What's the deal?

2009-02-17 10:03

"What's the deal" is an American colloquialism. Depending on context, it may mean: What's the situation? What's happening? What's wrong? What's the problem? What's the matter?

Going totally crackers

2009-02-16 10:16

When Zhang Yimou conceived the opening gala for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he intended that fireworks would show off one of the "four great inventions of ancient China".

Political spin

2009-02-13 11:32

That means they are twisting a story around in order to make the story appear more favorable. In other words, to put a spin on something is to lie about it.

Fireworks ban will kill a tradition

2009-02-11 10:54

Sparks from fireworks were suspected to have caused the fire that lasted six hours from Monday evening until the early hours of yesterday morning and nearly destroyed the newly built Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing. The incident triggered a new round of argument in the Chinese capital in favor of prohibiting the practice of celebrating festivals with fireworks.

Chicken or egg

2009-02-10 11:09

The chick-or-egg refers to the idiomatic expression: "Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?"

Lead a horse to water

2009-02-06 11:33

It means it's not easy to ask banks to start lending simply because government money is being put into them.

Crisis can't kill Chinese confidence

2009-02-04 11:28

Premier Wen Jiabao expressed optimism about China's ability to battle the impact of the current global economic crisis and emphasized the importance for the world to maintain confidence against the crisis during his recent European tour.

Flip side

2009-02-03 11:31

The flip side means the other side, the side that's often ignored or simply unseen.

Education the next bubble to burst

2009-02-01 15:35

Many people are now wondering whether the education industry will also start to experience a downfall as a result of the global financial crisis, (GFC).


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World outlook

2009-01-23 15:14

The word outlook refers to a view. You look out the window from your room for example and you will see a view and that view is an outlook in its fundamental sense.

Holders should not pay for fake money

2009-01-19 10:51

Extremely "real looking" fake bank notes have appeared in several provinces and cities across the country causing panic among the public because there were reports that even bill scanners failed to detect them.



Raymond Zhou

周黎明,Raymond Zhou,中国日报资深专栏作家,用地道英语撰写社会、娱乐等题材的评论文章。
















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