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Is 塔拉費薩爾 an appropriate transliteration of my name?

My name is Talha Faisal when I try to translate my name into Chinese (traditional) language, I got 塔拉費薩爾 Ta la fei sar not Talha Faisal How can I write my name in Chinese?
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What is known about the new HSK 2020 format?

I found a brief note on Wikipedia that since 2020, HSK is going to be restructured. It links to a tweet, which shows a page in Chinese. Is there any more information compared to what Wikipedia ...
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In 立下了汗马功劳, how should I understand 立下了 (“set up”) 汗马功劳 (“war exploits”)?

In many example sentences for the chengyu 汗马功劳 hànmǎgōngláo war exploits; (fig.) heroic contribution[src] we see 立下了汗马功劳, e.g.: 他参加过许多战役, 立下了汗马功劳, 但他仍然很谦虚。 I don't understand this because 立下 = &...
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Is there an idiomatic way to express being overwhelmed by vocabulary?

The other day, I wanted to describe my shock regarding the overwhelming HSK6 vocabulary list (~2500 additional words) to my teacher, so I came up with a self-made idiom 词山词海: taking 人山人海 and replacing ...
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Can a drone make a heroic contribution?

Is the style of this sentence acceptable to Chinese ears? What is heroic about a drone? 无论是在生活还是救援等工作中,无人机都立下汗马功劳。 Can a drone 'make a heroic contribution'?? Or 汗马功劳 here just means:工作中的贡献, basically ...
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Why is the Internet saying 雪花飘飘 北风萧萧 all of a sudden? Is this the Chinese equivalent of Rickrolling?

For some reason, the Internet is swamped with people saying 雪花飘飘 北风萧萧 Xuě huā piāo piāo \\ běi fēng xiāo xiāo For example the HSK Official Twitter account tweeted (the hashtag #...
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What part of speech does 至少 belong to?

From briefly looking it up in a dictionary, it seems to me that 至少 is a direct equivalent of "at least" in English, and as far as I can tell its placement in a sentence follows the same set ...
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Don't both 關心 and 在意 mean the same thing?

I recently learned a sentence: 大家都和關心也很在意這件事 However, don't both 關心 and 在意 mean the same thing -- to care about? Is there a difference?
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Which is correct:了 or 过 in 我去。。。他家,知道他住在哪里

我去。。。他家,知道他住在哪里. I do not know what to choose in this sentence: 了 or 过. In my opinion: (1) 我去了他家,知道他住在哪里. (I had been to his house) (2) 我去过他家,知道他住在哪里. (I had had the experience of being in his house) ...
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word meaning of 回也其庶乎 in Classical Chinese

Could someone explain the meaning of every character after "也" in "回也其庶乎"? I'd appreciate your help.
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In 有一只小鸟真可怜,它在树枝上冷得发抖 why is 有 at the start?

So I am studying this children´s story, and I can´t find a proper grammar explanation. 有一只小鸟真可怜,它在树枝上冷得发抖。 So here I assume 有 indicates the bird´s existence, however in every explanation about 有 ...
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In which dialect of Mandarin can I see or hear 乳酪?

In this website they write "乳酪 ru3 lao4" is a word which is used in Taiwan to describe cheese. But my Taiwanese friend told me they don't use this word, they use "nai3 lao4" or &...
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何处横空出世 - meaning

I am translating an article about Elon Musk and one of the subtitles is called "何处横空出世?". I don't quite understand what 横空 means. I found one translation that said it means some kind of ...
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他们俩的性格差不多,挺像双胞胎一样: Can we use 挺 in this manner?

I am trying to construct a sentence and I would like to know if this correct form of writing. 他们俩的性格差不多,挺像双胞胎一样. Is this sentence alright? Can we use 挺 in this manner?
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Passive object position in 是…的 structure?

I came across the following sentences: 1. 电话是谁打来的? Diànhuà shì shuí dǎlái de? Who was calling? 晚饭是妈妈做的。 Wǎnfàn shì māma zuò de. Mom made dinner. Which literally is something like: The phone call ...
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Meaning of 上 as Result Complement

I look up in youdao and it says meanings of 上 as below : (1) from the high position looking down: 登上山顶, 爬上河堤 (2) presents the result of the action: 穿上外衣, 没吃上饭 (3) presents the beginning and ...
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When to answer a question with 沒有?

