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Top new questions this week:

Is there a "Peking Opera dialect"?

Peking Opera has a distinct pronunciation, that is at first similar to Mandarin, but to astute listeners, certain characters appear to have alternate or even non-Mandarin pronunciations. Take certain ...

mandarin dialect culture  
asked by congusbongus 9 votes
answered by 倪阔乐 4 votes

Placeholder name for a Chinese person targeting foreign audience, ie. John Doe equivalent

Suppose I want to make up a story featuring an unimportant Chinese character. How do I give the name, so it sound like Chinese, but do not carry too much particular meaning? That said, the Chinese ...

asked by soubunmei 4 votes
answered by user3306356 5 votes

Difference: 小气 vs. 小器?

Especially in the sense of stingy, miserly. What's the difference between 小气 and 小器? I remember being told that one is more "correct", than the other, but I can't quite recall which. The search ...

asked by user3306356 3 votes
answered by user112404 0 votes

Is there a difference between 復習 and 複習?

Both words have the same pronunciation, and cdict and some other dictionaries list them as variants of each other. I note that when I try to type it on Google Pinyin Chinese IME, 複習 comes up and 復習 ...

vocabulary difference hanzi  
asked by wuerling 3 votes
answered by user1228520 2 votes

Did some people only have names like 张三?

Some novels seem to say that in village life (or within a hutong) poorer children often had no personal given name. Some characters in realistic seeming novels are known only by family name and birth ...

asked by Colin McLarty 2 votes
answered by PdotWang 2 votes

How to translate 掩耳盗铃 into English?

Preferably an idiom just as picturesque and succinct. Thanks. Here's the original meaning: The expression 掩耳盗铃 comes from a story about a person who decided to steal a bell. However, the bell ...

translation idioms  
asked by George Chen 2 votes
answered by user3306356 4 votes

Why is "连忙" wrong in the following sentence?

My question is as the title. The sentence is: 如果她来了,请你连忙告诉我。 The correct sentence is "如果她来了,请你马上告诉我". Why?

grammar vocabulary  
asked by cnwang09 2 votes
answered by 倪阔乐 2 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Differentiating: 肚 and 胃 in English?

In Chinese 肚 and 胃 are two quite seperate things. In English, though, it's mostly just: stomach. Is there a good way to differantiate between the two in English?

asked by user3306356 3 votes
answered by Wang Dingwei 7 votes

When to use `他的太太` and when `他太太`?

I've read the two different sentences, on which the one uses 他的太太 and the other uses 他太太. However, how can I tell the difference between the two? For example, in the following sentence: 现在他想他的太太。 ...

mandarin word  
asked by Gardecolo 3 votes
answered by Drunken Master 5 votes
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