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What is the meaning of the seal in the picture? (Character identified: 譜)

My friend is doing a historical research for her uni assignment about the object in the picture attached and would like to know the meaning of the seal. Since neither of us really studies chinese we ...
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Etymology of 此 cǐ this, these?

What is the etymology of cǐ ? How this character means those, these?
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Criteria of making an acceptable word/character in Chinese

In the English language, the dictionaries are updated yearly to include new words and modifications of current spellings that have been accepted due to common usage. For example, the internet age saw ...
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Is there a good resource for Mandarin or Cantonese terms for motorsports and motorsports news?

I am a big Formula 1 fan so I would love to add some motorsports-specific terms to my studying. Simple things such as "race car" to maybe more complex terms like "slipstream" or &...
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What is the evidence that “Ospreys” are the birds in the first poem in the Shijing?

Legge used "Ospreys" to name the first poem in the Shijing. Karlgren often cites it that way, but his own translation leaves it as "ts'u - kiu  bird." (Book of Odes, Museum of Far ...
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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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I am from or I come from in Chinese

What's the difference of these two and are they used only for the place you originated from?
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how “from” and “since” meanings originated for 自

I am going through the word: 自幼 zìyòu since childhood 自 zì self, oneself, from, since, naturally, surely; private, personal Understand 自 originally a nose symbol. how the meanings “from” and “since” ...
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The ever changing names of places in chinese

One of the first things i learnt when studying chinese was the names of different places around the world. Most of the names from places are simply transliterations of their current forms. This means ...
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How did 中風 become “suffering a stroke”?

I have learned the Chinese names of some common ailments and they are surprisingly very descriptive and intuitive once you know the meanings of the individual characters. For example: 糖尿病,高血壓,心律失常. ...
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Why 看 is used in 我看得目瞪口呆?

Going through this sentence. 我看得目瞪口呆。I was stunned/dumbfounded. 看 means see, why see in this sentence?
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Why is the 多 in 每个月150个多小时 misplaced?

I have a new teacher, and we've been communicating on WeChat. I wrote this: 我大部分时间在自学。目前我每一天花5个多小时在学习,包括周末(每个月150个多小时),不过…… She says that 每个月150个多小时 is incorrect and it should be 每个月150多个小时. ...
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What is this character: ⿺见↷见 / ⿺見↷見?

Yesterday, March 3rd '21, in advance of IRG Meeting No. 56, IRG posted document: IRGN2469, entitled CJK Unified Ideographs Extension H. One of the characters in the document grabbed my attention: Or ...
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如果 synonyms for semi-formal written

I can see from this post that in speaking 要是 is a good alternative. However I am preparing for the 80 hanzi text required in HSK 5 and I feel like regardless of topic, I am over-using 如果. My current ...
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Do you pronounce 敢吗?and 干嘛? the same?

敢吗?= Dare you? 干嘛? = What's up? What are you doing? Do you pronounce them both the same and depending on the context, people can understand what you mean? or Do you pronounce them both a little bit ...
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Chinese Verse: Is “Broaden One's Horizons” a Translation That Makes Sense?

Here's the verse in question, the last verse of a Chines language poem: "如再宽阔些便可知千里阵云怎么写了" My current translation: "If you broaden your horizons, you can learn how to write about vast ...
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What is the etymology of 斥

Learning the word 斥 chì to blame,to reprimand, to expel, (of territory) to expand. What is the etymology and how it is to blame?
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Is this question 你明天想做什么 correct?

I want to ask: What do you want to do tomorrow? Is the following question correct? 你明天想做什么 I doubt where to put 明天 in the sentence and the use of 做 because several other characters can also mean do.
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Glyph origin of 盗

What's the story behind this character 盗? None of the components seems to hint at the sound, or the meaning of 'pirate/steal/rob', unless water in the upper left part and is the bottom component a ...
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Is this sentence correct ? 我不知道会发我们的什么照片,所以就选择这个

你们好! Hi, can you please tell me is this sentence correct?: 我不知道会发我们的什么照片,所以就选择[了]这个。 (I don't know to post which photo of us, so I chose this one). 谢谢 !
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Further information on calligraphy piece? (Characters identified: 斿于⿰坴丮)

I have a work of calligraphy that I am trying to get as much information as possible on. The story behind it is that back in college, I took a Chinese calligraphy summer session course (was maybe 4 ...
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Hi! What is the difference between 忙得过来 and 忙不过来

Are they opposite, or do they mean the same thing? My teacher gave me an example like... A: “工作这么多,你忙得过来吗?” B: “我可能忙不过来.” but I am still having trouble understanding this.
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Why 独 〔獨〕 dú is alone?

I am learning the word 独 dú alone. Dog plus Insect become alone? Any ancient history or story behind this?
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How do (did) you remember the meaning for 迫(廹)?

迫 = coerce, force, compel; urgent how you learnt ?
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Chinese Idiom puzzle 16 (中文填字遊戲)

A new puzzle for March 2021 Steal the bell while covering your ears (deceiving yourself that you are deceiving the others) Revenge one's personal vengeance in the name of official business ...
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What does 晓敏 means

I understand 晓敏 is girls name. Understood. but what exactly that means? 晓 dawn, to know 敏 quick, clever, smart Is it quick dawn? Know quickness? Quick ? Clever? Smart Dawn? Smart?
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Do 形声 words have an approximate or historical phonetic part?

