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All Greek to me

[ 2012-06-20 13:25] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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All Greek to meThis book is written in Russian, and this is all Greek to me.

My comments:

To paraphrase:

This book is written in Russian, and I don’t understand a word of it.

Greek is the language of the people of Greece, which has a long rich history, and, in fact, is the cradle of European civilization or one of the cradles of European civilization. A lot of books in olden times were written in Greek, and not many foreign people understood them. Apparently in these situations, many a foreign scholar uttered helplessly: “My, it’s all Greek to me.”

In other words, it’s a foreign language.

Hence the phrase: All Greek to me, meaning something you read is foreign and incomprehensible.

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Zhang Xin(张欣) has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.