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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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What do you call a 成语 made up of three words instead of four?

What do you call a 成语 or expression made up of 3 words instead of 4? For example, 夜猫子, 绊脚石, or 避风头.
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How to translate 'Market Access' into Chinese?

How to translate 'Market Access','Consumer Market Access' and 'Firm Market Access'? Definition - 'Market Access' is the extent concept. Under this concept, 'Consumer Market Access' means that the ...
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poems/phrases/quotes/sayings/idioms/stories/allegories: evil vs. good

Evil vs. good is the theme of most (slightly exaggerated) works. The list of works I have only contain things like: 天下乌鸦一般黑 老鼠过街,人人喊打 臭味相投 狼狈为奸 but these are all mostly just talking about evil ...
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Quenching thirst by thinking about plums

Today I was looking in my book for a Chinese saying about the guy that quenched his thirst by thinking about plums. I'm shy to admit, but it's one of my favorites. How does the saying go? How do you ...
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Modern words to compliment a beautiful woman/girl beauty

I am looking for two modern Chinese words to compliment a beautiful girl. Here are what I have found: 美女,宝贝,女神。are there any thing else? The other words that I can think of, but doesn't really works ...
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Word that I kept hearing at the end of a sentence

I don't know any Chinese, but I went to a kind of sales pitch by a Chinese salesman. He kept saying a word at the end of some sentences. The best I could think of the English pronunciation would be ...
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“to slice or cut (a finger)” in Traditional Chinese / Spoken Cantonese?

Haven't managed to find a usage that speaks specifically to cut or slice open a body part. Also seeing contradictions (or perhaps information gaps) between CantoDict and Pleco. Some notes: ...
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How to distinguish between 吧 and 嘛, 罢 and 嘛

At the end of a sentence in a conversation, how does one distinguish between 吧 and 嘛, 罢 and 嘛?
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Meaning of 则 in 欲速则不达?

What is the meaning of 则 in 欲速则不达? Does it mean fortune, wealth, success? I couldn't figure out out.
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Word for developing and refining a product: Choppa - dowa?

and thank you for making time to help me with this question. I met with a supplier recently, and they told me that in China there was a word for the process of developing and refining a product. ...
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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 is the missing word

What could be a correct word to replace "x" in the question? 你要换这个东西 "X" 那个吗? (Do you want to exchange this for that?)
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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 is the preferred relationship title for “my mother's mother's big brother's son”?

This recently came up during a visa application, and we had a hard time coming to a definitive conclusion, even with Chinese family members :( What is the preferred relationship title for "my ...
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Is 熵 in any way part of the spoken language?

In my own language (Dutch) I can (jokingly) point at something that is decaying (or perhaps my tea getting cold, or my desk being disorderly) and utter the single word: ‘entropy’. Or I can, out of the ...
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How to translate “coming along?”

I was recently writing a letter to a Chinese colleague and wanted to wish her luck on a book she is writing. In essence, I wanted to say I hope your book is coming along well. Unfortunately, I ...
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Building blocks of society

What is the Chinese phrase that means 'building blocks of society'? 积木 literally means blocks but it sounds weird in context.
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Poems/Phrases: Life is meaningful

Looking for any sort of story/fable, poem/epic, phrase/chengyu that expresses that life is meaningful. It can be the hope that life is meaningful the conviction that life is actually meaningful the ...
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Words for shopping for medicine for athlete's foot in mainland China?

In my travels I sometimes get athlete's foot and my medicine for it is now running out while I'm in Guangzhou. I see there are several Chinese terms for this condition. It's always difficult to know ...
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Hong Kong Cantonese: Derogatory Terms For Mainlanders

What derogatory terms are there for mainlanders in Hong Kong Cantonese? I know there are a lot of terms that start with 北 but I'm not sure of specific ones.
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Chinese word for X chair in a musical group when it isn't 1st or 2nd chair

In English, in an orchestra one might say that one's chair position is 2nd Violin, 5th chair. The 2nd Violin part is easy to say: 第二小提琴. But the 5th chair part is troubling. My question is the Chinese ...
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How do you say “rock a baby to sleep” in Chinese?

当一个小儿子在哭泣而妈妈为了让他睡觉就拿他上来而用胳膊轻轻的动他,这用汉语叫什么? When a young child is crying and the mother in order to make him sleep takes him up and gently move him with her arms, what do you call that in Chinese? PS ...
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Chinese name for a money belt

What is Chinese for a money belt? I mean the kind of linen or silk packet on an elastic band that you wear under your clothes, to hold money. Chinese manufacturers often offer them online as "cash ...
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Poems About Ungratefulness

Looking for poems about ungratefulness. Found some recommendations on 百度知道 under the question: 关于自己忘恩负义的诗词; especially the poem《氓》- wondering what else is out there. What poems are there about ...
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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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What is the polite/proper way to address elderly whom I am not familiar with?

