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Understanding glyph origin of 勤 better

I have the following etymology from Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters: 勤 qín is composed of 堇 jǐn “a type of ancient punishment in which fire was used to dry a person out” and 力 “force, power, ...
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Glyph origin for 㐆 and Mnemonic for 殷

Came across through the word 殷勤. could you please help with Glyph origin for : 㐆yǐn to follow, to trust to, to put confidence in, to depend on, to turn around Any any mnemonic to remember this? 殷 yīn ...
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What's the opposite of 不安?

不安 (bù​ān)​ CC-CEDICT: unpeaceful / unstable / uneasy / disturbed / restless / worried Sometimes I want to use the opposite adjective to 不安 (with the meaning 不不安), but I'm not sure what to use. It's ...
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很 as a filler word?

Beginner's question here. If I understood correctly, all descriptive words in Mandarin can work both as an adjective and a "descriptive verb", which would be equivalent to the construction &...
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What is the difference between 讯息 and 消息 and 信息?

I'd like to know what is the most common word for a "message", like a SMS or just a message you receive on internet
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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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Pronunciation of 妨碍 (fáng'ài)

For any pronunciation the tone is on the vowel in sequence of a, e, i, o,u which appears first.If it is a two character word, there will not be any symbol between two characters. But in 妨碍 (fáng'ài), ...
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What is the difference between 折磨 and 煎熬?

the meaning are almost the same,but 她折磨我✔ 她煎熬我✘ 我的内心很折磨✘ 我的内心很煎熬✔ 我被受中文折磨✅ 煎熬✅ 中文让我感到十分煎熬✅ 十分折磨❓ is a bit strange 为什么会这样?
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Understanding the glyph origin of 占

I have the following etymology from Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters: 占 depicts cracks (卜) in a turtle shell and a hole (口) drilled into the shell during the divination process. Its original ...
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Difference between 一点也不and 一点都不

Is there any rule in the phrase "一点也/都不..." when you should use 都 instead of 也 or can you simply use them interchangeably?
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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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Meaning of 有步骤地

I stumbled upon this text extolling the work of the Communist Party. It states: 此后,党在各个方面深入总结历史经验,制定了一系列正确的方针政策,有步骤地解决了许多历史遗留问题和实际生活中出现的新问题,推动着以经济建设为中心的各项事业沿着正确轨道健康发 My gut feeling is that 有步骤地 ...
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Difference between 柱体 and 圆筒

I get the impression that 柱体 is more mathematical and 圆筒 is more about general "drum shaped" things. Are they interchangeable or is there a distinction?
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Glyph origin or any mnemonic for 蕴?

I failed to remember the meaning for the word 蕴含 yùnhán. Is any mnemonic or story or etymological hints to remember 蕴?
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整日 Vs 整天 Is there any difference?

Is there any difference between 整日 and 整天 整日 : whole day refers to only day ? 整天 : whole day refers to day & night? Dictionary Meaning: 整日 zhěngrì all day along, whole day 整天 zhěngtiān whole day
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What is the difference between 弯身, 弯腰, 俯身, and 屈身?

Are the following four statements correct? Is one of them better? 1屈身行礼 2弯腰行礼 3弯身行礼 4俯身行礼
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What is the difference between 山顶and 山巅?

What is the difference between these two words? Is there any difference? Are they used in different regions?
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How to pronounce 你是什么意思 in spoken Chinese?

Looking up the Chinese translation of 'What do you mean' in my (pocket) dictionaries and in some translation engines on the internet results in 你是什么意思. In spoken Chinese I hear sounds like 'si mi si' ...
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Function of「果」in (folk, written) Cantonese?

I've started going through《男人唔可以窮》. In Chapter 1 there is the following paragraph: 阿爸佢教我好多野,放假會同我去睇精工對南華,去彭福公園睇人放風箏,直到我十六歲果年,有一日醫院打黎,話老豆於行動中,由四樓跌左落一個天井度,送去醫院果時,左腳腳底仲係插住一支八吋既生鐵釘。 I'm quite confused ...
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Etymology of 奇 and 怪

I am going through the word 奇. Mandarin Temple had mentioned, learning hint as “a person riding a horse”. Is this only learning hint? Or is it also etymologically correct? What is the exact etymology ...
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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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How do you use “a” in the chinese language? [duplicate]

For example, If i wanted to say, "A sandwich" or "A car tire" in chinese, How would i say that, and where does the "a" go? At the end of the sentence, or at the beginning ...
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Pronunciation of 什么

什么 (shénme) sounds to my ears more like (shéme). Assuming I'm hearing correctly, is this just a common contraction of this word, or is the sequence "-n" + "m-" generally contracted ...
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临江仙 rhyming and translation of phrase

I was trying to learn more about the opening poem to Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and I found out about 词牌. Correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I understand, 临江仙 is a 词牌, because many poems share ...
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How the meaning is derived for 得意忘形?

How the meaning is derived for 得意忘形? 得意忘形 déyìwàngxíng grow dizzy with success; be carried away by one's success so pleased as to lose one's sense of measure
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For 得过且过, how the meaning was derived?

