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What's the correct interpretation for 我只和他打篮球?

I'm struggling to interpret the sentence 我只和他打篮球 into English. Is it "I only play basketball with him" or "I play basketball only with him"? Or both ok? Any ideas?
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Why is 饱 in 吃一顿饱饭?

I'm taking a look at the science fiction novelette 北京折叠 (English title: Folding Beijing), wherein we have: 步行街上挤满了刚刚下班的人。拥挤的男人女人围着小摊子挑土特产,大声讨价还价。食客围着塑料桌子,埋头在酸辣粉的热气腾腾中,饿虎扑食一般,白色蒸汽遮住了脸。油炸的香味弥漫。...
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我学了中文了 - is it a good sentence?

Is 我学了中文了 a good sentence? Is it possible to have 2 times 了 this way? Are both of the following correct? 我学中文了 我学了中文 Is their combination also correct? 我学了中文了
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What tool allows a fast translation from Chinese that is both scaleable and exportable?

I am currently limited and slowed down in my progress learning Chinese, that some times I read a text from my textbook and cannot identify a character, because I don't know its pronunciation. I don't ...
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What's the meaning of Haiya in chinese?

My chinese friends often say, Haiya followed by something. It's usually done in correcting a person. It's like, Haiya, don't do this lah, you should do that instead. What does Haiya mean? https://www....
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What does oh jongyi lay mean

Need help finding what oh jongyi lay means.I don’t know what it is I searched it up and could find nothing on it.
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Please help explain: 精神小伙 & 葬爱家族

I think maybe the 精神小伙 seems like bad luck and the other 葬爱家族 is like emo? Here are some videos for context on the internet slang: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMJJoZ4i1KI https://www.youtube....
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How to say “damage control” (to minimize damage to reputation)

Damage control means: "action taken to limit the damaging effects of an accident or error." (Lexico) "measures taken to offset or minimize damage to reputation, credibility, or public ...
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Are there any online etymological dictionaries of Mandarin (not for characters but for spoken words)

tl;dr Are you aware of any dictionaries that explain word etymologies (not merely character etymologies)? Some links/references would be useful. This is actually a collection of related questions, ...
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What 莲 means? does it has a “social” meaning, if it's used in everyday life?

I think that '莲' literally means "lotus" but I heard some people saying that it also has a bad meaning, if somebody calls you like that you should be offended. Can someone explain me why? ...
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Why are there different pronunciations of 复杂?

During a Chinese class, a student pronounced 复杂 as fu3za2, instead of the official pronunciation fu4za2. The Chinese teacher corrected the student but then mentioned many native speakers pronounce it ...
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Is knowing how Chinese Characters are formed common knowledge?

Are Chinese taught in school how Chinese characters are formed (mainly phono-semantic compounds) or do they just bruteforce remember them? At least I know Japanese people don't learn phonetic parts of ...
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Is “白皮书” a good translation of “open letter”?

Looking through twitter today I came across this tweet that says: 加拿大前六个部长上白皮书,要求释放王炳章 Six former Canadian ministers call for release of jailed Chinese dissident in open letter /via @globeandmail ...
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Are pleonasms like 尷尬 common, where at least two compounds share the same semantic component?

尷尬 feels like a pleonasm, for it shares 尢 as the semantic component. Why wasn't just one character, either 尷 or 尬, used to signify the meaning of 尷尬? How common are such pleonasms? What are the ...
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Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese

This is a community-maintained list of resources for learning Mandarin Chinese. Alphabetical Index Add-ons (browser) Apps Books Dictionaries Language Exchanges Lists of Resources News Online Courses ...
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Difference among these terms for student clubs: 队、团、俱乐部、社和兴趣小组?

In regards to their meanings as "student clubs" (at school), are there any differences in the following words: 队、团、俱乐部、社和兴趣小组? For me, I personally find 队 to mean clubs having to do with ...
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Is there an Android app that pressing on words translates them?

