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For questions about a discrete unit of written or spoken text of the smallest size to convey distinct meaning. In English but not Chinese will usually be separated from other words by a space when written or printed. Other tags that may be more appropriate include [word-choice] and [word-requests].

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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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何处横空出世 - meaning

I am translating an article about Elon Musk and one of the subtitles is called "何处横空出世?". I don't quite understand what 横空 means. I found one translation that said it means some kind of ...
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Meaning of 上 as Result Complement

I look up in youdao and it says meanings of 上 as below : (1) from the high position looking down: 登上山顶, 爬上河堤 (2) presents the result of the action: 穿上外衣, 没吃上饭 (3) presents the beginning and ...
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How did 'velcro' get translated to 魔术贴 ('magic attachment??')

This is one of the most interesting translations i've encountered. The '... + 贴' pattern is understandable, but how did '魔术' (magic) get there? The only other word I know that has been translated as '...
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What's the difference between 懲處 and 懲罰?

I recently learned two similar words that seem to mean "to punish." What's the difference?
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Is 进 correct: 他喜欢进我的房间(来)和我聊天儿?

他喜欢进我的房间(来)和我聊天儿。A website gives me another option: 他喜欢到我的房间(来)和我聊天儿. It changes 进 into 到. Is 进 correct? Or are both 进 and 到 OK?
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Is my sentence 如果没时间的话就告诉我 grammatically correct?

I am not sure that my sentence: 如果没时间的话就告诉我 is grammatically correct or not. So please guide me, have I used the right words?
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Which one is more commonly used in Chinese speaking communities: 年轻 or 年青?

One of the elective projects on the study of Chinese culture given in my high school is as follows: 探讨中国传统文化如何助当今年青人走出困局。 I thought this was a typo so I asked our teacher to correct it to 年轻. But ...
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What is the function of 就是

What does 就 是mean and how do we use it I have seen many times people using like in this sentence 就是关于爱情的 so what does 就是really means
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Are 叫 and 让 actually used in place of the passive marker 被?

I have long been familiar (~10 years) with the passive marker 被. A new textbook that I've purchased introduces 叫 and 让 as alternatives to 被. It says that for the most part they work the same, but 叫 ...
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Meaning of 图像 in this sentence: 图片可作为单独的图像

500万像素,带LED灯(图片可作为单独的图像) This is the description of the resolution of a digital camera. So it says 5 million pixels and an LED light included, and I don't really understand what it says between ...
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链接, 连接, 连结, 联接, 联结 - lianjie - is it a joke and if not, what's the difference?

Amongst 链接, 连接, 连结, 联接, 联结 - which one is the most correct to use in which situation? Is one more formal than others? Maybe the meanings are different? Please, write as much as possible about ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of 辫发?

Google Translate and 查查在线词典 both say 辫发 ought to be biànfǎ, but Baidu says biànfā. What is correct?
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What is the difference between 满足 and 满意?

I learned both of these words recently. I asked a Chinese friend what is the difference, and she told me they are "almost the same". I'm wondering how strong the "almost" is here. How interchangeable ...
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The difference between 陪 and 跟

The meaning of both 陪 and 跟 is "go with", so are there any differences between them? 我陪你去医院。 我跟你去医院。
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Meaning of 的 in 只有三个得满分的

The full sentence is 他考得很好,得了满分。听说只有三个得了满分的。 I get a bit confused with 的. I understand that the sentence means “there are only 3 people that get full marks.” Please help me out. Thank you guys :D
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How to distinguish between 为 and 给 when both means "for"

Both 给 and 为 can mean "for." Both can be used with verbs to express an action done for anyone. So how can I distinguish? Please make it clear. Thank you so much.
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Question with "什么颜色" or "什么颜色的"

I read many examples asking about the color of something. So, about the color, should "什么颜色" or "什么颜色的" be used? 你的眼睛是什么颜色?What color are your eyes? 橙子是什么颜色的? What color are oranges? 我分辨不出这是什么颜色。 ...
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姐 vs 姊, etymology, and their English equivalences

Sometimes 姐 and 姊 are interchangeable, sometimes 姐 and 姊 have different meanings. Can we summarize their usages? What is their etymology? And can we find their English equivalences? It looks that ...
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Difference among 一些,一点,有些,有的

I want to ask about the difference among 一些,一点,有些,有的. I know 一些/一点/有些/有的 + Noun = a little + Noun (uncountable nouns, right?) So are they interchangeable?
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Easiest way to understand 着?

This word is used in so many different contexts. It becomes rather confusing. What is a good way to distinguish the different situations in which this word is used?
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What would you call "lizard people" in authentic Chinese?

Many may know the conspiracy theory about the world being secretly run by lizard people. In English I also hear the phrase "reptilian shape shifter" associated with the topic, but what would a native ...
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Do all one-syllable words need to be followed by a 子 to make it colloquial?

Do all one-syllable words need to be followed by a 子 to make it colloquial? For example, 椅 becomes 椅子, 锤 becomes 锤子, 尺 becomes 尺子 and etc. I thought about this because I came across a picture ...
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What is the meaning of 能者多劳?

I've seen this word 能者多劳 being used in multiple senses on the Internet: One can interpret 劳 as a verb that means working, as in 劳动. Then it gives us able people (should) do more work, or loosely ...
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What's the correct word division of this sentence?

I don't understand how I should understand this sentence word by word: 农夫过去一看. Without "guo4" everything is clear for me, since "qu4 yi2 kan4" means "to take a look". But with "guo4" I don't know if ...
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Is 撒币 a proper Chinese word?

