What about: objection or potential problem
- Honey, I got a new job but I need to move to Beijing.
- What about me?
- Hey let's have a house party tonight.
- Yeah but what about the neighbours?
How about: suggestion or "open" possibilities
- How about having lunch with us?
- How about we go on a picnic this weekend?
我们周末去野餐如何？（How about 后面可以接句子，What about 不可以）
- The staff have already finished the work.
- Have you finished it yet?
- I haven't finished it yet.
- I appreciate your understanding and support.
- I appreciate it.
We all know that we should never judge a book by its cover, but in reality people do.
我们都知道不应该以貌取人，但在现实生活中人们还是会这么做（Appearance doesn't tell you everything）。
I usually give people the benefit of the doubt.
Well begun is half done.
正式Hi, I have a missed call from this numbers. Who am I speaking with? / Who's that?
随意Somebody called me from this number. Who's this?
随意Hey, sorry I missed your call. / I apologize (for missing your call). What's up?
- My phone was on silent.
I was on anther line.
I didn't have my phone with me.
I was in a meeting.
- This is Tim calling from ABC company. Is now a good time for you for a quick phone interview?
- ✔️ Hey buddy, check it out.
- ✔️ You wanna check this out.
- ✔️ You wanna check out the catalog / video.
- ❌ Please have a look.
- ❌ Pease take a look.
- National flag: 国旗
- National anthem: 国歌
- National anthem: 国歌
- October break for celebrating Chinese National Day lasts from Oct 1st to Oct 7th.
- 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
- They are very patriotic guys who are willing to give everything for their country.
- China rocks.
- China is magnificent.
- China is vibrant.
- China is dynamic.
- Chinese culture is rich and diverse.
- China has 5000 years of glorious history.
- Chinese people are friendly and hospitable.
- Chinese people are open-minded and full of can-do attitude.
- Chinese food is exquisite.
- It's not 100% correct but you're getting there.
- You're pretty close.
- I'm afraid that's incorrect/inaccurate.
- I'm afraid you're not quite right.
- You nailed it.
- You got it.
- That's spot on.
I need to cook.
Do you like to cook?
I do enjoy cooking.
Cooking makes me feel relaxed.
Are you good at cooking?
What are we cooking?
I'm going to start making dinner.
Can I take you out for dinner?
My treat. It's on me.
My mom made me a packed lunch /
My mom packed lunch/
My mom prepared me for a brown bag lunch /
I just brown bag it
- Have you finished eating?
- I'll wash the dishes today, and you can wash them tomorrow.
Fair enough. 好吧。
- Warm up leftovers in the the microwave.
We had a breakdown in communication.
Convenience store：便利店（特指 7 × 24）
I can't simply switch off my curiosity.
我无法压抑自己的好奇心。by Stephen Hawking（理论物理学家：斯蒂芬·霍金）
at precise time
at 10 o'clock
at noon yesterday
at the same time
in months, years, centuries, long periods
|in the morning
in the afternoon
in the evening
in the week
in March, 2015
in the spring
in the past year
in the 18th century
in the future
at days and dates
on Tuesday morning
on 28, April
on New Year's Day
on Christmas Day
on the weekend
|英式日期||日 月, 年||22 July, 2016|
|美式日期||月 日, 年||July 22, 2016|
in the morning 、
in the evening ，但却是用
at night 呢？
A： Please join us for an invitation-only event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco
on Wednesday, September 7, at 10:00 a.m. 需要牢记的是，星期（day）总是放在日期（date）的前面。而具体时间点，则相对比较灵活，可以放在最前，也可位于最后，但不会放置在 day 和 date 之间。
If you don't dream, you might as well be dead.
做人如果没有梦想，跟咸鱼有什么分别。by George Foreman（职业拳击手：乔治·福尔曼）
All men are created equal.
Feature：What's the difference? (特点、特征)
Function：What's this? (功能、用途)
- Don’t worry about me. I’ll be fine.
- You’re having a fever? Drink a lot of warm water and you’ll be fine.
- I hope the children are all right.
The first step is hardest.
Stop focusing on perfect, start focusing on done.
- Rice vinegar
- Hairy crab
- Comfort food
- Dipping sauce
- Food that reminds you of home.
- Taste buds get duller.
- Get your hands dirty.
- Extra ingredients will corrupt the flavor.
