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Cantonese pingshu?

I'm trying to find a good Cantonese pingshu performer. I would really like to find something akin to Li Boqing (李伯清) speaking in Chengduese or Wu Wen (吴文) speaking in Chongqingese. Something similar ...
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How are consecutive neutral tones pronounced? What are the pitch levels?

I understand how neutral tones are supposed to sound following regular-numbered tones Here is a helpful Wikipedia chart illustrating how the preceding tone impacts the neutral tone But what about ...
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profanities in written cantonese blurred out

I was watching a youtube video published by a famous populist news channel from Hong Kong. The topic was about food and featured comments from viewers saying that it "was F***ing delicious". ...
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What's the difference between a han character and a chinese character?

I was looking for the definitions of 夬 which appears in several languages (4 languages at least apparently) and there is an entry with definitions for it as "Han character" (where one of its ...
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Chinese Idiom puzzle 17 (中文填字遊戲)

A New puzzle for April 2021 Launch a direct attack on the enemy’s headquarters Makes people happy and satisfied (especially when someone gets the deserved punishment) Notorious Extremely urgent ...
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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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Air quality meter name

I have an air quality detector meter. It has the name of the manufactures written on the bottom. What's the english translation? Does this manufacturer have a web page? Thanks EDIT: In the web page ...
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Month-on-month and Quarter-on-Quarter

I know that 同比 is “year over year”, while 環比 is “month over month”, but can also mean “quarter over quarter”. In reality, the latter is used to compare two different periods. Therefore, if one says 環比,...
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What do you call grinds in Chinese?

I'm not sure if this word exists in the states or even in the UK but in Ireland we call extra tuition outside of school grinds. I give maths and physics grinds to a number of students. I am aware of ...
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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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Is this grammatically correct? 我对着红绿灯说着是否一切会好转

So, this weird sentence and a reply go as follows 我对着红绿灯说着是否一切会好转 它们说「我不知道」 I came across it and reckoned it was a mistranslation, but a friend pointed out it's actually Taylor Swift's song that goes: ...
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Why west and wine vessel/10 th terrestrial branch are similar?

西 xī west 酉 yǒu a wine vessel, 10 th terrestrial branch Which word is first invented? Why these 2 are similar with a small line as an addition? Thanks
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what exact image is the basis for the 圭?

The Hanzi meaning for 圭 guī = (old) jade tablet (a ceremonial badge of rank) I checked the images, not sure based on what jade tablet 圭 is drawn, can any one point to the correct image? Thanks
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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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Using this Cantonese particle to indicate past tense

I ran across this 'conversation piece' in a Cantonese study material. 填好地址未? 填好晒。 郵票貼好未? 貼好咗啦。 I found the usage of 晒 strange, because 填好 already indicated the action is done. The same is true with ...
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What does this name mean in pinyin/english?

i'd appreciate it a lot if someone could tell me! id like to know what this name means in pinyin, as well as english.
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Have these two words 牵 and 千, 感 and 敢 the same tone?

Google Translate shows the same phonetic annotation Qiān. Have these two words the same tone, the high tone ā? 牵 Qiān = Hold (hand), Lead (by hand) 千 Qiān = Thousand Google Translate shows the same ...
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比 as synonym for 放?

I recently changed my phone language to Chinese. Someone "loved" a text I wrote, meaning that they put a heart on the message. The phone notification says, "这个人比了个心“, which to me, seems ...
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Wh-questions in Chinese

As far as I could learn through research, wh-questions in Chinese are formed by keeping the wh phrases "in situ", I mean, the wh part is not fronted (like it is in English, for instance). ...
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is there a difference between 電視上vs電視裡?

兩個說法對吧?有沒有差別? I believe we can add both after the word TV in chinese but there must be a slight difference in usage or meaning no? like shang would be more the object and li may be referring to the ...
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What does 苦 mean here?

初,安肅州苦徐水之害,訴於大司農司,大司農司欲奪水故道,導水使東。東則清苑境也,地勢不利,果導之,則清苑被其害,而水亦必反故道為災。 from: https://ctext.org/wiki.pl?if=gb&chapter=415731&remap=gb My translation thus far: At first, Ansu City (???) some sort ...
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Etymology of 策, 朿

What is the etymology of 策 and 朿 ? As per dictionary the meanings are as below: 朿 cì stab 策 cè policy, plan, scheme, bamboo slip for writing(old), to whip (a horse), to encourage, upward horizontal ...
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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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How the 4 tones originated?

My native language does not have tones. Why tones are part of Chinese language? How the tones were started initially? Is it because they do not have so many words? In my native language full sentences ...
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How do natives pronounce the 2nd tone in regular conversation? (Pitch levels: 35, 33, or 434?)

In the thread Do tones change at the end of an interrogative sentence? , one of the answers asserts: SCALE KEY: 1 (low) to 5 (high). So 55 is a high level tone, 51 is a falling tone, 35 is rising, ...
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Loan words borrowed from the middle/end of original word?

I was thinking about 氡, radon recently. The pronunciation: dōng (dong1) seems to suggest that sound was borrowed from the ending of the English word. Wiktionary corroborates this theory: Etymology ...
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How should I mention my Chinese professor in a document?

I really don't know Chinese but I just started to study in China online. I am preparing a report and I need to mention my professor's name. In Chinese it's written as 刘雨欣(liuyuxin), this means 刘(liu) ...
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What does 课文放大镜 mean?

