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When the Common ALCOHOL Names are Translated into Chinese

 by teacher Aven Xiang from SN Mandarin

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Hey there! Remember 3 months ago we guessed some Chinese version of a few common brands? Now here comes VER 2.0! Maybe there is no problem for you to buy alcohol in supermarkets just by looking at the bottles (usually the alcohols are imported), but it’s still interesting to figure out how Chinese people call them.

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How Much Do You Know About Dialects In China?

China has seven majot dialect groups. Each group subdivides into many dialects. The people of each province have a special dialect; the people of each city, each town, and each village have their own special dialect as well. In many countries, a person using a southern vernacular can understand a person with a northern dialect. However, two people who speak even within the same dialect group do not necessarily completely understand each other. The general situation is that one can understand perfectly people speaking the same local dialect, but intelligibility decreases as the speakers com from more and more distant regions.

 

 

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Chinese people are used to the animal names. But if we take another look at them by analyzing a little bit, it gets interesting. We have to admit that some animals were not given proper names. Sometimes it’s because the Chinese name is just the translation of the original foreign language (for example “hippo”) and more often it seems that we love to name a new animal according to its feature and similarity to others. That’s why now we have “cat head eagle” and “long neck deer”. 

1.猫头鹰 (māo tóu yīng, literally: cat head eagle)

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