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What is the meaning of 带着 in 红的辣中带着甜?

家乡的萝卜有青、红、紫三种。三种萝卜看起来赏心悦目,吃起来,青的甜中带点儿辣,红的辣中带着甜,紫的像山泉般清淡可口。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 19. Please help me understand this part: 红的辣中带着甜. I have reached into that point: 红的(...
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What is the meaning of 都 in a structure of 连 什么 都 = 连 ... 都 = even ... sth?

I've quoted the following sentences from here. 这个 问题 太 简单 了 ,连 三岁 小孩 都 知道 。 This question is so easy that even a three-year-old kid knows the answer. For me, I think that removing 都 from this ...
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What do the combination of these characters on this ring mean

Could you tell me what my rings says
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What is the sentence structure when 有 is followed by a verb?

According to both the dictionary (Pleco) and the grammar rules (Chinese Grammar Wiki) it seems that 有 (or 没有) should typically be used in a combination 有 + object and expresses either possession or ...
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Does 澄清 ("to clarify") also mean 解决 ("to resolve" [a problem])?

澄清: 「形」(水)清澈。 「动」使清楚;弄明白。 In revising the word 澄清, I found multiple examples on YouDao where it means something along the lines of 解决 (to resolve [a problem]), such as: 这就澄清了问题。 今晚乔布斯彻底地澄清了这个问题。 ...
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What means 你跟以前一样的是 sentence?

I understand this design, but I saw such a case . I do not understand why is 是 at the end of the sentence . Can you explain please
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What does 气场全开 mean?

Reading a sentence "37岁秦岚登T台走秀气场全开秀迷人天鹅颈", I check online the meaning of the idiom 气场全开,which is given as 自己不说话,站在那里别人都怕自己 (you scare the other people with your silence), but that sounds ...
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How can I understand 十二建除择日 in Feng Shui?

Or if you can indicate a site or book in English about Feng Shui that talks about this. 十二建除择日又可称为十二建星择日,这十二颗星分别为:建、除、满、平、定、执、破、危、成、收、开、闭。 Can someone please help me translate?
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“陈旧”这个词一定是贬义词吗?

陈旧:(形容词)旧;过时的 在复习、学习HSK7~9级词汇时,我遇到了“陈旧”这个词。我认为“陈旧”是贬义词,即陈旧的东西一定有什么缺点,比如它已经被淘汰掉了或者不再被人接受的,所以你不应该使用它,或者至少有着更好的选择。 我找到的例句包括这样的搭配: 陈旧的观念(或信念) 陈旧的设备 陈旧的信息 陈旧的词语 这些例子都和我的假设一致的:“陈旧”是贬义词。可是,我在这里也遇到了一些这类的句子:...
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Why does 虧得 mean fortunately, how fortunate? Not UNfortunately, how UNfortunate?

虧得 fortunately / luckily / (sarcastic) fancy that, how fortunate! 虧 得 literally translates to "deficit, deficiency" + "get, obtain". In general, obtaining a deficit or deficiency ...
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when used with verbs just 好 and when 好了?

I can't figure out when to use these words. It seems to me that both of them mean that the action has completed. And yet one of them means a "positive" result.
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How can I parse 才一直追不上地球的运转?

I've been trying to translate the 2nd following sentence. 怕我会把航线图弄反 才一直追不上地球的运转 The google translate shows the following sentence translating it. It has been unable to keep up with the rotation of ...
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How does 去 in 去做 work?

他完全有能力做好这件事,但他没有认真去做。 He was perfectly capable of doing it well, but he didn't take it seriously.(This English sentence was gained from google translate just pasting the above sentence on it.) I've ...
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How should I interpret this 吧 in the sentence "好,那咱们一起去吧" ?

A:我们去吃午饭,你也一起去吗? B:好,那咱们一起去吧。 I translated above sentences as follows using a dictionary and the text book which gave those sentences. A: We are going to eat lunches, Do you also come together (with ...
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Parsing "的" as adjective suffix?

判断学校好坏的标准有很多,不过我认为老师的水平的最主要的。 I've interpreted above sentence as follows using ungrammatical English for reading Chinese with ease. Judging a school's good points and bad points 's criteria there ...
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Why is 者 (person) in 再者 (moreover; besides)?

CC-CEDICT: 再者 (zài​zhě) moreover / besides The 者 is confusing me. If we break 再者 down into its characters, we get 再 (again; then; further) and 者 (that which; he who, she who; those who). 再 makes ...
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How does 果不其然 mean "just as expected"?

CC-CEDICT: 果不其然 (guǒ​bù​qí​rán​) just as expected / told you so The 不 in 果不其然 is confusing me. If we break 果不其然 down into its characters, we get: 果 = result; 不 = not; 其 = its; 然 = like this; the 不 ...
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How is the term 盎格鲁撒克逊人 used?

