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No Zuo No Die

Popularity 6Viewed 9150 times 2014-4-18 19:49 |System category:News

These days I picked up a new phrase from my students. I asked them what it means? They said it means that if you don't do something stupid then it won't come back and bite you on your backside (to put it politely). I thought that was pretty funny, and asked one of my students to give me an example. So, according to Keven, when you can use it is something like this...

Somebody bet me I couldn't do even one pushup. So, being a supremely confident person (sometimes) I gave it the old college try. If I hadn't tried to do that "one" pushup, I wouldn't have kissed the floor and COMPLETELY lost face! That was cause for my kids to say "no zuo no die." It really happened! I was trying to keep up with my active kids, and I couldn't even do ONE lousy pushup! 

As a result, I am now on a diet of green tea and no sugar, in an effort to be able to lose some of that extra weight and not only be able to fit into Chinese clothes, but also to not lose face again by not being able to do even one pushup. Okay, it is also true that I'm not as young as I once was, but still. It's downright embarrassing to kiss the floor, and the kids laughing and saying "No zuo no die!" If you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, send your questions and I will try to put it into plainer English.  

Perhaps I should have named this blog, More Chinglish by Miss Barbara!

See you all next time. And no zuo no die!

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Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-4-18 22:01
A valiant effort!
Reply Report MissBarbara 2014-4-18 22:19
hei hei
Reply Report Panda°宇 2014-4-19 10:00
哈哈哈 no zuo no die, now, it's  added  in the  urban  dictionary  and  US dictionary.
Reply Report Panda°宇 2014-4-19 10:01
what eles, the US dictionary adds "you can  you  up ,no can no BB."
Reply Report Panda°宇 2014-4-19 10:20
Ok, no zuo do die and you can you up, no can no BB are very popular on the internet .
Reply Report Panda°宇 2014-4-19 10:20
BB means yadiyadiyada
Reply Report MissBarbara 2014-4-19 10:31
Panda°宇: BB means yadiyadiyada
Reply Report 财神 2014-4-20 07:15
but no pain...no gain.
Reply Report MissBarbara 2014-4-20 12:40
yeah, something like that...
Reply Report claudeckenni 2014-5-20 08:56
That last image...I know where it came from, hahhaaha
Reply Report MissBarbara 2014-5-20 16:55
claudeckenni: That last image...I know where it came from, hahhaaha
Reply Report laoren1234 2014-5-20 23:11
I heard of this expression in Chinese. Didn't realize it is now part of the Chinglish repertoire.  

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