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The dragon boat festival 1.the dragon boat festival (端午节)is a lunar holiday, occurring on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month 2.Dragon Boat Festival is China's traditional festivals, we can eat dumplings, dragon-boat race, the Dragon Boat Festival is to commemorate the poet Qu Yuan. 3.The exact origins of Duan Wu are unclear, but one traditional…
 
嫁妆 jià zhuāng dowry 嫁 jià marriage 妆 zhuāng makeup stuff 嫁妆 dowry 嫁妆是女子出嫁时,从娘家带到丈夫家去的衣被、家具及其他用品。各地、各民族的风俗习惯不同,其所送的嫁妆也会不同。 送嫁妆的原因有二: 1. 为了女儿过得更好些,贴补家用,或以备应急。2. 尽量给女儿争取在男方家的地位,嫁妆多可以显示女方家有经济实力 Example: 这位年轻的律师可以靠他太太的嫁妆开一家律师事务所了。 With his wife's dowry, the young attorney was able to open a law office.由┍.无常
 
电灯泡 diàn dēnɡ pào the third wheel 电 diàn electric 灯 dēnɡ 泡 pào: Light bulb (redundant person) 两个轮子的自行车大家再熟悉不过了。如果多给你一个轮胎,你可能会嫌它累赘、多余。就像一对情侣在约会时,旁边还有一个朋友作陪的话,这个朋友就会显得有点不合时宜了。 Example: Harry Potter 一个男孩花了七年的时间做电灯泡 A boy spends 7 year being a third wheel.由┍.无常
 
外行 waì háng n. layman outsider 外 waì:外面 outside 行 háng:行业 job Outside of a job. 对某个事情、行业不理解或缺乏经验。 Unfamiliar , unprofessional, greenhorn 和Mandarin Master 4 拿手正好是反义词 example: 谈到炒股,我不过就是个外行 When talking about stock, I have to say that I'm just a layman.由┍.无常
 
Requirement: 1. The voice recording should be more than 3 min and as clear as possibe 2. The background music that I recommend is "sunburst",which is a beautiful light music, or otherwise you can chose your favorite song as the background music. 3. What you can talk is not refined, but I suggest you to follow the following steps. ①A brief self-intr…
 
马屁精 mǎ pì jīng apple polisher 马 mǎ:horse 屁 pì:ass 精 jīng [back nasals]:the person who adepts to do sth. 阿谀奉承的人 Subservient, flatterer, apple polisher ”马屁精“一词起源于草原,一般百姓人家都会拥有几匹马,以解决行路、运输等问题,牧民pastoralist,herdsman们常以养得骏马为荣。有时人们牵着马相遇时,常要拍拍对方马的屁股,摸摸马膘如何,并附带随口夸上几声“好马”,以博得马主人的欢心。起初,人们实事求是,好马说好,可是相沿很久以后,有的人竟不管别人的马好与坏、强和弱,都一味地只说奉承话,把劣马也说成是好马了。于是“马屁精”一词便用来讽…
 
小气鬼 xiǎo qì guǐ cheapskate n. 小 xiǎo:little 气 qì:air 鬼 guǐ:ghost 小气: stingy, Miserly 通常指的是特别吝啬的人,也常用来指小孩子,特别护财, 还有指性格瞻前顾后敏感的人,通常意义上用于对钱很吝啬,也指对感情很吝啬。 小气 adj. Example:他太小气了, 婚礼前都不舍得给自己一次头发 He is too stingy, he even doesn't want to have a hair cut before his wedding.由┍.无常
 
从这个月开始,我将公开一个新的播客专辑,名字叫做“sharing”分享。这是一个大家都可以投稿的平台,在这里分享那你想要讲给外国人的中国文化。在这里说一下,因为我的播客在iTunes, iPodcast, 和荔枝Fm里都能够收听,所以听我的播客的可能有外国人也可能有中国人,那在这里我想开通一个叫做“分享”的播客平台,来邀请你们投稿给Mandarin Master,如果你是一个中国人呢,你可以在荔枝Fm里录制一段简单的录音讲讲你一些想告诉外国人的东西,比如说中国人是怎么吃饭的呢:我们要用筷子,我们要一起吃饭而不是分食并且很多中国人喜欢边吃饭边谈事,我们有一个奇怪的现象就是大家会抢着付钱,你还可以讲讲中国的阴历到底是怎么回事?中国的卫生间为什么要叫WC?甚至为什么中国的妈妈要坐月子之类的;或者说…
 
