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Top new questions this week:

How do I say that a program (coding) "Works!"

I'm trying to say a program (as in something a programmer/程序员) finally works! Is there a way to translate this "works" into chinese? Could I say 我的代码终于可以了!? Or is there a way that is more clear …

translation vocabulary  
asked by Stephen 6 votes
answered by songyuanyao 4 votes

说服: shuìfú vs. shuōfú

I've been trying to find some sort of indication as to the differences between these two pronunciations for 说服: shuìfú vs. shuōfú. I used to always read it: shuōfú, until I was corrected by a …

asked by user3306356 5 votes
answered by Semaphore 5 votes

How to say "being" as in "Being jewish"

I've always had some difficulty trying to translate the english "being" as in "being Christian" or "being American". I'd like to say "in the U.S. being Jewish isn't difficult." Should I say …

asked by Stephen 5 votes
answered by user3306356 6 votes

How do you say the noun version of 'programmer'?

I know that a couple of variation of "coding" or programming are 编程, or 写代码. How would I refer to that person who does the coding/programming? Is it 编程家? or is there a more colloquial way of saying …

grammar learn-chinese  
asked by Stephen 5 votes
answered by songyuanyao 5 votes

Third tone sandhi: when (if ever) does 3 3 become 3 0 instead of 2 3?

All of the books and materials I've seen talk about the tone sandhi that changes two third tones to a second and a third, as in "你好." I had a question about the word: 寶寶 Some materials I've …

asked by chapka 5 votes
answered by 5 votes

How to use "whether" in Chinese - do you need to say 如果?

I've always had a bit of difficulty with statements with the term "whether" in Chinese. In this sentence I would like to say "I asked him whether or not he had met Mark." - I translated this in my …

asked by Stephen 4 votes
answered by Semaphore 7 votes

Is there a single word for "無用"

I wish to know is there in Chinese language a single word for "無用"?

asked by Brian 4 votes
answered by user3306356 5 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What's the difference between 番茄 and 西红柿?

There are 30m more hits on 番茄 in 百度. Search results are pretty much the same for both. Is one version used more in different regions than others?

difference food  
asked by Steve 5 votes
answered by 5 votes

What is the meaning of 十三薪?

It has something to do with salary bonuses. Anyone know how to describe this in English? I haven't the slightest clue.

asked by stuckintheshuck 5 votes
answered by congusbongus 6 votes
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