From the China Daily Hong Kong edition newspaper
“ Better Chinese: Talking about hairstyles ”
讨论发型 (tǎolùn fāxíng)
(qīnàide, kàn wǒde fāxíng zěnmeyàng?)
Darling, what do you think of my hairstyle?
(zhēn bù gǎn rèn le, jiǎnzhí huàn le gè rén shìde.)
I can hardly recognize you. It seems you have changed into another person.
(wǒmen hái zuò le pífū hùlǐ, nǐ kàn wǒde pífū yǒu méiyǒu hǎo yi diǎn?)
We also got some skincare. Don’t you think my skin looks better now?
(kàn bù tài chūlái. rénjiā dōu shūo měiróng děi jiānchí zuò, ǒuěr zuò yī cì bùguǎn yòng de.)
It is not so obvious. People say you should keep on getting facial care. It’s not use if you do it only once in a while.
(shuō de yě shì, wǒ yǐhòu jìu huì jīngcháng qù zuò.)
That’s true. I will do it regularly.
(nǐ kàn nǐ zhège fāxíng, suīrán bù xiàng yǐqián nàme niánqīng, dàn yǒu chéngshú nǚrén de měilì. měigè niánlíng duàn dōu yǒu bù tóng de yōudiǎn.)
Look at your hairstyle. Although you don’t look as young as you were before, you are charming as a mature woman. Each age has its character.
“Better Chinese: Planning to go to a karaoke”
相约去卡拉OK (xiangyue qu chang kalaOK)
I’ve got some free karaoke tickets. Who wants to go to karaoke with me at the weekend?
B: 我，我去。这么好的事情怎么能忘了我呢？ 你有几张？ 在给你叫几个人。
I’d like to go. How could you forget me for something like this? How many tickets do you have? I can find someone for you.
It’s not charged according to the number of people but per private room. With one ticket you can sing for an hour for free, not including drinks.
How many people can a room hold?
This is for a medium-sized room, which can hold six to eight people.
“ Better English: 看看英语怎么“骗”人 ”
Those how lie and cheat will never get away with it.
撒谎 ：sāhuáng = spread lies
撒谎的人、撒谎者 = a liar
欺骗 ：qīpiàn = trick and deceive
欺骗者、欺骗的人 = a con artist
惩罚 ：chéngfá = penalty/punishment
cf. 罚款 ：fá kuăn = a fine i.e. monetary
He was skinned of all his money by confidence tricksters.
It’s wrong to gull a child.
She deceived me into giving her my car keys.
He often hustles on the streets to pay for drugs.
This salesman ripped us off!
Their scam is selling fake Chinese medicine to old people.
The crooks swindled $3,000 out of the old woman.
We fooled the boss into giving us all the day off.
Tell him that there will be lots of food and he will rise to the bait.
You can’t trick me out of my money. I’m not that dumb.
“ Better English: 英语俚语中的“过世” ”
- He lived to a great age before he finally went the way of all flesh.
- Mr Zhou breathed his last early this morning.
- After three months’ treatment, he was called to God in his bed last Sunday.
- The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102.
- I don’t care how bad things are. Once you have a kid, you don’t get to just… check out.
- My poor old aunt was in bed with cancer for six months before she finally gave up the ghost.
- Their cat snuffed it last Friday.
- It grieved him to learn that three more of his comrades had gone for burton.