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Why 你在笑什么?, why not 你笑在什么?

「在」in「你在笑什麽」is not equivalent to English at in what are you laughing at?. To demonstrate by analogy: 你在吃什麽 - what are you eating? 你在做什麽 - what are you doing? 「在」is actually equivalent to the suffix -...
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Three-digit year in date on Chinese document

By now you have figured out, why the years are represented as YYY, but just to make this post not look like many of those stubs on this site, here's a more detailed answer to anyone stumbling upon ...
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Why is Russia translated to 俄罗斯(E Luo Si)?

“俄罗斯”不是从英文或俄文来的。可能是从蒙古文Oros来的。 在中国元明朝时称俄罗斯族为“罗斯”或“罗刹国”.当时蒙古族人用蒙语拼读俄文“ROCIA”时,在“R”前面加一个元音.因此,“ROCIA”就成了“OROCCIA”.满清政府时,蒙语的“OROCCIA”转译成汉语时,就成了“俄罗斯”. The name of "Éluósī" does not come from English or ...
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What does "你吃了吗?" mean?

What does 你吃了吗?mean? 「你吃了嗎?」 此句的原義是確認“吃的行為”。譬如: 「吃藥時間過了。你吃了嗎?」 「這個蛋糕很好吃。你吃了嗎?」 "Have you eaten?" The original meaning of this sentence is to confirm the action of eating. For example, "The time to ...
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Why do Chinese people complicate the matter in choosing the words for translation

To make it look like a transliteration by reusing commonly used characters: 伊丽莎白 vs 一力杀白 To avoid confusion: 汤姆猫 vs 汤母猫 (in Tom and Jerry) To reflect the original pronunciation: 约翰 vs 江, 希腊 vs 格里斯 To ...
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How to say "I wouldn't go so far as to say..." in Mandarin

It is more natural to say 还没有……到……地步 For example, 挺好的,但还没有好到那个地步。 Or it tastes fine, but I would not go so far as to say that it is delicious can be 味道还行,但还没有好吃到十分美味的地步 Well, if you were in a ...
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I am particularly fascinated by the Chinese character that is pronounced SHIN & means faith or belief

I'm afraid that you are reading much too into this. There is no "meaning behind each stroke". 「信」(Baxter-Sagart OC: /*s-ni[ŋ]-s/, sincerity) is composed of semantic「言」(speech, here vaguely hinting at ...
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How to understand "你怎么了?"

It's one of those fixed expressions whose otherwise regular meaning is significantly and conspicuously altered by the modal 了, that introduces change semantics. The phrase 「你怎么(样)~」 in itself means &...
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What does "来" mean in "如果你不按照安全手续来的话,你可能会受伤的。"?

This use of 来 replaces the actual verb. Here is the dictionary definition: 表示做某个动作(代替意义具体的动词) So your sentence can be paraphrased as 如果你不按照安全手续办(/做)的话,你可能会受伤的. Other examples: 你搬不动,我来吧。== 你搬不动,我搬吧。
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The interpretation of a sentence in the Qieyun (切韵) preface

There are many errors in the 百度百科's article you gave, so I show my punctuation of the preface first. The content comes from the 水巷孑蠻's answer. 1) 昔,開皇初,有儀同劉臻等八人,同詣法言門宿。 2) 夜永酒闌,論及音韻。 3) 以今聲調,...
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In 祝贺你喜得贵子, is 喜得 a typo?

No, it isn't a typo. 喜得 roughly means obtained by good fortune, so 祝賀你喜得貴子 is a congratulatory message meaning something like congratulations on being blessed with a son.
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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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Why is Putin translated as 普京 but not 普定?

Putin (Путин) is pronounced as /ˈputʲin/ in Russian. Note the /ʲ/ (palatalization) after the /t/. Russian differentiates between hard and soft consonants. The soft consonants are palatalized, which ...
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Why is Sherlock Holmes translated as "福尔摩斯" (Fuermosi)?

The term "福爾摩斯" was used in newspapers as a detective example (中國亦有福爾摩斯), as early as 1905. 香港華字日報, 1905-10-25 Title: 香港華字日報, 1905-10-25 = The Chinese Mail Bib ID: NPTCM19051025 Publisher: 香港 :...
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Why is Sherlock Holmes translated as "福尔摩斯" (Fuermosi)?