I found this popup browser dictionary: Zhongwen: Chinese-English Dictionary. Hovering the mouse over a character, it displays the translation and the pinyin: Is there an app that gives this easy ...
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How to translate “build server” (software terminology)

The definition of "to build", in software, is: the process of converting source code files into standalone software artifact(s) that can be run on a computer I'm working with a software ...
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What does 降维攻击 mean?

The idiom 降维攻击 is quite popular in Chinese chatting rooms. Interestingly, it's used almost in any context. What's the origin and meaning of it?
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What is the meaning of 絕 in 天不絕人?

I am trying to translate this sentence 天不絕人. I tried translating the characters individually, and got: 天: heaven or sky 不: not 絕: end or to break off; to cut off; to sever, to use up, to consume, ...
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Meaning of “去你的头”

I just heard "去你的头" in a joke, and while it sounds like an approving "go ahead" OR "go with your head/what you think" I realized at the end of the joke it's kind of an equivalent of "go f*** yourself" ...
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Why was the rice component added to 气 to form 氣?

气 is an ancient character that has roots in an oracle bone pictogram, but according to this, the rice radical was added in the Tang dynasty to form 氣. What were the reasons for this? What does 气, ...
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How to pronounce '蒙古' correctly?

The word '蒙古' seems to be read as 'měng gu'. But when I listen to others, it seems to be pronounced 'méng gu'. Which is the correct one? And I found it hard to tell the difference between 'měng gu' ...
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Can anyone reccomend me a Chinese female first name?

I want to choose a Chinese name for myself, but I really have no idea how to choose a name that won't be weird. Here is some information that might be helpful: I am a female and I chose 范 as my ...
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How does 再……不过 work?

I'm reading an article about Chinese privacy concerns should TikTok data be handed over to US companies, wherein we have: 事关国家安全,面对任何可能的威胁都必须零容忍。中国人民关心中国的国家安全利益,关注中国企业正当的海外利益能否得到有效保障,这都是再正常不过的事情,...
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How does this sentence 如果你要是查出是谁的话 mean exactly?

The full sentence is 如果你要是查出是谁的话, 一定告诉我. It means If you find out who it is, make sure to tell me. I do know 如果, 如果...的话, 要是 and 你要是...的话 they all mean if. I more would like to understand how Chinese ...
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How does 即 + 使 compound to mean “even”?

Cambridge translates 'even' as 即使, as can be substantiated on ZDIC.net. But what semantic notions underlie 即, 使 with "even"? ABC Chinese–English Comprehensive Dictionary (2003). I can't ...
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Why is 你们爱猫 translated to “you love cats” (and not e.g. “you all love cats”)?

I've been using HelloChinese and one of the quizzes it gave (without much explanation) was something like ni men ai mao ”你们 爱 猫“ to mean "you love cats". However, reading it I thought it was "you all ...
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Most popular Chinese given names

Are there any lists of the most popular Chinese given names, either in romanization or characters? http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/20/c_138721082.htm is an announcement of "the top 10 ...
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Can you help translate my Korean name (Kim Hee-Joon) into a Mandarin/Traditional name?

Need help translating my name Hee Joon Kim into Mandarin symbols for a name chop. In Korea, we spell our last name first when writing our name, so I am looking for a translation of " Kim Hee Joon ...
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五笔字型 practicing Apps?

I've recently gotten into the 五笔86 input method and I am wondering if there are any apps on the computer I can use to practice typing so I can get quick with it. I have a Mac and I've looked for a few ...
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Intonation and stress for Chinese pronunciation

The new book 汉语国际教育用词语声调组合及轻重音格式实用手册 ("A Practical Manual of Tone Patterns and Formats of Stressed and Unstressed Syllables in Mandarin Words for the Application of Teaching Chinese to the ...
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Does the distinction between speak and say have any equivalent in Mandarin?

In English "to speak" and "to say" typically cannot be used interchangeably. You can speak a language but you cannot say a language. Similarly, you can speak with someone but you ...
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What are the parts of speech of the words in 车外的阳光格外的刺眼, and why is this 的 correct?

