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Similarities between Japanese 四字熟語 and Chinese 成语?

I have been learning Japanese 四字熟語 as a passtime for sometime and I would like to know whether most of them can be used verbatim in Chinese or if there are Japanese-made yojijukugo which cannot be ...
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Number of phonemic vowels in Middle Chinese

How many phonemic vowels are there in Middle Chinese? I'm interested in this question because Shanghainese has 16 phonological vowel/12 phonemic vowels, and was wondering if it had innovated more ...
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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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Has there ever been an English translation of 《輶軒》“Fangyan”?

《輶軒使者絕代語釋別國方言》has a couple of different names including《方言》and《揚子方言》. In English it mostly just gets called Fangyan. The entire Chinese text has been put up on ctext. As the first Chinese ...
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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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Retention of 其 as a modal particle in modern Chinese

There is a recent Chinese Stack Exchange question on the significance of 其 in 尤其, given the meaning of the word is largely contributed by 尤. I am quite confident that some of the answers in the thread ...
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Trying to translate signature and stamp for Chinese print (Characters identified: 戊午九月石年)

Trying to find the origin of this print and the translation of the signature and seal.
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Does 䁤=香季切 and 侐=火季切 being separate 小韻s in 廣韻 imply anything?

Link Is it something related to 重紐? If not, how can I interpret this?
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Which came first? Chinese 蘑菇 or Mongolian мөөг?

Wiktionary isn't certain whether the Chinese 蘑菇 (mógū) is a loanword from Mongolian мөөг (möög) or vice-versa. Both mean "mushroom" and are pronounced very similarly so there's clearly some ...
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Comparing 到 and 得 to emphasize results

I am trying to understand the usage of 到 and 得 when used to emphasize results. Take, for example, the lyrics from "吻别": 我的世界開始下雪 冷得讓我無法多愛一天 In this adjective + 得 + clause construction, can ...
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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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Can the 的 particle ever function without “nominalizing”?

From my answer in What is the meaning of 的 in “有一天你会明白的”? and according to Charles N. Li, Sandra A. Thompson - Mandarin Chinese: A Functional Reference Grammar, I believed the function of the particle ...
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Data on the endangerment of Southwestern Mandarin?

I'm looking for some data on the endangerment of Southwestern Mandarin. Since it is rather a broad subject, it can be broken down to the Cheng–Yu 成渝 branch as it is quite representative of the ...
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What did Liu Cixin mean here?

In a postscript to the American edition of The Three-Body Problem / 三体, the author says: In science fiction, humanity is often described as a collective. In this book, a man named “humanity” ...
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Any evidence for z(h)uang (这么) and luang (那么)?

I keep hearing: zuang [tsuaŋ] and luang [Ĩuaŋ] for 这么 and 那么, respectively. I believe it is Minjiang dialect (岷江话, 岷江小片). I've flipped through a couple of books I have but I haven't been able ...
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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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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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Why don't people use 專名號 to avoid ambiguity?

For example, consider the following sentence: 大多數真核細胞有高爾基體。 For those who are unfamiliar with biology, he/she may not know if 高爾基體 should be understood as (高爾)(基體) or (高爾基)(體)。Two avoid confusion, it ...
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Chinese transliterated place names

I am looking for a database of place names which would be non-Chinese place names listing their transliteration into Chinese. When I view Google Maps on my iPhone with the phone language set to ...
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Complete list of Chinese Input Methods in current use

This is a technical computer-orientated question. I have found this list of Chinese (and a few other) input methods below, from https://github.com/chinese-opendesktop/cin-tables , from which I am ...
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Please help identify this signature and seal

I have 2 art sketches my grandfather brought home from WW2. I think the signature is Chinese and would like to know if this is true and what it says. I’d be grateful for any help.
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Subject + predicate as topic and prepositional phrases

I found this sentence while doing some listening practice: 长时间看电脑,对眼睛不好。 At first, I didn't understand why 长时间, expressing duration, is at the beginning of the sentence acting as topic 长时间看电脑, since I ...
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Cantonese Joke About Dealing With Mandarin Elitists?

Came across this on Reddit/Jokes today An Englishman is hiking in Scotland and he pauses to drink from a stream. A passing shepherd calls out "Dinnae drink frae that, it's all fulla coo piss an ...
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Are verbs more difficult than nouns in Chinese?

