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缺 (quē): to lack (something) 心眼儿 (xīn yǎnr): intelligence We use 缺心眼儿 (quē xīn yǎnr) to describe someone as dim-witted or intellectually-challenged.
脑 (nǎo) means “brain” 洞 (dòng) means “hole” When we describe someone as having a huge “brain hole”, or 脑洞很大 (nǎo dòng hěn dà), we’re saying that they’re highly imaginative.
吃 (chī): to eat 吃货 (chī huò) is the term we use to refer to foodies: people who love food, people who live to eat. With so many amazing regional cuisines in China, it’s little wonder we’ve got so many 吃货 (chī huò) around.
死(sǐ) means “dead” 去 (qù): to go 活(huó) means “alive” 来 (lái): to come This phrase is often used to describe something fierce.
The subtitle for this article was going to be “why won’t the taxi stop when the light is on and you’re clearly waving your hand like there’s a particularly stubborn bee on your finger.” Taxis in Shanghai can be a frustrating source of nerves. Maybe you’ve stood for what seems like forever as cab after...
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