequence: 1. basic/fundamental ...
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Where does 别间 (“other”) as in 别间大学 come from?

As a follow up to this question What does 别间 in 别间大学的男生都土里土气的 means? I was trying to figure out where the term 别间 comes from. Judging by the context, it appears having the same meaning as 别的 (other, ...
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How to translate properly 还是 and 算了 in this sentence?

唉,以前挖门打洞,清苦死了,还是城市好,干脆留在这儿享福算了. This is a sentence said by a village mouse which came to the city and realised how wonderful the life in the city is. 还是城市好 - how to translate 还是 here? I believe the ...
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What does 别间 in 别间大学的男生都土里土气的 mean?

I've been sentence mining from Meteor Garden (2001) and I came across the sentence 别间大学的男生都土里土气的。 Can someone help me figure out what does '别间' mean in that sentence? Thanks!
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Are (报道, 报导), (成份, 成分), (定单, 订单), (定婚, 订婚), (浑浊, 混浊), (摩擦, 磨擦), (启程, 起程), (人才, 人材) all pairs of alternative ways of writing words?

In the book 汉语国际教育用词语声调组合及轻重音格式实用手册 by 刘英林 [ed.] (considered the likely candidate for the upcoming HSK3.0 vocabulary), the following words seem to be categorized as alternatives: 报道 and 报导 There are ...
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What is the difference between 星期日 and 周日? [duplicate]

I know the definition of both of these words are Sunday but in what context are they used?
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What does the chinese lettering mean on my shirt? [closed]

I bought this shirt and now I'm curious what the Chinese lettering means. i tried to translate, but it is very hard. Can you help me translate?
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Difference between 洞 and 口 for holes in things

From what I see, there are examples where both 洞 and 口 can be used to describe holes in things. For example from samples in Pleco: 衣服撕了个口 (A hole was torn in the jacket) 衬衫破了一个洞 (Have a hole in one's ...
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How comes the word 偶像 is related to worship?

As I read the Bible, 偶像 means the idols made by man and being worshiped. As I know there are 3 meaning of the word 偶像: 木偶 & 雕像, used in different proposes such as decoration art performance the ...
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Can 吧 be used right after every other verb to indicate that one can go ahead and do that?

I know 你去吧 means that you can go ahead and leave the place where you are standing in. Thus I think 去吧 is also correct to cut off the word 你. Like instead of saying the meaning You can go, you just ...
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I want to understand if I can use 做 instead of 当?

我一毕业就去上海“当”律师 This sentence is given to me in the book. However, I wonder if I can write it like this instead of using another word: 我一毕业就去上海”做“律师? I think the meaning is the same, but which is ...
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What does 老大 mean in 少壮不努力, 老大徒伤悲?

I was gaming with a friend at his house, and his grandfather told me this phrase which I don't understand. The friend explained that 少壮不努力 means I don't study hard when I'm young, and he explained ...
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What do you call the sponge part of a cake in Chinese?

Cake usually consists of a sponge that is decorated with chocolate or icing in some way. The sponge is a very light bread-like substance. What do you call this sponge in Chinese ?

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