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What is the difference between 哈哈, 呵呵, 嘻嘻, and 嘿嘿?

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Is there a difference between 愿意 and 肯?

In general they're about the same. They are actually used to define each other in some dictionaries. Colloquial usages might differ, but in most cases you can safely use 肯 in place of 願意, especially ...
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What's the difference between 帐户 and 账户?

账户 is the correct form, and 帐户 is a common typo seen a lot in online services. 账 or 账本 means "books", and 记账 is the action of "accounting". The word 账户 means a "bank account", and is also used as "...
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What is the difference between 绿 and 青?

I am Chinese and I don't think 青色 is the same as 绿色 or 蓝色. For me, 青色 is more of a kind of blue. Personally, blue and 蓝色 also cover different shades of blue color. This is a very common proverb: 青,...
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Difference between 常常 and 往往

Basically they have the same meanings. Now let's focus on the difference, but first wrap your head in duct tapes in case it explodes. 往往 is usually used with conditions supplied. Without any condition ...
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What is the difference between 哈哈, 呵呵, 嘻嘻, and 嘿嘿?

I'm taking my answer primarily from this 百度知道 post. 呵呵 Hehe is the most general laugh, indicating perhaps just a smile. Its meaning is the most vague and in some situations can imply an embarrassed, ...
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Is 目 suitable for daily conversations, or should I use 眼睛 (and what about 口 and 嘴巴)?

In classical Chinese, most of the words only have one character, for example, "目", "口", "道" (道路, road), "卒" (士兵, soldier)... One of the big differences between classical Chinese and modern Chinese is ...
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What is the difference between 王 and 皇?

The generic way to refer to the highest ruler of any country/region is「君主」, corresponding to monarch. If we talk about an English translation, specifically avoiding how these terms are used in China, ...
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What's the difference between classifiers and measure words?

Yes, there is a slight difference (although it appears there's no complete consensus on this). A classifier, in linguistics (not just in Mandarin), is a word or morpheme used to express that a ...
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Usage of word "sun": 太阳 (tài yáng) vs 日 (rì)

I'd like to offer a slightly different perspective from the other answers, and suggest that the most important difference between the two is that 太陽 is a free word, whereas 日 is a bound morpheme, i.e. ...
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What is the difference between asking a question using 是不是 and 吗?

There is an important difference when you actually say these two sentences. "你是中国人吗?" means "Are you a Chinese?" Why do I ask that? Because "you" behaves or looks like a Chinese, but I am not quite ...
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Is there a difference between 愿意 and 肯?

願意 and 肯 are NOT (exactly) the same. Basically, (I). 願意 is on the more positively-willing to do side. 意 has 心 in it, so 願意 means that the person is willing to do it from one's heart. It generically ...
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Difference between 肯定 and 确定

肯定 certain; sure; affirm; (the outcome is virtually a fact) 确定 determine; confirm; finalize (the outcome is already a fact) You can say, "Team China certainly (肯定) will lose to team Germany in the ...
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When do I use 确定 vs 决定?

确定 means 'be sure' or 'comfirm'/'be confirmed'. 我确定他会回来的.(I'm sure he will be back.) 决定 (v) means 'decide to do'. 我决定做...(I decide to do something...) 决定 (n) means 'decision'. 我终于做出了决定.(Finally, I ...
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What is the difference between 时候 and 时间?

Tuttle Learners 时间 a period of time 时间不够, 我没做完那道练习。 Shíjiān bú gòu, wǒ méi zuòwán nà dào liànxí. As there wasn't enough time, I did not finish that exercise. 我没有时间写信。 ...
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Difference between 也都不 and 也不都

The first sentence means All of us are not students and the second one Not all of us are students (thus some of us may have occupations other than students). 都不是 (all not) is full negation and 不都是 (...
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What is the difference between 古怪 and 古里古怪?

This pattern, like you mentioned, seems to be referred to as "A里AB"式 in Chinese. A quick search came up with the following list of words: 糊里糊涂hū lǐ hū tú 怪里怪气guài lǐ guài qì 流里流气liú lǐ liú ...
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自习 vs 自学: what's the difference?

自习 is more frequently related to the "self-study sessions" of high-school and colleges. 自学 generally implies teaching oneself about sth., i.e. no connotation to schools.
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What is the difference between 变成、变化、变得、改变、转变?

I think I really need more context to tell the differences. Sometimes they are interchangeable. 变成 -> Become / Turn into 五年过去了,我从一个学生变成了一名老师 - I was a student. After 5 years I am a teacher now. 变化 ...
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What does 出来 mean in 真看不出来你是外国人?

看出来 is idiom for "appear to" so 看不出来 means "appear not to be"
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When to use 看 and 见?

In Classical Chinese, 见 describes the action that you get visual information. It implies the result, but has no duration. 见 is more like to see, 看 is more like to look (at). In modern Chinese, you ...
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Is there a difference between "几点" (jǐ​diǎn) and "什么时候" (shén​me​shí​hou)?

几点,as the 点 word implies, requires that your answer include a specific time, expressed in with reference to the clock, as in "five thirty pm" “ten minutes past six". 什么时候 is less specific, as 时候 ...
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What is the difference between 鸡蛋 and 鸟蛋?

鸡蛋 is a specific term. 鸟蛋 is a general term. When we know what kind of bird it is, we use a specific term. Otherwise, we use a general term. For example, we call the eggs of 鸭 (duck), 鸽子 (dove), or ...
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Why in Chinese Bible (和合本), "you" was translated as "你" instead of "您"?

"I thought 您 is more polite and honorific and thus should be used when address Jehovah. Why was "you" translated as "你" instead of "您"?" 你 is, in fact, the ...
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What is the difference between 绿 and 青?

First, the color of rainbow should be 红橙黄绿蓝靛紫, NOT 红橙黄绿青蓝紫. The later one is simple wrong however it was wildly spread thanks to one of Mao's poems. In order to explain 青, we also need to understand ...
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Is 帮忙 and 帮助 interchangeable?

帮忙 is more colloquial, it is intransitive or separable. 'A comes to help' translates into 'A来帮忙了' and 'A helps B' into 'A帮B的忙', not *'A帮忙B'. 帮助 is a transitive verb or a noun. 'A helps B' translates ...
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Differences between 咱们 and 我们?

我们 can be used both formally and colloquially across all Chinese speaking regions, while 咱们 appears more in spoken language and more in Northern China. 我们 may or may not include the listener, ...
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Difference: 小气 vs. 小器?

Today they are interchangeable as long as they mean "miserly". 小器 predates 小氣 In The Analects, Chapter 3 (論語 ‧ 八佾) (4th-3rd century BC) 子曰:管仲之器小哉。或曰:管仲儉乎 "Confucius says Guan Zhong is miserly, ...
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