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发表于 2005-01-21, 06: 49   [ 悄悄话 ]

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请大家起来分享1些有意思的,也比较常用的 Phrases, 有些在字典上也不容易找到的。 有些短句,在跟人对话时,对方是会心1笑得,很好用。

要对大家说的是,这些短语是俺平时日产生活用过的,都是基于俺自己的理解,如果有翻译或其他有啥不对的地方,请大家指出。 多多指教。更希望大家能够把自己的经验也拿出来跟大家分享
I need to say that these phrases are being used in my daily life, all based on my own understanding, if there are any misleading, please point them out. Let's learn from mistakes. More to expect is that everybody can share the own experiences. let's learn together. thanks

第1句:The Mirror has Two Faces

故事的来由:
Once upon a time, there was a very poor family that lived on a small island. One day a young boy, a member of the family found a mirror on his way home. He did not understand the thing. He just picked it up and put into his pocket. When he got home he hid the mirror behind a cupboard. Two weeks later, his mother found the mirror and she was very surprised when she looked at it. She had no idea what it was. The only thing she saw was the face of a woman. She looked again. It didn’t change, it was still the same. The woman became angry. She thought her husband had another wife. The woman couldn't wait. She shouted at her husband, "I have something to ask you."

"What is it Honey?" the man asked.

"I want you to tell me the truth. How many wives do you have?"

The man was very shocked. He had no idea what his wife was talking about.

"Don't try fooling me because I've got proof," the woman continued.

"Show it to me. What is that thing?’

The man's face became red. The woman took the mirror and showed it to her husband.

"Who is this?" the woman asked. "Ah! Tell me now, who is this?"

The man looked at the mirror and he was shocked when he saw a face of a man.

"For God's sake! Who is this man?" he yelled.

"Ah! I did not say man. I said a woman."

"Come on, have a look, this is not a woman." the man yelled.

She took the mirror and she looked again. It was a woman.

She gave it to her husband and said, "It is not a man, it is a woman."

"Right, let's have a look together," the man said.

So, the couple both held the mirror lifted it up and they saw two faces. They both looked at each other and then looked at the mirror again shook their heads and laughed.

"It’s you darling, It is a mirror and that's our faces," said the man.

They both sat down apologised to one another about the misunderstanding that made them both wrong.

故事的含义/短句的意思:This short story reminds us of our everyday life experience. We are all human in the sense that we have weakness or times that we fail to do good. We strive to live in what it means to be perfect but we never find that perfection.

要翻译成中文的请告知版主,他会帮大家翻译的了

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发表于 2005-01-22, 10: 05   [ 悄悄话 ]

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第2句:Plenty Of Fish In The Sea

噢耶,海里好多鱼
oh yeah, plenty of fish in the sea.

对这句印像特别深刻。 半工读时,空闲时间和老板谈起女朋友这些话题,老板说了这句 “plenty of fish in the sea", 俺第1次听,因为很象形,1下子就领悟了,报以会心1笑。

English explanation: This saying is often used to console a person who has lost a girlfriend or boyfriend.
中文翻译:天下何处无芳草。



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发表于 2005-01-22, 11: 02   [ 悄悄话 ]

我很喜欢英语



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发表于 2005-01-23, 13: 26   [ 悄悄话 ]

楼上的共勉
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第3句:Stupid is as stupid does

第1次听到这句话是在 汤汉斯主演的电影《Forrest Gump》里听到的,相信大家都有看过了吧? 电影里还有其他的名句,如“life was like a box a chocolates, never know what you're gonna get" 之类。戏里面有人问Forrest Gump, 为何不停地跑了好几个月, Forrest 答道”Stupid is as stupid does"(俺没记错吧?)。 觉得这话很有意思,但到现在俺还没不知道是否有比较贴切的中文翻译。 俺个人是用广东话里面的 “蠢人冇药医” 来理解它的 可以说是“庸人自扰”吗?

I think that it is an interesting phrase when the first time i heard it from Tom hanks' movie <Forrest Gump>. I guess there are many of you had seen it before right? I am not sure if there is official chinese translation for it or not.

俺个人的中文理解是:用于自嘲 或 嘲笑他人。
My own understanding: self-mockery or can be used to deride,tease others.





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发表于 2005-01-25, 06: 30   [ 悄悄话 ]

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第3句:Two's Company; Three's A Crowd

We say "two's company; three's a crowd" because sometimes two people are having fun together and would not have as much fun if a third person joined them. Example: "I hope he does not come over to our table; two's company; three's a crowd."