Generally speaking,verbs need more grammar explanations, but nouns don't. Does it mean that verbs are more difficulty than nouns or vice vasa?
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Chinese-characters learning software for Ubuntu (Linux)

I am looking for a software that shows a Chinese alphabet/word on my desktop with its pinyin and meaning in English, and each day it will give a different word. Since I am using a Linux (Ubuntu 18.04) ...
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How is the AP Chinese Exam structured?

Sorry if this is not the place to post this question, but I've been scouring the internet and cannot find a reliable source that explains the test in an understandable way. How is each part of the ...
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Can you help me to decipher these 2 prints from the same seal

These are the 2 sides of the same seal. One yin and one Yang
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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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Looking for an dict API with pinyin, characters, translation

For an iOS app development project I need a web API (or offline data collection is well also) where I can get a dictionary (at least 5000 words). Each entry should contain the pinyin, the chinese ...
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What these seals characters means? (Characters identified: 讀書志在聖賢 爲官心存君國)

I have this seal but i really dont know what means these characters, If somebody can help me to translate i would appreciate.
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Does anyone know what these characters means?

My name is Javier. Im writting because i don t understand what a seal inscription would be traslated. if anyone could hel`me i woul appreciate very much. Regards.
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What semantic field underlies 尚?

ABC Chinese–English Comprehensive Dictionary (2003), p 799. I can't access the "slightly revised through July 2005" ed. CUHK doesn't expound what semantic notions underlie all 4 definitions,...
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What semantic field underlies 治?

p 1263, ABC Chinese–English Comprehensive Dictionary (2003). I can't access the "slightly revised through July 2005" ed. CUHK doesn't expound what semantic notions underlie all 7 ...
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Composed forms of radicals in unicode

Unicode appears to define the composed forms of some radicals (e.g. 725C 牜or 2EA9 ⺩), but far from all (e.g. the left-half version of 6728 木). Yet there are texts (e.g. figure 18.7 in chapter 18 of ...
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Meaning of 说话人最可能 **是** 什么关系?

是,有 Would you please let me know if in this sentence "说话人最可能 是 什么关系?", we can use 有 instead of 是 to be read as: 说话人最可能 有 什么关系?
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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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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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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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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 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 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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Are there some differences between 信 and 讯?

Are there some differences between 信 and 讯? such as 新华社讯(why not 信?) 通风报信(why not 讯?) It seems they are always the same. Are there some cases where we need to use 信 and 讯 selectively?
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What does 的 mean in 你们在哪里认识的?

你们在哪里认识的? Nǐmen zài nǎlǐ rènshi de? Where did you meet? What does the character 的 mean in this sentence?
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了解, 理解, 讲解 usage in the same sentence

This is from a native speaker: 完整讲解请至官网收看. Would 了解 and 理解 be suitable to be used in place of 讲解? for example: 完整了解请至官网收看 完整理解请至官网收看
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what is the use of 前面 in this sentence

That depends on what you're using the computers for. - 那得看你坐在电脑前面做什么 Why do we use 前面 in this sentence. I thought 前面 was infront, why is there a location in a sentence involving use of something? ...
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A Translation of, “A Forgotten,Yet Deeply Engraved Memory, Left It’s Mark In The Depths Of My Mind.”

So, I have an assignment due where i have to write an short poem in chinese... It's for a test grade so it HAS to be as accurate as possible. But, since i've only been studying chinese for about 3-ish ...
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In 淘, how does its semantic component 氵appertain to 'naughty'?

淘's semantic compound is 氵 (“water”). But how does "water" relate to "naughty; mischievous"? Above is Yellowbridge. Below is CUHK.
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How does 翻's 2021 meanings appertain to 羽?

I don't understand how 羽 (wings) relate to the 8 definitions of 翻 below. What's the semantic field of 翻? How does 羽 (wings) relate to 翻's semantic field? Above is Yellowbridge. Below is Oxford ...
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How does 雅's 2021 meanings appertain to 隹?

I don't understand how 隹 relates to definitions A-C below. Definition A.1. Are short-tailed birds standard in China? I'm no ornithologist. Definition A.2. Again, I don't deal with birds. I'm ...

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