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How many characters do Chinese pupils know at different ages?
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Children usually go to grade 1 at the age of 6 or 7 in China. According to "全日制义务教育语文课程标准", the character number that children should learn is: Grade 1 to Grade 2: can read 1600 characters, and ...

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Are "好饱了" and "好包了" both correct?
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Actually, "好包了" does not mean "I'm full". You may see "...打好包了..." in the Google hits. It refers to "have made something into a package. If your friend say "这顿饭我包了". That means your friend will get ...

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Why is George 乔治 in Chinese?
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About the "乔" part of "George[dʒɔ:dʒ]", you can find some material in the 译音表(the Form of Ttransliteration). Besides, "奇" should be instead of "治" following the form. However, "约定俗成(the convention)" ...

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三长两短: what's long and what's short?
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Theory 1: A coffin is made of three long and two short pieces of wood. And a coffin means death, dangerous. You also can find some clues in the wikipedia article about "使用筷子禁忌". Theory 2: Taoist ...

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Is 師奶 (see lai) strictly a Cantonese word? Is it a neutral word or does it have a negative connotation?
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"師奶(师奶)" refer to a married woman, and is popular used in Southern China. Is is rarely used in Mandarin. 師奶(「奶」字要讀高N音,同「拉」嘅音調一樣),太太嘅俗稱。主要係街坊之間用嚟打招呼嘅用詞。哩個詞語亦都可以用嚟取笑嗰啲唔多化粧,外表睇起上嚟土土地好似傳統家庭主婦咁嘅未婚女士,有所謂「...

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Stroke order of 力 vs 九
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About this question, you can consult Guobao Wang's summary: 1.只有横折钩类与撇相遇:先写横折钩,例刀、力、万 、方、乃、杨。 2.其他横折类与撇相遇:都先写撇,例如及(横折折撇 ),几(横折弯),九(横斜钩)、匕(竖折弯)。 translate into English: 1.Only when uppermost ...

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What's the title for addressing an unknown young person the same age as you?
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In my opinion, if you are adult and the person who droppd wallet is: younger than 11, you can call him or her "小朋友"; at the age of 11 to 18, you can call him or her "同学"; at the age of 18 to 24, you ...

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How to say "I'm finished"?
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Usually, there is a Verb before the "好了". for example: "你作业做好了吗?-- 我做好了" translate to English "Have you finished doing homework? -- Yes, I have finished." "你电影看完了吗?-- 我看完了" translate to English "...

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"C'est la vie" (such is life) in Chinese
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"(上)力威" has no meaning in Chinese. "這就是生活/这就是生活/生活就是這樣/生活就是这样" is correct.

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How to translate "黑科技" into English?
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"Black Technology" It is a role of Japanese light novels Full Metal Panic! . 黑科技(Black Technology)——是指倾听者所拥有,但是非人类自力研发;凌驾于人类现有的科技之上的知识。 Black Technology is obtained from the Whispered who is ...

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Meaning of 他急红了眼?
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"他急红了眼" means "He is extremely anxious". Generally speaking, when people go crazy, his eyes usually are full of red bloodshot. It seems that eyes turns red. Besides, Maybe you will see "杀红了眼" in ...

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去出回 Where is it appropriate to use each
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You can use "去", when you go some place that no matter whether you had gone before. You can use "回", only when you go to the place where you had been gone before. for example: 1.You are going back ...

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What to reply to "祝你好运" (I wish you good luck)?
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“祝你好运” means “Good luck!” “谢谢”Just be appropriate.

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What is the difference between 利润, 利益,盈利?
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“利润” is the spread between interest and paid, and is always used in economy. “利益” is the benefit that people gain from what they are doing or are going to do. “盈利” is similar to “利润”. But "利润" ...

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Dealing with expressions in classical Chinese letters: 月日 and 惶恐百拜
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However, different meanings in different contexts. According to Baidu Baike,there are four meanings about "月日". But in my opinion, it would be explained in five ways. 1)moon and son It is understood ...

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Possessives in Chinese
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All of your examples are correct. In my opinion, "Mom 's white dog 妈妈的白狗" is the most appropriate. Whether the sentence needs to use "色的" depend on the context. For example: "不管白猫黑猫,能抓到老鼠就是好猫" ...

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Can 太久 be used to refer to time past between two dates?
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It's pretty good. Besides, I want to explain the difference between "太久" and "太迟". "太久" means you spend long time. "太迟" means you spend long time and don't know whether something will what happen. ...

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What does "我牛起来" mean?
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“我牛起来” means “I’m gonna be better/successful/cool” In this sentence, “牛” is short for “牛逼” which is meaning of “super cool”. Why does “牛逼” mean “super cool”? You could find the answer in this video ...

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Why should I use 由 here and not 被?
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In semantic, the pattern of sentence with "you"(由) directs to the agent, expresses the meaning of process and behavior. While the pattern of sentence with "bei" directs to the patient, expresses the ...

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When submitting forms on the web, you often click a button label 'submit'. I was wondering how to express the word 'submit' in chinese
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Yes, "submit" means "提交", and "update" means "更新". But I couldn't find "update" button in Twitter, Amazon and Linkedin. So that I couldn't take a screenshot.

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Should the term 廁所 (bathroom) be used for both a home and public toilet?
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Yes, it does. Whether the toilet is outside the house or the bathroom is in a house which has only a toilet and a shower, it is called "廁所(厕所)". And we call toilets "洗手间" in a formal situation.

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Is 了 optional when a time word is present?
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1.When "了" put the end of a sentence, that means something changed/be changing/be going to change. It can be used in the past, present and future. But usually there is "就" in the future tense. "就" is ...

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"醡" and "炸" in "醡醬麵" and "炸醬麵"
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"醡" is not only tradtional spelling but also simplified spelling. So does "炸". "炸" can be used in both tradtional chinese and simplified chinese. "炸酱面", "炸醬麵", "醡酱面" and "醡醬麵" are all right. However, "...

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婴儿、儿童、少年、成年 and other words related to age
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"启蒙"" refers to the Age of Enlightenment, and "叛逆" refers to the Age of rebellion in this case. Here is the other words define the grade: (青年) 青春期 - 18 to 28 years old 成熟期 - 29 to 40 years old (...

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Can I say 没 to negate future events?
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Q1: Anyway, in the sentence "明年这个时候你还没有毕业呢", "没有" means the person has not graduated right now. However, "还" refers to the situation which the person is not graduated lasts into the future. So "还没有" ...

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她离开了三年了 vs. 她离开三年了 Is there any difference between the two?
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Im my opinion, we can't tell whether the woman came back or not without context in both sentences. In comparison, I think the nuances is that "她离开三年了" stress how many years she has left.

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