Questions tagged [word]

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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无奈我爱你,How to use 无奈 and 有奈?

The hardest part of Chinese is that one Chinese word has so many definitions. Now take that countless possibilities and combine them into a component word, and the meaning will be impossible to ...
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What does the "hào" mean in "àihào" for "hobby"?

Newbie here. It makes sense that "ài" means "love" in the context of hobbies; you're doing what you love. What does "hào" mean here, though? Is it just a strange pronunciation of the standard "hǎo"? ...
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Words and phrases related magic(like in fantasy movies&MMO games)

I searched through dictionaries to understand magic related words and phrases, like in MMORPG games or Fantasy books/movies. But I'm so confused how to construct a sentence and I really want to learn. ...
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Word that sounds like dumpou or trumpou

I teach English online to children in China. One of my students has autism and cannot answer many questions. When I ask him what his name is, he always says "My name is Drumpou (or Trumpou)," which is ...
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跟您请教一个字(Do you know this Chinese word?)

左边一个 至 右边一个各 怎么念 是什么意思? it would look like 至各
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What other words than 奥 exist for places of reveration?

奥(ao4) denotes a place inside a house,where offerings to one's ancestors are put. It is located in the south western corner of the house. Beside this term, are there further words like this?
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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 complex ...
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What is the definition of 外省?

In the following answer in 知乎, the respondent said the following to a question asking how much it costs to live in Paris: 外省7-8万,巴黎10W+ I would like to know what 外省 means here. 省 means province so ...
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Very frequently used word in Mandarin that sounds like "nica" or "nigah"

I work in a group where I am the only person that does not speak Chinese, thus I hear Chinese conversations all day every day. I've noticed that there's a word which is used extremely frequently, in ...
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Is 笨蛋 a derogatory word?

I have been frequently told 笨蛋 by my friend when we chat in WeChat. The meaning of 笨蛋 is stupid or idiot. However, while we are friends, I wonder whether she uses the term to swear at me or otherwise ...
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Problem with Windows 10 Chinese Input

Disclaimer: I started to learn chinese a few weeks ago.. I just installed the Chinese Simplified input method on my Windows 10 laptop and started doing some tests with pinyin and Microsoft Word. ...
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References: north-eastern Mandarin: xier meaning 'great/awesome/excellent'

Looking for any references here: North-eastern Mandarin has the word xier (perhaps: xuer) usage is same as: 太棒了 i.e.: 太xier了 As usual everyone thinks that it cannot be written & that there ...
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Why is 台北 spelled Taipei, not Taibei?

I just tried to type in taipei in iOS but it didn't return any correct prediction. After my investigation, I found that it is taibei, not taipei, to get the correct pinyin result. However, now I ...
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What does 麻烦你了 mean?

I understand the meaning of 麻烦 as "troublesome" (ex. 麻烦你等一下), but am not sure what it means in this phrase. I've heard that this can function as some sort of apology for troubling someone. Is that ...
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What to mix 会 and 没有 to say "We won't have any problems."?

I'm now chating with a host over AirBnB. She seems to NOT speak English, so she replyed to me the following: 你好,我不会英语,你介意吗 So I tried to reply the following: 你好。我会看得懂中文少一点,可是我不会说。如果我们用信息,我们会没有问题。 ...
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What's the difference between 周 and 星期? [duplicate]

From a dictionary lookup, it seems that both 周 and 星期 can mean "a week"—is there any difference in usage?
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Why does 千秋 mean a swing?

Breaking down each word it means thousand autumns. Why does this mean a playground swing? Is this a local cantonese word or is it used in mandarin too?
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Does a Chinese character almost-always represent a word?

My guess is that (at least) 99.9% of Chinese characters represent words. The possible exceptions are 的 and 吗 -- as in: 的 in "my car" (wǒ de chē) 我的车 吗 in 你好吗? or "Ni Hai Hao ...
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What percentage of Chinese words are 1-character ? ... 2-character?

Within an average Chinese person's vocabulary ... (which may be ~ 30,000 (?) words, but this number isn't important) could you guess what percentage of the words are 1-character, and what ...
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What is the difference between 钱 and 金钱 (and 款)?

金钱 is just 钱 with an added 金 but both mean "money". Are there any semantics or grammar differences between the two? Also, 款 seems to also mean money. I know 款 is usually used after 贷 but can it also ...
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Difference between 借 and 贷

Both can either mean "to borrow" or "to lend". I know you can combine both of them "借贷" to mean "debit and credit". But what are the differences in usage and semantics between those two words. They ...
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Difference between 生活 and 生命

Both 生活 and 生命 mean "life". Both can be modified by "好" (好生活/好生命). Like any language, I don't believe two words ever mean the exact identical thing. If anybody could point me to the subtle (or not so ...
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How to use “ 难道 ” in Chinese sentences?

My questions: How to use “ 难道 ” in Chinese sentences? What is the difference between 你不知道吗? and 你难道不知道吗?
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Who can explain me how to use "就"? [duplicate]

It seems 就 is a very frequently used word. I'm just confused about its use. Anyone can help to explain how to use it?
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Why are there four ways of writing 黄?

