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Which makes more sense when calling myself a fool / foolish?

A girl that I like frequently calls me 笨蛋. I want to confess my feelings to her and wasn't sure if saying 我知道我很笨蛋。 or 我知道我是笨蛋。makes more sense gramatically.
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Is it just me, or is 教……学习 in 爸爸正在教他的孩子学习游泳 weird?

This sentence is in a 看图写话 section of a HSK6 textbook (photo): 在游泳馆里,爸爸正在教他的孩子学习游泳。 郑丽杰, 刘悦, 21天政府HSK6级写作, p. 24. I'm puzzled about how both 教 and 学习 both appear in the same sentence. sb. 正在教 sb. ...
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Whats the difference between 客户反馈 vs 客户评论 vs 用户评论?

Trying to say "customer reviews" in Mandarin but don't know what the correct term is for online course student/user reviews. Please help!
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When does one use 同埋 and 然後 in Cantonese?

A long time ago, I asked a Hong Kong colleague how to order food by saying "and" or "and then". She taught me the structure is basically something like "我要薯條同埋一個漢堡包." But ...
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Difference between 有冇 and 咗 for past tense in Cantonese

I have finished my audio course on Cantonese and was confused about one grammar point. Sometimes people in the conversations, referring to the past tense, would say something like this for "Did ...
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Right demand = 正确的要求 in this situation?

Suppose you and your teammates are negotiating with another company B. Your teammates think your company needs to offer B $100M and ask B to do X. But you think your company needs to offer B $100M and ...
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What's the equivalent of "nice" (said like the Reddit meme) in Chinese?

How do I say "nice" as a response, in a kind of positive, "that's cool" tone, in Chinese? Like how it's said on Reddit (or elsewhere on the internet) as a response to the numbers ...
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Cantonese Question: When does one use 咩 versus 乜野?

I've been listening to some Cantonese audio from Pimsleur and noticed they use a different word for "what" compared to what I learned from CantoneseClass101. In CC101, they used 咩, such as &...
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How do I translate the Simpson's quote "I know, he's grooming me"?

Marge: Oh Homer, there's a bird on your head. Homer: I know, he's grooming me. In this funny quote from The Simpsons (video; episode Bart Gets an Elephant), I'm not quite sure how to translate the ...
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Can I use 是 with adjective (color)?

In my work book I saw the sentence: 现在这个咖啡的颜色好一点,不是很黑 My question is: if 黑 (in 不是很黑) is an adjective, why it is used with 是? should it be 不太黑?
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In my maths textbook, what is 和 doing in the question 两次所得的和相同吗?

This is a photo from my year-7 maths textbook (click to enlarge; alternative version): 两次所得的和相同吗?换几个加数再试一试. 从上述计算中,你能得出什么结论? I understand what it's saying: calculate 30+(-20) and (-20)+30 and check ...
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Difference between 饭店,饭馆 and 餐馆?

If 饭店 is a more formal restaurant than 饭馆, where would you situate 餐馆? More like an eatery, more low-key than 饭馆 or more formal than 饭店? Are there other differences in meaning between the three words?
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How would one say "uses up time" in chinese? e.g. "Studying uses up time that could be utilised for leisure activities."

Google translate gave me 使用时间, but I've learnt not to take it at its word, more often than not.
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What is a word for a person who pretends to work but is really just waiting for others to give them their share when the work is done?

Similar to moocher and shirker in english, but with their meanings combined and with an element of trying to be sly. Looking for something that would work in a basic sentence, to identify/label a ...
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Which is best to use in 我觉得学汉语不容易,但是我 (会/能/可以)学?

The question I was given is 你觉得学汉语怎么样? I want to say I feel that learning Chinese isn't easy, but I can do it. So far, I've written 我觉得学汉语不容易,但是我 (会/能/可以)学。 but I'm not sure if I should use “可以”,...
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Honorifics used by students the same age

Can anyone tell me honorifics that would be used by high school aged students who are the same age? More specifically, is there any honorific that would be used by a student being extremely polite to ...
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Why is it 放学 and 下班, instead of 放班 or 下学?