In some Indo-European languages, including Greek, French, Russian etc., but not in English, the term Anglo-Saxons or Anglosaxons is used very often to describe the alliance of the English-speaking ...
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Why native say 我说汉语说得很好 not 我很好地说汉语

I want to say: I speak very good Chinese. Can I also say 我很好地说汉语? How to understand the differences in meaning? Thank you.
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Why 致 in "一致" (unanimous)?

一 makes sense to me, because it means "one". Collins Dictionary defines '一致' as 'unanimous', which itself originates ["from Latin unanimus "of one mind, in union," from Latin ...
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What does this Chinese seal translate to?

I have just recently bought this from a antique shop nearby and would like to know what it translates too Thanks! :)
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Why does a "foot (止) kicking a person (人)" mean `here" (此)?

I am asking just about meaning (2) below. Meaning (2) flabbergasted me, because "here" is a bloodless, unbiased, and uncommitted adverb. But "foot (止)) kicking a person (人)" is ...
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How to literally translate this sentence: 志愿者同时欣赏原作和画面元素被调整后的画作?

另一个实验是这样,志愿者同时欣赏原作和画面元素被调整后的画作,包括静物画和抽象画。结果,几乎每个人都更喜欢原作。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 18. Please help me understand the literal translation of this sentence: ...
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How to literally translate the 由人类艺术家挥笔 in 志愿者普遍更喜欢的作品都是由人类艺术家挥笔完成的?

也许有人认为,在这种情况下根本不可能分辨出来。然而在每一次测试中,志愿者普遍更喜欢的作品都是由人类艺术家挥笔完成的。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 18. How to literally translate this part: 由人类艺术家挥笔? I have reached at this point: 志愿者(...
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What is the meaning of 之手 in 每组中一幅出自著名抽象艺术家之手?

志愿者的任务很简单,每个人会看到两两一组出现的一些图画,每组中一幅出自著名抽象艺术家之手,另一幅是业余爱好者、婴儿、黑猩猩或者大象的涂鸦。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 18. What is the meaning of 之手? His hand? 之 has many meanings, while 手 I ...
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Why does 如 (a women obeying spoken orders) mean "if", "as if", "supposing"?

https://www.dong-chinese.com/wiki/%E5%A6%82 Depicts a woman (女) obeying spoken (口) orders. Based on the original meaning "obey". The meaning later shifted to "be similar" and &...
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What is the meaning of 两两一组出现 in 每个人会看到两两一组出现的一些图画?

研究者设计了一个有趣的实验。志愿者的任务很简单,每个人会看到两两一组出现的一些图画,每组中一幅出自著名抽象艺术家之手,... This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 18. I don't understand the meaning of 两两一组出现。 This is my literal translation: 每个人(...
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What is the meaning of 把更多的精力 in 我们宁可把更多的精力集中在闭幕式上?

作为电视节目主持人,我在工作中常常会运用“峰终定律”。例如,做节目时,与开幕式相比,我们宁可把更多的精力集中在闭幕式上,这样可以加强观众对节目的印象。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 17. What is the meaning of 把更多的精力? Baidu translate: As a TV presenter,...
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What is the meaning of 会 in 我在工作中常常会运用“峰终定律”?

作为电视节目主持人,我在工作中常常会运用“峰终定律”。例如,做节目时,与开幕式相比,我们宁可把更多的精力集中在闭幕式上,这样可以加强观众对节目的印象。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 17. What is the meaning of 会? Baidu translate: As a TV presenter, I ...
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What is the meaning of 死 in 死搬兵书上的理论?

公元前260年,赵括带兵出战。一直盲目自信、轻视秦军的他完全改变了廉颇的作战方案,死搬兵书上的理论,主动进攻秦军,结果数十万赵军全部被杀,丢掉了宝贵的生命。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 15. What is the meaning of 死? Baidu and Google literally translate ...
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What is the meaning of 去换回 in 他派赵括去换回廉颇?

这时,赵王正因廉颇闭门不战而生气呢,听到外面的那些谣言,果然上当了,他派赵括去换回廉颇。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 15. What is the meaning of 去换回? I know that 去回 means to return or to go back and 换 to change or to ...
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What does 一般 mean?

'一般' 的意思? 初学者的问题 我查了字典这个词的意思,但我不明白 这个词 经常看到 我想知道意思 一般来说 i guess in English nuances is close to generally rule of thumb broadly speaking p.s. I am quarter British so idk wide knowledge of hanzi
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What is the meaning of 结束退场时 in 却常常忽视结束退场时的准备?

比如说为了一场戏剧演出,我们会投入很多时间,准备服装、化妆、道具、舞台美术,以创造良好的效果,争取给观众留下一个好的印象,却常常忽视结束退场时的准备。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5 section 17. What is the meaning of 结束退场时? end leaving the theater time? Why do ...
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What is the meaning of 僝头?

I don't normally read about linguistics. Now I know why! 汉语里甚至有动词性主语加名词性谓语的句子,例如: 逃,僝头。(no more context, just this) Maybe: Flee, you poor bastards! 僝头是什么意思呢? I find 僝僽: 1.憔悴;烦恼。haggard 2.折磨。worried ...
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What is the literal translation of this sentence: 渐渐地,秦军无法快速取得胜利?

