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How do we translate “to expect”, in the sense of “the author expects the reader is familiar with Chinese culture”?

I find myself having trouble translating this version of the English word "expect": The author expects the reader is familiar with Chinese culture. I expect that you have completed your ...
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What does 尤其 emphasize in the phrase 在触手处尤其多 (“there are particularly many on the tentacles”)?

Below is a sketch of a 水螅 ("hydra") from a grade-8 biology textbook: 生物学,八年级,上册, 2013 The text writes the following (original): 外胚层有多种细胞,如刺细胞。刺细胞是腔肠动物特有的攻击和防御的利器,在触手处尤其多。 I'm interested ...
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Need Chinese phrase that would mean “dedicated craftsman” for calligraphy piece

I am a ten-year student of Chinese calligraphy and am thinking of creating a calligraphy piece that would mean "dedicated craftsman". I have not been able to find such a phrase in idioms or ...
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Dedicated craftsman locution

Could the phrase 事業心 be applied to a noun that means something like a “craftsman” (技工) or possibly artisan? How might I say “a dedicated craftsman” with “dedicated” in the sense of “focused and with ...
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Why is it 说明 and not 告诉 within 而自知之明之所以“贵”,则[blank]人是多么不容易自知?

A HSK5 textbook exercise talks about the saying 人贵有自知之明 (which means something like "self-knowledge is precious"). It writes: ……。把自知称之为“明”,可见自知是一个人智慧的体现。而自知之明之所以“贵”,则 [blank] 人是多么不容易自知。 ...
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“無法換給捐贈者” v.s. “無法還給捐贈者”

On this page, I read 無法換給捐贈者, which I think is both grammatically and semantically correct, however is difficult to be understood. Should that be replaced with 無法還給捐贈者? 希望各位捐贈者可以理解,捐贈的硬件最後可能將會被棄置或轉售,...
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“使用者不得使用多數的帳戶在討論區中發言”: should 多數 be replaced with 多個?

On this page, I read 使用者不得使用多數的帳戶在討論區中發言, which I think 多數 is a mistake and it should be 多個. 使用者不得使用多數的帳戶在討論區中發言。使用者雖然不必使用自己的真實姓名登記,但不得有意使用他人的姓名登記。 Update: Seems that it is really a mistake since in ...
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Use of 是 and 很 to express “I am not well”

Dear Chinese Language community users, I have the following question. During my learning I encountered the answer 我不是很好 in response to 你好吗?I was puzzled because I thought the correct negative answers ...
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Does 求仁得仁 mean “You ask for it”?

Two days ago, the dean of Chinese Language Department of Fudan University in China wrote a condolence letter in memory of the dean of Math Department of the same university who was killed by an angry ...
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HSK5 mock exam: How do we infer that 运回 is the correct way to fill in the blank in 当其他商人准备将茶叶[blank]时?

This is a mock HSK5 exam question: 有位北方商人去南方收购茶叶,当他到达目的地时,当地茶叶早已被其他商人抢购一空。情急之中,他突然想到一个---1---,把当地装茶叶的筐全部给买了下来,当其他商人准备将茶叶---2---时,才发现已经没有箩筐可买,无奈只得向这位商人求购。结果这位北方商人轻而易举地在这些人身上赚了一大笔,还---3---...
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Difference between 司 and 施

Words like 司机,司令,司仪,司炉,司法,司线(员) have the core 司, which, if deemed to be a verb, can form a verb-object group with the subsequent noun to mean one is acting on the object, so 司机 means the man is doing ...
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What does 五牛更象 mean?

In January 2021, China's Shaanxi Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism and China Cultural Center in Sydney jointly held an exhibition titled "五牛更象—陕西非遗印象展"at the China Cultural Center ...
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The necessity of 的 and 是

Recently, I have been made aware of the following sentences: 这太棒了! 这是太棒了! 这真是太棒了! A native Chinese friend told me that the middle one is incorrect, but that seems very odd to me, because 是 is the “be ...
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What is the exact function/purpose of 来了 at the end of sentences like this:

她吃晚饭的时候她朋友打电话来了。 I know it focuses the mind on perspective -- like the action previously stated has come toward the speaker in some way. But what is the exact function? I'd love to start naturally ...
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Can I use 马马虎虎 to describe food, and in what sorts of sentences can I use it?

In what kinds of sentences can "马马虎虎" be used? Would I be able to use it to describe how good food tastes, and if so, how would I structure the sentence? Is it usually used by itself as a ...
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Using a one-character vs two-character word

One of the difficulties I have in Chinese is I feel there is a disconnect between learning the words and using them/reading them in formal texts. For example, I have learnt that 年 means years, and ...
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What's the opposite of 不安?

不安 (bù​ān)​ CC-CEDICT: unpeaceful / unstable / uneasy / disturbed / restless / worried Sometimes I want to use the opposite adjective to 不安 (with the meaning 不不安), but I'm not sure what to use. It's ...
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Difference between 柱体 and 圆筒

I get the impression that 柱体 is more mathematical and 圆筒 is more about general "drum shaped" things. Are they interchangeable or is there a distinction?
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How do you use “a” in the chinese language? [duplicate]

For example, If i wanted to say, "A sandwich" or "A car tire" in chinese, How would i say that, and where does the "a" go? At the end of the sentence, or at the beginning ...
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How to translate Session?

