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In Mandarin, can you use 我爱你 platonically?

First time posting, sorry if I missed any guidelines. I was curious to know if it would be both correct / acceptable to say 我爱你 to a very close friend. Not in a romantic way but in a platonic way. I'...
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How to use 'awkward' as an adjective in Chinese

I was just wondering how the word 'awkward' would translate to Chinese in the context of a photo. How could you say 'I look awkward in this photo', meaning a bit unsure of how to look in the photo; ...
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Meaning of “想要” as opposed to “想” and “要”

I have seen the words “要”,“想”,and “想要” all being used in similar contexts and I understand that they all mean 'to want/need' something. If I understood correctly, “要” is more frequently used for ...
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阿娜这次去丽江找的那个导游怎么样? Why in this sentence is 找 not 找到

HSK4 课文20 第三部分 There is a text question like this 阿娜这次去丽江找的那个导游怎么样? Can someone explain to me why there is 找 not 找到。找 means to seek, not to find, right? There is no mention of searching in the text, ...
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How do you say "wavy hair" in Chinese?

Adjective 波浪形 = wave-shaped 鬈 = 波浪形;有弯曲(?) (For this, I was uncertain, as the word "鬈" alone just has the definition of "fine" or "beautiful" hair. Noun As a noun, I ...
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How to say "elegance" (so the noun for the adjective "elegant")?

How to say "elegance" (so the noun for the adjective "elegant")? The sentence I have in mind is: Patience is a kind of elegance. Apparently the word "风度" seems the most ...
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How is 时机 being used in 就可能预测病人发病的时机?

From the HSK6 Standard Course (下册, page 23; photo of original): 比如心脏病,病人发病常常是有预兆的,如果对患者的心跳数据有足够长时间的持续积累,就可能预测病人发病的时机;对于心脏病突发致死的案例,如果能提前24小时监测到零星先兆,甚至可以挽救患者的生命。 I believe the grammar of the clause I ...
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What's the most formal way to call a woman your aunt?

Just working on some characters and there's one who would be called "aunt" or "auntie" but in the most formal/respectful address possible. Specifically as the mother's older sister ...
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What's a suitable usage example (at most 4 chars) for the character 靖?

I'm making (simplified) character study materials, where I list characters with an example where they're likely encountered. I use it for character learning and handwriting practice like this: I ...
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Why do Chinese people complicate the matter in choosing the words for translation

Bob is translated as 鲍勃, Biden 拜登, Trump 特鲁姆普, John 约翰, Tim 蒂姆, Roy 罗伊, Paul 保罗, Bean 憨豆, Bingley 彬格莱, etc. All of these Chinese words or characters, as you can see, are of too many strokes making the ...
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Is "哇咧老天哦" suppose to be a transaltion for "Oh My Gosh"?

In Pokémon Scarlet/Violet DLC,Kieran says “哇咧老天哦” when he was in shocked or frustrated. It's always funny when he says it so I got curious and searched it up. Turns out, no one uses it at all before ...
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How do you say "Save Room" the context of detainment in Chinese?

Translations from online that I know isn't what I meant: 保存室 = Save room, for the storage of food and supplies. 隔离所 = Quarantined area/room. 急症室 / 拯救室 / 救助室 = Emergency room. Isolation or detention ...
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How do you say "ragdoll physics" into Chinese?

When your avatar dies in a game, it will swingy (一摆一摆的). Like with games like Roblox, GMod, or Human Fall Flat; its physics is designed that way. In Wikipedia, "Ragdoll physics" is ...
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Both phrases mean “mutual respect”. What’s the difference?

What is the difference between saying 相互尊重 and 柤互尊重. I heard Chinese foreign minister use the latter phrase. But does 柤互 on its own mean anything, and why use this instead of the former phrase? 柤 ...
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Can 一府两院 be replaced with 三院?

Xinhua News Agency report of March 8, 2024:报告显示,一年来,全国人大常委会共听取审议“一府两院”22个报告,... 府 is like a big residence house or mansion, for example, 荣国府; 院 is a courtyard, but it is also a very active noun that ...
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Should I use 她 or 它 for 中国? (and/or other countries)

If you're writing romantically, which of the following is appropriate - 中国/中华, 她 or 它?
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How do you translate "budget" into Chinese from this context?

Budget can be translated as "预算", this translation sounds more like a verb for preestimate. While budgeted expenses can be translated as "预算费". However, I am unsure if either fits ...
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Differentiating the translation of "Bilingual Education" and "Dual Language Education" into Chinese?

