Random Word Trivia #6 – Education

See how many of these random words you can guess the English and Chinese for!

1. You choose not to attend class. (verb)
2. You are a student who is always sucking up to the teacher. (noun)
3. You did something wrong. The teacher puts you in… (noun)
4. Your parents found out. They punish you. (verb)
5. In your high school you buy food at the… (noun)
6. You copy your friend’s assignment and hand it in, claiming it is your work. (verb/noun)
7. This school teaches both boys and girls. (noun)
8. When you’re sick at school you see a nurse in the… (noun)
9. The person – not a teacher – who provides spiritual/religious guidance at your high school. (noun)
10. You get A after A after A. You are a… (noun)
11. The head of the school or faculty at uni. (noun)
12. The leading student or leader of the class. (noun)
13. At uni, you decide to put off studying your degree for one year. (verb)
14. You take an exam without preparing for it. (verb)
15. You sit an exam for someone else. (verb)
16. A specialised school that trains students to commonly to pass the entrance examinations of high schools or universities. (noun)
17. You memorise lots of information in preparation for your exam. (verb)
18. An exam you take to get into university. (noun)
19. You pretend to be sick to get out of going to school or work. (verb)
20. You can’t read or write. (adjective)

 

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Answers:

1. You choose not to attend class. (verb) English: skip class; wag (Aussie slang); play truant (formal). Chinese: 逃课 táokè.

2. You are a student who is always sucking up to the teacher. (noun) English: teacher’s pet. Chinese: 马屁精 mǎpìjīng.

3. You did something wrong. The teacher puts you in… (noun) English: detention. Chinese: 留校 liúxiào; 留堂 liútáng.

4. Your parents found out. They punish you. (verb) English: ground; to impose a curfew. Chinese: 禁足 jìnzú.

5. In your high school you buy food at the… (noun) English: canteen; cafeteria (US); tuckshop (Aussie slang). Chinese: 食堂 shítáng.

6. You copy your friend’s assignment and hand it in, claiming it is your work. (verb/noun) English: plagiarise; plagiarism. Chinese: 抄袭 chāoxí.

7. This school teaches both boys and girls. (noun) English: co-educational school/co-ed. Chinese: 男女同校 nánnǚ tóngxiào.

8. When you’re sick at school you see a nurse in the… (noun) English: sick bay. Chinese: 医务室 yīwùshì.

9. The person – not a teacher – who provides spiritual/religious guidance at your high school. (noun) English: chaplain. Chinese: 牧师 mùshī.

10. You get A after A after A. You are a… (noun) English: straight-A student; dux. Chinese: 尖子生 jiānzishēng.

11. The head of the school or faculty at uni. (noun) English: dean. Chinese: 院长 yuànzhǎng.

12. The leading student or leader of the class. (noun). English: class monitor; prefect (UK; private schools in Australia); Chinese: 班长 bānzhǎng.

13. At uni, you decide to put off studying your degree for one year. (verb). English: defer; Chinese: 推迟入学 tuīchí rùxué.

14. You take an exam without preparing for it. (verb) English: No exact English word exists! You could say “I guess I’ll just wing it” (slang); Chinese: 裸考 luǒkǎo.

15. You sit an exam for someone else. (verb) English: No exact English word exists! Chinese: 枪手 qiāngshǒu. (refers to the person who takes the exam for someone else)

16. A specialised school that trains students to commonly to pass the entrance examinations of high schools or universities. (noun) English: cram school. Chinese: 补习班 bǔxíbān.

17. You memorise lots of information in preparation for your exam. (verb) English: to cram; to learn by rote; Chinese: 死记 sǐjì.

18. An exam you take to get into university. (noun) English: College entrance exam. Chinese: 高考 gāokǎo.

19. You pretend to be sick to get out of going to school or work. English: to chuck a sickie (Aussie slang). Chinese: 装病 zhuāngbìng.

20. You can’t read or write. (adjective) English: illiterate; Chinese: 文盲 wénmáng.

9 Comments to "Random Word Trivia #6 – Education"

  1. 60's Gravatar 60
    04/05/2012 - 12:22 am | Permalink

    第6个我觉得“打小抄”或者“抄袭”比较合适。”抄写”通常只是照着写下来,没有贬义。

  2. sonic's Gravatar sonic
    05/05/2012 - 2:33 am | Permalink

    some words existing in both, some no
    English: class monitor; prefect (UK; private schools in Australia); Chinese: 班长 bānzhǎng.
    this one exists in both but has different function, Chinese banzhang is responsible for monitoring and supervising and reporting wrong doings and even correcting or checking others’ homeworks for teacher, sounds like assistant to teacher, spy to classmates.

    • sonic's Gravatar sonic
      05/05/2012 - 2:34 am | Permalink

      I don’t think weather the monitor in Australia has same functions. 🙂

  3. 08/05/2012 - 1:03 am | Permalink

    I would use ‘swot’ for ‘cram’. At my school they called teacher’s pets ‘crawlers’. The school dux is the best student in the school for that year, not just someone who got straight As. The exam to get into university used to be called ‘matriculation exam’, I think. Not sure what the common term is nowadays, but ‘college entrance exam’ sounds American (which is fine, but not everyone is American).

  4. Kaiwen's Gravatar Kaiwen
    19/05/2012 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    1. 翘课,旷课 skip, play hookey (does anyone say this anymore?)

    17. 硬背

  5. Steven's Gravatar Steven
    30/05/2012 - 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I’m a Chinese native. Your blogpost is quite interesting. I would like to make a few comments.

    翘课 is how we would put it in daily life when we want to say 逃课 and 旷课 is the most formal way.

    禁闭 is more common than 禁足 which is a derivative of the translation for ground

    When we copy others’ homework, we just say 抄作业 , not 抄写 in this case

    枪手 is not a verb, is the person who sits an exam for someone else. (Can’t believe there’s not an English equivalent). The verb would be 代考

    As for #17, if you don’t prepare for an exam until the day before. We call it 临时抱佛脚

    We don’t have 牧师 in our school. But there are those who aren’t teachers that provide us guidance on life. They are called 辅导员 or 心理老师

  6. Sharon Xu's Gravatar Sharon Xu
    14/06/2012 - 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Very good exercises!
    4. 关禁闭 is more popular than 禁足
    6. 抄袭
    7. 男女同校or男女混校
    12. We also say “class captain”, often in primary school.
    13. 推迟入学or延期入学

    • Jimmy's Gravatar Jimmy
      09/07/2014 - 2:10 am | Permalink

      test/exam surrogate 枪手?

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