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Mini-Test Answer: Amy is a sweet talker.

Apr. 25, 2012

Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)

The right answer to the quiz is A.

Translation:

         Lora ā yíhǎo.
Amy: Lora 阿姨好。

 

         Hello, Aunt Lora.

         Amy nǐhǎo.
Lora: Amy 你好。

 

         Hello, Amy.

         Lora āyí zhēn piàoliang.
 Amy: Lora 阿姨  真  漂亮。

 

         Aunt Lora is so beautiful.

         (Xiàozhe shuō) Zhè háizǐ zuǐ zhēn tián.
Lora: (笑着       说)     这    孩子 嘴  真    甜。

 

         (Said with a smile) You’re such a sweet talker.

Analysis:

“嘴真甜 (zuǐ zhēn tián)” in oral English means “you are such a sweet talker.” “嘴 (zuǐ)” means mouth; “真 (zhēn)” means very; “甜 (tián)” means sweet. The phrase is used to show that someone is very good at pleasing others by paying them compliments. It is usually a positive term when used to describe people, especially kids. However, sometimes the term is used to show that someone will say nice things as a way of manipulating others.

Example:

        Lìlì, wǒmen hǎo jiǔ méi jiàn le ba.
Tom: 莉莉,我们好   久   没    见 了吧。

 

        Lily, it has been a long time since we’ve seen each other.

        Shì a, wǒ yǐwéi nǐ dōu wàngjì wǒ le.
 Lily: 是啊,我以为你 都    忘记     我了。

 

       Yeah, I thought you would have forgotten me.

        Dà měinǚ, shuí gǎn wàngle ya.
Tom: 大美女, 谁    敢    忘了    呀。

 

          How could I forget such beauty?

       Jiù nǐ zuǐ tián.
Lily: 就 你嘴   甜。

 

       You have always been a sweet talker.

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