Practical Sentences in Chinese and English
July 2, 2009
Can/Could you turn up the (electric) fan/air conditioning? It’s too hot here.
Can/Could you turn down the (electric) fan/A.C.? It’s too cold here. [A.C. = air conditioning]
The complimentary outfit is offered by our center.
Does your center have a toll-free number?
Our guest rooms are on the fourth floor. I’ll lead you there. / I’ll lead you to the guest rooms. Follow me, please. / Please follow me.
My computer (has) got viruses, and it might/may need to be reinstalled Windows and all the software. [I probably have to reinstall Windows and all the software on the computer.]
Thank you for your hospitality.
We Taiwanese people are very hospitable.
A: Do you need a knife and fork? Or a spoon? B: No, thanks. I’m good at using chopsticks.
A: Can I have a pair of chopsticks? B: Here you are.
(1) Usually the hosts pay the bill/check at a restaurant. (2) Usually the host pays the bill/check at a restaurant.
Guest: I’ll go Dutch with you. = I’ll share the bill with you. Host: Nah/No, you don’t have to. Don’t forget we are in Taiwan. I’ll take care of it.
Can/Could I have the bill/check? (Say it when you finish eating the meal and are ready to pay the bill.)
I am a Hakka. Hakka people are a minority group in Taiwan. We make up around 10 percent of the population. My ancestors came from Guang-Dong, a Chinese province.
It is interesting that most/the majority of the students here are Hakka. [most of = the majority of]
Piggyback your son/your daughter/the child. = Give your son/your daughter/the child a piggyback (ride).
Way to go! = Well done!
It is worth your effort.
The rent includes utilities.
What are you frying in the frying pan/fryer? What are you deep-frying in the fryer?
A: Whose turn is it to do the (pile/stack of) dishes? = Whose turn is it to wash the dirty (pile/stack of) crockery? B: (It’s) my turn. ∕ (It’s) none of my business.
We whiled away the afternoon kicking back and chatting on the bench(es) in the garden.
I’m not picky; I’m just discerning/discriminating.
Restrain your grief and accept the change. At least he/she died/passed away in his/her sleep. That is also a blessed reward. [passed away = died]
People and things are as transient as fleeting clouds.
By 林育華/Lin, Yu-Hua/Monica
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