I've been watching a special column named "希望英语--Outlook" on CCTV-10. This column teaches English learners about the fashionable English of life and authentic expression of western culture.  In my opinion, this column is good for both English learners and Chinese learners, because it uses a bilingual method of teaching.

   Now I'm going to tell what I learnt today!  I think you may be interested in the Chinese translation!  Enjoy!


1. Don't pull my leg.

   别开我的玩笑了 bié kāi wǒ de wán xiào le

2. bone-tired    筋疲力尽 jīn pí lì jìn

3. Don't let the grass grow under your feet.

   别浪费时间了 bié làng fèi shí jiān le

4. Have one's feet on the ground.

   脚踏实地 jiǎo tà shí dì

5. Walls have ears  隔墙有耳  gé qiáng yǒu ěr

6. In one ear and out the other

   耳边风 ěr biān fēng/左耳进右耳出zuǒ ěr jìn yòu ěr chū

7. All ears  全神贯注 quán shén guàn zhù

8. Play it by ear.

   随机应变 suí jī yìng biàn/见机行事 jiàn jī xíng shì

9. Grin from ear to ear.

   笑得像花一样 xiào de xiàng huā yí yàng.


Really hope this helps! :)

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Comment by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 20, 2011 at 9:22pm

You are welcome! :)

That's it! Youku works on my computer. Have you ever been to Nanjing? I went there a long time ago, the only memory I can remember is---Nanjing is very hot in summer!


We use those phrases very often in our normal life, here are examples:


1. A:老板让你下班前完成(Boss wants you to finish it before work).

   B: 什么?开玩笑呢吧!(What? Don't pull my leg!)


2.我不能再走了,我已经筋疲力尽了。(I can't walk any more, I'm bone-tired)


3.上学快迟到了,快点,别浪费时间了(It's late for school, hurry up,don't waste your time)


4. 做什么事都要脚踏实地(No matter what you do, you have to have your feet on the ground)


5.嘘~小心隔墙有耳(Shh......Walls have ears)




7.Anna正全神贯注的听音乐(Anna is all ears learning to the music)


8.Anna 笑得像花一样(Anna is grinning from ear to ear)


If there is anything you are not clear, just tell me, love to explain!^^

Comment by Brandon on April 20, 2011 at 7:48am
Excellent - thanks Anna!   Would you use any of these phrases in Chinese or do they not translate very well?

Here's a youku link to the show - looks pretty good.

And video embed, if it works

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