Min dialects pronounce 福 as "hok", hence the spelling Hokkien (also spelled Fujian as per Mandarin pronunciation). The translation of Holmes as 福尔摩斯 is neither inaccurate nor ignorant. It has to do ...
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Airplane status - boarding delayed check in?

过站登机 transit boarding The original passengers are boarding now. 过站 is the same as 经停 or 过境. 正在值机 checking in
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What does 形势大好 in this situation mean

漢典 shows that 形势 means [situation; circumstance; condition; state of affairs] 在其周围环境中所处的情形;或在一定时间内,各种情形的相对的或综合的境况。 According to the context, the author was talking about 社会形势大好 because there were ...
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What is the best way to say "fresh baked cookie"?

The following information is provided for reference. We use 剛出爐的 or 現烤的 for "fresh baked" in Taiwan. Therefore, "fresh baked cookie" may be called as follows in Taiwan. 剛出爐的餅乾 / 現烤的餅乾 剛出爐的麵包 / 現烤的麵包 ...
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What does TJ mean in the Chinese Language?

The whole thing is a 行 character. pronunciation: háng  ㄏㄤˊ or xíng  ㄒㄧㄥˊ háng xíng: to sail, to fly, to navigate.
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How to say that you were accepted/rejected from a college in Mandarin?

reject: 拒绝, 驳回, 否决, 否认 Harvard rejected me. 哈佛拒绝了我。 哈佛大学拒绝了我的申请。 accept: 接受, 答应, 采纳, 采用, 接纳, 录取 Harvard accepted me. 哈佛录取了我。 哈佛录取我了。 哈佛大学接受了我的申请。
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How to say network but not internet

"Network" means 网状组织. You can simply use only 网. For example, television networks 电视网 a communications network 通讯网 a defense network 防卫网 an intelligence network 情报网 a network of railroads 铁路网 ...
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What does 三人行,必有我师 mean?

There are two points that you should know: In Chinese culture, 3 does not often mean a exact quantity. That is, there may be 2,3,4 or many persons around you. There are many other phrases,for ...
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What does "liam" mean in this song's lyrics?

From the video: 想起走過的路 阮的腳步 雖然經過風雨 不怕寂寞 因為放在心中 是你的笑容 陪阮面對困難和艱苦 交給時間替阮來安排 唱出深深的愛 感謝你 惦在這舞台 不管起起落落 你的情 阮攏知 有時陣難免心頭酸 受著命運來阻礙 但是阮瞭解 是溫暖的期待 感謝你 惦在這舞台 對阮真心疼痛 ...
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How often is 羊肉 Goat in chinese?

In English, 'lamb' is meat from young sheep and 'mutton' is meat from adult sheep. Young goat meat in Chinese is '小羊肉' (a goat under a year old). Adult goat meat in Chinese is '山羊肉' or simply '羊肉'. ...
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What does "你舒服吗" mean in a relationship context?

歪了歪了…… I can see why 你舒服吗 will be easily interpreted as sexually comfortable. Because without any context, we will not use 舒服 to describe relaxation of mind. And extremely structurally simple ...
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警察 vs 武警 difference

警察: Police. In China the term 民警 (abbreviation for 人民警察 people's police) is used more often. 武警: Abbreviation for 武装警察 armed police. Although it is "police", actually it is a military unit. ...
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Does 我听到这个消息很惊讶 have more than one meaning?

"我听到这个消息很惊讶" is actually a conglomeration of these two ideas: 我听到这个消息。 I hear the news/information. 我很惊讶. I am surprised. Both parts share the same subject 我. Upon hearing this news, I feel ...
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Which is best to use in 我觉得学汉语不容易,但是我 (会/能/可以)学?

In this setting, I would go for: 我觉得学汉语不容易,但是我能做到的。 I think studying Chinese is not easy, but I can do it. It's a variant on the standard phrase 你能做到的 = "you can do it!" (example sentences)...
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What is the story behind 逐日移山?

It is a combination of two idiom stories 逐日 = 夸父逐日 “夸父逐日”的意思是比喻人有大志,也比喻不自量力 移山 = 愚公移山 文章叙述了愚公不畏艰难,坚持不懈,挖山不止,最终感动天帝而将山挪走的故事 "夸父(Kua Fu) 逐日 (chasing the sun)" describes "chasing a ...
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