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What is the origin of the word 鬻?

The word 鬻 (yù) appears to originate as a joint pictogram from: 粥 depicting the rice and two whirls of steam on the sides 鬲 (pronounced lì?) a cooking vessel Later 粥 alone came in use to express the ...
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How can I use 笨/蠢/傻/呆/痴 properly?

笨/蠢/傻/呆/痴 what are the differences and how are they properly used in a sentence? thnk U
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is 璥 commonly used in names? my Chinese friend recommended is word

is 璥 commonly used in names? my Chinese friend recommended is word
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Please see my Chinese name

普 䔒 I wanna know if these are used commonly in names My last name is 全 and a girl. i am looking for a chinese name And 普 䔒 sounds good to me but i want to use a common name.
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Standardisation of place names in Chinese

I have asked a similar question about the standardisation of Chinese places names. A previous question talked about how governments are able to give the official place names (for example: 星加坡 vs 新加坡 ...
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What is N件事? (Cantonese)

I saw the title of a video: 關於福麵嘅N件事. 福麵 is a brand of noodles with a huge 福 writing on the packaging. What then is N件事? Is it a Cantonese slang I am unaware of?
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Why is 了 placed after the object in “你回英国了吗?” and “我去上海了"?

In the following sentences, why is 了 placed after the object? 马大为:林娜,早!好久不见,你回英国了吗? 林娜:我没有回英国,我去上海了,昨天刚回北京。 I have looked at a Grammar Wiki page on when 了 can go after the object, but none of the ...
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which name is better? [closed]

which name is better? for a girl which one is better in pronunciation and meaning? I want to use it as my Chinese name
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Parsing this text from Mencius

https://ctext.org/dictionary.pl?if=en&id=12913&remap=gb#s10096477 朝秦楚,莅中国而抚四夷也 As per the translation, it seems like 秦楚 are doing the 朝'ing and the 中国 are doing the 莅'ing, so why do these ...
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Which one is correct to say “Hello everyone”: 大家好 or 你好大家?

When you want to say hello to many people in front of you, which one is correct to say "Hello everyone": 大家好 or 你好大家?
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How to change default rule of Google Translate when to translate 'you' to '你' instead of '您''?

'您' is honorifics description of 'you', But ususally we may just want to use '你'. I find google always translates 'you' to '您', How to change the default translate rule?
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What is the character missing in 「好吃jing」?

My grandma always referred to me as a "好吃jin(g?)" i.e. a glutton. However I'm not sure which character goes in the third one. This might be regional (Anhui) dialect, I am not sure, because I ...
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How to parse 轉所依識?

From the Lankavatara Sutra: sūkṣmamabhivijñānaparāvṛttikuśalānāṃ Bodhiruci: 能轉一切微細識 Śikṣānanda: 能以妙慧轉所依識 Suzuki: to cause a revulsion in the depth of the mind fittingly by means of an exquisite ...
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Distinguishing a verb from a substantive (执着)

In the Lankavatara Sutra, it says: 能舍一切我见执着. Red Pine translates: "who eliminate attachment to a self." Suzuki translates: "to keep themselves properly away from ego centered notions.&...
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Strange pronunciation of 非常

I listen to podcasts from Taiwan for listening practice and I think I hear the word 非常 [fēichánɡ] often pronounced like 飛揚 [fēiyánɡ] in them. Am I hearing it right or am I confusing it with some other ...
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Why does 負 also mean “minus” and “negative”?

The meaning of "negative" contradicts the "Formation Method" of "person carrying a lot of money" in Yellowbridge below. Unquestionably, if a person carries a lot of money,...
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What is the purpose of 赴 (“to visit”) within 全力以赴 (“to make an all-out effort”)?

全力以赴 (quán​lì​yǐ​fù​) CC-CEDICT: to do at all costs / to make an all-out effort Breaking apart this chengyu, we find: 全力: "with all one's strength / full strength / all-out (effort) / fully (...
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Chinese Idiom puzzle 18 (中文填字遊戲)

A new puzzle for May-2021 All or nothing Bathe A modern metaphor for a person’s life with extreme luxury and indulgence, without restraint (有關紂王的典故) Everyone wants to get to a higher position ...
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What is this style of writing where some words are off-center?

I've noticed in a few Chinese songs that, when the lyrics take up multiple lines, the second line will be shifted to the right or off-center. The biggest example of this is here: https://www.youtube....
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Reconstruction of Old Chinese “少”

There are many characters that have the initial "m-" and contain "少" as a phonetic element at the same time, such as 妙, 秒, 眇, 竗, etc. I thought this was a good reason to judge that ...
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Please help translate sealscript written on antique vase

please help translate seal script on my antique vase
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Etymology of 制 zhì = make, manufacture

What is the etymology of 制? how the meaning is evolved to Make, manufacture? Ox + hand kerchief + knife becomes Make or Manufacture?
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What is the translation for 以后还得了?

So I came across seeing this post and I find that I can't translate "以后还得了" to English. But based on my knowledge, this post is saying that her daughter would be very clever if she knows how ...
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What is the difference between 小路,小道?I normally use 小路, as in 从小路走。

I hear them a lot in conversational Chinese, but I can't pick out the difference in meaning. What does “小径” mean used in the sentence below ? Why is it used? 从这条小径走过去。
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Expressing knowledge or skill: 认识 vs 会 vs 知道

I came across several verbs meaning knowledge or skill about something. I guess that 会 (simplified) / 會 (traditional) is used specifically to imply a skill, as in "他会说中文" - He can speak ...
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last lists of characters for new HSK 2021

I have downloaded the last lists for new HSK, and there is somethig that i do not understand : in upper levels HSK 7, 8, 9 the character 之 is presented like that : 5339 之(代) 5340 之(助)! I do not see ...
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忍不住 vs 忍不了 vs 受不住vs 受不了 - what is the difference, and when should I use each one?

