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Are there published adaptations of the Analects in Modern Mandarin?

Bilingual (English/Chinese) editions of the Analects seem to be set using standard, Modern Mandarin fonts. And some of the analects are pretty easy to read with a Modern Mandarin background -- with a ...
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Who should be counted when responding to 你家有几口人 (nǐjiā yǒu jǐkǒurén) “how many people are there in your family”?

An early question in Chinese people learn is: 你家有几口人? How many people are there in your family? (nǐjiā yǒu jǐkǒurén) My Chinese text book contains these example responses: 五口人。他们是我爸爸,我哥哥,我弟弟和我。你呢?(...
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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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How do I say “he loves his mother more than his wife”?

So I watched a movie. There was a situation where the main character had to make a decision between his mother and his wife. And he chose his mother. So if I want to express that “He loves his ...
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How can complement of degree apply at: 他喝酒喝得睡着了。 弟弟高兴得跳了起来。

When introduced 得 to my student, I followed the grammar book 100%: It's "complement of degree". But when we bumped into these two sentences, should I still insist "complement of degree&...
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在 in front of the nouns like tomorrow or exact dates and time

Do we need to put 在 before 明天 三点钟 星期五 in such sentences like 早在八月我们就开发了一个愿型,or 我是在1997年喜欢上汉语 or 我在八月到的上海?
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Is there a word for Chinese songs that rhyme like Jay Chou's 迷迭香 and JJ Lin's 伟大的渺小?

Every single line in Jay Chou's song "Rosemary" ends with the "ao" sound: ni de zui jiao wei wei shang qiao xing gan de wu ke jiu yao xiang xiang bu dao ru ci xin tiao ni de ...
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Key Grammatical Phrases including 对,再说,还,要不然,还。。。呢,没有。。。那么, 一。。。就 in Sentence Usage

I have a list of sentences with important grammar phrases. I was wondering if someone could check if they were grammatically correct or not. Thank you very much! 他对数学很感兴趣。 这么早,别去了,再说外面也很冷。 教室里越来越吵,...
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difference between 什么也 and 什么都

What is the difference between 什么也 and 什么都 ? They are very similar. 1, for anything, 2, for all of the things。 1,什么也不喜欢 什么也没意思,2, 什么都要考虑 什么都有意思 BUT! But how do you use them? For example if I want to ...
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How can I say “grade on a curve”?

The Future for Chinese/English Dictionaries mentioned that MDBG doesn't have "grading on a curve", and it seems that it's still rather hard to find a translation for this. A rather literal ...
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Congratulate someone for having a baby

What is the most natural way to congratulate someone for having a baby. I know that 恭喜 means congratulations, but I think also 祝贺 means congratulations. Which one is better suited, or is there a ...
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Why use “i” to represent 自然韵?

In teaching 汉语拼音,the biggest headache is how to explain the "i" after the 7 独立音节 should not be pronounced same way as in "bi" "pi" "mi" ... etc. A very serious ...
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Can someone please help me translate this chop/seal/stamp?

Back in 1994 my mother and I took a trip to Hong Kong to visit my grandfather, a US ex-pat, that lived there. She had this chop commissioned while we were visiting. Unfortunately, I don't have any way ...
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What are the HSK3.0 measure words?

Question: What are the HSK3.0 measure words? I went through the book 汉语国际教育用词语声调组合及轻重音格式实用手册 by 刘英林 [ed.] (considered the likely candidate for the upcoming HSK3.0 vocabulary) and inspected what was ...
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How can I translate 中國傳統社會屬父系社會,以男性繼承世系血脈 into English?

The sentence is 「中國傳統社會屬父系社會,以男性繼承世系血脈」. Should it be translated into the sentence "the traditional Chinese society is patrilineal and adopts a male lineage system"?
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What semantic notions underlie 'hem, margin; reason, cause; karma, fate' for 緣?

p 1194, ABC Chinese–English Comprehensive Dictionary (2003). I can't access the "slightly revised through July 2005" ed. Sset 3 originates from the semantic radical 糸. How did Set 3 (the ...
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What is the grammatical outline of 你英语说得很好

你英语说得很好 How exactly does this phrase function grammatically? I want to say it is topic-comment but I have struggled a lot with identifying such a structure. If it is indeed TC, then how does this ...
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校 - How did “leg-brace” come to mean “school”?

When learning Chinese characters using radicals, this character 校 always seem to puzzle me. I've always known 校 to be school, but the "wood" radical never made any sense to me. What does ...
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Why “体贴先生” is wrong? And why so many people use it?

Almost everyday and everywhere, we heard someone praising a wife by saying: “她很体贴先生。” or "她是一个体贴先生的太太。" If it is wrong, why people kept on using it?
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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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What is the function of 同 in 我哋使唔使同佢準備個生日蛋糕?

我哋使唔使同佢準備個生日蛋糕? The official translation is: “should we prepare a birthday cake for him?” I was wondering why the preposition “for” is used instead of “with”, given that 同 is used. My thought is: ...
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Is /ʑ/ stigmatized in Wu?

The voiced alveolo-palatal sibilant fricative /ʑ/ can be found in Wu words like: thank you. 谢谢 is said to be read: ʑia ʑia I'm seeing many resources online claiming that the reading can just be: 谢谢!...
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Phonetic clue of characters in languages or dialects other than Mandarin?

Many characters are made up of a semantic and a phonetic part. Is the phonetic part only valid with regards to Mandarin pronunciation? Or not even for Mandarin in all cases? Or does it work with for ...
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I have Chinese text in an image, I'm looking for a translation please

I'm trying to figure out what the writing on the sticker means. What type of wood is this? And Name? Thank you!
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How do you know when will the verb be paired with 对?

