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Jjāng shèng cài dǎ bāo
将剩菜打包
Pack the leftovers (or Ask for a doggie bag)

One of the easiest ways to save money on food is to stop throwing it away. It's sometimes easy to forget that the most expensive food you buy is the food you don't actually eat. Pack the leftovers at night while you're cleaning up from dinner. Ask for a "doggie bag" to take away the leftovers of a party with your family or friends in a restaurant. Then, in the morning, just grab and go.

 

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Mài kè:
麦克:
Mike:
Wǒ men zhōng wǔ qù nà jiā cān guǎn chī diǎn dōng xi ba?
我们中午去那家餐馆吃点东西吧?
Shall we have lunch in that restaurant?
Lì li:
丽丽
Lili:
Hǎo de, wǒ men kě yǐ yù dìng yí gè kào chuāng hù de wèi zi.
好的,我们可以预定一个靠窗户的位子。
Great, we can reserve a window table now.
Mài kè:
麦克:
Mike:
Wǒ xiǎng diǎn fèn niú pái, shā là hé mǐ fàn.
我想点份牛排、沙拉和米饭。
I'd like to have a steak, with salad and some rice.

Li li:
丽丽:
Lili:
Nǐ xǐ huān shēng de, zhōng děng shóu de, hái shì wán quán shóu de niú pái?
你喜欢生的、中等熟的、还是完全熟的牛排?
Do you prefer your steak rare, medium or (completely) well-done?

Lì li:
丽丽
Lili:
Wǒ xǐ huān zhōng děng shóu de, wèi dào bǐ jiào xiān nèn.
我喜欢中等熟的,味道比较鲜嫩。
I like my steak medium. It tastes fresh and tender.
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Allegories / 歇后语 >>
guān qǐlái dă luó – míng shēng zài wài
[关起门来打锣 – 名声在外]
Close the door to beat gongs – be well-known
hán dōng là yuè de mă fēng wō – kōng kōng dòng dòng
[寒冬腊月的马蜂窝 – 空空洞洞]
A hornet's nest in severe winter – empty; hollow; devoid of substance
hăo mă zāo biān dă – rěn rŭ fù zhòng
[好马遭鞭打 – 忍辱负重]
A hardworking horse is whipped – show great fortitude under humiliating circumstances
hòu bàn yè zuò měi mèng – hăo jĭng bù chán
[后半夜做美梦 – 好景不长]
Have a beautiful dream after midnight –good times don't last long
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Ancient poems / 古诗词 >>

huà jī
画鸡
tóu shàng hóng guān bú yòng cái
头上红冠不用裁
mǎn shēn xuĕ bái zŏu jiāng lái
满身雪白走将来
píng shēng bù gǎn qīng yán yǔ
平生不敢轻言语
yí jiào qiān mén wàn hù kāi
一叫千门万户开
A Picture of the Rooster
A crimson comb untrimmed on the head,
All in white, a rooster walks nearby.
In his life seldom a single sound he's made,
But thousands of doors soon open to his cry.

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New words / 生词 >>

餐馆 cān guǎn: restaurant

预定 yù dìng: reserve

窗户 chuāng hù: window

 

点菜 diǎn cài: order

位子 wèi zi: table

中等 zhōng děng: medium

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Popular words / 流行词 >>

全球变暖 quán qiú biàn nuăn: Global warming

极端天气 jí duān tiān qì: Extreme weather

温室效应 wēn shì xiào yìng: Greenhouse effect

绿色出行 lǜ sè chū xíng: Green commuting; green travel

有机食品 yŏu jī shí pĭn: Organic food

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Idioms / 成语 >>

míng luò sūn shān
名落孙山

Fall behind Sun Shan (who was last on the list of successful candidates) to fail in an exam or competition

àn bù jiù bān
[ 按部就班 ]
Follow the prescribed order; keep to the conventional way of doing things

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Extensive reading / 泛读 >>

英雄司机用生命守护全车乘客
Hero bus driver saves passengers, loses own life

吴斌是浙江省杭州市的一名公交车司机,他在危急关头舍已救人的英勇行为深深地感动了公众。

Wu Bin, a bus driver from the city of Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, has deeply moved the public for his heroic act of self-sacrifice. The man laid down his life to save his 24 passengers from imminent danger.

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白灼肥牛 bái zhuó féi niú: Scalded Beef

米汤豆苗 mǐ tāng dòu miáo: Sautéed Pea Sprouts in Rice Soup

萝卜干炒腊肉 luó bo gān chǎo là ròu: Sautéed Preserved Pork with Dried Turnip

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jiāng
river


lake
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I love Zhongguo
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The method of using this crossword form is quite straight forward, and will be clear if you have ever done an English crossword. Here are just a few tips on how to use the form most effectively.

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