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1.Sheldon Copper, the leading character of the popular American sitcom "The Big Bang Theory”, always likes to say Bazinga after he fools his friends. What does Bazinga mean? Is there any similar expression like this? What is the origin of the word?

2.We often compliment a photo or an article posted by our friends on social websites. What is the English expression for our compliment?

Many netizens like posting their response thread to articles issued on famous BBS or Blog websites. One would be proud of being the first follow-up to new articles, namely Shafa in Chinese (originated from English expression "So Fast".) Is there any similar phenomenon in your country? What do you call it in English?


3.Even in American and British English, same words or phrases could be used in very different ways. Sometimes mistakenly using them could cause you embarrassment. (Eg. In the UK or Ireland, "pants" means "underwear." When you're talking about jeans and khakis, you should call them "trousers." Another example: Own a fanny pack? In most other English-speaking countries, they're called "bum bags" because "fanny" is slang for a part of the female anatomy. Others like: when Britain says: “Sorry” and Americans hear: “I sincerely apologize.”  What Brits say: “I went to public school.” But Americans hear: “I went to a school my parents didn’t pay for.”) Do you have any experience with Brits or people from Down Under like that? Please give us some examples.

4.How do you view interracial romance (or cross cultural romance? It’s the romance of people from different countries, eg: a Chinese falls in love with an American, or a South Korean married with an African)? Do you think interracial couples can maintain a long lasting relationship? What are the key elements to keep the romance alive from your view point?

5.How do Americans view the British royal family? Some say Americans are even more obsessed with them than Britons are. Is that true? Why?

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RE question 1: other phrases. 'Goosefraba', from the movie Anger Management. These phrases have no exact meaning, to my knowledge. They serve to underscore an emotion - victory, amusement, fear or surprise (OMG!!)... Bazinga! is the same as 'Aha!' or 'gotcha!', generally signaling victory.  
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I hardly watch American program's

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1, Bazinga has no real meaning and was made up by the writers of The Big Bang Theory, no doubt in the future it will make its way into some dictionaries

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3, words can mean different thing in difeerent places. In Australia Durex is a well known brand of adhesive tape, in the UK Durex are condoms, that could be an embarrassing mistake to make

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This post was edited by futsanglung at 2014-4-25 19:31

4, Interracial romances will never be easy, what you need to do is to have a bit of give and take, be prepared to compromise and understand that there are some things you will never understand

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5, As the Americans have only a short history and not a lot of true culture they tend to latch onto the culture  of other countries

It is wrong, howvever, to think all Brits love the Queen, some do, some do not

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