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Gobble Up Fire Chicken & Potato Dirt: Top 8 Thanksgiving Phrases

Hungry for some fire chicken? Or, are you craving delicious potato dirt with gravy on the side? While teaching about Thanksgiving (感恩节) in Shenzhen, I had many students tell me turkey was “fire chicken” and that mashed potatoes were “potato dirt!” Needless to say these kids had some creativity in trying to communicate to me since they were doing literal translations.

On the flip side, to make sure you guys know your Thanksgiving phrases in Chinese so you don’t have to get creative, we’ve got some must know vocabulary words & phrases to help when gobbling up that scrumptious food! Similar to how we had you covered for top phrases for Halloween, we’ve got the top 8 Thanksgiving phrases below.

1. 火鸡 (huǒ jī): turkey

北京首届吃火鸡大赛:圣诞节吃烤火鸡,能吃你就来

“běi jīng shǒu jiè chī huǒ jī dàsài: shèng dàn jié chī kǎo huǒ jī, néng chī nǐ jiù lái”

“Beijing’s First Turkey Eating Contest: Christmas roasted turkey, if you can eat then come.”

 

2. 土豆泥 (tǔ dòu ní): mashed potatoes

土豆泥很方便

“zuò tǔ dòu ní hěn fāng biàn”

“Making mashed potatoes is very easy. ”

 

3. 馅饼 (xiàn bǐng): pie

大家常用“天上掉馅饼”来比喻人运气好

“dà jiā cháng yòng ‘tiān shàng diào xiàn bǐng’ lái bǐ yù rén yùn qì hǎo”

“Everyone often uses ‘opportunity falls into your lap’ (literally, pie falling from the sky) to describe lucky people”

 

4. 红薯 (hóng shǔ): sweet potatoes

 “红薯是人人爱吃的美食

hóng shǔ shì rén rén ài chī de měi shí”

“The food everyone loves are sweet potatoes.”

 

5. 传统 (chuán tǒng): tradition

这就是传统产业改造升级的成果

“zhè jiù shì chuán tǒng chǎn yè gǎi zào shēng jí de chéng guǒ”

“This is the result of upgrading traditional industries.”

 

6. 宴会 (yàn huì): feast; banquet

广州马拉松赛组委会举行欢迎宴会

“guǎng zhōu mǎ lā sōng sài zǔ wěi huì jǔ xíng huān yíng yàn huì

“The Guangzhou Marathon Committee held a welcoming banquet.”

 

7. 欢聚一堂 (huān jù yī táng): gather

我们大家又欢聚一堂

“wǒ men dà jiā yòu huān jù yī táng

“We all gathered together again.”

 

8. 狼吞虎咽 (láng tūn hǔ yàn): gobble

他吃起饭来狼吞虎咽

“tā chī qǐ fàn lái láng tūn hǔ yàn

“When he eats, he gobbles.”

Now go eat some 火鸡,土豆泥 and 红薯. Don’t forget the 馅饼 though, with a nice big fat scoop (or scoops can’t hurt) of vanilla ice cream!

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