I was wondering what is the polite way to address elderlies I do not know. Take the following context for example. Perhaps I visit a store and there is an elderly woman running the register and I ...
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What are the common phrases in sports when you win the score?

Sportsmen use some phrases to encourage themselves during the game. So what do Chinese sportsmen usually say when they win the score? For example, in this video at 5:40, Ma Lin cried something like: ...
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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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Appropriate way to reject an offer

I have three case scenarios here: 這是一點心意,請你收下。 Please accept this (gift/money as an) appreciation. 我請你吃飯吧! Let me treat you a meal! 加入我們的團隊吧! Join our team! As far as I know, in the ...
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The formal version of “謝謝”, “對不起”, especially in an email?

In English, when writing a formal email, one would sometimes use appreciate/grateful and apologize in place of thank you and sorry, respectively. Is there any such alternate words/phrases in Chinese ...
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What is an idiom that describes aiming for high achievement or success but not forgetting one's roots?

What is an idiom/phrase/saying that describes aiming for high achievement or success but not forgetting one's roots? Something like 展翅高飞 and 饮水思源 combined
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What is the verb for “hacking” (as in computing) in Chinese?

Using my dictionary and some research, I've found that there seems to be three words for "hacker" in Chinese. 黑客,骇客,and 红客. The first two look to just mean "hacker," while the third is a word for the ...
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Translation for “ray of sunlight after rain”

I am looking for a Chinese translation of the Swahili word kianga, which has the following meanings: burst of light burst of sunshine clear up (after rain) ray of sunlight after rain clearing up (of ...
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What's the way to say “too/also/as well” in Taiwanese?

I would like to learn to say "I love you too" in the Hokkien dialect, as my boyfriend's from Taiwan, and I would like to surprise him. But I can't find the way to say it online, and I've heard him ...
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Is There A Way To Say “Fro” (as in afro/fro) In Traditional Chinese?

Are there any kanji that could be used to say afro and/or fro in traditional Chinese? If not, what about simplified Chinese? What are the characters?
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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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What is the Chinese translation for “endure and move on”?

I've been trying to get the Chinese word with meaning of the phrase endure and move on. It has something to do with a break up with a girlfriend and wanting to endure it and move on. I've tried ...
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How do you describe the “growth/improvement” of “rights" (i.e. 权利)?

How do we describe the growth of “rights” (or more colloquially in English the "extension of rights' (e.g. the extension of women's rights, etc.)? Is it 女性权利的: 发展? 增加? 提高? 扩大? Let me know what you ...
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How to say copycat?

I posted a status on Facebook and 20 minutes later someone else posted the exact same one. Google translate spits out 复印机 for copycat which looks pretty weird to me (the 机 at the end). Nciku gave me ...
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How do I say “The story has to have a moral”?

Is there any way to say that when you write a story, it has to "have a moral"? (i.e. it has to teach you something). Is there a clear translation for that in Chinese?
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What nuance does the `当` represent?

In the following sentences: 有一天他会当医生 有一天我会当经理 what does the 当 mean? I think this means something like One day she would become a doctor. However, what kind of nuances does 当 include? Is it would ...
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How to say “to light a candle"

I'm trying to figure out the most appropriate way to say "light a candle" would it be 点蜡烛 or would 点燃蜡烛 be more commonly heard?
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What is the word for “they/them”?

I apologize for my rudimentary Chinese, but I am having trouble finding the translation for "them/they" in Chinese in regards to an entity (and gender neutral). For example: Does the store sell ...
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live poultry for sale?

Is there a specific term that is usually used to describe live poultry, or live chickens, or any type of live animal, which is for sale in a market and which the customer takes home alive to butcher ...
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How do you say “Cafeteria Workers”?

I've been trying to figure what is the best way to describe school cafeteria workers without sounded too formal or too rude (just a normal way of saying cafeteria worker) Would you say "食堂员工” “工人”...
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Chinese countable/uncountable nouns (How do they work? Examples?)

I recall in Mandarin class, my teacher would often discuss an idea about countable nouns. I never really understood how one would easily determine when one is faced with a countable vs uncountable ...
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(麻薯), what kind, if not then what is it?

Someone translated this 麻薯 as a "potato" and Google Translate says it's Mochi, If it is a potato, could anyone share what kind? When I tried some research I came up with what looks like a character ...
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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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Chinese equivalent of “Oh Burn”

As stated in the title, what would be the Chinese equivalent of the popularly-used term (for kids) "Oh BURN"? I understand it should be used mostly after an insult. I Googled and found nothing but ...
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How can I say “caps” in Chinese?

I am thinking of something like "screen caps" term in English. I mean the movie part with a subtitle, as a photo. How can I say "screen caps" / "movie caps" in Chinese?