Occasionally one sees the word 撒币 in modern media and google translate translated it as "Sprinkle coins", which I think is inaccurate: does it not mean "to squander"? I failed to find this word "撒币" ...
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How to say "can't distinguish"?

About a year and a half ago, I remember learning a Mandarin phrase for "can't distinguish between", but I don't remember what it was and I no longer have my textbook. In my mind, I'm getting it mixed ...
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How many words for I are there in Chinese?

I wonder how many words and pronunciations for I exist/existed in Chinese. I know of these: 我:wǒ, but I believe it is pronounced ngo in Cantonese. There seems to be an n-root for I in Chinese. I ...
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what do 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning "situation"?

The Chinese word of 형편 (situation) in Korean is 形便. Can anyone explain what 形 and 便 mean and how can they combine to make the meaning "situation"?
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How to create word/character sequence in Chinese that sounds the same as a word in English (or any other language)

Say I have a word in English "fooboo". What if I want it to be pronounced in Chinese as "fooboo" as well? My first attempt is to search in pinyin for "fu" and "bu". Fu gives results like 副 and 付. Bu ...
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How are Chinese words created (both spelling and sound)?

I am trying to translate new words in English into Chinese. Say we have some new words in English that have never been translated. Ga (gah) = To walk upside down Ba (bah) = Half unicorn half ...
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Why do the onomatopoeias describing the cry of frogs sound so different in Chinese and English?

The words "呱呱" and "ribbit" are onomatopoeias that represent the sound of frogs, respectively in Chinese and English. I hardly see any similarity between these two sounds. Why does ...
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Is a morpheme bound or is it free: any online source?

The online dictionaries I've tried so far do not seem to indicate if a morpheme is bound or is free. Is there any (free?) online dictionary that provides such information? If not, is there a list of ...
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Which day is 周末

I and my friends disagree on what 周末 means. And to summarize all opinions, is it 周五, 周末 was used to describe 周六 when 周六 is workday (last workday in a week). And since 周六 is no longer a workday, we ...
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Is there a Chinese word for the Japanese 気合 (kiai), the sounds ("Hi-yah!" etc.) made when performing martial arts?

I watched 叶问4 (Ip Man 4) last night, and became interested in the sounds they make during fighting: Kiai (Japanese: 気合, /ˈkiːaɪ/) is a Japanese term used in martial arts for the short shout uttered ...
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Is 当做 and 看做 a synonym or not a synonym?

Is 当做 and 看做 a synonym? I looked at a few sample sentences on bkrs dictionary. They seem to be used in similar situations. But just to be sure, what do you guys think? Do they have any difference in ...
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What does 素 mean in 素数?

Composite number is translated as 合数, which do make sense; Prime number is called 素数, what does 素 means here? Is it possible to trace the source of such translation?
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Can 九十 = "ninety" also mean "nine or ten" (like how 三四 means "three or four")?

It's normal in Chinese to say something like: 他大概三四岁左右 (source) he is probably around 3 or 4 years old This is called Approximating with sequential numbers on the Chinese Grammar Wiki. However, ...
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Does Chinese have any disparaging terms for left-handed people?

I came across this Tweet recently which lists many different words used in traditional dialects to refer to left-handed people[.] It looks like a majority of the English terms are all quite ...
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Does 省亲 only refer to visiting wife’s parents by the wife?

I wanted to say I went to visit my husband’s parents and remembered 省亲, but after second thought and searched online and realized that it might only refer to visiting my parents instead of visiting my ...
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What's the meaning of 帖子的顶楼?

I know 帖子 means post or thread on internet forum. What is 顶楼? Is it the 1st reply?
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What does the lettering mean? [closed]

Thanks for your help <3 The sweatshirt has underneath the letters a weapon and underneath that "Paris" written so I´m a little concerned and confused on what it could mean... ^^´
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Is this an awkward ordering of words? (Cantonese)

In the following sentence: 你要重新開過一次機。 The official translation is: you will have to restart the machine again. I feel this Has a very awkward word order since the object (機) is at the last after a ...
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Does 差不多 (chàbùduō) imply "slightly less than" when comparing quantities?

差 implies a kind of deficiency, so I expect A比B差不多 to mean A is slightly "worse" than B in some way. For example, I would expect 我比你差不多高 to imply I am slightly shorter than you. I'm not sure ...
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What's the difference between 互相 (hùxiāng) and 相互 (xiānghù), both meaning "mutual"?

I learned my early Chinese from ChinesePod, and they talked about 互相 (hùxiāng), but I just learned that 相互 (xiānghù, reversing the characters) also has a similar meaning, namely "each other" or "...
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Is “卧草” a proper Chinese word?

In football games, I heard people use "卧草" for time-wasting actions near the end of a game. Is "卧草" a proper Chinese word? I did not find it in dictionaries.
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Is "保守" considered derogatory in Chinese?

In English, the word "conservative" seems neutral. However, the Chinese word "保守" seems to carry a negative connotation (Am I right)? What word should I use if I would like to express the english word ...
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What is this word (audio)

https://youtu.be/i_BYzgl3yEo at 0:46 or at 0:59 a person in background screams out something like "lalatije." What is that word and how its written?
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曲子 pronunciation

I'm usually confused with the light tone thing. Here I have the word 曲子 which according to the Internet should be pronounced as qǔzi. However, I have heard some people pronounce it as qū (1st tone) zǐ ...
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What purpose did "道搿" serve?

I was flipping through The Hanyu Da Cidian when I came across an entry for the word: 道搿 dàogé the definition is as follows: 英语dog的音译。谓狗。 and they provide the reference: 《文明小史》第三五回 ﹝毓生﹞...
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