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Very frequently used word in Mandarin that sounds like "nica" or "nigah"

The word your hear is probably 那個 (in traditional characters) / 那个 (in simplified characters). It is pronounced nàge or nèige (in the Pinyin transcription), and it's basic meaning is ‘that’ or ‘that ...
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Chinese words with non-Chinese letters / characters?

There are lots of them, here's what I can recall: T恤衫,T-shirt X光片,X ray image 卡拉OK,karaoke K线图,Candlestick chart A型血,Blood Type A P图(v.),Photoshop an image 维生素C,Vitamin C O型腿,Blount's diseas ...
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Why is 台北 spelled Taipei, not Taibei?

From wiki: the spelling "Taipei" derives from the Wade–Giles romanization T'ai-pei. "Taibei" is pinyin, which iOS supports as an input method. Wade-Giles used to be the standard method of ...
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无奈我爱你,How to use 无奈 and 有奈?

《說文解字》似乎並無「奈」之條目。 It seems that 《說文解字》 does not have the entry of 奈. 「奈」由「柰」衍生而來,可能是新造字,也可能是誤寫。「柰」的本義是「果名」,借用為「柰何」,猶言「如何」。後來,分成「柰」表「果名」,而「奈」則專用在「奈何」之類的字詞。 奈 was derived from 柰. It might be a new word,...
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What does 卷 mean in 当你刚开始想卷的时候?

If the vlog is made recently then most likely 卷 is short for 内卷,an economical/sociological concept that has become popularised in China in recent years. "卷" itself has become part of the ...
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Meaning of 则 in 欲速则不达?

欲 -- willing, want 速 -- speedy, quick 则 -- then, but 不 -- not, negative 达 -- arrive, done If you want to finish it quicker, then you probably can't get it done (correctly).
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What other words than 奥 exist for places of reveration?

四隅(four corners of a room) 宧(yí / ㄧˊ):室內東北角(northeastern corner) 窔(yào / ㄧㄠˋ )同“穾”:室內東南角(southeast corner) 奥(ào / ㄠˋ):室內西南角(southwest corner) 屋漏(wū lòu / ㄨ ㄌㄡˋ):室內西北角(northwest corner)
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跟您请教一个字(Do you know this Chinese word?)

臵 (U+81F5) [ gé | ㄍㄜˊ ] From 《康熙字典》: 《集韻》「各額」切,音「格」。與「𢓜」同。「至」也。 Same as 𢓜. It means "to arrive" or "to go to". 又《六書原》徦,俗作臵。 The original or formal form of 徦. 徦 (U+5FA6) [ jiǎ | ㄐㄧㄚˇ ] 1. 至;到。(to ...
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Apple Watch has a built in response of "一个字。非常棒!👊". Is this correct?

1.字 = character, 词 = word 2."一个字,非常棒" can be either an incorrect translation (which is not rare in big companies' products) or a net slang phrase("一个字,XXX" where XXX is intentionally more than one ...
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What's the logic behind the word 从事?

事 can also be a verb for 'to serve; to work for' e.g. 忠臣不事二主 (a loyal vassal does not serve/ work for two masters) Since 从 itself has many different meanings, just say 从 is not specific enough. ...
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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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What does 丫 mean? 丫是什么意思?

It is a short word for "丫头养的" only used in area around Beijing city,"丫头" means slave girl or young girl servant. "养的" means feed by. This is bad language saying somebody's mother is young girl ...
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Is 笨蛋 a derogatory word?

Think of the phrase "You fool!" or "you idiot" - depend on the relationship between the two people, the reason behind saying that, and the tone of the speech, it can be a playful, affectionate flirt, ...
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What is the difference between 呀 and 啊?

ABC's entry for 呀 says: 呀 ya5 (replacing a (啊) when preceding word ends in a, e, i, o, or (y)u) 快来呀! Kuài lái ya! Come quickly! 呀 is a replacement for 啊 when it comes after a vowel. This is also ...
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What does 丫 mean? 丫是什么意思?

"你丫" is a phrase from Beijing dialect. The word "丫" itself doesn't have a meaning in this context. It is a slang, not an appropriate way of speaking. You can think of it as adding F words in an ...
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What's the logic behind the word 从事?

The primary meaning of 從(从)is to "follow". In English, we may describe participating/engaging in X as "pursuing" X. The logic in Chinese is similar. https://www.moedict.tw/%E5%BE%...
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I don't understand why 老外 and 洋人 mean what they mean

老 (old) is a common word for making nicknames (indicates casualness, familiarity, or fondness). For example, you met someone and called him 李先生 (Mr. Lee) which is a formal address. Later you two ...
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What does 摆烂 mean?

this is a slang that gets popular recently, but it doesn't from a normal source, so you can't find it in a dictionary, this is a synonym of 躺平. In my opinion,the component 摆 in this means "behave,...
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What does GG mean here?

After a close match, the players might say "good game" to each other It can also be used as a mocky, for example, I beat you 6-0 6-0 in tennis, but you still played a good game Typing "...
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Difference between 怎么办 and 做什么?

我该(I should) 怎么(how to) 办(deal with/ handle) = How should I deal with it You are facing a situation where you don't know [how] to handle 我该(I should) 做(do) 什么(what)? = What should I do You are ...
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What does 放生矿泉水 mean in this news report?

放生 (verb) is a religious practice where you buy captured animals and release them to their natural habitat. It's believed to bring good luck to a person. Here "放生矿泉水" is apparently an ...
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The words for "boyfriend" and "male friend" - 男朋友,男性朋友,男的朋友

男朋友 mean both "boyfriend" and "male friend". Can 男性朋友 also mean "boyfriend" as well as "male friend"? No, "男朋友" means 'boyfriend' exclusively. For both men and women. A woman would refer to her ...
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Is 太君 a derogatory word?

It was a good word. For example, in 红楼梦 sometimes they call 贾母 as 史老太君. It was used to refer some senior with respect. But during the war, those traitors started to use this word to the Japanese to ...
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Why do the onomatopoeias describing the cry of frogs sound so different in Chinese and English?

Instead of directly answering your question I'm going to post this picture:
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Do all one-syllable words need to be followed by a 子 to make it colloquial?

Modern Chinese loves disyllabic words, that's why often you find seemingly meaningless "affixes" added to characters to sound "nicer". Prefixation: 老 (老虎), 小 (小李), 初 (初一) Suffixation: 子 (椅子), 頭 (...
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I have no idea how 八九不离十 works?

八九不離十 means almost there and I accept it or pretty close and I accept it, the most important thing is and I accept it. The ten may be perfect but if nine or eight are still fine. “汤姆说考试八九不离十就可以了。” ...
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Is 消杀 (xiāoshā) a new word, and what does it mean?

Edit: 消杀 is not a new word, but in this context, 消 has to be short for 消毒(sterilize) and 杀 must be short for 杀菌 (sterilize) 消毒杀菌 (sterilize) is a common phrase. From the readers' standpoint, reducing ...
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How does Chinese deal with English's nested noun-phrase constructions?

Half of these constructions exist only because of English's own characteristics. English words are separated by spaces, so you need the hyphen to signal that it's a single phrase. You also can't ...
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