While I know, "Bilingual Education" can be translated as "双语教学" or "双语教育". (Note that "教育" and "教学" can be used interchangeable. With the former ...
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What is the Chinese equivalent of calling someone "marketable"?

Upon research, something like "销路" comes as a result. For example, 'to be marketable' would be "有销路的" (yǒu xiāo lù de). However, this sounds off, as it sounds like too literal of a ...
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What are some better suggestion for translating "edible" to Chinese?

Like when you are trying to describe if a certain food is still eatable. An example would be during an science experience, where the teacher want us to soak eggs in vinegar. I then asked if the egg is ...
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What is the Chinese equivalent of "a few loose screws"?

Directly translated into Chinese would be “松了几颗螺丝”。 However, I am wondering if there's a better equivalent to it. Referring to someone who is a bit out of his mind (crazy). As it sounds odd when ...
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How to say "(regional/national) identity" in Chinese?

For "identity" or "(regional/national) identity", I found many phrases: _身份认同 _区域身份 _区域认同感 _地区认同 _拉丁美洲身份 (There are also translations like 区域特征, but the sense here doesn't ...
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Why do people use "head teacher“ as a translation for ”班主任“?

In the education field, I notice some people use the word "head teacher" in place of "班主任". However, I am unsure if this is quite accurate. Upon searching, I notice "head ...
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Which is the most frequent term for “detergent”?

According to Pleco, there are very many terms for “detergent”: 去垢剂, 洗涤剂, 洗洁剂, 洗涤灵, 清洁剂, 除垢剂. Which is the most frequent term for “detergent”?
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What is the relationship between the characters "苹" (traditional), "苹" (simplified), "蘋" and "𬞟"? Which character should be used to express "蘋科植物"?

What is the difference and relationship between the four characters "苹" (traditional character), "苹" (simplified character), "蘋" and "𬞟" (⿱艹频)? Which character ...
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Why did "けっぱる", "You got this!" or "I got this!" got translated to "拼冲天"?

In Pokemon Scarlet/Violet, the character Kieran often said "拼冲天" during the climax of the battle or when he tries to encourage himself. The first instance of this is when Kieran battles the ...
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总 vs. 中 - can someone help me get the whole picture? Possible Typo?

I am currently looking at a text about the situation of chinese kids in schools. The following sentence asks the (rhetorical) question of whether kids are allowed to rest a few weeks in the holidays. ...
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When translating "I'm trying to [do something]" into Chinese, when do you use a Chinese word meaning "to try"?

Over the years, I've been corrected repeatedly for using 试图 and other verbs meaning "to try", seemingly because "to try"'s usage in English is different to 试图's usage in Chinese. ...
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Word request: Mensatüte

I would like to know the Chinese translation of the German word "Mensatüte". Explanation: German people who a bit older will remember the so-called "Wundertüte" from their ...
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我的奥克兰,我的家 - good or not?

I'm attempting to express the sentiment "My Auckland, My Home" in Chinese. This is meant to be a slogan suitable for merchandise, e.g. printing on a T-shirt or a coffee mug. I want to convey ...
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How do you express a "generous grader"?

I am wondering how to express a teacher/instructor who is generous in their grading. For example "He is a generous grader. Don't worry too much in his class." In Chinese, some have said I ...
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Why should 对于 be changed to 对 in 妈妈对于我不太信任,老把我当成孩子?

This is a 语病 question from HSK6 Standard Course (p.94 photo of original): 妈妈对于我不太信任,老把我当成孩子。 The corrections are: 介词和宾语搭配不当。 妈妈对我不太信任,老把我当成孩子。 So the answer changes 对于 to 对 and nothing else. ...
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Word request in Chinese: musical illustration

What is the correct Chinese translation of: English: musical illustration German: Musikillustration I’ve already asked this question to a Chinese-German translator, but I didn’t receive a definite ...
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Word request in Chinese: media transfer, media transformation

What is the correct Chinese translation of English: media transfer, media transformation German: Medientransfer, Medientransformation Explanation: By medium (plural: media) in this context, I mean ...
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How should I understand the wording 常有……配合 within 常有“可是、但是、却、然而”等词配合?

This is part of the grammar explanation for 固然 from the HSK6 Standard Course textbook page 46 (photo of original). (1)下文转折,提出对立的另一事实。后一分句中常有“可是、但是、却、然而”等词配合。例如…… It seems like in this sentence 常有 + ...
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做工作 or 要工作?What is the difference here?

From the statement, it looks like this man tries to bribe the refree. So he offers a job to a refree to help him win a game. Isn't it 找裁判要工作? He wants the job done by a refree?
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Is 好好简练一番 grammatical?

