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Can someone help translate this seal script (I think)?

I was told the symbols on this table was seal script. I'm having trouble confirming/translating them. Any help/advice? ...

Asked on 01/06/2022 by Joseph Tiller

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How to express "have fun!" or "enjoy!" in Chinese?

In English, when a friend is doing some activity, we typically say to him/her:Have fun!orEnjoy!How can we say this in a idiomatic way in Mandarin Chinese?...

Asked on 12/31/2021

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Could you please correct my sentences?

Could you please correct my text ? 虽然我会说一口流利的法语,但是我想说一口流利的汉语。 我的职业 是律师。 律师 的责任很大,因为他必须解决严重得实情。然后压力大。 可是在巴黎 律师逐渐增加。 因此招聘越来越少。...

Asked on 12/31/2021 by annaytrh

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What is the function of 先 in 我諗聽日先買飛嘅話一定買唔到 (cantonese)

In the sentence: 我諗聽日先買飛嘅話一定買唔到。 What is the function of “先”? The original translation from a reference is “I don’t think you’ll be able to buy a ticket tomorrow.” I do...

Asked on 12/31/2021

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What does 民以食为天 mean?

How to translate the old saying "民以食为天"? Would that be "Food is the priority of populace"? That doesn't sound right to me, though....

Asked on 12/26/2021

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Why did my Chinese teacher describe Donald Trump as 口吐莲花?

In my regular Chinese class yesterday, I was discussing Donald Trump with my teacher, and she described him as 口吐莲花 (kǒutǔliánhuā). As always I didn't fully understand the particulars...

Asked on 12/24/2021

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了解 vs 明白 vs 知道 - what is the difference, and when should I use each one?

了解, 明白, and 知道 seem to be fairly synonymous in Mandarin, but there does seem to be some subtle differences between them. What exactly is the difference? When should I...

Asked on 12/21/2021 by Ciaocibai

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What is the etymology of Chinese tense words?

So according to Wikipedia and other sources, Chinese was a tenseless language. It has aspects and moods that refer to time frames, but not tense itself. This...

Asked on 12/21/2021 by Guset

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What does "过SOR了吗" mean?

It appears in a WeChat sticker with a megaphone yelling "过SOR了吗" at a cartoon character. The cartoon character is holding a laptop and flinching and sweating because of the loud...

Asked on 12/19/2021

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Help translating artist names and signatures

I have a few pieces of art my grandmother brought from China in the 1980s. She and my grandfather were part of a group to canoe the yellow river and...

Asked on 12/17/2021 by Meghan MM

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