What exactly does “课文放大镜” mean in English? Can I translate it to 'questions for the lesson'? Google translates it as 'text magnifying glass'. After every lesson we have questions for that lesson, and ...
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成语 and 俗语 emphasizing adaptation

I would like to know what chinese 成语 or 俗语 can be used to emphasize the need of people or generations to adapt to the given situation or environment. Thanks.
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好羡慕拍照的人,有这么漂亮的人可以拍: who is 的人?

Google translated this 好羡慕拍照的人,有这么漂亮的人可以拍 as “I really envy people who take pictures. There are such beautiful people who can take pictures.” Context: This came from someone looked at some pictures ...
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If a response to a question was “我很喜欢看法国电影,” would the question be “你很喜欢不很喜欢看法国电影?” or “你喜欢不喜欢看法国电影?”

On a test I had for my Mandarin 1 class, for a certain part of it, the instructions were, " Look at the answers below and write an appropriate question using the V 不 bù / bú V pattern." For ...
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What are some popular Engish songs that have Mandarin translations?

I know a few like: Perfect by Sophie Chen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjKumvgMy7s Call Me Maybe by Dawen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grWp1KzmTYM Are there any others?
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Does 没有办法 have the same idiomatic meaning in Chinese that “No way” does in English?

"No way" in English has a couple of meanings. Like, it can be used to express surprise. Does 没有办法 also carry some idiomatic meanings?
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What is the proper pronunciation of 等等?

Is 等等 pronounced: deng2deng0 (2nd tone and neutral) like 老子、孔子 OR deng3 deng0 (3rd tone and neutral) like 椅子、法子
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Why is the Proto-Sino-Tibetan word for “eight” reconstructed as “triat”, when in nearly all Sino-Tibetan languages it begins with either 'p' or 'b'?

Here the Proto-Sino-Tibetan for eight is reconstructed as *t-r'iat, but no explanation is given as to why.
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Is this sentence right ? 用两个语言把自己介绍

I'm making a video which I speak a few words about myself in two languages. I want to have a Chinese title for it. 1- 用 (使用/通过) 两个语言把自己介绍 2- 用(使用/通过) 两个语言把自己介绍 3- 用 (使用/通过) 两个语言来介绍自己 4- 用(使用/通过)...
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Connection between 甫 and 父?

The following sentence can be found in the first chapter of《清江壮歌》by Ma Shitu: 而且他的经济状况比谁都好,他和他的妻子在一个叫清江中学的教会学校里教书,收入本来不坏,更不同的是他还有一个“吃教饭”的哥哥,在本城天主堂里当神甫,和外国那个主教很要好,自然属于“高等华人”一流,收入是很可观的。 Here 神父 is ...
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吸 read ji or jie?

I know in some dialects of Southwestern Mandarin 吸 is read ji or jie. This is most likely due to the fact that 吸 is made up of 口 + 及 and 及 is read ji or jie in these same topolects. Does this ...
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confused about the character 就

Here is a sentence: 有時我唔開心會喊。之後我就心情好啲。 I don't understand the function of the word 就. In my mind, it is supposed to be 嘅, for possessive, considering the context and that 心情 (feelings) would be a noun....
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What is the meaning of 有本事?

Context 1: - 看我不打死你 - 你打呀!有本事你就打呀! Context 2: 傅文佩!你别躲在里面不出声!我知道你在家。你有本事抢男人,怎么没本事开门啊?开门! Context 3: 怎么着?有本事你再回去你哥哥的公会啊? Context 4: 有本事你开开呀?你敢开我就敢跳! The literal meaning is having the ability to do ...
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中学生 why not secondary student life?

As 生 means life I thought 中学生 = secondary study life. But actual meaning of 中学生 is Secondary School Student. xuésheng is student, so I remember it as student. Why it is student rather study life?
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May I ask for help deciphering this seal?

I am new to Chinese and this seal fascinates me and makes me want to learn more about this complex language. I have looked all over the internet with not much luck! I would be very grateful for some ...
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How do I ecourage my spouse, in Mandarin, to fly free in her job, and assure here we are supporting her and welcoming her home

My spouse just landed their dream job! They start next week and I am going to celebrate their first day. Their dream is to be able to fly free, and high and to always be welcomed home in a warm and ...
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How to translate “这帮丫头片子,也不知道都便宜哪帮孙子了”?

I'm adding english subtitles to some mandarin movies, as volunteer and hobby. How to translate the following line better? The main male character was waiting for his flight at the airport when he saw ...
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Chinese art seals and signature?

I was gifted this rather lovely silk painting back in the 1990s from a friend. It came with some Hokusai prints , thus this MAY be Japanese. In which case, please ignore me. If however, it IS Chinese, ...
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How many people are learning Chinese as a second language today?

I am currently trying to acquire statistics and studies regarding trends and historic data regarding the total number of people that are learning Chinese as a foreign language globally along with ...
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What's the difference between 行为 and 现象?

从(软件运行的)现象上来看,这个问题不影响软件的正常使用。 According to the dictionary, 现象 is phenomenon. I think it should be behavior, but behavior means 行为.
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How salient is the graphic similarity of 戲, 謔, 虐 to readers?

The last two lines of 淇奧 - Qi Yu, in the Shijing as it is printed today are 善戲謔兮, 不為虐兮. Will an ordinary Chinese reader today notice the etymological connection between  戲, 謔, and 虐?  It seems to me ...
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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’s the difference between 吃上饭 and 吃下饭?

I think one means it hasn’t happened yet and the other means it’s already happened, but I don’t really understand what that means when trying to translate into English or when trying to think of it in ...

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