Just realized I forgot to add the shipping.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
唯有感受难忘怀。by 马娅·安杰卢（Maya Angelou）
Sleep well, Sleep tight.
Dream about me!
It's been nice talking to you.
- 翻译：与你聊天，甚是开心（nice 可以换成 interesting / fun / great）。
- 时态：可以把现在完成时换成过去时（It was nice talking to you.）
- 缩写：Nice talking to you.
- 区别：Nice to talk to you 用于对话的开始。
- 区别：Nice talking with you 没 Nice talking to you 常用，
- 示例：Well, it's been nice talking to you, but I really have to go. Talk to you soon.
It's kind of late already.
字面意思是「我很好」，引申为「我这样就很好了，不用再麻烦了」。比直接说 No 显得更委婉。
- A: Do you want one more beer?（你想要再喝一杯啤酒吗？）
- B: I think I'm good. / No, I'm good. / I'm good. Thanks.（不用了，没关系。）
You make my day!
你让我太开心了 / 这一天因你而美好。
Charisma is important, but so is hard work. You can't always charm your way through life.
Let's make kindness go viral.
Here it is
- 「It is here」的倒装：（你要的）东西在这。
Here we go
- = Here it goes，一般是说话者开始做一件事时说的，以唤起別人注意，可译做「开始了」、「动手了」等
- "Here goes" he said, and jumped into the icy water（「看我的！」他说，纵身跳进冰冷的水里）。
Here we are
Here you are
- 解释一：Here, you are served.
- 解释二：Here (is the item which) you are (looking for / requesting).
- 举例一：服务员把面送到你桌上，TA 会跟你说 「Here you are.」（你的面送到了，请您慢用）
- 举例二：出租车司机载你到目的地时，TA 跟你说 「Here you are.」（你去的地方到了）
- 举例三：朋友把东西递给你也说 「Here you are.」（你要的东西在这儿、拿去吧、给你）
- 同义词（近距离）：当店员正在拿这东西给你时，TA 会说 Here you go
- 同义词（远距离）：如果你手上正拿着想要买的东西，店员会说 There you go（你手上那个就是了）
Here are Tom and Mary（无代词就倒装）
Here they are（有代词不倒装）
There comes Tom（无代词就倒装）
There he comes（有代词不倒装）
- Holidays are for everyone.
- Happy holidays! 节日快乐！这是为了顾及不过圣诞节的人们（尤其是犹太人）。因为圣诞节（Christmas）就是基督（Christ）也就是耶稣（ Jesus）的生日，而犹太人是不承认耶稣的。他们年底也有自己的节日。
- Vacation involves traveling.
- Staycation: stay at home 的 vacation.
- Goog luck.
- Best of luck.
- I got so/really/super lucky today.
- I had such bad luck today.
- Better luck next time.
- Any luck? / No luck?
怎么样 / 成功了吗？
- Little by little：循序渐进
The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit.
- Trust me. That woman is a gold digger.
- She's a gold digger. She only wants your money.
- I got a feeling she's a gold digger.
回答一些理所当然的问题时才能用 Of course，隐含的意思是「还用说吗」。
Do you hear what the boss said?
Do you speak English?
Can you help me?
当然愿意，这还用问吗？（也可以用 Sure / certainly）
Do you mind if I open the window?
Of course not.
We found a pick-your-own apple orchard
- I didn’t (really / quite) catch that. 我没怎么听清楚。
- I missed that. 我没听到。
- Pardon. / Pardon me. / I beg your pardon. 麻烦再说一遍。
- Could you repeat that?
- Could you say it one more time?
- Could you run that by me again?
- Could you say that (a bit) louder? 您能说大声点吗？
- Could you say that (a bit) slower? 您能说慢点儿吗？
- Packing：打包。有多少箱，每箱多少件。所以装箱单的英文是 Packing list。
- I'll keep you posted.
- Keep me posted.
A gift from the gods（神的馈赠）
Tim has a gift for
- Gift shopping
- Gift card
- Do you have any gift ideas?
- I got you a present / gift.
- I got a present / gift from Adam.
我在 Adam 那里收到了礼物。
- You shouldn't have.
- That's so kind / sweet / thoughtful of you.
- It's so beautiful.
- Shall I open it now?
- Don't open this until Christmas.
A take precedence over B：A 优先于 B
- Have as much fun as possible at college, but don't let it take precedence over work.
