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When/where is cancer [癌] pronunced yán?
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From 神農氏 中國傳統醫學對癌症的描述. 癌,系由古代巖、岩、嵒等字轉化而來。因癌瘤之形如岩石,累累堅硬,高突不平,故取其音義而名。 In Chinese traditional medicine, cancer is described as like rock (岩), so it is pronounced as [yan2]. From Wiktionary, In ...

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When to use 一言难尽
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In English, you would start with "It's a long story, ..." when somebody asks you about a complicated event. In Chinese, you start with "一言难尽" in this situation.

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How to congratulate someone on getting a new job?
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The simple and direct translation of Congratulations on your new job! is 恭喜你找到新工作! This is mostly used when you know that person but not very close to him. If you know him well, then you ...

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How to address a teacher one knows well (in conversation and emails). Is 亲爱 "dear" ever appropriate?
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without invoking any undesired connotations is the purpose of this question, right? In other words, the student wants to avoid 暧昧, please see the Q&A How to translate "暧昧" into English?...

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Better translation for "underdog"?
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As a native Chinese speaker, my choice is 黑馬 From Underdog Wiki page An underdog is a person or group in a competition, usually in sports and creative works, who is popularly expected to lose … From ...

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Is 个 acceptable for all nouns?
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I think this is one of the things that trouble many people who are learning Chinese. There is no single rule about the usage of 个. Sometimes, you do need to use it. Sometimes, you are actually ...

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Meaning of 脏话 in 这里能说脏话吗
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The simple and direct translation of 这里能说脏话吗? is Can we speak dirty words here? or Can we speak filthy words here? "we" or "I" is implied in the sentence. The words would have to be spoken ...

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What is the true pinyin pronunciation for this radical?
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According to 國語辭典 in Taiwan, 【丨】 部首:丨 部首外筆畫數:0 總筆畫數:1 漢語拼音 gǔn 二一四部首之一。 It is one of the 214 radicals. One stroke. Pinyin is "gǔn"

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Chinese names: Gah-Ning
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I haven't read the whole book yet. After reading the introduction of the book from Barnes & Noble Gah-Ning is determined to visit the town of Kapuskasing. She tries riding her bicycle, then ...

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