无语 wú yǔ speechless 无 wú:没有 语 yǔ:语言 无语:说不出话了 speechless 近义词:无奈,郁闷 无语——从网络中流传出来,和尴尬的意思差不多,本意是没有话讲,但我们通常用无语表示不理解,没有想法或无话可说的感觉。有时候像一个感叹词。也同时表示对某人或事非常无奈。 Basically, you can use 无语 "speechless" to mean something so bad or so surprising that you don't know what to say. Dialog: C: 跟你说,那一个女生,她特别虚伪,总是假惺惺地称赞别人,然后转过头来就说人坏话。 D: 就是,我每次见她撒谎,我都特无语 There is a gril…
 
吐槽 tǔ cáo 吐 tǔ 吐露出来 say aloud 槽 cáo 一种盛放饲料的器皿 slot 对话语、事物等予以犀利的批评。 Vomit slot,bitching about something with kindness and humerous. 在网络上,吐槽表示揶揄,拆台 find the flaw of something。但是最重要的是,吐槽绝对不等于抱怨发泄或喷人。 吐槽is not equal to complaint, slander and insult. So when you 吐槽, try to be a nice person. 吐槽的目的,是为了指出对方话语或行为的离奇之处,在作品中,吐槽也通常是为了引导观众,点出笑点,活跃气氛。 ,所以吐槽不存在恶意…
 
The Lantern Festival (元宵节) is the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration. This day is for the last moment for setting off fireworks, the last excuse for eating a big feast and the last chance for family getting together before the “年” celebrations are over. (and also the Lantern Festival is a traditional time of celebration for foreigners who…
 
有空 yǒu kòng 有 yǒu : have 空 kòng : leisure 你有没有时间 If you want to be more authentic: 你有空儿吗? Dialog: C: 你今天有空吗,我们一起去吃个饭怎么样 D: 好呀,我正好发现一家新餐厅,就在马路对面 C: Do you have free time today? How do you say we have a lunch together? D: Oh, that sounds good, you know what, I just found a new restaurant across the street.…
 
山寨 shān zhài 山 shān:mountain 寨 zhài:驻兵营地 barrack 山寨就是假冒伪劣的产品 Copycat, fake 中国有很多山寨产品,大部分是高仿手机等等 Two different parts of speech of 山寨 : adj. 太山寨了。 It&`&s too bogus. n. 你这耳机是个山寨货吧。 Your headphone is a copycat, right?由┍.无常
 
What are you doing for Chinese New Year? Another year of fortune is beginning in China, in our culture, the New Year's Day is the most important festival in China, fireworks pop high in the sky, and dragons dance in the streets when thousands of red lanterns glowing the night, all of these are very traditional customs in China pass down through the…
 
拜年 bài nián 拜 bài :salute, worship 年 nián: year Pay New Year's call traditional Chinese custom 拜年是中国民间的传统习俗,通常指新年中人们相互走访祝贺春节的这种行为 make the rounds, drop by neighbor's house and pay New Year's call and children will send their blessing of the new year to the elder,拜年是一种辞旧迎新的一种形式。拜年 is a kind of way to farewell the old year and ring in the new year 拜年…
 
凑合 còu he 凑 còu:把东西拼凑到一块, get something together 合 he: 合在一起, get something together 将就;还算过得去 [make do;not too bad; passable] Two different parts of speech 凑合:v. Make do with 凑合凑合吧,just make do with it. eg: 我这件棉袄还能凑合着穿一冬 I can make this padded jacket do for another winter. 凑合:adj. passable eg: 这棉袄还凑合吧 This padded jacked is still passable Dialog: C: …
 
How to hail a taxi in China? Though some taxis are empty, the drivers are just simply pass. 滴滴打车 (di di da che), by English it is called "DiDi", online taxi-hailing software, you just need to download it in your phone store and plus, you need an alipay, it is the English name of 支付宝 (zhi fu bao), or you can can use wechat payment service, by Chines…
 
讲究 jiǎng jiu 究 jiu softly 【近义词】讲求,重视,考究,意思是重视什么什么东西 careful, pay great attention to, particular 【基本解释】 1.动词v.,重视,讲求.Pay attention to [造句]:我们要从小培养~卫生的好习惯. we should pay attention to self-sanitation since we are children. 2.形容词adj.,精美.Elegant [造句]:这个房间布置得很~. This room is elegant. 3.名词n.,值得注意或推敲的内容.Something very special and professional [造句]:翻译的技术大有~…
 