- Business people often think that fluency and communication take precedence over grammar when speaking.
Keep it real.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
一片树林里分出两条路，而我选择了人迹更少的一条，从此决定了我一生的道路。by Robert Frost
Seatbelts save lives. Buckle up, every time.
Are you sick?你生病了吗？
I got a little sick生病了
I'm not feeling very well.我身体不太舒服。
I don't feel well.我身体不太舒服。
I got food poisoning.我食物中毒了。
I ate something bad.我吃坏肚子了。
He is sick with influenza.他患了流行性感冒。
I'm feeling bad, I couldn't make it to the party.没法去派对，我感到很遗憾。
sleep like a baby（宝宝）
sleep like a log（木头）
As soon as I closed my eyes I will fall asleep.
I was kept awake by the noise last night.
I had a sound sleep and didn't hear anything.
Are you going to stay up late.
I had a pain that kept me awake all night.
I'm used to sleeping late.
- I am terribly sorry, but …
- I'm sorry to inform you that we charge $100 for cancellations.
- I'm sorry sir. It's management policy.
to + 动词原形/
that + 子句
- I'm sorry to interrupt, but there's a long- distance call for you.（长途电话）
- I'm sorry (that) I'm late.
for/about + 动词ing/
to have + 动词完成式/
that + 子句
- I'm sorry for calling you a liar.（我曾说你不诚实，真对不起）。
- I'm sorry to have called you a liar.
- I'm sorry (that) I called you a liar.
- I'm sorry to have kept you waiting = I'm sorry to keep you waiting.（由于等候才刚刚结束，当作现在的事并无不可。）
I'm sorry to keep you waiting. / Sorry I couldn’t be on time.
- I got stuck in traffic. / Traffic was slow.
- I overslept. / My alarm didn‘t go off.
- I misjudged the time.
Are you on IG?
- 你玩 Instagram 吗？
Take flattering photos of you
The picture/photo certainly/surely doesn't flatter you.
- 潜水者（Ghost follower）；只看不发任何内容的参与者
- A supplier may be the manufacturer of goods.
- A supplier is mostly a middleman who supplies goods or services to the vendor.
- A vendor sells the goods to the consumer and is the last person involved in the supply chain.
- A vendor is rarely a manufacturer.
What do you think? ≠ How do you think?
- What do you think?
- How do you think?
- I love this dress! What do you think?
- It looks great on you. Buy it!
You are broke. Forget about it.
You want to know the real reason why I left Toronto? I just couldn’t stand the climate. There you go. It was just too cold!
Let me show you how to open your smartphone. Just press… here. There you go. Easy.
Keep stirring. Don’t stop. There you go… This cake is going to be delicious!
- 继续搅拌。别停啊！这就对了… 这个蛋糕肯定会特别好吃！
Just a few more steps now, one, two, three…. There you go. I knew you could do it!
- 礼貌 / 委婉地拒绝某人
A: Stay for dinner!
B: That looks good. But I already ate. Thank you though.（不过还是谢谢你。）
- But + 想突出的 someone / something + though
A: We should (really try to) eat healthy tonight.
B: Yeah, we should. But cake though! （但是蛋糕太好吃了，抗拒不了呀！）
A: This dress is so expensive.
B: But it's so pretty though! It's totally worthy it. You should try it on!
He is a thoughtful and caring man.
It was really thoughtful of you to remember my birthday.
- Thanks for your understanding.
- I didn't (really / quite) understand that. 我不是很懂。
- I didn't (really / quite) get that. 我不懂你的意思。
Variety is the spice of life.
变化是生活的调味品。丰富多彩是生活的情趣所在。Trying different things keeps life interesting. Give anything a go.
- I am waiting for factory to tell me.
- ❓ What do you want to have for dinner? 晚餐想吃什么？
- ✔️ I don't mind. 随便 / 我不介意。
- ✔️ As you wish. / As you like.
- ✔️ Anything is fine. / Anything will do.
- ✔️ Up to you. / It's up to you. 你决定。
- ❌ Whatever = I don't care.
Make the world a better place.
The world is not beautiful. Therefore, it is.
I was worried sick about you, why didn't you call?
Nervous 是 短暂的紧张状态。
- How was work today?
- Another day, another dollar.
- I'm a man of my word.
- No wonder。