All Blog Posts Tagged 'phrases' (25)


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Learn some racy Chinese Bar Etiquette with the Simpsons

There are a few bars in Shanghai that all have 'Windows' in the name. They tend to attract Westerners and along with Westerners, come concerns.…

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Added by Brandon on January 3, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments


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How to say 'rookie' or 'newbie' in Chinese - 菜鸟 cài niǎo

“菜鸟 cài niǎo” is a popular word. Interally, it seems like some kind of bird we can eat. However it means something like rookie or newbie.

 

Now I'm gonna tell the story behind "菜鸟":…

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Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on January 1, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments


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Learning: 'Poor baby' in Chinese - hǎo kě lián! - 好可怜!



Okay so that picture is most likely a Japanese Sumo and I realize that this is a Chinese Mandarin site but what the hell, I liked the picture.…







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Added by Brandon on December 29, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments


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Slang: Why 二百五 (èr bǎi wǔ) means idiot

I have been using italki to ask random questions about Mandarin and could not resist this one.  I heard on a chinesepod(cast) that calling someone 二百五 èr bǎi wǔ (250) means idiot.

 

They didn't explain the story but I got a few responses below.  My favorite was provided by…

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Added by Brandon on December 21, 2010 at 6:30am — 1 Comment


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How to say What's up in Chinese - 怎么样?怎么了? 有事吗?more?

I really want more variety of fun & informal greetings to say to my 中国人同事 zhōng guó rén tóng shì。(chinese colleagues).  I started saying 'What up' due to overuse on Futurama and want an equivalent.…

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Added by Brandon on December 18, 2010 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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