Random Word Trivia #8

Now it’s time for another Random Word Trivia Quiz!

Which of these can you guess the Chinese and English for?

Answers are at the bottom! (Don’t peek until you can figure them out!)

  1. You have a big belly, possibly from too much eating or drinking (noun)
  2. You know someone who has a huge vocabulary and seems to know the meaning of almost any word. (noun)
  3. One of the most painful sounds a human can make by rubbing two objects together. (cultural concept)
  4. You sing with your mouth closed, like a bee. (verb)
  5. A child who is a genius. (noun)
  6. There’s lots of bureaucracy you have to complete to get something done. (name of a concept)
  7. You have a really old, big mobile phone. (noun)
  8. You used to play this when you were a kid, throwing rocks across a river or lake. (verb)
  9. Those long really cars that celebrities and wedding parties ride in. (noun)
  10. You always believe the worst in people. (name of a concept)
  11. The person who makes an income to support the family.
  12. You set aside positions for your friends and family to fill. (name of a concept)

 

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Answers:

  1. You have a big belly, possibly from too much eating or drinking. (noun) English: beer belly; pot belly. Chinese: 将军肚 jiāngjūndù; 啤酒肚 píjiǔdù.
  2. You know someone who has a huge vocabulary and seems to know the meaning of almost any word. (noun) English: walking dictionary. Chinese: 活字典 huózìdiǎn.
  3. One of the most painful sounds a human can make by rubbing two objects together. (cultural concept) English: nails on a chalkboard. Chinese: 刺耳的声音;用刀割易拉罐儿 cì’ěr de shēngyīn; yòng dāo gē yìlāguànr.
  4. You sing with your mouth closed, like a bee. (verb) English: hum. Chinese: 哼着小调 hēng zhe xiǎodiào.
  5. A child who is a genius. (noun) English: child prodigy. Chinese: 神童 shéntóng.
  6. There’s lots of bureaucracy you have to complete to get something done. (name of a concept) English: red tape. Chinese: 繁文缛节 fánwénrùjié.
  7. You have a really old, big mobile phone. (noun) English: brick. Chinese: 大哥大 dàgēdà.
  8. You used to play this when you were a kid, throwing rocks across a river or lake. (verb) English: skip stones. Chinese: 打水漂 dǎ shuǐpiāo.
  9. Those really long cars that celebrities and wedding parties ride in. (noun) English: limousine. Chinese: 豪华轿车 háohuájiàochē; 林肯 Línkěn.
  10. You always believe the worst in people. (name of a concept) English: cynicism. Chinese: 犬儒主义 quǎnrúzhǔyì.
  11. The person who makes an income to support the family. English: breadwinner. Chinese: 养家糊口的人 yǎngjiāhúkǒu de rén.
  12. You set aside positions for your friends and family to fill. (name of a concept) English: nepotism. Chinese: 任人唯亲 rènrénwéiqīn; 裙带关系 qúndài guānxi.

3 Comments to "Random Word Trivia #8"

  1. 23/01/2013 - 11:42 am | Permalink

    犬儒主义 quǎnrúzhǔyì is a direct translation of the Western term. To quote Wikipedia, the name Cynic derives from Ancient Greek κυνικός (kynikos), meaning “dog-like”.

  2. Adrian Liu's Gravatar Adrian Liu
    23/01/2013 - 11:50 am | Permalink

    Good work, Carl! Here is a small quiz for you.
    People start to cough when they get to a place, but then become OK again when they
    leave. What’s it called? ^-^

  3. 28/01/2013 - 7:43 pm | Permalink

    my 2c:
    瞌睡 (kēshuì) doze off with your head on the table (usually at lunch break)

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