得过且过 déguòqiěguò without high ambitions, but getting by I noted down the below meanings from context as below: 得 de obtain, get, gain, acquire 且 moreover 过 to go over The components means over.. where ...
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之 grammar and usage

Reading through the text as below. The zhi below is used to modify 路 of 人生? (way/road/path of life)? what exactly 之 in the two places? “每个人都有自己的人生之路,只有把握时间,勤于奋斗,不畏艰辛的人才能走好这条路。要走好人生之路,首先要懂得珍惜时间。” ...
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Why is 很多 sometimes before the noun and sometimes after the noun?

I have sometimes seen 很多 after the noun and sometimes before and I don't understand what the reason is for it being in different places. For instance, here it follows the noun, "活动": ...
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why 没出息 becomes useless?

I am going through the word: 没出息. How not ending/ ceasing out become useless? 没 méi not have 出 chū out 息 xi cease Any background or details how it become useless? was it referring to not stopping war/...
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How to politely ask “What do you really mean?” [closed]

Every now and then in conversation it’s normal for us to have suspicions about the true intentions of a question, comment, proposal, etc., that someone says to us. Having some standard responses ready ...
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Is there any mnemonic to remember 支 and 技?

I am using Flashcards to remember vocabulary, but could not remember the meanings for these 2 words. If you have any easy mnemonic, image or story, please advise. thanks 支 zhī disperse, pay, support,...
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What does 出人头地 mean?

The idiom 出人头地 chūréntóudì means “stand out among one’s fellows”. How to mix the above four words and arrive at the above meaning?
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Meaning of 江山错落. 人间星火

Those two phrases are from this song on YouTube “礼仪之邦”. I have high confidence that I understand the 人间星火. But I am not quite sure about the 江山错落. Here is Google’s version: The country is scattered. ...
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Who knows the most number of characters in Chinese?

I am mainly just curious as to the answer. And it would be interesting to hear if it is different for simplified and traditional. I know there are 80,000+ characters and most native speakers will ...
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How to translate Session?

In a workshop context, I am trying to verblly translate "Session 1", "Session 2" into Chinese. The first word coming to my mind is 第一课,第二课, but we are trying to avoid the ...
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Difference between 整理 and 收拾?

What would be some examples of things you would 整理 and things you would 收拾 ? Are they completely interchangeable or is there some nuanced difference ?
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很有 pronounced rather like hěnyòu instead of hěnyǒu

In an intermediate level class (B1 or B2 level perhaps / around HSK 5 or 6), several example sentences were used to illustrate some vocabulary. The teacher, a native speaker with fairly standard ...
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How are 连A带B and A着B different

他连说带笑 / 他笑着说 他连唱带跳 / 他唱着跳 Do these sentences have the same meaning? and if I change the position between the two verbs, do they still have the same meaning? 他连说带笑 / 他连笑带说 他笑着说 / 他说着笑
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Pronunciation of 对 and 水

对 (duì) sounds to my ears more like /duei/. Similarly with 水 (shuǐ) /ʂuei/. Am I mishearing, or am I misunderstanding how Pinyin is supposed to be pronounced? Or is this a dialectal variant?
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inviting someone to dinner (in cantonese)

I recently came across this statement to invite someone to dinner. 你介唔介意今晚同我食飯. As this is my first time learning cantonese, I wanted to know what the nuance of 介意 is? Are there alternative statements ...
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Should words like 一般 or 平时 be put before or after the time reference?

So, for example, I want to ask — When do you usually do your homework? Should it be 你什么时候(一般/平时)做作业 or 你(平时/一般)什么时候做作业 Crucially, I'd like to know why should it be done the way it should be.
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Why has zuò//láo // in between?

I am going through the word 坐牢 using the Pleco dictionary. Generally they will not keep // in between two characters. But I can see // for this. zuò//láo What does // mean? Can zuò and láo be used ...
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Is it true that the tones of some of the most common words are glossed over in regular speech/turn into neutral tone?

Examples include: 是、去、在、要、就、但、没有、如果 Not sure how to back up this question, except to mention that I've received feedback from natives that I tend to overdo these words' pronunciations (especially 是). ...
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Improve reading speed at advanced level

I have actively studied Chinese for about 10 years now, and I can speak, read, and write at the advanced level. However, my reading speed is abysmally slow. It takes me about 7 minutes to get through ...
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What is the function of 得 in words like 覺得、記得、顯得、值得、懂得、免得、認得…?

First of all, does 得 have the same meaning in those examples? I'm familiar with 得 in other senses like 得到 and 聽得見, but those meanings seem distant. Is it more related to usage like “我唱得不好”? The main ...
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The relationship between 羞 and 醜

Since 醜 is the traditional version of 丑, why is the lower part of a traditional 羞 丑 but not 醜? I found this 羞, (會意兼形聲。據甲骨文,以手持羊,表示進獻。小篆從羊,從醜,醜亦聲。“醜”是手的訛變。本義:進獻) But it doesn't explain why it is 丑.
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I need help with this painting

I found this painting online, is there any way to know who made it?
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grow smaller 长小

https://archive.org/stream/Asimovs_v13n13_1989-12-Mid/Asimovs_v13n13_1989-12-Mid_djvu.txt She watched the miniaturization procedure (she had seen it before) and saw Mike grow smaller and disappear. ...
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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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不自量力 can this be used to under estimate one’s capabilities also?

I understand the meaning of 量 is measure, estimate. But how the capacity also was the meaning? any background, etymology? 量 liàng measure, estimate, capacity, quantity 不自量力 bùzìliànglì not have a ...

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