Tips for Chinese Students - American Phrases

When you travel to the United States for school, you'll notice there are a few phrases used throughout America that might be confusing. We take for granted that most people in the US know "slang" but when you're immersed in a new culture, these often are difficult to understand. Here are a few phrases to get your started and help you understand what fellow classmates mean.

刚到美国读书时,或许你会听到一些美国人常用又很难懂口语。我们美国人对这些习以为常,但对于刚接触美国文化的人来说难以理解。那我们就从以下的一些常用口语开始,逐渐增进你与美国同学之间的沟通吧!

American Student Phrases  美国学生常用口语

  1. Talk to ya later!
    朋友之间常用到的一句话。在说Bye bye/See you 之前可以跟同学说 “Talk to ya later.” 意思就是”有空要找我哦“!

  2. Thank you. I really appreciate it!
    在美国会常常用到谢谢这句话。有时你可能觉得只要在行动上有所表示就可以了。但其实把感谢说出来会对增进人际关系有完全不同的效果哦!美国人感情外露并且乐意表达对他人劳动成果(不管是分内还是分外的)的感谢。所以别忘了在柜台结完账后对收银员说声谢谢哦!

  3. Excuse me. Sorry.
    如果不小心撞到人,人们最常见的第一反应就是说”不好意思”,不管错在谁。如果是他的失误, 他可能会再强调一下是他sorry.,这时你如果没什么大碍就可以说it's okay, 或者you’re fine, 或者no problem.

  4. To pull an all-nighter
    就是”熬通宵”的意思。很多学生都起码有过一两次”pull all-nighter“的经历,特别是在final weeks(学期结束前紧张地复习和考试的那几周)。 如果你最近很多考试,问问你的朋友有没有pulled an all-nighter吧!

  5. Sounds good
    等于Okay,表示你对别人的话或意见表示赞同。比如,有朋友问你周六要不要一起出去玩,而你非常愿意,就可以说sounds good.

  6. Catch up
    好久不见,我们聚一聚吧 (Let's catch up)。

  7. You might want to
    就是you should…的意思,这样表达更含蓄,不会让人觉得你很强势。

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