车外的阳光格外的刺眼. That's a complete sentence. I've got troubles understanding what parts of speech are. According to my dictionaries: 阳光 - sunshine, 格外 - especially, 刺眼 - to dazzle. So the sentence would ...
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Why was 異 (uncommon; to distinguish) adopted to mean the chemistry prefix of iso- (equal)?

Doubtless the non-chemical meanings of 異 are the polar opposite of iso- in chemistry, as in isomers. Taiwan's National Academy of Education Research and Wiktionary blazon this meaning. CUHK and ZDIC ...
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How to do line breaks when mixing in Simplified Chinese characters and non-Chinese characters?

Context: I am working on a video game with a Simplified Chinese translation. I'm not handling the translation myself, but I am working on importing the translated strings into the game's engine. I ...
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Translating as Past or Present tense

I am translating an excerpt of a Chinese short story. In general, do any indicators in Chinese grammar exist that would require the usage of past tense (in English) instead of present tense? In this ...
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What is a good technique for remembering tones?

I find it a great struggle to try and remember tones for all the new vocab I learn, and aside from gradually picking up tones by listening and talking with native speakers, I can't really remember ...
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Why -ian instead of -ien and -üan instead of -üen?

Why are words like 天、面、先、盐 romanized in pinyin as tian, mian, xian, and yan, even though the ending is pronounced [iɛn], and would be better represented as -ien? Likewise, why are words like 卷、全、选、元 ...
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What does 狗改不了吃屎 mean?

What does 狗改不了吃屎 mean? I think it is a proverb. Something do to with god? In my research, is it similar to 江山易改,本性难移?
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I believe this asian artwork is from China. I am seeking the translation of this artist signature! I will include photo of signature!

Could someone help me translate this artist signature please? Many thanks in advance! Picture attached.
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Is there a Chinese term for dramatic irony?

In English, dramatic irony is when the readers'/audience's omniscience means they know something that the characters don't yet know. Irony is 讽(諷)刺, but I'm not sure how "dramatic" might be ...
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What is the meaning of “完败”?

客队0比3完败。 客队0比3完败主队。 客队3比0完败主队。 客队以完败收场。 客队0比3完胜了。 客队3比0完败了。 What is the meaning of "完败" in these sentence?
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How do you say “I'll be a little late”?

I've learned that 来不及 means that I can't make something at a specific time. I've most often seen it used in the sense that "I can't make the appointment at all". How do you indicate to someone that ...
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Changing order of a phrase

So I watched a movie. I thought would be fun to see if I could re-order the phrase. Phrase 1 original: 不能说的就不要说. To: 就不要说不能说的. Phrase 2 original: 阻止他说不该说的话. To: 不该说的话阻止他说. Are the two re-order ...
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What does the phrase “要衝一波囉” mean?

(Alternatively: 當然要衝一波囉) It shows up a lot on the web but I can't find the meaning of it anywhere. Thanks!
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What does “yellow face wife” (黄脸婆) mean?

I looked online and couldn't find an answer. I was told it means something similar to "poker face" here in Taiwan. Do you know what this might mean?
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What does 小时级发射 refer to in 该型火箭具有“一箭多星”发射能力、小时级发射等多项优点?

“快响利箭”海上飞天 长征十一号火箭是一枚四级固体运载火箭,全长约20.8米,最大箭体直径2米,总质量约58吨,主要用于发射近地轨道和太阳同步轨道有效载荷,该型火箭具有“一箭多星”发射能力、小时级发射等多项优点,被誉为我国长征系列运载火箭家族中的“快响利箭”。 海上飞天!一箭九星!我国首次海上商业化应用发射成功!,2020年09月15日 In the above I'm unsure what ...
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can anyone help identify the chop mark please and translate (Characters identified: 一切惟心艁)

I have a beautiful scroll given to me and am trying to find out the history of the seal
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How common are the following Chinese names: 王朋 & 李友 & 高文中 & 白英愛? My Chinese coursebooks are full of them!

Context: my Chinese course uses a series of books (called 'Integrated Chinese') in which the following are among the most commonly used names: 王朋 李友 高文中 白英愛 It makes me wonder how common these names ...

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