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中国茶 Chinese Tea

Jan. 27, 2010

中国茶 (Zhōngguóchá) Chinese Tea   

Key Learning Points (Preview):
减肥 (jiănféi): v to lose weight    
美容 (měiróng): v to beautify the features/beauty   

Chinese tea has a history of over 5000 years in China, and it has been a daily beverage for most Chinese. There is a variety of Chinese tea, such as white tea, green tea, black tea, pu’er tea and so on. In ancient times, Chinese people recognized the benefits of all kinds of tea. For example, green tea is helpful for “减肥 (jiănféi) losing weight,” black tea for preventing heart disease, and pu’er tea for “美容 (měiróng) facial beautification” as well as hypertension. Nowadays, more and more young people take tea in order to “减肥 (jiănféi) lose weight“ or for “美容 (měiróng) facial beautification.”

Key Learning Points:
减肥 (jiănféi) to lose weight
    
In “减肥 (jiănféi),” “减 (jiăn)” means to reduce and “肥 (féi)” means fat. At first, “减肥 (jiănféi) losing weight” was very popular with the models who were required to keep slim. Gradually, it has become a trend until today when a slim, even bony figure is the fashion. Many girls will try anything to “减肥 (jiănféi) lose weight” in order to become slim or bony. “减肥 (jiănféi)” can be used as a noun or a verb.

e.g. a. 时下,减肥在众多女孩子中间非常流行。 
           Shí xià, jiănféi zài zhòngduō nǚháizi zhōngjiān fēicháng liúxíng.
           Nowadays, weight loss is very popular among girls.
           In this sentence, 减肥(jiănféi) is used as a noun.
        b. 我太胖了,决定从明天开始减肥。 
            Wǒ tài pàng le, juédìng cóng míngtian kaishĭ jiănféi.
            I’m big now, and I decide to lose weight tomorrow.
            In this sentence, “减肥 (jiănféi)” is used as a verb.

美容 (měiróng) to beautify the features/beauty   
In “美容 (měiróng),” “美 (měi)” means beautiful and “容 (róng)” means appearance. Everyone has her heart in beautiful things, especially for women. They spare no efforts to seek beauty. In the past, they applied flower powder for “美容 (měiróng) beatification.” At present, most women would prefer to going to “美容院(měróngyuàn) beauty salons” to “美容 (měiróng)” beautify their features. “美容 (měiróng)” can also be used as a noun or a verb.

e.g. a. 她经常去美容院。  
           Tā jīngcháng qù měiróngyuàn.
           She often goes to the beauty salon.
           In this sentence, “美容 (měiróng)” is used as a noun.
        b. 她去韩国美容了。  
            Tā qù Hánguó měiróng le.
            She went to South Korean for facial beautification.
            In this sentence, “美容 (měiróng)” is used as a verb.

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