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Practice Your Slang 9

8已有 831 次阅读  2011-06-15 00:17
Wow, I got to get back in here more often. You guys are great. Here's some more reading.
 

 

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Quote: "Jack made a long trip in Shanghai and he stayed with one of his relatives in order to save hotel fee. But I am afraid that he has worn out his welcome."
WOW, so good that I'm embarrassed to point out the 1 tiny plural error.
"Jack made a long trip in Shanghai and he stayed with one of his relatives in order to save hotel fees. But I am afraid that he has worn out his welcome."
The fact is, most customers assume that the hotel fee will be only the 1 price of the room. This assumption makes your grammar absolutely correct. However, most English speakers choose to say 'fees' instead of 'fee' because they expect that staying at a hotel will cost them the price of the room per night, snacks, TV, internet, etc.


Quote: "The job market is very bad now so Jack crossed his fingers for himself to find a better job.
Pretty good, Grammar-CHECK, Understanding-CHECK, Spelling-CHECK. The only things I'd suggest is changing a few words because the "for himself" part can be implied instead of said. It becomes more natural.
"The job market is very bad now so Jack crossed his fingers in hopes of finding a better job.


Now for the standard explanation of "really cooking".

Things are really cooking now. (idiomatic sentence) Our activities are really active and successful now.    事情发展的发展的非常快,朝着积极方向发展。

Source: Though cooks are often underappreciated, they certainly have a great talent. When there are many people to feed, they need to be very organized and complete a huge number of small tasks in a very short period of time. One could say that when a good cook is doing well, she's hot. She's burning a lot of energy, enjoying herself and achieving a lot of her goals. This thought can easily be applied be applied to almost any bustling activity, trading stocks, playing a basketball game, studying a challenging course in a short time, etc.

Example: Barcelona lost a lot of football games early in the season but now they've won 9 of their last 10 games. Things are really cooking now and their coach is happy.
couch potato (n. phrase) someone who spends too much time watching TV 看电视的懒人

Source: Question: What does a potato do anyway? Answer: Not very much. That’s exactly what a lot of people do when they watch TV. TV may be good for learning, or taking a break from difficult studies or work but it certainly has evolved into something that can make a lazy person do little more than a potato. Since most people watch TV while sitting on a big comfortable couch, we created the term ‘couch potato’. Try to imagine a lazy TV watcher looking like a big, fat potato and you’ll never forget it.

Example: "You're a real couch potato, Jay. You need to get more exercise!"


make up one's mind (v. phrase) decide what to do 打定主意

Source: If all the decisions are either made in one mind or another, somebody needs to take control of that decision making mind and possibly make the reality that will come as a result of the decision. If a decision is simply a conclusion that only exists in one mind, perhaps it’s easy to understand how making a decision or making up one’s mind can be the same thing.

Example: I might go to Canada or the US but I can't make up my mind."
Experience creates memories. Are you going to show me your use of the new phrases, terms, slangs, or idioms to create examples?   It is the only way I can learn what you really need to learn and you can learn, yes actually learn instead of simply understanding. If you like, you can join in at English Slang & Idiom Workshop to practice along with all of the other active users.
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