In a workshop context, I am trying to verblly translate "Session 1", "Session 2" into Chinese. The first word coming to my mind is 第一课,第二课, but we are trying to avoid the ...
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How are 连A带B and A着B different

他连说带笑 / 他笑着说 他连唱带跳 / 他唱着跳 Do these sentences have the same meaning? and if I change the position between the two verbs, do they still have the same meaning? 他连说带笑 / 他连笑带说 他笑着说 / 他说着笑
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How do we extend 第二天 (“next day”) to other days (“previous day”, “same day”, etc.)?

第二天: next day / the morrow I find this a versatile and useful word, and wondering if it can be extended to "same day" and "previous day" versions. There is this discussion at ...
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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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Why is there a 去 in 我们需要确保社交距离去保护您和我们的员工?

My friend took a photo of this Chinese sign in Australia: (click to enlarge) It's a formal, long-winded way of saying "stay 1.5 meters apart". Specifically it says: 亲爱的顾客: 根据澳洲政府规定,...
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多大 or 多少?Which should be used when and where?

多大 or 多少? Could these two terms be used interchangeably, and if not what is the difference between them? When should they be used?
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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 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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differences between 非常好 and 特别棒 ALSO if I know someone's name, do I 认识 them?

I need help with a question for a Chinese assignment I have to choose a suitable answer to the sentence, the sentence is 你知道吗? 昨天的足球比赛我们沈阳队赢了天津队5:1。 沈阳队的水平比天津队高得多了 。 Question: 沈阳队的水平怎么样? Choices: A. ...
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Is there a word/name that sounds like “Arky”? [closed]

I'm looking for a catchy name and I'm wondering if the word "arky" does mean anything in the Chinese language. I was wondering if there is like a word in Chinese language that is pronounced (...
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Why should I change the subject in this situation? (V的V, V的V sentence structure)

My teacher has recently asked the class to make a sentence with the V的V, V的V sentence structure. I have submitted the following sentence: 我的爸爸做事的做事,打字的打字,打电话的打电话,真的很忙。 But my teacher said that the ...
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How do you ask “How old is it?”

When commenting on a used article for sale, how do you simply ask how old the item is? Is "它多大了?" Correct?
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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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Why does 我是长头发 mean “I have long hair” and not “I am long hair”?

I was just chatting with a teacher here at LTL Mandarin, and she said: 我是长头发。 I have long hair. (Not: I am long hair.) This is perplexing for me, since it's inconsistent with e.g. 我是人。 I am human. ...
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What is the difference between 宏伟 and 雄伟?

As far as I understood, the first means "great and big", something magnificent and imposing. It collocates with mostly abstract nouns such as aim or prospect (宏伟前景,宏伟目标,宏伟事业), but it also ...
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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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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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What four directions which are not described by 四处 are described by 八方?

I have a hunch about the difference between 八方 and 四处. 四处 includes north, south, west and east. 八方 includes these four + up, down, forward, backward. Three questions: Is my assumption correct? Do ...
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Difference between 这个 and 本

There are two words in Chinese that are both translated as “This” in English (这个 and 本). What is the difference between them and how to use them correctly ?
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What’s the difference between 二五 and 二十五?

Can I just say 二五 when I’m talking or counting instead of 二十五? Will it make a difference between the two of them? Or is it because 二五 is like everyday speech (informal) and 二十五 (formal) for writing? I ...
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Help to translate a deep meaning chinese sentence into English

I have a very good Chinese friend who studies design. Yesterday she shared with me one Powerpoint for her presentation that will take place next week. She explained the following sentences to me, ...
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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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How to say 公德心 in English?

How to say 公德心 in English? I am not looking for explanation. I am looking for translation. Similar words for 没有公德心 is selfish, thoughtless, disregard, and don't care about other people. But none of ...
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difference between 什么也 and 什么都

What is the difference between 什么也 and 什么都 ? They are very similar. 1, for anything, 2, for all of the things。 1,什么也不喜欢 什么也没意思,2, 什么都要考虑 什么都有意思 BUT! But how do you use them? For example if I want to ...
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Difference among these terms for student clubs: 队、团、俱乐部、社和兴趣小组?

In regards to their meanings as "student clubs" (at school), are there any differences in the following words: 队、团、俱乐部、社和兴趣小组? For me, I personally find 队 to mean clubs having to do with ...
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In 林业、农业、草原、海洋、资源、环境等行业, what industries does 草原 (“grassland”) and 海洋 (“ocean”) refer to, and why not use 农业 (“agriculture”) and 渔业 (“fishing”)?

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What is the difference between 还是 and 还?

What is the difference between 还是 and 还? Is 还 the short of 还是 and, consequently, they are interchangeable in every situation, only in some cases or never? For reference, I will list the different ...
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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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Using 有 vs 是 to describe an object

I created a sentence earlier today stating "他是一点儿严厉," but I was told that it was better if I say "他有一点儿严厉”。They didn't really know why, but just that it made more sense - could someone ...
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Why is 称 used instead of 显示 in 消息称,苹果已经开始……?

From a news article 中国市场不能丢!苹果在华销量暴增225%,iPhone12或支持北斗导航 (10 August 2020), we typically see 显示 meaning "indicate": 有统计数据显示,…… ……,苹果中国官网介绍显示,…… 7月底苹果公布的第三财季的财报显示,…… In fact, I've become ...
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Etymology of 碼頭

I was just wondering about the Chinese words for 'Ferry Pier' 碼頭. If we take the word, 馬頭, it means horse's head. 碼頭 has the 石 or rock character in it. I wanted to confirm, is it possible then that ...

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