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Tony's English-learning diary 4  

2012-03-09 22:31:45|  分类: English-learning |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Tonys English-learning diary 4 - Tony Wong - MapleRipples
 

Today I went shopping with my girl Candy. We shopped till we dropped this afternoon. We bought a nice overcoat for Candy, a stylish T-shirt for myself, and a pack of Vietnam-exported jackfruit chips.

Chips? Yeah, when we go to McDonald's, we love to eat French fries (long thin pieces of potato cooked in oil) (薯條), but few people actually know that in England, French fries are usually called "chips". "Potato chips", usually referred to as French fries in England, are rarely known among Chinese friends. So, how does British people actually call chips (薯片)? Well, I looked it up on the Internet, and I've found out that British people call chips "crisps". In a word, "crisp" is the British Equivalent of the word "chip".

Are there any common phrases or idioms associated with the word "chip"? Yes, and lots. "Chip", in English, has many explanations. It can mean a a small piece of silicon that has a set of complicated electrical connections on it and is used to store and process information in computers. Also, it means a small piece of wood, stone, metal etc that has been broken off something.

"Let the chips fall (where they may)" means to take action despite possible danger of causing bad results. Do it any way.

Tonys English-learning diary 4 - Tony Wong - MapleRipples

Chips also mean gambling tokens. In the picture are many poker chips. If you got stashes of chips on a gambling table, you got lot of money. So "You are in the chips" means "Your finances are very good".
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