My keyboard does not allow me to input them all but I have found four (similar) ways in total of writing the Chinese character for yellow (黄). Why is this and how have these four forms come to differ?
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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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Well-known Synonym: 打墙也是动土

打墙也是动土 http://zhidao.baidu.com/question/70931373.html?fr=ala&word=打墙也是动土&device=mobile&ssid=0&from=844b&uid=0&pu=usm@0,sz@1320_2001,ta@iphone_1_8.4_3_600&bd_page_type=1&...
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Can I communicate without changing tones?

I'm not sure why this question has not been posted yet (I might have overlooked), but is it possible to communicate with native Chinese people even if you don't change its tones? For example, I only ...
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Origin of 天气 (weather)?

What's the origin of 天气? 天, I'm willing to bet is 老天爷; with phrase like 天公不作美 (天公 = 老天爷) and even the government claiming that: 老天爷为何这么给“面子” 专家细解阅兵前后降雨成因 It seems that the idea that 老天爷 is in ...
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Pairs which are of the form AB / BA

I need help with 实现 v.s. 现实 and 罪犯 v.s. 犯罪. I find it hard to remember the distinction between these pairs which are of the form AB / BA. Can anyone help me grasp the underlying ideas/logic/feeling? ...
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Why is 儿 in different positions in "儿子" and "女儿"?

儿 [Er] child 儿子 [Érzi] son 女儿 [Nǚ'ér] daughter So, why is 儿 in different positions in each word but they are both valid?
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How to determine the end of words?

Chinese does not use a word separator. How a novice learner can detect the word's boundaries?
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Is 多早晚 wrong or right

In that site it says 多早晚 means "When". I asked a friend from Singapore, she told me that no one uses that, and it's a mistake. I would like to know if you use it, and in which context. https://...
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What is Chinese for CFD (Contract for Difference)?

Is there a term for CFD (Contract for Difference in stock trading) in Chinese? I googled it but could not find anything.
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Are 耳光 and 巴掌 the same?

There is this sentence in this story 沙漠里的朋友: 今天我的好朋友打了我一巴掌. Here, can I replace 巴掌 with 耳光?
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What is the meaning behind 华胄 ?

I found the sentence 他是华胄,所以气质不凡. It is been translated as "He is the offspring of a noble family, thus his character is not a common one". I also found for 华胄 the translation "offspring of the ...
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Is "谐仿" an actual word in Chinese?

The English Wiktionary lists "谐仿" (xiéfǎng) as a translation for the English word "parody". But my other dictionaries don't list it and also my friends here in China say they don't know it, not even ...
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Address people using 生 (e.g. 唐生)

Sometimes I hear people from Southern China address other people using 生, e.g. 唐生 for 张国荣's lover 唐鹤德. I looked it up in the dictionaries and searched online but didn't found any explanation on the ...
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的 with nouns which classify other nouns

Should the particle 的 be omitted among nouns that refer to other nouns, such as phrases like "the plot of the film", "the head of a giraffe", etc.?
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Are there any Chinese phrases that have embarrassing meanings if their tones are mispronounced? [closed]

For example: "问(wèn) ask" and "吻(wěn) kiss" 我可以问你吗? wǒ kěyǐ wèn nǐ ma? It means "Can I ask you?" 我可以吻你吗? wǒ kěyǐ wěn nǐ ma? It means "Can I kiss you?" Could you please give me more examples?
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What is 德国青? 德国青?

In the classic Xiangsheng 《賣布頭》, they mention various ways the street peddlers sing (吆喝) about their wares, among them the textiles merchants sell a kind of black fabric called "德国青". Here is the ...
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What does 战斗机 in this line mean?

他的花心只是为了成为备胎中的战斗机. It has something to do with a guy being a spare tire, but what about "fighter jet?"
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Are there large discrepancies between what Chinese consider to be words?

Looking into the Chinese dictionary I have on my phone, I noticed that 我是 (I am) is listed as a word, while I as a non native speaker would consider this to be two separate words. Whether or not 我是 is ...
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Is "戀"/"恋" a word by itself?

As titled. I saw this lyrics with the sentence, 為什麼全世界的戀我都失一遍? Based on the structure, it looks like the word itself is a noun. If it is, what does it mean? I only know the word 戀愛/恋爱. Thanks in ...
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What does 'duang' mean in 'online Chinese'?

I see this word popping up on Weibo and Taobao. It's not written with any character, but spelled out in Pinyin. What does it mean? EDIT: For the annals:
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Are the Chinese characters really pictorial?

Are the Chinese characters really pictorial? There is a discussion Here. What is your opinion? Please see the link and come back to give your insight. To be specific so that the question would be ...
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Is there any character with radical 月 that has a meaning of 月 (not 肉)?

Is there any character with radical 月 that has a meaning of 月 (not 肉)? What I can find is 期,阴,and 胜,
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How do you learn and remember 左 and 右?

Because 左 and 右 are so similar in the shape, I am wondering how do you learn and remember them? I need a good method to teach.
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Why always go up or down?

We (me and my parents) always say: "上厕所", and: "上卧室", ect. We (me and my parents) always say: "下厨房". Personally my house has the kitchen at the top floor. Why is that?
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Differences: 干,办,做,搞,弄

What's the difference between all these five words? They mean all "to do", they're driving me crazy! I write some example sentences with some of them (hoping that's the right one), just to understand ...

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