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Crossing cultural boundaries 7-12


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不堪设想
too terrible to think about
袖手旁观
look on without getting involved
风吹草动
sign of trouble
公说公有理,婆说婆有理
each sticks to his/her view
密不可分
to close to be separated
登门拜访
to pay a visit
川流不息
never ending
措手不及
be caught unprepared or unaware
心服口服
be totally convinced, to completely accept
街坊邻里
all the neighbours
举不胜举
too numerous to cite
如雷贯耳
be well known
天壤之别
poles apart, radical differences
意气风发
high spirited
如愿以偿
get one's wish come true
杯水车薪
an utterly inadequate amount
截然不同
be poles apart
成千上万
thousands upon thousands, innumerable
首当其冲
bear the brunt of
别具一格
have a unique style
交相辉映
set off each other
无独有偶
not a unique occurrence, not the only case
大相径庭
totally different
顺其自然
let things take their own course
根深蒂固
deep rooted
断章取义
quote out of context
男尊女卑
male chauvinism
相提并论
place on a par with, consider at the same time
深入人心
have real impact on the people
以身作则
set an example
心平气和
calm and collected
待人接物
proper behaviour towards others
耳熟能详
well known
一蹶不振
succumb after a single setback
秀色可餐
ravishingly beautiful (meal)
山珍海味
delicacies
自然而然
natural, of its own accord
发扬光大
develop and enhance
大有文章
more than meets the eye