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各位,“相亲”英语怎么说? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2007-10-29 15:01:10 |Display all floors
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Post time 2007-10-31 10:16:37 |Display all floors

blind date

"Blind date" is fine.

... both parties haven't met each other before the date
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Post time 2007-11-26 00:08:00 |Display all floors
maybe you all are right, i've no idea about this.

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Post time 2007-11-26 16:19:01 |Display all floors

let's clarify 相亲 in Chinese first

Like many words, its meaning has been developing with time.

In old times, it meant an event mainly between the parents, often the boy's go to visit the girl's, in order to determine / reserve a marriage. The practice still prevails in modern times, mainly in countryside. CopChen is right matching the conventional meaning, though I feel that 'marriage interview' sounds less folk than the Chinese word should do.

Nowadays especially in urban area, the 'dating' event is increasingly directly between the boy and girl, rather than the parents. Under google, there are hundreds items about this word, relating to some blind date stories, while the conventional meaning is fading away (so that young people become unaware of the convention). I doubt 'blind date' is quite matching anyway.

May need context for a good translation.

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Post time 2007-12-12 11:30:23 |Display all floors

agree

Originally posted by yry111 at 2007-11-26 16:19
Like many words, its meaning has been developing with time.

In old times, it meant an event mainly between the parents, often the boy's go to visit the girl's, in order to determine / reserve a ...



Agree with you. 相亲的传统意义和现代意义已经发生了变化。看你说的是那种意义上的“相亲”咯

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Post time 2007-12-13 10:01:29 |Display all floors
我认为现在相亲的含义就是被第三方安排的从未见过面的男女之间的约会,不管第三方是父母、亲戚还是朋友,也不管约会是否有亲朋好友在场还是两人单独见面,都应该称为“相亲”。所以,blind date含义应该是正确的。

#42的set me up with somone是老外比较常用的说法,应该更地道些

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Post time 2008-9-5 22:34:35 |Display all floors

blind date

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