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For seeking a Chinese word or phrase that fits a meaning. Please be specific about the intended use of the word, including context.

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How to say “cool” in Chinese

Basically I am looking for words in common usage which are roughly synonymous with English "cool", "wicked", "awesome", "sweet", and related positive slang adjectives. I would also like to know how ...
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Is there a word for “kosher”?

I'm looking for a translation of the word kosher in it's most strict sense: a food that is apt according to the jewish law. Google translates kosher as 犹太, but if I'm not mistaken, that just means "...
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What is the equivalent of “make sense” in Chinese?

I am trying to explain the phrase "make sense" to my cousin, who is learning English. The dictionary suggests "有意义", but I believe that "有意义" is "meaningful" and that "make sense" should be "讲得通", "...
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Is there an expression similar to the English “gut feeling” in Chinese?

Is there a metaphor or idiom that has a similar meaning to "gut feeling", as a metaphor for "intuition" or "instinctive feeling", in Mandarin Chinese?
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How to say “What am I going to do with you” in Chinese?

There is an expression in English of sort of dramatic frustration, but in a very familiar, and almost endearing way. So, for example, if your girlfriend/boyfriend does something that is kind of ...
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How to say “upregulate” in Mandarin

My best scientific dictionaries have all crashed, and in any case they may not have this word either. I'm looking for a Chinese translation of the word "upregulate" or "up-regulate": the process of ...
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Chinese for “vote-up”, “vote-down” and “vote to close”

What are the correct Chinese words to use for the following: Vote-up Vote-down Vote to close I assume these will have been included in certain social platforms in China.
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Cant find the characters to a phrase I heard growing up, “Gen Men”, used as “totally” or “definitely”

like let's say you're full, you could say "gen men 没办法吃饭“ I think similarly gen men would be used as 完全 "完全没办法吃饭" But I can't find the characters for "Gen Men". I think I have ...
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Gender and age neutral word for partner (not married) in Mandarin?

I'm looking for a gender neutral word for a person that you are in a romantic relationship with, but not married to. Similar to "partner" in English. I also want it to be fairly neutral regarding age ...
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What are the common words for “clean” and “dirty”, “tidy” and “untidy”?

For example, how do Chinese speakers normally say: Your room is so clean! Your room is so dirty! Your room is so tidy! Your room is so untidy! 脏 Is this the most common way to say dirty?
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How to say “obscene”: translate 下流 or 輕佻?

I want to describe people wearing clothing as totally indecent and obscene, for instance because the clothing doesn’t remotely cover the buttocks. I am not talking about ordinary mini skirts or hot ...
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What is the Chinese word for a Chinese lantern?

What is the Chinese word (/ what are the Chinese words if more than one) used to describe the Chinese lanterns which the Chinese use to celebrate (Chinese) New Year (those that go flying up in the air ...
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How to say “martlet” in Chinese?

A martlet is: ... a heraldic charge depicting a stylized bird similar to a swift or a house martin, with stylized feet. "Martlet" is not present in my Chinese dictionary, and Google Translate ...
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How can I say “grade on a curve”?

The Future for Chinese/English Dictionaries mentioned that MDBG doesn't have "grading on a curve", and it seems that it's still rather hard to find a translation for this. A rather literal ...
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The Chinese equivalent phrase of 恋の予感

I saw the phrase Koi no yokan described on the website: High Tower Flashes. The Japanese phrase means a feeling that you will fall in love with someone, which is different from love at first sight. I ...
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How to say “head” and “tails” when flipping a coin?

While talking about probability with mainland Chinese students I asked what they say for heads and tails of a Chinese coin. I was tossing a one Yuan coin, and they decided I could say in English "...
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How to translate “note:” into Chinese?

How is the word "note:" translated into Chinese within the following example? Summary of Findings Finding 1 Finding 2 Finding 3 Note: these findings were based on a first draft and may be ...
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How to say “offer” (as in “job offer”) in Chinese?

Such as "offer" in: 我有了CUHK的入学许可 = I got an offer from CUHK. 还没有一个地方要我 = I still don't have any offers. I think there is no such noun in Chinese. Is there?
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How to say “behind schedule” in Chinese?

What I would like to know is the proper way to say "I am behind schedule" in the general sense, similar to "I am running two hours late for the meeting" or "this project is ...
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Better translation for “underdog”?

Underdog has a lot of mediocre translations ABC English-Chinese gives: 处于劣势的一方 Oxford has: 弱者 which is okay and: 失败者 失败的一方 which don't really match the meaning of underdog to begin ...
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如何把名词形式的 'Nothing' 翻译成中文 How to translate the English noun form of Nothing into Chinese?

Here are 2 English sentences, both have the word 'Nothing' in it in the noun form. I am wondering if it can be translated into Chinese while preserving as much of its original meaning as possible. ...
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Chinese phrase for a physician's “residency program”?

I am looking for a phrase in Chinese which means the residency program that physicians go through after graduation from medical school. See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Residency_(medicine)
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Is there a way to distinguish “vegetarian” from “vegan” in Chinese?

I'd like to know whether there is a way to distinguish vegetarian from vegan in Chinese or is the only word available 素食者?
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Does Chinese have a gender-neutral term for “homemaker”?

I've looked up homemaker, a generic and gender neutral term for house husband, house wife, or a person who stays at home and looks after the family and does house chores, in the Pleco dictionary, but ...
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How to express “have fun!” or “enjoy!” in Chinese?

