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Use of the expression 加油 jiayou

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Jun 20, 2014. 2 Replies

When I learned to drive years ago, I remember my Singaporean driving instructor frantically exhorting me to “加油, 加油!” (jia you, jia you) From this, I gathered it meant "to step on the gas" or "go…Continue

 

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Jun 9, 2014
Jim Wu replied to Tan Tet Lin's discussion Use of the expression 加油 jiayou
"I am a Chinese guy, let me help u . Literally 加油 means refuel or fill the gas , but it also used to encourage sb to do sth. refuel is the origin meaning of 加油,  if your car is about to run out of gas , you can say 我的车子快没油了,我必须去加油了。 If you want…"
May 30, 2014
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Use of the expression 加油 jiayou

When I learned to drive years ago, I remember my Singaporean driving instructor frantically exhorting me to “加油, 加油!” (jia you, jia you) From this, I gathered it meant "to step on the gas" or "go faster".Now, as an English teacher of students from China, whenever I want to encourage / 鼓励 (gu li) them in their studies, I tell them to 加油。This is how I hear the phrase being used nowadays. How else can it be used? Once, when the students were late for a talk, and I saw them strolling slowly towards…See More
Apr 27, 2014
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"Thanks so much, Brandon! Crystal clear instructions. I've added three Chinese keyboards, will play around with them and see if they work for me. 谢谢! (My first typed Chinese characters. So cool! ) I'm going to study on my own and see if I…"
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Tan Tet Lin replied to Brandon's discussion New Members - How long will you study Chinese?
"I studied Chinese for 12 years within the Singapore education system, and back then me and my friends didn't take it seriously at all. We cut classes, made a joke out of failing exams, and basically hated Chinese because it was compulsory. 20…"
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