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Ni hao,

I think my Chinese is good enough for eating and buying things, but sometimes I get in a situation where I have no idea what to say.

For example, what can you say in Mandarin when you are watching TV

or using the web? Does anyone make word and phrase lists like this?

How do you say "remote control", "change the channel", "increase the volume", "rerun", "mute", "news", "boring", or "this show sucks"? How do you say "control key", "email", "printout", "mouse", "screen", "keyboard", monitor", "cable", "space bar", "Windows", "frozen", "reset button", "hardware", or "printer" ?

I have a small dictionary but it often lists words that are for WRITTEN Chinese and not spoken Chinese. Sometimes I learn a word

and some Chinese person will tell me that they don't say that word. My dictionary also doesn't have phrases.

My girlfriend is not here again or otherwise I would ask her. Finding a new girlfriend would be easy here in China, but she buys me stuff, I have known her for two years, and I love her.

Mafan ni le! This sure is a friendly and helpful forum.

http://www.china.org.cn/english/847.htm

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cometrue

How do you say "remote control"' date=' "change the channel", "increase the volume", "rerun", "mute", "news", "boring", or "this show sucks"? How do you say "control key", "email", "printout", "mouse", "screen", "keyboard", monitor", "cable", "space bar", "Windows", "frozen", "reset button", "hardware", or "printer" ?

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let me give a try:

remote control=遥控器(yao2kong4qi4)or遥控(yao2kong4)

change the channel=换频道(huan4pin2dao4)

increase the volume=调大音量(tiao2da4yin1liang4)

rerun=重放(chong2fang4)or重播(chong2bo1)?

mute=静音(jing4 yin1)?

news=新闻(xin1wen2)

boring=无聊(wu2liao2)

control key=控制键(kong4 zhi4jian4) but if you mean the key on keyboard, we usually say" control 键"

printout= 打印(da3yin4)

mouse=鼠标(shu3biao1)

screen=屏幕(ping2mu4)

keyboard键盘(jian4pan2)

monitor显示器(xian3shi4qi4)

cable电线(cian4xian4)

space bar空格键(kong4ge2jian4)

Windows=Windows, the official saying is 视窗, but almost nobody uses it

frozen

reset button(what's this?)重新设置按钮?

hardware硬件(ying4jian4)

printer打印机(da3yin4ji1)

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skylee

cometrue you are too kind. I think website should buy a better / more up-to-date dictionary or use an on-line translator such as this.

I think mouse is lao3 shu3/hao4 zi (the rodent) or hua2 shu3 (the one on your desk). shu3 biao1 is cursor.

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cometrue
cometrue you are too kind. I think website should buy a better / more up-to-date dictionary or use an on-line translator such as this.

I think mouse is lao3 shu3/hao4 zi (the rodent) or hua2 shu3 (the one on your desk). shu3 biao1 is cursor.

oh! God! that was him! i didn't notice the name again~~~

yep! website, you should've respected other people's efforts! go check your former post right now!

yes, by official vesion, the mouse should be hua2 shu3 滑鼠, but in spoken mandarin, we also say 鼠标, for example,

昨天我买了一只鼠标

the cursor is 鼠标指针(shu3biao1zhi3zhen1) or 光标(guang1biao1)

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skylee

OK. Then what is "cursor" in mandarin? Is it 游標?

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cometrue

the cursor can also be 箭头or yes,鼠标!

拿起你的鼠标,把光标/箭头指向postnew按钮,点击!

把鼠标(cursor)指向postnew按钮,点击!

用鼠标(mouse)点击postnew按钮!

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cometrue

actually the 鼠标 had confusing usages in mandarin

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confucius

She buys you stuff? I suppose a big new dictionary could be number three on your next shopping list for her after beer (pi jiu) and slippers (tuo xie)

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cuthbert

reset button(what's this?)重新设置按钮?

热启动按钮(re4qi3dong4an4niu3 ) :)

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Quest

How about 重启键 for reset button. Sadly I forgot how I used to call the reset button on the Nintendo red&white console, but I am sure it wasn't called 重启键.

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