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Top new questions this week:

Two-character homonyms with same meaning

This is question about synonymous homonyms in Chinese, in particular, two-character words with same sound, tone. I wonder if the immense number of Chinese speakers and limited number of sounds/tones ...

word-choice characters spelling reference-materials  
asked by daniel 4 votes
answered by SYK 0 votes

What is the verb for "hacking" (as in computing) in Chinese?

Using my dictionary and some research, I've found that there seems to be three words for "hacker" in Chinese. 黑客,骇客,and 红客. The first two look to just mean "hacker," while the third is a word for the ...

word-choice word-requests loanwords  
asked by user9657 3 votes
answered by user3306356 4 votes

Any historical connection between 筵席 and 宴席?

宴席 and 筵席: I know what both words mean, and I think it's quite funny they have similar pronunciations with quite similar meanings (give or take on both). Do the two words have similar origins? Any ...

asked by user3306356 3 votes
answered by Han 1 vote

再次 and 再: are they different?

Here is the context: 我于是去了这家餐厅,点了一盘蘑菇菜心,果然好吃。我对服务员说: 我再次要一盘。 The sentence "我再次要一盘" is wrong. But "我再要一盘" is correct. Can anyone explain why?

grammar vocabulary  
asked by cnwang09 2 votes
answered by ceciliamiao 0 votes

What meaning does ** (double asterisk) have in chinese?

I'm reading some web novels, and I noticed that once in a while there's ** double asterisk in the middle of a sentence, but I have no idea what they represent. For example: **的挑釁

asked by john2546 2 votes
answered by 倪阔乐 2 votes

Journey to the West / fire mountain

This question is not precisely about language, but really more cultural. It is about Journey to the West/西遊記. I am doing my Chinese homework, which is to summarize the chapter of 西遊記 where 唐僧 et al. ...

asked by Tang Nawen 2 votes
answered by songyuanyao 2 votes

What are the mandarin words for these Chinese altars?

I saw some various types of Chinese altars in some chinese countries: Altar that hanging on wall (I suppose this is altar for sky god): ...

vocabulary culture  
asked by suud 2 votes
answered by 彭明伟 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Difference between 也都不 and 也不都

Are they same? 我们也都不是学生 - We also all not are students. 我们也不都是学生 - We also not all are students.

grammar simplified-chinese  
asked by Boris Ivanov 6 votes
answered by user58955 10 votes

How to say "thank you for ..."?

In order to say "thank you", I can say 谢谢 or 谢谢你. What if I want to be more specific and say "thank you for (something)"? As an example, suppose I was invited for dinner at someone's place, and I ...

translation mandarin expressions  
asked by Corsin Pfister 6 votes
answered by user3306356 9 votes

Can you answer this?

I am trying to decipher what type of tea I have in this canister. Thank you so much for your help. (pic below)

I received this tea as a gift and was told it was green tea, but it doesn't taste or smell like green tea. When I try to match the characters up to chinese characters, it doesn't seem to match any of ...

asked by Anne 1 vote
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