In English, when a friend is doing some activity, we typically say to him/her: Have fun! or Enjoy! How can we say this in a idiomatic way in Mandarin Chinese?
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What do you call these cold pickled cucumber skewers in Chinese?

Is it correct or understood if I call these cold and pickled cucumber skewers "冰泡黄瓜"?
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Is 桌上战争游戏 the term used for “Tabletop Wargaming / Miniwargaming”?

Wargame is 战争游戏 and tabletop game is 桌上游戏 so I'm assuming that "Tabletop Wargaming" is 桌上战争游戏? Is this the term used? This type of game is also called "Miniature Wargaming" or &...
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Difference between 问 and 让 “to ask”

How do 问 and 让 differ in meaning and in what sort of situations would you use either of them? In chinese.yabla.com there are a lot of different verbs with the meaning 'to ask'.
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What is smaller than 小

There are so many ways to say "tiny" it seems. What is the most common way to say "tiny" to something, as in size, an object. Like a tiny insect, or tiny butterfly. Small in English, is still ...
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In which dialect of Mandarin can I see or hear 乳酪?

In this website they write "乳酪 ru3 lao4" is a word which is used in Taiwan to describe cheese. But my Taiwanese friend told me they don't use this word, they use "nai3 lao4" or &...
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How would I say 'what …' in Mandarin

I think the French ce qui/que says it better. This is what I mean: I do what I want. (Je fais ce que je veux, in French) How would the 'what' be translated?
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“How's that sound?” in Mandarin

What would be an appropriate way to end a sentence after making a suggestion/offering an opinion in anticipation of the response? For instance, while talking to a friend, I share something with them ...
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How do you say weekend in Chinese using the 星期 form?

I know that weekend in Chinese is generally translated as 周末. Is there a way to say weekend by adding something to 星期 like 星期末? Or the only phrase for weekend is 周末?
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Is there a word to indicate incorrectness?

In English we have the prefix mis- that conveys this. I misread, I misspoke, I made a mistake, etc. A misrepresentation, a mistranslation, a misuse, etc.
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Ancient Chinese Saying #437: … 10,000 days for the sword

The English martial arts internet is awash in people reciting 100 days of bare hand, 1,000 days of spear, 10,000 days of sword, unless it's It takes 100 days to learn the spear, 1000 days to learn ...
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How do you say “none available”?

How do you say "none available"? As in: "There is none available" (without the "there is". Or not.).
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What is the Chinese word for 'programmer'?

I know that a couple of variation of "coding" or programming are 编程, or 写代码. How would I refer to that person who does the coding/programming? Is it 编程家? or is there a more colloquial way of saying it?...
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How to imply someone is terminally ill?

In English, you can say "My cousin is sick." And that sort of conveys a lot. Your cousin could have cancer and be terminally sick, but could also be crazy ("sick" as in slang for cool), or sick as in ...
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Different types of rain in Chinese?

Inspired by this question on the Spanish stack exchange Things like drizzle, mist, or downpour?
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Different way of saying “throw rubbish” in Cantonese?

Looking at the dictionary, I see that "throw rubbish" in Cantonese is "掉垃圾". However, in the past, I remember hearing something different for "throw rubbish": "wang垃圾". I need some help: What is ...
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How to express among in chinese?

I've encountered myself quite a few times trying to express the word among in chinese and the meaning that it carries, just like in these two senteces: He's vey popular among the students. Quite a ...
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Metaphorical “opening” translation

I'm writing about certain historical leaders of China, and I'd like to say something along the lines of "he opened China to foreign investment" or "he opened China to foreign influence", etc. I can ...
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What is the character for romantic love in classical Chinese?

In Mandarin, 愛 means romantic love. However, New Practical Primer of Literary Chinese by Paul Rouzer has this to say about its use in literary Chinese: This character [愛] usually does not imply "...
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How to say “make money”?

I'm trying to say "the Song Dynasty used this invention to make paper money". So far I've got "宋朝用了这个发明做纸钱“。 The "make money" part is messing with me- I know "做钱“ can mean to print counterfeit money, ...
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马耳他屿, 为什么这个岛屿用了这些字?

I have relatives in Malta. I want to know why in Chinese people in Malta are from 马耳他屿. Are they seen as (residing in an island where people would be) having ears like that of horses, perhaps due to ...
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poems/phrases/quotes/stories/allegories about “good news”

Looking for any poems/phrases/quotes/stories/allegories about “good news.” The only things I can think of at the moment are: 报喜不报忧 and maybe 好事不出门,坏事传千里.
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What are a few alternative ways to say “to expect”?

There are many situations I'd like to say the following in Chinese: "That phone call was unexpected" "I did not expect that meeting to be so difficult" The only approach I know of is: "我没想到那个电话“ ”...
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衰落:decadence or decline?

I'm trying to describe the plot of the work 红楼梦 using the phrase "the 贾 family's decline". The word for decline, though is confusing me. After putting "decline" through a few online translators, I've ...
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What's the common Chinese term for a chest cold?

I can find 支气管炎 for "bronchitis" but I wonder if that's a bit too technical or medical or whether it's common in day-to-day conversation. In English "bronchitis" is a bit technical so more often ...
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“One” (eg. one must) in Chinese?

I'm trying to write a recipe in Chinese, in which I'd like to be able to say something along the lines of "first, one must..." (I know , since a recipe is more informal, I could probably use "you" and ...