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What is the origin of the word 鬻?

The word 鬻 (yù) appears to originate as a joint pictogram from: 粥 depicting the rice and two whirls of steam on the sides 鬲 (pronounced lì?) a cooking vessel Later 粥 alone came in use to express the ...
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Immanuel Kant quote

Immanuel Kant once said something along the lines of ''You can judge a man's character by the way he treats animals''. I can find many different versions/paraphrases of this quote in English online ...
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蘇 (Su) surname Generation Poem

My name is John Su. I am came from an Indonesian speaking family, not a Chinese a speaking one. I need to know of an English or Malay or at least a mixed language website that tell exactly the ...
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How can I use 笨/蠢/傻/呆/痴 properly?

笨/蠢/傻/呆/痴 what are the differences and how are they properly used in a sentence? thnk U
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Reconstruction of Old Chinese “少”

There are many characters that have the initial "m-" and contain "少" as a phonetic element at the same time, such as 妙, 秒, 眇, 竗, etc. I thought this was a good reason to judge that ...
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is 璥 commonly used in names? my Chinese friend recommended is word

is 璥 commonly used in names? my Chinese friend recommended is word
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Standardisation of place names in Chinese

I have asked a similar question about the standardisation of Chinese places names. A previous question talked about how governments are able to give the official place names (for example: 星加坡 vs 新加坡 ...
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which name is better? [closed]

which name is better? for a girl which one is better in pronunciation and meaning? I want to use it as my Chinese name
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Please see my Chinese name

普 䔒 I wanna know if these are used commonly in names My last name is 全 and a girl. i am looking for a chinese name And 普 䔒 sounds good to me but i want to use a common name.
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What is N件事? (Cantonese)

I saw the title of a video: 關於福麵嘅N件事. 福麵 is a brand of noodles with a huge 福 writing on the packaging. What then is N件事? Is it a Cantonese slang I am unaware of?
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Why is 了 placed after the object in “你回英国了吗?” and “我去上海了"?

In the following sentences, why is 了 placed after the object? 马大为:林娜,早!好久不见,你回英国了吗? 林娜:我没有回英国,我去上海了,昨天刚回北京。 I have looked at a Grammar Wiki page on when 了 can go after the object, but none of the ...
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What rhyme groups had “light” labial initials (輕唇音) such as 非 in the Yunjing (韻鏡)?

This page on "ChinaKnowledge" as well as Pulleyblank's Middle Chinese (published 1984, p.86) say that such rhymes were placed in grade 3 hekou (合口三等) in the standard rhyme tables. However ...
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How to change default rule of Google Translate when to translate 'you' to '你' instead of '您''?

'您' is honorifics description of 'you', But ususally we may just want to use '你'. I find google always translates 'you' to '您', How to change the default translate rule?
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Which one is correct to say “Hello everyone”: 大家好 or 你好大家?

When you want to say hello to many people in front of you, which one is correct to say "Hello everyone": 大家好 or 你好大家?
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Is there an explicit/crude saying for bravery in Chinese?

I am looking for something similar to the english 'having big balls' as an indication of bravery.
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Identify this radical or character

Thank you in advance or your help. I am working on a small word puzzle in which the puzzle's creator uses some Mandarin characters. There is one that I have not been able to identify. It might be a ...
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Parsing this text from Mencius

https://ctext.org/dictionary.pl?if=en&id=12913&remap=gb#s10096477 朝秦楚,莅中国而抚四夷也 As per the translation, it seems like 秦楚 are doing the 朝'ing and the 中国 are doing the 莅'ing, so why do these ...
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Why does 負 also mean “minus” and “negative”?

The meaning of "negative" contradicts the "Formation Method" of "person carrying a lot of money" in Yellowbridge below. Unquestionably, if a person carries a lot of money,...
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How to parse 轉所依識?

From the Lankavatara Sutra: sūkṣmamabhivijñānaparāvṛttikuśalānāṃ Bodhiruci: 能轉一切微細識 Śikṣānanda: 能以妙慧轉所依識 Suzuki: to cause a revulsion in the depth of the mind fittingly by means of an exquisite ...
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Distinguishing a verb from a substantive (执着)

In the Lankavatara Sutra, it says: 能舍一切我见执着. Red Pine translates: "who eliminate attachment to a self." Suzuki translates: "to keep themselves properly away from ego centered notions.&...
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What is the character missing in 「好吃jing」?

My grandma always referred to me as a "好吃jin(g?)" i.e. a glutton. However I'm not sure which character goes in the third one. This might be regional (Anhui) dialect, I am not sure, because I ...
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Chinese Languages With Multi-syllabic Readings Of Single Characters

Are there any Chinese langauges (topolects/dialects) that have multi-syllablic readings for single Characters? Like, Japanese for instance has a lot of multi-syllablic readings for single Characters e....
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I don't understand why 老外 and 洋人 mean what they mean

老外 - foreigner 洋人 - westerner Why does each individual character mean? When I combine the definitions, it doesn't make much sense. Also, which one is more common?
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Strange pronunciation of 非常

I listen to podcasts from Taiwan for listening practice and I think I hear the word 非常 [fēichánɡ] often pronounced like 飛揚 [fēiyánɡ] in them. Am I hearing it right or am I confusing it with some other ...
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How can I answer the question “你什么时候开始学中文的?”

How can I answer the question "你什么时候开始学中文的?" I cannot answer the "什么时候" questions. Can anybody help me please?
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What is the purpose of 赴 (“to visit”) within 全力以赴 (“to make an all-out effort”)?

