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This tag is for questions 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 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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矢, how does it look like an arrow?

Personally, I find it hard to imagine how the character 矢 looks like an site (perhaps a "big" man with a spear on to of his head, I dunno). Can someone please explain this ibn terms of oracle bone ...
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How to interpret 肉麻

Dictionaries define 肉麻 as nauseating; sickening; disgusting. But I don't think those are accurate because those words are showing disproval while 肉麻 could show approval depending on how you use it. ...
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How to say 衬托 in English?

The dictionary says is 'set off' or 'serve as a foil'. But what I mean is the 写作手法 '衬托', is there such word in English? Thank you!
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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 ...
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Is there an abbreviation for the 黑海/地中海 combo?

In Chinese, related region names are often abbreviated. For example, Sino-Japanese is known as 中日 and Sino-African is known as 中非.  Does anyone know whether there is a corresponding abbreviation for ...
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Hand and Fist gesture of gratitude

What is the gesture called where you put a fist in a flat hand and slightly shake it to show gratitude? Here is an example: https://youtu.be/cB59VmnK52I?t=15m47s Do you have any other examples where ...
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Is the sentence "我知道它,但是我忘了“ unnatural?

Would the sentence "我知道它,但是我忘了“ sound unnatural? As in, 'I know it, but I've forgotten it' (I learnt it sometime ago, but have now forgotten it)
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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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Requesting something to be done for me in cantonese

How do you request something to be done for myself in cantonese? For example: can you ask him (to get playing cards) for me?
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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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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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How to say those mouth-watering Chinese dishes names in Chinese? [closed]

Chinese food is delicious. For example, beef noodles (牛肉面) is one of my favorites. Fried noodle (炒面) and fried rice with shrimp(虾仁炒饭)are also yummy. Q: How to say other mouth-watering Chinese dishes ...
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Chinese equivalent of 'Surprise!'

In English culture, when someone is giving other a surprise, he/she can call out with voice 'surprise!'. Is there an equivalent in Chinese culture?
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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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Descriptors for moody teenagers?

There are few common ways to describe moody teenagers, albeit not overly precise: (很)叛逆(期) or 青春(期) I'm wondering if there is anything more colorful to describe these cranky kids?
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“Perverse” for movies and scenes

What word can we use to say a movie or scene is perverse? I am thinking of sadistic and violent scenes as this: perverse scene from game of thrones I found 邪僻, but it seems it may only describe ...
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Polite noun to refer to a colleague who is departing a company?

What is a polite noun to refer to a colleague who is departing a company? For example, in English I might simply refer to them as a "leaver". (So someone who is leaving.) This is simple and non-...
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Expressing 'about' in Chinese

Please use simplified characters. In English we sometimes say: 'My teacher taught us about Chinese' ‘My friend was telling me about Chinese' 'You're not intelligent enough to talk about ...
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How do you say “immersion” as in “full immersion language program”?

How do you say "immersion" as in "full immersion language program" or "I am moving to China so I can get some immersion in the language"?
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Meaning of 蟗 (qiū)

My dictionary has an entry for 蟗 (qiū), but no explanation is given. Here is the entry from the Pleco Android app. What does this mean, and why is the dictionary entry missing? Thanks.
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To live: 住 versus 居, what's the exact difference?

I wanted to know what's the exact difference between 住 and 居. Since thesee characters mean the same thing, why can't I convince them together into one word meaning "to live"? Thanks.
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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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Chinese phrase for 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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Word for banana blossoms in Chinese

This Web Page shows that banana blossoms correspond to what a Chinese friend of mine from Beijing used to call "tall skinny Chinese person" or "long skinny Chinese person". Upon stumbling upon this ...
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What is “skate ramp” in Chinese?

What is "skate ramp" in Chinese? I can't seem to find this in any dictionaries, and most skate parks in Taiwan are called "Extreme Sports Training Park" or simply "Sports Park", so I don't really know ...
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Could you please explain what these words mean and transcribe them in Chinese script? [closed]

I need to insert the "typed-in" version of these words into my Word document (at work), but I know nothing about the Chinese language, and cannot type in Chinese. What do these words mean? Please ...
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Types of 剧 in (modern) China?

When studying Chinese, the Chinese learner journal had a section to talk sky the various kinds of 剧 (theatrical work, opera, drama), for example 北京剧, etc., and it almost seems to me like every city ...
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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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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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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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“upregulate” in Manadrin

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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How and when to consider 面子 when speaking Chinese?

Avoid Losing Face ( 沒面子 ) As a student of Chinese I would like always maintain a respectful tone. It can be very easy when speaking a second language to make mistakes that offend others. I would like ...
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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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袖手旁观 generalizations

I am looking for Chinese 成语 that generalize 袖手旁观, but indicate complacency with regards to something that could happen, rather than to something that has already happened, or is happening. Thanks. ...
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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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How to name these cones to mark a field for sport activities?

How to name these cones to mark a field for sport activities? E.g.: Run to the cones and then go back. 2.5 kilometers turn is marked with cones.
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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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How to say: “screwed it up”

How can I express that someone "screwed [something] up?" For example: "They really screwed up the code with the last changes they made" "I gave him one little task and he still managed to screw it ...
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How is this commode style toilet seat called in Chinese?

As I am disabled, I thought, in case my Appartment doesn't have a western style toilet, I might want to buy one of these: So I wonder what they are called and where one could hope to buy them. If the ...
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Help me identify this Chinese word?

I was in Shanghai on a business trip several weeks ago. One evening, while my coworker and I were walking down Nanjing Road on the way back to our hotel, we were accosted my many ladies of the night ...
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Why can't I use 我的 in Classical Chinese?

almost all words are stand alone in classical texts. Only modern Chinese tend to use multi characters to form a word. Your examples would be 明身/明体, 明心. But 明我的心 is not a traditional way. Why can't ...
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“If you can't beat them, join them” 成语 or 俗语

There is an English expression, "If you can't beat them, join them." For example, After competing with Microsoft for so many years, he finally accepted the lucrative offer and joined as their ...
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How are postal notifications called in Chinese?

When the postal worker arrives at your doorstep, but can't deliver your package - usually because you are not home and it is too big for your mailbox - you receive a notification asking you to ...
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How do you say “cupcake”?

What is the pinyin and simplified Chinese characters used for the word cupcake? When looking it up there is no reliable answer. Some people seem to just call it by the chinese words for "cake" but ...
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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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Homemaker in Chinese

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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Conjunction to express extension (of area) “In Moscow and also in the whole Russia there are…”

What conjunction could be used to express extension (of area): In Moscow and also in the whole Russia there are lots of folk festivals being held. So I need construction for: "In A and also in the ...
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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 ...