走运 zǒuyùn 有好运气 having good luck 走 zǒu 用双脚走, walk 运 yùn 运气, luck Adj. 走运,运气走来了, 有好的运气 Stroke of luck, be in luck Dialog: C: 你今天怎么这么开心? D: 你知道吗,我今天买彩票中奖了,我真是太走运了 C: Why you are so happy today D: You know what, I won a lottery prize today. How I lucky I am ! remember this sentential form:我太走运了 幸运儿 儿: 孩子 baby Lucky dog…
 
新手 xīn shǒu 新 xīn :初始的,新鲜的,没有经验的 initial, naive 手 shǒu:手掌 hand 新手,指: 第一次或者刚开始做某件事的人; 没有技术或没有经验的工人; 新参加工作的人。 green hand / novice / rookie 场景:做某事不熟练的人,我们就把他叫做新手 Someone who are not skilled at doing something, we'll call him 新手 比如说,我不太会开车,那么你就可以叫我新手 Dialog : C: 嘿,你骑车小心点。 D: 不好意思,我还是个新手。 C: Hey, be careful when you ride bike. D: I‘m sorry, I'm still gr…
 
眼红 yǎn hóng 眼 yǎn:眼睛 红 hóng:红色 adj. green eyed 嫉妒 V. have a greedy eye on sb. ①见别人有好条件或好东西非常羡慕和忌妒:眼红人家的新手机 。 When you see someone having a better stuff or better condition than yours, you could say “ 眼红……” 比如说,眼红人家的新手机:having a green eye on somebody's new phone. ②激怒的样子 proverb:仇人相见,分外眼红。 仇人:enemy 相见:meet 分外:very 眼红:green eyed Meeting enemies open o…
 
丢脸 adj. diū liǎn 丢 diū:失去,丧失,丢掉 loss 脸 liǎn:脸,面部 face 1. [lose face]∶失去体面、好感或荣誉。 2. [shame]∶给…带来耻辱。 近义词(synonym):丢人 适用场合:长辈批评晚辈,家长批评孩子 when parents criticize their children, when the elder criticize the young generation (do not use it on your children or friends, cause it will make people really uncomfortable ) Dialog: C: 听说某某某明星赌博倾家荡产 D: 是么,这太丢脸了 …
 
走眼 zǒuyǎn  走 : 走 zǒu : 走路。 眼 : 眼 yǎn:视觉器官 : 眼睛。 走眼就是看错的意思 to see something mistakenly, to misjudge something, mistake sb. or something “走眼”出自一本非常著名的中国古典小说《红楼梦》 ”走眼“Comes fromavery famous Chinese novel “Dream of the Red Chamber” 看走眼,看错了吧 C: 昨天在电影院我看见一个女孩子和你在一起 I saw you with a girl in a cinema yesterday. D: 你一定是看走眼了。我昨天哪儿也没去,一直待在家里 You must have mis…
 
拿手 náshǒu 熟练 adept be good at Separate this word into two characters,拿,就是用手拿着, 拿 means holding by hands, and 手 means hand, 所以这个词的意思就是用手拿着,this phrase means holding by hands. 拿手,用手拿,能拿到,很熟练 adj. 很拿手 什么什么人做什么什么事很拿手 Somebody do something 很拿手、 Somebody do something very good remember this sentential form 造句 他做饭很拿手 he is good at cooking 她做手工很拿手 she is a…
 
随便 sui bian, second tone and forth tone, Similar to have it your way The attitude behind this word is variant, just like the English phrase" have it your way" 1. Anger, for example, a boy wants to apologize to his girlfriend; he will say:" oh honey, forgive me, that's my fault, where do you want to go today? " and his girlfriend may says:" 随便吧。"bec…
 
This episode we are going to learn"不靠谱" My e-mail is 1520863075@qq.com, send me email if you have any question or suggestion.^_^ The slang for today is "不靠谱" “不靠谱” 。 不 is second tone 靠 is forth tone and 谱 is third tone. '不靠谱" second tone forth tone third tone "不靠谱" Well , one pronunciation I need to emhpasize here is the word 靠,it begins with k, k,…
 
in this episode we are going to learn a very popular character"土豪" My e-mail is 1520863075@qq.com, I`d like to answer question and accept feedback. Here I add my script: Mandarin Master 1 Claudia: Hi, guys. Welcome to Mandarin Master! I’m host Claudia. In this podcast. I&`&m gonna help you to learn some Chinese slangs which are often used in our da…
 
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