忍不住 ,忍不了 ,受不住,受不了seem to be fairly synonymous in Mandarin, but there does seem to be some subtle differences between them.What exactly is the difference? When should I use each one? Could you give me ...
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番薯 as an insult

In Cantonese, I've heard people use 番薯 as an insult to people or objects before, like calling a stupid person 大番薯 or calling a useless object 生番薯. Can someone whom speaks Cantonese enlighten me on why ...
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How to learn the correct pronunciation of words with “sh” and “s”?

I've been "speaking" Chinese my entire life, and I can hear, understand, and reproduce the different sounds. I've just never paid much attention to it. It hasn't occurred to me much until ...
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What's the difference between 遭到 and 遭受?

The verbs 遭到 and 遭受 both mean to suffer harm. Which one is the most commonly used? Are these two sentences both correct? 生态平衡遭到破坏。 生态平衡遭受破坏。 What's the difference between this two sentences? Can I use ...
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Is there any proof that the Taishanese language is related to Gan? Is it from a linguistic perspective?

The Taishanese language is known to be a branch of Siyi (Sze Yup or Seiyap) which is part of the Yue subfamily branch of the Sino-Tibetan family, and related to Cantonese. This article that I was ...
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Any mnemonic for 摔 shuāi = fall & etymology for 率

The word 摔 means fall: 摔 shuāi to fall, tumble, lose one’s balance Generally the fall action comes with leg, although hand also related. any mnemonic or story to remember this? Gugg had given good ...
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How does this 不像 work?

I’m struggling to understand how to parse the first part of the following sentence. 門口不像日本有隔出玄關範圍的高低差,但是通常會有打開門之後無法接看到裡面的屏風或隔間。 It is talking about houses in Taiwan. I understood the first part as ...
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Pronouncing Pinyin “-an” [duplicate]

It seems like Pinyin "an" is pronounced differently in different contexts: Context Pronunciation Example yan/-ian /ɛn/ 言 yuan/-üan, -an /an/ 元, 三 Is this correct?
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What suffix of location is more natural in Standard Mandarin : 头, 面 or 边?

when I use 上 /下 /东/ 南 /里 etc. how do I know If I have to use 边 /面 /头? I normally use 面, as in 书在桌子上面, but I want to be sure I'm right.
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Are there some differences between 信 and 讯?

Are there some differences between 信 and 讯? such as 新华社讯(why not 信?) 通风报信(why not 讯?) It seems they are always the same. Are there some cases where we need to use 信 and 讯 selectively?
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Position of direct object in a sentence with an adverb of degree

I came across the following sentence: 怪不得法文他说得那么好。 Which translates as "No wonder that he speaks French so well". So far so good. However, this word order is intriguing to me. "He ...
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What does 的 mean in 你们在哪里认识的?

你们在哪里认识的? Nǐmen zài nǎlǐ rènshi de? Where did you meet? What does the character 的 mean in this sentence?
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Why add 左右 (“approximately”) to the precisely stated time 25日17时15分左右?

当地时间25日17时15分左右,…… I was reading a newspaper, and stumbled upon the above. I'm puzzled as to why someone would state a time as precisely as 25日17时15分 then add 左右 (= "approximately") ...
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This is a seal on a porcelain piece. I am not sure if it is from China or Japan. Can anyone tell me what it says? (Characters identified: 大明嘉靖年製)

I am trying to read the seal script on the base of a porcelain piece. I am not sure if it is from China or from Japan.
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What is the difference between 碰,触,碰触 and 触碰

difference between 碰,触,碰触 and 触碰?The dictionary differences are not clear. Thanks!
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Still about the filler word 很, after 得

I just learned that an adverb or quality describing how a verb (action) is performed must be preceded by the filler word 得, which introduces an "expression of degree" ("well", &...
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The difference between 左右 and 大概

房子大概九十平方米。 房子九十平方米左右。 I believe, 大概,左右 both mean: roughly, approximately. Why should/must 大概 precede and 左右 follow?
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What is a “sound loan”?

I am going through Outlier dictionary for character 求: 求 depicts a centipede or millipede, indicating the original meaning “myriapod (a type of insect with a lot of legs).” It was borrowed for its ...
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are these words commonly used?:很好 、极好 、非常好 、相当好 、特别好 、十分好、极其好

I am wondering what the differences are between these and how they could be used (example sentences would be awesome!). Thank you!
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What is the difference of 犯不着 用不着 and 犯不上?

why in this sentence is 犯不着? e.g. 犯不着为这点小事生气。 when you use it? why not “用不着”“犯不上”? it's idiomatic ? can you give me example sentences? THANK YOU
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Difference between 位于, 处在, 地处 and 处于?

They are the same, they all mean “be located in (at)...” Is there any difference between 位于, 处在, 地处 and 处于? Are they interchangeable?
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Counterproductive - 起到反作用 - how to parse?

I learned that in Chinese counterproductive is 起到反作用 or 起反作用 I'm trying to figure out what the characters or words mean in this phrase. I know 作用 means result or effect here, 反 means opposite. How ...
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When 亏 is kuī ? when yú?

The dictionary entry for 亏 is: 亏 kuī(or yú) lose, fail, damage, deficient When will 亏 be pronounced as yú?
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Please show me example sentences with 如、若、像、似

How often are 如、若、像、似 used in Chinese? Please show me example sentences with 如、若、像、似.

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