There are many examples of 形声 compounds that have a phonetic component that does not match the pronunciation of the word. Some examples are the 鬼 in 愧, the 其 in 基, or the 白 in 泊. Are these ...
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Is Goldblatt's talk about Waley available on-line?

Is there any on-line source for Howard Goldblatt's article "Why I hate Arthur Waley."?  It is in Translation Quarterly (1999) No. 13 & 14,  pp.33 -- 48.  I have even found pictures of ...
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What is this glyph image for 父 representing?

I am trying to visualise this image for 父. What exactly is this image ?
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How can I say someone is doing their work in a half-assed manner?

The adjective half-assed means to finish something but often without regards to it being perfect. I don’t think 半途而废 means this as it literally means go half-way and give up (and not finish). I ...
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A question about the structure in this sentence

地球圍住太陽轉。 I understand this to be "The Earth revolves around the Sun." My question is: it feels to me the structure/order of the words is a bit strange. I could have said: 地球轉太陽圍住. Can ...
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Why 怕 is afraid or fear?

Learning this word 怕 which is heart and bright. It means bright and blemishless heart like Brave Heart. Why this is fear heart?
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Where can the phrase 给点面子 be used? I was wondering if it has a cultural element that I’m missing

我在抖音上看到一部视频说这段话的意思是“Cut me some slack”但是我觉得有点我尚未不知的文化精神,而英语翻译不完全掌握那个感觉。请说明一下这段话是否有什么特殊!谢谢~
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Why is there a 零 after 块 when you pronounce 1000.20元? It's 一千块零二毛, but why?

Recently I came across a lesson in a textbook that was about money, numerals, and quantities in general. There was a puzzling entry claiming that 1000.20元 should be pronounced as 一千块零二毛。 Honestly, I ...
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Chinese Verse About Boats, Cargo and Munitions

These are verses from a poem I'm working on: "水击船舷,忙碌的号子,时光幽篁/堆积摆放的纸箱里不会是军火/是未沿路标挤进了一艘货船还是怎么." Currently I've translated it as: "Water beating against the hull, the hustle and bustle of ...
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Other than 秘密,are there two-syllable words in Chinese where each syllable is a different character with the same pronunciation?

秘密 is a curious word because both characters are pronounced mì yet they are different from each other. Given that there are so many homophonous characters in Chinese, I'm curious if there's any other ...
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Four-character idioms that contain an allusive pair

I am interested in finding some examples of four-character idioms that contain exactly a pair of allusions, different in source but similar in nature, that were often compiled by a specific literary ...
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difference between 伴 and 配

I am reading a restaurant menu in Chinese and found the usage of 伴 and 配 perplexing. What is the rule? (Or is there?) For example: 咖喱燒雞配印度薄餅及印度飯 and 蘋果批伴雲呢拿汁
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How can 盼 refer to black and white?

Analect 3.8 quotes from the Book of Songs, 碩人 - Shuo Ren which is Airs of Wei 57 in Waley's version.   『巧笑倩兮,美目盼兮,素以為絢兮。』 But the last 5 characters do not occur in the Book of Songs as we have it. ...
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what is the Two-Block Haicut called in Chinese(Mandarin)?

does anyone know what is the Chinese name for the Two-Block Haircut? I heard it can also be called the Dandy Two-Block haircut. It is the one that is popularized by Korea and is shown in many Korean ...
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How are dictionaries of ideograms sorted?

Since Chinese. Japanese and Korean have no alphabetical writing system how do those people sort their dictionaries?
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Is a Preposition Needed in the Sentence: 我只认识一个人有新冠状病毒

If 我只认识一个人 is a complete sentence, and I want to express the information that this is the one person that I know who has COVID, would I need a preposition between 人 and 有? If a preposition is needed ...
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Translation of “go from … to …” / 从 … 到

Cinderella went from rags to riches, but when you are already at the top, fate is more than happy to kick you down. 辛德瑞拉(灰姑娘)从穷到富..., 可以这样翻译吗?"从"是动词吗?或者went怎样翻译?
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Chinese Verse about Mountains and Water

I'm translating a collection of Chinese poems, and one of them opens with these three lines: "山水之间,是说不完的话 / 那山总是高于这山 / 那水又总是低于这水 ." My current translation goes like this: "When it comes ...
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What is the meaning of 省 in character breakdown

I went on zdic.net to find out about 乔. It says in the 详细 section, 会意。从夭,从高省,高亦声。夭,象人(大)行走的样子。本义:高 To my understanding, when a character is of the 会意 type, part of the character might be both ...
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Is it allowable in Mainland China to use Traditional Characters?

I study Mandarin as I enjoy the language and especially characters themselves and I've considered pursuing a future in China but I'm really a steadfast supporter of Traditional Characters. While I don'...
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Chinese Idiom puzzle 15 (中文填字遊戲)

A new puzzle for Feb 2021 It’s better to see it with your own eyes than hear it hundreds of times. It often takes many twists and turns to get what you want Good for others and oneself Boxing ...
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Up close and personal equivalent

How do you express something similar to “up close and personal”? Like this sentence: She likes to get up close and personal.
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What does 老 mean here?

I’m currently watching A Love So Beautiful with Chinese subtitle and there’s a line where the main character, Chen Xiaoxi, said: “就是走路太快,我老跟不上。” What does 老 mean here? Does it mean “我老了,我跟不上”?
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Please, help translate the text and stamps on this painted silk screen to identify the artist and date?

This is a painted silk screen showing a mongolian mounted archer. I think that the original motif was shown on a 1280 painting, but this is, of course, much later (1900?).

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