I've started learning Mandarin via software and I was curious as to when it is appropriate to answer a yes/no question negatively with 沒有. Obviously, if the question involves 有 then it makes sense. ...
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Chinese word well illustrated graphically

i am working on an interactive dictionary with common Chinese characters. I found the word 乒乓 pīngpāng, the Chinese word for ping-pong (table tennis). I consider the graphic of the association of ...
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Are there any two chinese words which can be used interchangeably?

I have been studying Chinese for a while, and what I find interesting is that no 2 words have exactly the same definitions. For example, 表扬 and 称赞 have almost the same meaning, but there will always ...
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Where should 了 go: 你去了商店买什么衣服? or 你去商店买什么衣服了?

I want to ask, "What clothes did you buy at the store?" Which sentence is correct, or which sounds more correct. 你去了商店买什么衣服? 你去商店买什么衣服了? Where should the 了 go?
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Are the sentences 这个杯子有一点儿水 and 一点儿水在杯子里 correct?

I want to say there is a little bit/some water in the cup. Can I say either of these sentences to convey that message? 这个杯子有一点儿水。 一点儿水在杯子里。
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我爱去饭店吃饭。我想去饭店吃米饭,可是我觉得我会去家吃苹果: Does this make grammatical sense?

I am just practicing writing. Does this make sense? 我饿死了!我爱去饭店吃饭。我想去饭店吃米饭,可是我觉得我会去家吃苹果。
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Is the ''a'' in ''ta'' pronounced as the ''a'' in ''tan'' or the ''a'' in ''tang''?

It just occurred to me that I've been pronouncing the ''a'' in ba, da, fa, ga, ha, ka, la, ma, na, pa, sa, the same. But I've been pronouncing the ''a'' in ta differently. Like the ''a'' in ''ang''. ...
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If I go to a store and the cashier asks “有會買嗎?” what does that mean?

For example, if a cashier rings me up and says "這樣一共是五百元, 有會買嗎?" What does the "有會買嗎" mean and how would I respond? Thank you.
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If 冬 in itself means winter, why add 天?

If 冬 in itself means winter, do adding 天 Impact the meaning, or perhaps refer to winter time instead of the season itself? Or is it because 冬 is monosyllabic and 冬天 has two syllables?
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How did 'velcro' get translated to 魔术贴 ('magic attachment??')

This is one of the most interesting translations i've encountered. The '... + 贴' pattern is understandable, but how did '魔术' (magic) get there? The only other word I know that has been translated as '...
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What did you think? 你觉得呢 vs 你觉得啥

What is the difference between the following translations? 你觉得呢? 你觉得啥? 你觉得怎么样 ? Do they all roughly mean the same thing? Which one is most appropriate for spoken, written, and texting?
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Why is 的 mandatory in the sentence 坐四十五分钟的二百七路

I have troubles trying to figure out why 的 should be present (and its position) in the following sentence: ...,然后坐四十五分钟的二百七路 As far as I know, 的 is used to modify nouns. What is that particle ...
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What's the difference between 懲處 and 懲罰?

I recently learned two similar words that seem to mean "to punish." What's the difference?
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Different accents/dialects applicable to the pinyin “r” sound

When I first began learning Mandarin and was struggling with some of the different pronunciations I heard 2 different representations of the "r" sound in pinyin. The first representation suggested to ...
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Is it okay to use stative verbs in Topic-Comment?

In the topic-comment structure, I notice that action verbs and adjectival verbs often appear in the comment part. This makes sense because the topic is typically an object: with action-verbs, you can ...
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How would I say 'what …' in Mandarin

I think the French ce qui/que says it better. This is what I mean: I do what I want. (Je fais ce que je veux, in French) How would the 'what' be translated?
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What does 一 + verb/noun + 一 + verb/noun mean?

I’m reading 活着 and I’m seeing it all the time. It’s driving me nuts! “他才挠着头一步一步往回走。”
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Difference between 要学习的东西 and 东西要学习

I learned that a verb phrase modifying a noun should precede the noun with 的 in between, like this: 我还有很多要学习的东西。(I still have a lot to learn.) However, I have seen some people speak like this: ...
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Meaning of 老掉牙的設定?

what is the meaning of 老掉牙的設定? I want to say it means something like "overused archetype", but I'm not sure if that is correct. (This is in the context of describing common kinds of characters). ...
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How do I pronounce 用勿着 in Shanghainese?