小时候看过个动画片:山上住着1个小和尚,每天自己下山打水吃; 有1天有来了个高和尚,于是下山抬水,高和尚在前,矮和尚在后。上山时矮和尚在前,高和尚在后, 配合着1起抬水吃;然后来了个胖和尚,结果。。。

English explanation: a group of two people is comfortable; a group of three is not comfortable ...
中文翻译:2个和尚抬水吃,3个和尚没水吃。



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发表于 2005-01-25, 09: 23   [ 悄悄话 ]

Let me DING DING you.



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发表于 2005-01-25, 09: 30   [ 悄悄话 ]

Interesting really.Some phrases could be very useful.

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发表于 2005-01-26, 21: 58   [ 悄悄话 ]

引用:
不同凡水 wrote:

故事的含义/短句的意思:This short story reminds us of our everyday life experience. We are all human in the sense that we have weakness or times that we fail to do good. We strive to live in what it means to be perfect but we never find that perfection.
i like this phrase,i will come here everyday if i have time .
i hope i will learn something useful .
thanks.
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发表于 2005-01-27, 06: 14   [ 悄悄话 ]

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谢谢 yloh,xiaodao001 和 angel715 :145:




第4句:Eyes (are) Bigger than (one's) Stomach

Definition: desire more than one can eat or handle
广东话有句话叫“眼阔肚窄”, 很像形地解释了这句英文。 第1次学到这句子是在餐馆,1大帮人点了很多菜也喝了好多瓶红酒,俺去问他们还要点啥,其中1个1边望着桌上的酒菜,1边扫着他的肚皮,1边笑说 “Eyes are bigger than stomach” 呵呵

Explanation: Often used figuratively when talking about someone who desires more than he / she can really afford.
中文解释: 也通常用于比喻期望或要求高于实际能承担。

Examples|例句:
1)I told him his eyes were bigger than his stomach when he said he wanted to buy a new Mercedes.
2)I'm afraid my eyes were bigger than my stomach - I feel awful, I've eaten too much.



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发表于 2005-01-27, 09: 15   [ 悄悄话 ]

wonderful post!



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发表于 2005-01-28, 07: 43   [ 悄悄话 ]

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谢谢 eleven 的支持 :145:


在以后的几个贴会推出1些和中国谚语相关,大家也熟悉的短语,敬请留意
The next few days, will post some phrases that very much related to some chinese idioms, please stay with us.



第5句:The early bird catches the worm

在论坛上看到以早起的鸟儿有虫吃为题目的贴次数多又多了。广东话是这样的说的: 饮头啖汤 以及 执输行头,惨过败家 寓意做事走在别人前面是成功之道
The early bird catches the worm means that the person who arrives early will be successful.

Examples|例句:
1)My brother started investing money when he was 16 years old,the early bird catches the worm.
2)At times there is only one "worm" and only one "bird" can catch it, so the bird to arrive early catches the worm



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发表于 2005-01-29, 08: 19   [ 悄悄话 ]

引用:
故事的含义/短句的意思:This short story reminds us of our everyday life experience. We are all human in the sense that we have weakness or times that we fail to do good. We strive to live in what it means to be perfect but we never find that perfection.

请问要翻译成中文吗?
yes , plz. :103: not for the whole story but just the meaning of the sentence. i have got a little bit confusion.:149:thanks ~~

and thanks for sharing . support!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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引用:
evall wrote:
引用:
故事的含义/短句的意思:This short story reminds us of our everyday life experience. We are all human in the sense that we have weakness or times that we fail to do good. We strive to live in what it means to be perfect but we never find that perfection.

请问要翻译成中文吗?
yes , plz. :103: not for the whole story but just the meaning of the sentence. i have got a little bit confusion.:149:thanks ~~

and thanks for sharing . support!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:145::145::145::145::145::145::145::145::145::145::145::145::145::145::145:
其实俺的意思是说: “有哪位老大来把它翻译成中文?” 8D
俺就试着解释1下
这小故事时时提醒着我们:我们作为凡人都有缺点或者都有犯错的时候。我们力求尽善尽美但世上并没有十全十美。
应该是这意思了吧? 8D 请eleven MM?指教



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support!!!DING!



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第4句:Eyes (are) Bigger than (one's) Stomach
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Definition: desire more than one can eat or handle
广东话有句话叫“眼阔肚窄”, 很像形地解释了这句英文。 第1次学到这句子是在餐馆,1大帮人点了很多菜也喝了好多瓶红酒,俺去问他们还要点啥,其中1个1边望着桌上的酒菜,1边扫着他的肚皮,1边笑说 “Eyes are bigger than stomach” 呵呵

Explanation: Often used figuratively when talking about someone who desires more than he / she can really afford.
中文解释: 也通常用于比喻期望或要求高于实际能承担。

俺们那儿也有俗话:“眼大肚子小”,哈哈,小时候我爸经常这么说我来着~~~
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