这个办法果然非常有效,成功地把秦军拦在了国门之外。渐渐地,秦军无法快速取得胜利,粮食也快没了,有些坚持不住了。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5 section 15. How can 渐渐地 and 快速 be combined in the same sentence? 渐渐地(gradually),秦军(Qin army)无法(...
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What is the difference between 我 and 我们 as "we"?

几年后,赵奢去世了。这一年正好秦国军队来打赵国,赵国派老将廉颇带20万大军迎战。廉颇根据敌强我弱的形势,命令士兵们坚守阵地,绝对不可主动出战。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 15. Baidu and Google say that here 我 means we and indeed according to ...
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What is the difference between 困扰 and 问题 in 困扰人们很长时间的取球问题就这样被一个小孩子解决了?

你瞧,困扰人们很长时间的取球问题就这样被一个小孩子解决了。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 13. What is the difference between 困扰 and 问题? Why are they both needed here? Is 这样 referred to 困扰 or 问题? Isn't ...
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What is the meaning for the 炮 in 娘炮?

I know what the word as a whole means but just wondering if anyone know something about perhaps the etymology and/or meaning or the like of the 炮 part in the word 娘炮, i.e. why use the character 炮 here ...
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What is the literal translation of this sentence: 一位球员连忙找来一把锯子把篮筐的底锯掉?

“何必这么麻烦呢?把篮筐的底去掉不就行了吗?”多亏了他这句话,人们如梦初醒,一位球员连忙找来一把锯子把篮筐的底锯掉。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 13. Please help me understand the literal translation of this sentence: ...
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What is the glyph origin of 乍 ( the radical in 怎 )?

My research has indicated 乍 is related to soil and farming, but I have seen other sources claim it's a collar of a robe. The meaning in English is "suddenly" - I assume this to be a phonetic ...
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What is the meaning of 旁边经过 in 一个上幼儿园的小男孩跟着父亲从一群正在进行篮球比赛的人旁边经过?

几年后的一天,一个上幼儿园的小男孩跟着父亲从一群正在进行篮球比赛的人旁边经过。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 13. What is the meaning of 旁边经过? This is my literal translation: 几年(a few years)后(later)的一天(a day),一个(one)...
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What is the difference between 跟, 跟着 and 跟着着?

What is the difference between 跟着 and 跟? All dictionaries say that both can mean the verb "to follow". If I want to use the 着 as a "particle indicating the continuation of an action or ...
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What is the meaning of 从中 in 有人却从中感受到对自由?

抽象派画家的作品中经常见到好像随便洒上颜料而形成的画作,在有人看来极其神秘甚至丑陋,有人却从中感受到对自由、对生命的赞美。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 18. What is the meaning of 从中? According to dictionaries, 从中 is an adverb meaning &...
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What is the meaning of 事情的经过 in 而事情的经过对记忆几乎没有影响?

我们对事物的记忆仅在高峰和结尾,而事情的经过对记忆几乎没有影响。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 17. What is the meaning of 事情的经过? I am at this point: 而(and)事情的经过(?)对(towards)记忆(memory)几乎(almost)没有(not have)影响(...
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What is the meaning of 正好 in 这一年正好秦国军队来打赵国?

几年后,赵奢去世了。这一年正好秦国军队来打赵国,赵国派老将廉颇带20万大军迎战。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 15. What is the meaning of 正好? Wiktionary says that it means "by chance". Something like ...
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What is the meaning of 出来 in 在下面一拉篮筐就能把球弹出来?

有一位工程师甚至专门制造出一种机器,在下面一拉篮筐就能把球弹出来。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 13. What is the meaning of 出来? To get out? Maybe a 取 is omitted? Something like 取出来? Or what? Maybe all ...
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What is the meaning of 拉 in 在下面一拉篮筐就能把球弹出来?

有一位工程师甚至专门制造出一种机器,在下面一拉篮筐就能把球弹出来。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 13. What is the meaning of 拉? In dictionaries there are many meanings, such as to pull, to drag, to play, to ...
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What is the meaning of 大家纷纷 in 大家纷纷出主意?

这样的行为必须一再地重复,为此,比赛不得不断断续续地进行,缺少了激烈紧张的气氛,连运动员都不满意,更何况看比赛的球迷呢?为了解决这个问题,大家纷纷出主意,想出了很多取球的办法。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, chapter 13. What is the meaning of 大家纷纷? Everyone in great ...
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What is the meaning of 踩 in 就得有一个人踩着梯子上去把球取出来?

不过,由于栏杆上固定的是真正的筐,每当球投进时,就得有一个人踩着梯子上去把球取出来。 This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 13. What is the meaning of 踩? Something like: 就得有一个人踩着梯子上去 = should exist a person stepping up to go ...
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Why 海 (ocean, sea) in 腦海 (mind)?

How is 海 related to 腦? Why does compounding sea/ocean (海) to brain (腦) mean mind (腦海)?
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