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白眼” and “白眼狼”

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Today we will take a look at a common Chinese word related to color: "白眼 (báiyǎn)." This literally means "the whites of your eyes". If you show the whites of your eyes, it means you look down upon or feel someone or something does not meet your approval.

今天我们来看一个常见的与颜色有关的词:“白眼”。“白眼”的字面英文意思为the whites of your eyes (眼白). 如果你翻了白眼,则意味着你轻视某人或对某人或某事感到不满意。

 

"白眼 (báiyǎn)" is a noun which is usually used together with verbs like "翻 (fān)" and "遭 (zāo)." "翻白眼 (fān báiyǎn)" means "to look at someone with disdain," and "遭白眼 (zāo báiyǎn)" means "to get a disdainful look."

“白眼”是一个名词,通常与动词“翻”和“遭”连用。翻白眼的意思是用鄙视的眼色看他人,“遭白眼”是指被别人轻视。

Examples: 

例句:

Lǐ Qiàn chángcháng duì bù xǐhuande rén fān báiyǎn.

李倩常常对不喜欢的人翻白眼。

Li Qian often looks down upon those she hates.

Wǒ gānglái gōngsī shí yě zāo guò báiyǎn.

我刚来公司时也遭过白眼。

I also got disdainful looks when I first came to the company.

Tā gěile Zhāng Líng yígè báiyǎn.

她给了张玲一个白眼。

She rolled her eyes at Zhang Ling.

白眼狼 (Báiyǎnláng)

Ungrateful wretch / ingrate

Wolves, "狼 (láng)," which are fierce and cruel, might be seen as cool-blooded, unfeeling, and merciless. The combination of "白眼 (báiyǎn)" and "狼 (láng)" in "白眼狼 (báiyǎnláng)" further emphasizes someone's lack of mercy, compassion, or gratitude. This term is used to describe ungrateful people who show no thanks to those who help them or refuse to pay back the kindness of others.

“狼”是一种凶猛残暴的动物,他们冷血、无情。“白眼”与“狼”结合构成“白眼狼”一词,指某人无情、忘恩负义,这些人对帮助过自己的恩人没有一丝感恩,且不愿回报他人的善意。

Examples: 

例句:

Wǒ yǐqián bāng guò nǐ,  dànshì nǐ xiànzài bù bāng wǒ, nǐ zhēnshì yígè báiyǎnláng!

我以前帮过你,但是你现在不帮我,你真是一个白眼狼!

I helped you before, but now you won't help me. You are really an ungrateful wretch!

 

Nǐ bié kělián tā,  tā shì gè báiyǎnláng!

你别可怜她,她是个白眼狼!

Don't take pity on her, she is an ungrateful soul!


Translated from: echineselearning

2016-06-21

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