I know that there is also the variant 放工 but I don't think this is typical usage. The use of 下 is so common, but yet in the instance of a school we use 放 instead.
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What is the difference between 人 and 员?

Part of the news item provided by Xinhua News Agency on May 24, 2022 says: ...全面记述以邓小平同志为主要代表的中国共产党人、以江泽民同志为主要代表的中国共产党人、以胡锦涛同志为主要代表的中国共产党人,从新的实践和时代特征出发坚持和发展马克思主义,... But what we often see is 共产党员. So ...
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What does 兮兮 mean?

According to the dictionary, 兮兮 means: 词的后缀。用在某些词后,表示一种情态。 脏兮兮 | 可怜兮兮 | 神经兮兮 I'm not sure what this has over just using the word (how can 情态 express adjectives to express a state, not people?). Does ...
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What is the appropriate translation for "stick" (one that falls off a tree)?

Usually when you look up the word "stick", you get something like CC-CEDICT 棍棒 (gùn​bàng​) club / staff / stick Google Image Search indicates a 棍棒 looks like this: and not like this: In ...
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If 他有些法律上的问题 means "he has some legal questions", how do I say "he has some legal problems"?

I was writing on LangCorrect, and received the following feedback: A sentence of my writing: 但是他有些法律上的问题,我也不太熟悉法律,所以不知道怎么办。 Feedback: 他有些法律上的问题 means he has some questions on some legal matters, not ...
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Is it acceptable to teach 看书 as a generic verb "To read"?

Of course there is 阅读, which specifically means "to read" and satisfies the prosodic preference for disyllabic words. However, if someone asked me what my brother was doing in the back of ...
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Translation of 让日本人打死了 in a text about Japanese occupation

I understand this to mean very clearly "to cause a Japanese person to be killed" or, depending on context "to invite a Japanese person to get killed". However, the source that I am ...
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What is wrong with 于是 in 宝宝的口味跟成人的口味有着很大的差异,于是给宝宝烹调食物时一定要符合他的口味,做到色香味俱全,并且要经常花样翻新?

宝宝的口味跟成人的口味有着很大的差异,于是给宝宝烹调食物时一定要符合他的口味,做到色香味俱全,并且要经常花样翻新。 HSK6 H61218 Q.59 This is a HSK6 practice exam, 语病 ("faulty wording") question. Ref. changes 于是 to 所以, and my teacher also says ...
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Difference between 一下(儿) and 一下子

The Commercial Press' 现代汉语词典 and many places on the internet say that 一下 and 一下子 are the same thing/meaning. But that's false, since the biggest use of 一下 is as a measure word and 一下子 is an adverb. ...
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What, if any, are the different usage cases for 就像 vs. 正如

I have always used 就像 when trying to say "just like" but recently came across 正如 while studying the various ways to use 如. According to the dictionary definition and some of the examples, it ...
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What is the difference between 互相 and 彼此

I was told they were interchangeable except in few cases. What are they?
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Can you use 或者 to express alternatives between more options than two?

In all the examples I have come across, 或者 is always used to express the conjunction or between two options in statements. My question is if you can still use it between three or more options. That is,...
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Can I call my game 三棋 Sān Qí?

I have created a board game based on the epic 'Three Kingdoms' by Luo Guanzhong. I can't call it 'Three Kingdoms' because there are too many games called that. I want to call it Sān Qí 三棋 because it ...
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how do i know when someone says 他 or 她 in a conversation?

她 means she, and 他 which means he, (they a are both pronounced ta) how can I tell the difference between the two in a conversation without any writing.
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How to translate "Critically Examine“?

I am trying to translate some academic essay: By critically examining the original records of the history of Chinese Bible translation.... Google translates "critically" to "批判地",...
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Hi I was planning on getting tattooed 'love yourself' in Chinese. Should I use '爱你自己' or '爱自己'?

Hi I was planning on getting tattooed 'love yourself' in Chinese. Should I use '爱你自己' or '爱自己'? Is there any difference and if so what are they?
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Words that must be used together with no meaning alone

I really encountered 乒乓 (pingpong/table tennis) and 曱甴 (cockroach). Are there other words that were created for this usage? Must be used together with no meaning individually? I feel these words are ...
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Why is 有 used in 我最喜欢的科目有艺术,中文和化学?