全力以赴 (quán​lì​yǐ​fù​) CC-CEDICT: to do at all costs / to make an all-out effort Breaking apart this chengyu, we find: 全力: "with all one's strength / full strength / all-out (effort) / fully (...
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Chinese Idiom puzzle 18 (中文填字遊戲)

A new puzzle for May-2021 All or nothing Bathe A modern metaphor for a person’s life with extreme luxury and indulgence, without restraint (有關紂王的典故) Everyone wants to get to a higher position ...
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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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What is this style of writing where some words are off-center?

I've noticed in a few Chinese songs that, when the lyrics take up multiple lines, the second line will be shifted to the right or off-center. The biggest example of this is here: https://www.youtube....
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Please help translate sealscript written on antique vase

please help translate seal script on my antique vase
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What is the difference between 小路,小道?I normally use 小路, as in 从小路走。

I hear them a lot in conversational Chinese, but I can't pick out the difference in meaning. What does “小径” mean used in the sentence below ? Why is it used? 从这条小径走过去。
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What is the translation for 以后还得了?

So I came across seeing this post and I find that I can't translate "以后还得了" to English. But based on my knowledge, this post is saying that her daughter would be very clever if she knows how ...
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Etymology of 制 zhì = make, manufacture

What is the etymology of 制? how the meaning is evolved to Make, manufacture? Ox + hand kerchief + knife becomes Make or Manufacture?
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Expressing knowledge or skill: 认识 vs 会 vs 知道

I came across several verbs meaning knowledge or skill about something. I guess that 会 (simplified) / 會 (traditional) is used specifically to imply a skill, as in "他会说中文" - He can speak ...
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Unknown painting of a lady

I bought a painting on a French flee-market and and I would very much like to know who the painter is. The text is translate by someone who is very good at translating Chinese text and seals, but she ...
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last lists of characters for new HSK 2021

I have downloaded the last lists for new HSK, and there is somethig that i do not understand : in upper levels HSK 7, 8, 9 the character 之 is presented like that : 5339 之(代) 5340 之(助)! I do not see ...
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How do you say “Do you speak Chinese?” in Mandarin and Cantonese?

I realize that it is fairly easy to Google it but I'd never know how to pronounce it. Are there any audio recordings out there?
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Explanation for simplification of 遙

Why is 遙 simplified into 遥? The second does not really look simpler - except in this unfortunate digital form that I now see that certainly was of no consideration to those who enacted simplification -...
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Why add 左右 (“approximately”) to the precisely stated time 25日17时15分左右?

当地时间25日17时15分左右,…… I was reading a newspaper, and stumbled upon the above. I'm puzzled as to why someone would state a time as precisely as 25日17时15分 then add 左右 (= "approximately") ...
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忍不住 vs 忍不了 vs 受不住vs 受不了 - what is the difference, and when should I use each one?

忍不住 ,忍不了 ,受不住,受不了seem to be fairly synonymous in Mandarin, but there does seem to be some subtle differences between them.What exactly is the difference? When should I use each one? Could you give me ...
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What is the meaning of …不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求?

I can't quite get the last part of this 专家:这个问题不能一刀切。对于东部的企业,因为起步较早,有一定产业规模和资金积累,所以调整产业结构,提高技术含量,不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。 Can I rewrite the last bit thus: 不断向产业链的高端提升是发展趋势的要求。= 发展趋势的要求是不断向产业链的高端的提升。 ...
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How to learn the correct pronunciation of words with “sh” and “s”?

I've been "speaking" Chinese my entire life, and I can hear, understand, and reproduce the different sounds. I've just never paid much attention to it. It hasn't occurred to me much until ...
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番薯 as an insult

In Cantonese, I've heard people use 番薯 as an insult to people or objects before, like calling a stupid person 大番薯 or calling a useless object 生番薯. Can someone whom speaks Cantonese enlighten me on why ...
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What's the difference between 遭到 and 遭受?

The verbs 遭到 and 遭受 both mean to suffer harm. Which one is the most commonly used? Are these two sentences both correct? 生态平衡遭到破坏。 生态平衡遭受破坏。 What's the difference between this two sentences? Can I use ...
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Chinese character decomposition

I found that many (most?) Chinese characters look like they're composed of more primitive ones, like: 做 = 亻十口夂 你 = 亻尔 吃 = 卩乙 and so on. I this a real phenomenon or just my European imagination? If it ...
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Is there any proof that the Taishanese language is related to Gan? Is it from a linguistic perspective?

The Taishanese language is known to be a branch of Siyi (Sze Yup or Seiyap) which is part of the Yue subfamily branch of the Sino-Tibetan family, and related to Cantonese. This article that I was ...
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How does this 不像 work?

I’m struggling to understand how to parse the first part of the following sentence. 門口不像日本有隔出玄關範圍的高低差,但是通常會有打開門之後無法接看到裡面的屏風或隔間。 It is talking about houses in Taiwan. I understood the first part as ...
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Any mnemonic for 摔 shuāi = fall & etymology for 率

The word 摔 means fall: 摔 shuāi to fall, tumble, lose one’s balance Generally the fall action comes with leg, although hand also related. any mnemonic or story to remember this? Gugg had given good ...
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What is the difference between 碰,触,碰触 and 触碰

difference between 碰,触,碰触 and 触碰?The dictionary differences are not clear. Thanks!
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What suffix of location is more natural in Standard Mandarin : 头, 面 or 边?

when I use 上 /下 /东/ 南 /里 etc. how do I know If I have to use 边 /面 /头? I normally use 面, as in 书在桌子上面, but I want to be sure I'm right.

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