There isn't a pronunciation for it on Wiktionary, and I don't know whether it is a fossilised or an analysable phrase, so therefore I don't know whether or not right-prominent tone sandhi applies. My ...
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What does 垃海 mean in Shanghainese?

I found this sentence on Tatoeba: 我会得垃海九点钟回来. I will be back by nine. What does ‘垃海’ mean in this sentence? My guess is ‘by [nine]’, but the phrase doesn’t show up on Wiktionary.
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What are the grammatical functions of 一米八五 and 一个小时?

In the following examples, we have a subject + an adjective + a quantity. What are 一米八五 and 一个小时 in terms of grammar? Do they have a specific grammatical name? I cannot find it in grammar books. ...
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Need help in identifying the last character in this image

I have a license plate from the Heliongijang province. I would like to know what is the last character in this image and how is it pronounced. Also, I have seen many license plates which have this ...
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What does 介绍人 mean?

I have the following text: 丁力波的爸爸是加拿大人,妈妈是中国人。汉语是他爸爸,妈妈的 “介绍人”。 What does “介绍人” mean? Does it make sense?
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How can I say basic phrases “Do you mind if I speak in Chinese?” “Feel free to correct me” “How do you say (X) in Chinese?”

I'm new to learning Chinese, I've gone through the Hello Chinese app and feel like my Chinese is still terrible, so I think its time I start talking with Chinese people. I was wondering if you could ...
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Why does “I go” also mean damn it? (我去)

According to MDBG, 我去 is slang, meaning "shoot" or "dang." But obviously, it also means "I go." Does anyone know the etymology of this? Did it arise from people angrily saying that they're so upset ...
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Do most native speakers understand these Chengyus at all? 霽範永存, 亹亹不卷, 巾袖無光, 鑿枘不入

I am learning some Chengyu but after a google search with inverted commas, only a very small number of usages are found: 266 results for 霽範永存; 720 results for 亹亹不卷; 817 results for 巾袖無光; 886 ...
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Why 了 in 走+time+就到了?

I came across the following sentence: 她的家很近,走五分钟就到了。 Tā de jiā hěn jìn, zǒu wǔ fēnzhōnɡ jiù dào le. Her house is very close, only need to walk for five minutes to arrive. Question: Why is there a ...
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Reduplication of Adverb + Adjective in 很细很细

My textbook has this sentence: 是一种很细很细的针。 (1) What is the purpose of "很细很细"? (2) In what kind of situations can this phrase be used?
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What is the difference between 走路, 行走, and 步行?

Are these words perfectly synonymous, or are there rules to distinguish them? Google Ngram shows that they're all used with about the same frequency. I don't like it when several different words have ...
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Characters' original forms that have no independent usage

I came across this entry for 囗 in 季旭昇's《說文新證》: 釋義:城邑。圍的初文。《說文》釋爲「回也」,不可從。 釋形:古文字未見單獨出現的囗字,但在偏旁中多見,學者都釋爲城邑的象形,可從。《說文》釋爲「象回帀之形」,不可從。 He mentions that 囗 is the original form of 圍, but 囗 was never seen ...
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Identifying 紫砂壶 product description (Calligraphy)

I was gifted a 紫砂壶, and although I can read standard characters, I'm having a hard time piecing together this product description. Here is what I have so far, and I'm having to guess a lot: 五四三二一     ...
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Meaning of 的 in 真的?

Question: Is the 的 in 真的 a modal 的 [see resources.allsetlearning.com]? How does 的 change 真? Does it bring some emphasis? I guess the purpose of 的 in 真的 is the same as in 好的 or 有的? See Is each 的 in 有的 ...
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What is the meaning behind 川皇, which is some kind of slang for “Donald Trump”?

On Reddit's r/China_irl, I saw a poll about the US election in November. What surprised me is that Donald Trump seems to be called 川皇. Searching for 川皇 on Google indicates it's not just a typo, so I'...

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