现在的规定有点儿太复杂了吧,真应该好好简练一番。 This sentence is from the HSK6 Standard Course textbook (上册 p.36; photo of original). I have an issue with: CC-CEDICT: 简练 (jiǎn​liàn​) terse / succinct This seems to be an ...
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Why does my textbook consider 空气很清凉 incorrect, and change 清凉 to 清新?

This is a faulty-wording grammar exercise from the HSK6 Standard Course textbook page 30 (photo of original) in the part titled 词语误用 = "word misuse": 因为是冬天,没有什么人到山上来玩儿。我站在山顶上,空气很清凉。 The ...
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What objects can 眼红 take when used as a verb?

CC-CEDICT 眼红 (yǎn​hóng​) to covet / envious / jealous / green with envy / infuriated / furious The motivation for this question is the following 语病 in the HSK6 Standard Course textbook (page 30; ...
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What is the difference between 收官, 收兵 and 收工?

The three phrases are similar in meaning, but it looks like people prefer 收官 to the other two. Does it mean that 官(official) is higher in social ladder than 兵(troop) and 工 (workman)?
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How should I understand this teacher's objection to filling in the blank 阑尾不_____任何生理功能 with 拥有?

长期以来,人们总认为阑尾不_____任何生理功能,是人体_____的器官。近年来,医学研究_____,阑尾是人体一个重要的免疫器官,对_____人体正常的免疫功能起着重要作用。 A. 拥有 额外 显示 保证 B. 具有 多余 证实 维持 C. 具备 附属 解释 保护 D. 享有 无效 论证 维护 This is a fill-in-the-blanks HSK6 past exam ...
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Is 卖掉……事业 correct in 他卖掉了他的事业并且退休, and does it mean "sell [his] business"?

他卖掉了他的事业并且退休。 He sold his business and retired. The above sentence and translation is from Tatoeba, but I'm confused as to what it means to 卖掉……事业. Question: Is 卖掉……事业 correct in 他卖掉了他的事业并且退休, and ...
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Am I a 华裔, 华侨, or 海归?

I was born in China and had Chinese citizenship. My parents took me to Canada when I was 9 years old. I grew up in Canada and obtained Canadian citizenship (and thus, gave up my Chinese citizenship). ...
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In 别人先代替他的工作, should we delete the 的?

鉴于他的身体还需要恢复一段时间,我们只好请别人先代替他的工作。 My textbook (《会通汉语 6读写》 p.11) contains the above sentence (photo). I'm confused about the last part 代替他的工作. I would expect a person (sb.) to replace (代替) a person (...
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Is this sentence correct 很多人需开始工作得帮家

I'm making a text for a test and I ended up with this sentence 很多人需开始工作得帮家. What I'm Trying to say is: Many people need to start working to help their families It's a complex phrase for my level and I'...
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Difference between: 有多少个 and 有几个

I would like to double check chat gpt`s answer with something more accurate: My question below: 一年有多少个星期 and 一年有几个星期? are different phrases but they mean the same, correct? Is there any grammar and ...
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Isn't it contradictory to say 违反本法规定,构成犯罪的,依法追究刑事责任?

违反本法规定,构成犯罪的,依法追究刑事责任is a sentence I read in a law stipulation. My paraphrasing is like that: if this is something against the criminal law, it shall be placed under the criminal investigation. But ...
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What is the difference between 书面演讲 and 带稿发言?

Mainstream media report:当地时间11月16日上午,国家主席习近平向在旧金山举行的亚太经合组织工商领导人峰会发表题为《同心协力 共迎挑战 谱写亚太合作新篇章》的书面演讲。 As far as I know, almost all Chinese leaders are reading from a prepared script except the earlier ...
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Is it okay to fill in the blanks of 那种汽车 ____ 价钱很贵, ____ 的确质量很好 with 虽然……但是 despite the 的确?

This is a fill-in-the-blanks exercise on page 56 of 新实用汉语课本5 (photo): 那种汽车 ____ 价钱很贵, ____ 的确质量很好。 We're asked to fill in the blanks with 关联词语. What's tripping me up here: if the 的确 weren't there, ...
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Should the blank in 他毕业以后很快 _____ 找到了一个理想的工作 be filled with 才, 可, or 便?

This is on page 11 of the textbook New Practical Chinese Reader Textbook 5 (photo of original, p.11, #8): 他毕业以后很快 _____ 找到了一个理想的工作。 And the given options for the blank are 才, 可, or 便. Now I think ...
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