Friday, 22 November 2013

Chinese-English loanwords and coincidences


阿司匹林ĀsīpīlínAspirin
阿姨ĀyíAuntie
澳大利亚ÀodàlìyǎAustralia
宝贝BǎobèiBaby
FèiFee
ĚrEar
培根 PéigēnBacon
芭蕾 BālěiBallet
酒吧 JiǔbāBar
绷带 BēngdàiBandage
披头士 Pī tóu shìThe Beatles
比基尼 BǐjīníBikini
博客 BókèBlog
保龄球 BǎolíngqiúBowl
白兰地 BáilándìBrandy
泡泡糖PàopaotángBubblegum
蹦极 BèngjíBungee
餐厅CāntīngCanteen, Restaurant
卡路里 KǎlùlǐCalories
加拿大 JiānádàCanada
咀嚼JǔjuéChew
Card
卡通 KǎtōngCartoon
香槟 XiāngbīnChampagne
起士 (奶酪)Qǐ shì (nǎilào)Cheese
巧克力 QiǎokèlìChocolate
咖啡KāfēiCoffee
咖啡因Kāfēi yīn Caffeine
可乐 KělèCola
炒面 ChǎomiànChow mein
西打 (苹果酒)Xīdá (píngguǒ jiǔ)Cider
可卡因 KěkǎyīnCocaine
拷贝 (复制)Kǎobèi (fùzhì)Copy
咖喱 GālíCurry
达赖喇嘛 Dá lài lǎmaDalai Lama
迪斯科 DísīkēDisco
爱斯基摩人 Àisījīmó rénEskimos
法西斯 FàxīsīFascist
风水 FēngshuǐFeng Shui
1加仑 (8品脱)1 Jiālún (8 pǐn tuō)1 gallon ( 8 pints )
基因 (根本原因)Jīyīn Gene
高尔夫 Gāo'ěrfūGolf
吉他 JítāGuitar
吉普赛Jípǔ sàiGypsy
海洛因 HǎiluòyīnHeroin
嬉皮 Xī píHippie
荷尔蒙 (激素)Hè'ěrméng (jīsù)Hormones
印度 YìndùIndia
iphone (爱疯)iPhone (ài fēng)iPhone
夹克 JiákèJacket
爵士乐JuéshìyuèJazz music
吉普 JípǔJeep
功夫 GōngfuKung Fu
逻辑 Luójí Logic
马来西亚 MǎláixīyàMalaysia
马拉松 MǎlāsōngMarathon
马杀鸡 (按摩)Mǎ shā jī (ànmó)Massage
麦当劳 MàidāngláoMcDonald's
摩登 (现代)Módēng (xiàndài)Modern
摩托车Mótuō chēMotorcycle
迷思 (神话)Mí sī (shénhuà)Myth
霓虹灯 NíhóngdēngNeon light
尼古丁 NígǔdīngNicotine
尼龙 NílóngNylon
奥林匹克ÀolínpǐkèOlympic
盘尼西林 (青霉素)Pánníxīlín (qīngméisù)Penicillin
百事可乐 BǎishìkělèPepsi
乒乓球 Pīngpāng qiúTable tennis
派 (馅饼)Pài (xiàn bǐng)Pie
比萨 BǐsàPizza
扑克 PūkèPoker
布丁BùdīngPudding
泡芙 Pào fúPuffs
来复枪LáifùqiāngRifle
萨拉米 (腊肠)Sà lā mǐ (làcháng)Salami ( sausage )
撒西米 (生鱼片)Sā xi mǐ (shēng yú piàn)Sashimi (Japanese raw fish)
桑拿浴室 Sāngná yùshìSauna
萨克斯SàkèsīSax
速克达 (滑板车)Sù kè dá (huábǎn chē)Scooter
秀 (节目)Xiù (jiémù)Show
时髦 (智能衣冠楚楚的)Shímáo (zhìnéng yīguānchǔchu de)Stylish ( Smart, dapper )
沙发 ShāfāSofa
士巴拿 (扳手)Shì ba ná (bānshǒu)Spanner ( wrench )
圣代 Shèng dài Sundae
寿司 ShòusīSushi
太妃糖 Tài fēi tángToffee
太极TàijíTai Chi
探戈舞 Tàngē wǔTango
托福考试 Tuōfú kǎoshìTOEFL
豆腐 DòufuTofu
台风 TáifēngTyphoon
乌冬面 Wū dōng miànUdon
威士忌 WēishìjìWhisky
维基百科 Wéijī bǎikēWikipedia
馄饨Húntún Wonton


Sunday, 17 November 2013

Age in Hours

By the end of today I will have completed 10,666 24-hour cycles, making me around 255,984 hours old!
Our son is just 4,890 hours old!
He was born at 9:48 AM on Sunday 28 April, 2013, after 12 hours of labour.

In the next episode, we'll calculate our ages in minutes ... fasten your seatbelts!


Hugh Laurie: : So let's talk instead about flexibility of language - um, linguistic elasticity, if you'd like.
Stephen Fry:: Yes, I think that I've said earlier that our language, English -
L: As spoken by us.
F: As we speak it, yes, certainly, defines us. We are defined by our language, if you will.
L: [to screen] Hello. We're talking about language!

One of my early memories is of watching A Bit of Fry and Laurie with my dad. I didn't understand it, of course, but I remember it vividly. I would fall asleep, and then Dad would give me a classic fireman's lift up the stairs to Bedfordshire LOL I would be almost asleep, but I remember how comfortable it was on his shoulder!