For example: 我对父母很体贴(✓) 我很体贴我的父母(x) 我很关心我的父母(✓) (The example is given by my teacher but i don't know the reason) Hope you understand my question 🥺
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How do you write “Love Life” in mandarin?

I am making a poster and looking to say "Love Life" in several different languages. I didn't want to use Google translate as it's not the most accurate translator. I just want to give people ...
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What's the term for bank microdeposit, small test deposits that one bank sends to another to verify the second account's information and ownership?

"micro + deposit" can be literally translated as 小額 + 存款, but this doesn't capture the meanings below. How do I verify my bank with Microdeposits? – Wealthsimple help center How do I ...
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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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Meaning of 申诉、申足 in the sentences below

I have two sentences below that contain the aforementioned words: 诗歌后十句写相思之意,申诉现在之思念,措辞前显,寓意深厚。 ”行行重行行“ 言行之不止,致有“想去万余里”“个在天一涯”。三、四句表现极其遥远之概念,以申足此意。
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Comparative Sentences (比较句:A没有B) - Is the grammar of the following combined sentence correct?

This question is about Comparative Sentences (比较句:A没有B) So we have the following two sentences: 爸爸的手机2000 块。 哥哥的手机6000 块。 The assignment is to make these into one sentence using the A没有B structure ...
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Expression “一…就…” - what if there is a sub-sentence?

Example: 我回家以后就预习功课。 回答: 我一回家就预习功课。 This structure is quite easy. However, how would we apply the same “一...就...” structure if there is an extra 'sub-sentence' in the example (i.e. 这一课很容易). What ...
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For 實, what semantic notions underlie wealth and fullness of heart, with trueness?

I can't read Chinese, but if Google Translate is correct, CUHK blazons 2 etymologies for 實: Synopsis : 金文「實」字會屋內充滿貝、玉等寶物之意,本義是富實、富足。 [1.] Elaboration: 西周散氏盤銘文「實」字從「宀」從「周」從「貝」,「周」為「琱」的象形,指琱琢之玉,...
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What's wrong to write g for 漢語拼音 pronunciation of 歌? [closed]

This is a question asked on behalf of thousands of new beginner learning 漢語拼音. When giving a 漢語拼音 dictation test (like spelling test in English) to my students, one very smart student write "g&...
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What's the role of 一 in 听百灵鸟这么一说,她明白了?

I know it's a grammatical role that 一 plays in such sentences, but unfortunately I didn't find it on Chinese Grammar Wiki. So what's the meaning of 一 in this sentence? 听百灵鸟这么一说,她明白了 I suspect it's &...
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Some Simple Translation Sentences Involving Key Grammar Phrases: 是, 像, 过 , Direction Phrases

I was wondering if someone could make sure my translations for these sentences are correct. Thank you very much. Use The book I'm reading now is a birthday gift given by a friend. Use 是 ...
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What does 追行叙功奖励 mean?

我正在查“追叙”的意思,在以下网站查到了词义 https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E8%BF%BD%E5%8F%99/351020?fr=aladdin 追叙,读音为zhuī xù,汉语词汇,释义为追行叙功奖励 “追行叙功奖励”到底是什么意思?
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Original Chinese text to Lau Tzu's quotation

I read this quotation when I was reading some English paper, I am really curious to know what is its original Chinese text: In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired; in pursuit of ...
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Why does 政治核心盘 (lit. “political core plate”) seem to mean “political base”?

《纽约时报》的文章说,他们获得的相关财务文件和法律文件,提供了迄今为止特朗普商业帝国最详细的资料。特朗普凭借在电视真人秀节目《学徒》中的出色表现塑造了自己“亿万富翁”的形象,并从《学徒》中挣得4.27亿美元。这一形象帮助他入主白宫,并巩固了自己的政治核心盘。但是,现在公开的文件对他的财务状况提供了一幅扭曲的画面。例如,2018年特朗普披露自己“至少赚了4.349亿美元”,...
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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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What does 9月26日电9月26日 (“26 September electricity 26 September”) mean?

I'm reading the newspaper 人民日报 here in Beijing, and I stumbled upon the following: 新华社北京9月26日电9月26日,中共中央政治局委员、…… 人民日报, 27 September 2020 (enlarge) I don't understand what 9月26日电9月26日 means. I ...
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What does 灒油 mean if no oil spatters or scatters?

I screen-shot 0:57. I don't understand how 灒 makes sense here. The chef heated oil, then poured on the 薑葱茸. No oil 灒!
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How does “the copula 惟” distinguish the meanings of negation for 非 v. 不?

ABC Chinese–English Comprehensive Dictionary (2003). I can't access the "slightly revised through July 2005" ed. p 253. I understand copulas for English, but not for Chinese here. Anyways, ...
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What Chinese characters for “ching wong but jeep” (Roughly: There is no one to keep things going)?

Man Sing Lee of Mott 32 So Toronto and Vancouver’s Chinese food culture is starting to be “ching wong but jeep” (Roughly: There is no one to keep things going). Toronto and Vancouver used to compete ...
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Subordination in Chinese

Linguists claim that subordination is universal across the world languages. Subordination in English looks can be understood by looking into these examples: I know a person who has a dog I know a ...
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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'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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Does anyone knows a 'Leo' surname transliterated from the 劉/刘 characters?

Grandfather from Macau, China came to the Philippines when he was only 13 years old. His name in my Dad's birth certificate is 'Leo Suening'. yDNA (paternal test) results points me to the Liu/劉/刘 ...
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Can somebody translate this seal script, please?

I am researching about a Chinese poet who wrote in Spanish as "A. Kuan Veng". This is surely an approximation of his name in Spanish, however, in his seal appear four characters: I am pretty ...
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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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