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    Default English translation for this Chinese term?

    What is the English expression for "jing jing ji jiao" - to overcare about every little detail?
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    And also, for "xin xiong xia zhai" - one who gets jealous easily, and does not take criticism well...
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    You answered your own question?

    to overcare about every little detail

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    I gave a crude description; I am looking for an expression consisting of 1 or 2 words...
    Sorry about the confusion.
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    xin xiong xia zhai = petty? narrow-minded?

    jing jing ji jiao = fussy? nit-picky?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ View Post
    And also, for "xin xiong xia zhai" - one who gets jealous easily, and does not take criticism well...
    Small-minded.

    Quote Originally Posted by PJ
    What is the English expression for "jing jing ji jiao" - to overcare about every little detail?
    I would also go with 'nit-picky'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ View Post
    What is the English expression for "jing jing ji jiao" - to overcare about every little detail?
    I believe the word you're looking for is Meticulous.

    me·tic·u·lous (m-tky-ls)
    adj.
    1. Extremely careful and precise.
    2. Extremely or excessively concerned with details.

    Variation of the word-
    me·ticu·losi·ty (-ls-t), me·ticu·lous·ness n.
    me·ticu·lous·ly adv.

    Synonyms: Punctilious, Precise, Fastidious, painstaking, careful, scrupulous

    Credit source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Meticulous
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    Meticulous is a more positive word...while nit-picky is negative. Jing Jing Ji Jiao is kind of negative.

    I've used meticulous before in interviews to describe myself...but never nit-picky haha.

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    Meticulous has a positive connotation to it though. 'Jing jing ji jiao' has a somewhat negative connotation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 999roses View Post
    Meticulous is a more positive word...while nit-picky is negative. Jing Jing Ji Jiao is kind of negative.

    I've used meticulous before in interviews to describe myself...but never nit-picky haha.
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    Meticulous has a positive connotation to it though. 'Jing jing ji jiao' has a somewhat negative connotation.
    Well, then Scrupulous or Fastidious.

    To me, scrupulous sounds negative.
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    Hehe, didn't realize roses posted too. Actually, the primary meaning of scrupulous is 'honest' or 'possessing moral integrity', so it definitely has a positive connotation as well.

    Let's stick with nitpicky
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    xin xiong xia zhai
    narrow-minded


    jing jing ji jiao
    Calculative.
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    I thought calculative is more like "Jian Zha".

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    jian zha is more of... scheming.

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    New question: how to say 小气 and 大方 in English?
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    小气 is similar to "petty".
    大方 is similar to "generous" if you want it to be the opposite of 小气.
    Sometimes, people say that a person's dressing is 大方, which basically goes along the lines of being appropriate (tasteful) for the (usually grand) occasion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suet Seung View Post
    Well, then Scrupulous or Fastidious.

    To me, scrupulous sounds negative.
    i thought unscrupulous is negative.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucre View Post
    i thought unscrupulous is negative.
    You are quite right Lucre. Unscrupulous means without principles or morals; in a word shady or no good

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