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Answer to Chinese Test: Does the Bird Love to Eat Vegetables?

Jun. 14, 2017

Correct Answer

1. C

Translation:

         Tom, gàn de búcuò a!
Alice: Tom, 干    得不错   啊!
         Tom, well done!

        Wǒ zhǐshì yì ge càiniǎo, háiyào duōduō xuéxí la.
Tom: 我   只是  一 个  菜鸟, 还要      多多   学习 啦。
         I’m just a newbie; I need to learn more.

Analysis:

“菜鸟 (càiniǎo)” mean “newbie.” The character “菜 (càiniǎo)” normally means vegetable, and “鸟 (càiniǎo)” means bird.

“菜鸟 (càiniǎo)” originates from the Taiwanese dialect. “菜鸟 (càiniǎo)” describes a kind of bird which often falls to the ground when they start to learn to fly. Now people call someone “菜鸟 (càiniǎo)” if he/she is a novice in a certain field.

“菜鸟 (càiniǎo) newbie” can also be used to describe someone who is weak in a certain field such as science or sports.

For example:

Zài fángdìchǎn lǐngyù lǐ, tā hái shì ge càiniǎo.
在   房地产      领域 里,他还  是 个  菜鸟。
In the real estate field, he is still a newbie.

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