To know another language is to have a second soul. - Charlemagne

学习另一种语言就是去拥有第二个灵魂。 - 查理曼大帝

You can never understand one language until you understand at least two. - Ronald Searle, artist (1920 - 2011)

My advice

English is used to communicate, and it's most used for everyday life. It's hard to learn English in a non-English environment. Here is some advice to overcome this.

  • Turn the locale of your mobile phone and computer operating system into English.
  • Don't miss every one opportunity to learn English. Read the English words in taxi tickets, receipts and instructions leaflets.
  • When you run into unknown word, write it down and look it up in a dictionary.
  • When you look up a unknown word in a dictionary, make sure you can speak it too, not only know the meaning.
  • Buy a English grammar book and look it up when you have time. Recommend: 英语语法大全(Collins Cobuild - English Grammar).
  • When you watch movies, turn off the subtitles if it's English speaking or only turn on the English subtitles otherwise.
  • Speak English aloud for half a hour everyday.

If you are a programmer like me, I recommend to learn English from your work:

  • Read English technical articles instead of translated ones.
  • Annotate/Comment your code in English.
  • Try to communicate with others in mailing list with English.
  • Try to translate good articles.


  • Dear, honey, darling, sugar, sweetie.
  • You are my one and only.
  • Wear a long face 愁眉苦脸
  • You are wearing your sweater inside out.
  • I'm still sleepy.
  • Go wash your face.
  • You better hurry.
  • Comb your hair.
  • Flush the toilet.
  • Clap your hands.
  • Bend your knees.
  • Don't be so picky.
  • I can eat a horse.
  • You are on your way.
  • It's raining cats and dogs outside. It's raining heavily.
  • Don't play with fire.
  • Let's make up. 我们和好吧!
  • What a mess.
  • I ran into her.
  • All you can eat.
  • You never know. 谁知道呢?

Politically correct (p.c.)

  • chairperson (chairman) / spokesperson (spokesman) / businessperson / salesperson / actor (no actress) / nurse / doctor
  • flight attendant (waiter/waitress) / firefighter (fireman)
  • sanitation engineer (no janitor) / domestic engineer (house wife)
  • involuntarily leisured (unemployed)
  • African-American (no black or nigger) / Asian-American (no Chink or orientals) / Native American American-Indian (Indian) / Caucasians (no whites)
  • pro-life == anit-abortion
  • Ms (no Mrs or Miss)
  • physically challenged / disabled people / the disabled / the handicapped / people with disabilities
  • visually changed / handicapped / impaired (no blind)
  • audibly challenged (no deaf)
  • mentally challenged (retarded)
  • vertically challenged / dwarf / midget
  • obese / horizontal gifted
  • elderly people / senior citizens / the elderly (no old people)


  • lady of the evening (no prostitute or hooker)
  • restroom / ladies's room / men's room (bathroom or toilet)
  • f*ck == fuck / WTF == What the fuck? / SOB == sun of bitch / pass away == die
  • No four-letter words are permitted in this room. (fuck/shit/cock/cunt/piss/twat/etc)
  • Oh! Shoot! (shit) / Dang it! (Damn it!)
  • Roman hands and Russian fingers (roaming hands and rushing fingers)


  • crush on / run into / go out with / date / love at first sight / wake up to love (热恋)
  • hit on / hook up / flirt / slut / one-night stand (一夜情)
  • prostitute prostitution hooker (口语妓女) pimp (皮条客) sexual harassment child molestation
  • sexual orientation: gay / lesbian (no dyke) / straight / metrosexual (装扮的像同性恋的男人)/ transvestite or drag queen (异装癖) / harmaphrodite (雌雄同体)
  • bimbo 胸大无脑的女人 / mimbo 英俊无脑的男人
  • relationships: committed / involved / faithful / loyal vs infidelity / cheating
  • penis / weenies / cock / dick
  • He has a nice package.
  • testicles / balls / nuts / He doesn't have the balls to do that.
  • vagina / pussy / Don't be a pussy
  • breast / boobs / tits / rack / jugs
  • public hair
  • ass / butt / arse / buns / rump
  • ass kicker / kiss my ass / I have to save my ass / Tits and Ass (T&A) 身材玲珑有致,引人侧目的女人 / badass 出色的 / kick-ass 了不起的 / asshole 令人讨厌的家伙 / asswipe 没出息的家伙 / bare ass == nude == naked / pain in the ass (butt) 麻烦的家伙 / dumbass == idiot
  • Got your mind out of the gutter.
  • ass (butt) crack / cleavage / sleezy
  • make out / mess around / fool around / heavy petting
  • pervert / swinger / swapping / mile high club (在起飞的飞机卫生间里进行性行为的人的俗称)
  • be knocked up 怀孕 / get laid
  • hot / gorgeous / knockout / brick shithouse / provocative / seductive
  • 1st base: kiss or tongue kiss; 2nd base: roaming hands; 3rd base: rushing fingers; home run: sexual intercourse


  • 千万别和白痴争论,因为他会把你的智商拉到跟他一个水平,然后用丰富的经验打败你! Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
  • Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -- Benjamin Franklin
  • Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. - John F. Kennedy
  • Practice Makes Perfect 熟能生巧
  • The early bird gets the worm.
  • A friend in need is a friend indeed.
  • No pain, no gain.
  • Better late than never.
  • I think these are sour grapes.
  • Every little bit helps.
  • The grass is always greener on the other side.
  • Every dog has his day.
  • Don't judge a book by its cover.
  • There’s a huge difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it.
  • The sooner, the better. ASAP.
  • No news is good news.
  • The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
  • Rome was not built in a day 罗马不是一日建成的
  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.
  • Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. -- Francis Bacon 读书使人深沉,谈话使人机敏,而写作使人思想精确。-- 弗朗西斯·培根
  • 美德犹如名香,经燃烧或压榨而其香愈烈,盖幸运最能显露恶德而厄运最能显露美德。- 《培根论说文集》
  • To be or not to be – that is the question. -- William Shakespeare (Hamlet) 生存还是毁灭?这是个问题。 -- 莎士比亚 (哈姆莱特)
  • 幸福的家庭都是相似的,不幸的家庭各有各的不幸(Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way)。 - 列夫·托尔斯泰 《安娜.卡列尼娜》
  • 孩子们学习语言的时候有家长、老师、朋友纠正,而且他们欣然接受;一般人不会纠正成年人的错误,并且即使有人提出纠正,成年人也不会轻易接受 -- 我们称之为“成熟”。

English (last edited 2015-11-01 15:31:31 by ZhigangWang)