I was studing how to say school subjects in mandarin and I saw this sentence: 我最喜欢的科目有艺术,中文和化学 (My favorite school subjects are art, chinese and chemistry) Why the use of 有 in this sentecence? Could I ...
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Why do people say “你死了这条心吧” instead of “这颗心”?

I thought the classifier of "心" is always "颗" or "个"? But why here is more common to use "条"?
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Is this a proper way of using 虽然?

因为锻炼也是我的兴趣,我可以用你的录像学汉语。虽然我还在汉语水平考试级3 Or does 虽然 always need a 但是/可是?And is the structure of the sentence alright, or does it sound too novice?
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How would you translate "for just a moment" in Chinese?

I am wondering if there's a more accurate way to say "for just a moment", or "if not for just a moment" in Chinese? I am not certain because the translations I found sounds ...
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Why isn't 或者 written as 或则,similar to 否则?

According to my understanding, the correct use of "或者"(meaning "or"). But the character "者" means a person who specialized in something. Why isn't it "或则" ...
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What is the difference between 创造,创作,制造,制作,and 创建?

Hello good people of Chinese Stack Exchange! Hope you're doing well. It seems like the words 创造,创作,制造,制作,and 建造 are similar in that they mean "make" or "create," but from what I've ...
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所以,因此 and 于是 in context

Background Recently, I was tasked to describe whether I was a vegetarian and for what reason. At first I wanted to use words like 因而, but I suspected the native speakers would deem them too literary ...
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Are individual white hairs 髮 or 毛?

I wanted to talk about individual white hairs in a beard. I was taught that individual hairs where always 毛。So I said: 一些白毛已经出现了 This was immediately corrected to: 一些白发已经出现了 Shall I discard the ...
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When to use 來源於 and when to use 來自於

Recently, on a language exchange platform, I tried to describe one of my favourite books (Thucydides, from which I had to study many passages) as follows: 我所喜歡的書頗多,包含古希臘的經文在內。比如說希臘歷史學家修昔底德的傑作《伯羅奔尼撒戰爭》...
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When to use 来源 and when to use 根源

Recently, on a language exchange platform, I tried to describe one of my favourite books (Thucidides, from which I had to learn a lot of passages) as follows: 我所喜歡的書頗多,包含古希臘的經文在內。比如說希臘歷史學家修昔底德的傑作《...
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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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Can the term "老大" be used to call "Boss" in video games nowadays?

I remember as a child, us children would say "老大"/lǎodà to describe the boss, or final enemy in a video game. If I am guessing correctly, it is probably like comparing a "boss" ...
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What are the names of men's haircuts popular among young Chinese idols?

What are some popular haircuts among young Chinese idols (preferably men) called in Chinese? Preferable a list in Chinese, if possible. For example, take the TFBoy members have haircuts that kind of ...
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In 中国实行独立自主的和平外交政策, why is 实行 correct and 执行 incorrect?

中国实行独立自主的和平外交政策。 ✓ 中国执行独立自主的和平外交政策。 ✗ 杨寄洲 et al.,1700对近义词语用法对比, p.1514 (original) The above example comes from a reference book which describes the differences and similarities between Chinese ...
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What does "你究竟是还看了些 什么东西" mean?

So I was reading a novel and I don't get "你究竟是还看了些 什么东西" does it mean "what else did you see?" Or would it be more like "what else did you learn?"
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How to say “I pass” in Chinese, when playing a board game

In many board games it is a valid move to pass, i.e. “not make a move at all”. How do I express the intention to do this, in Mandarin Chinese, over text? Neither of these direct translations seem to ...
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Is it just me or is 却向人类早已认定为准则的定义提出了质疑 terribly unnatural?

俗话说万物生长靠太阳。人们之所以这样说,是因为历来植物生长离不开阳光,而动物又靠植物维持生命,所以没有阳光,就没有万物,这是众所周知的真理。然而科学家们的深海考察,却向人类早已认定为准则的定义提出了质疑。 HSK Standard Course 6上, chapter 19 (original). This is the first paragraph from a chapter in the ...
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