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Post time 2014-9-2 13:09:16 |Display all floors
Thank every member who answered readers' questions last time. Chinese English learners from Wechat are very happy to recieve your replies. Here are more questions from them:
Q1:

Could you please introduce some common terms involved in mobile devices connecting the Internet? And how do people use them? (For example, data, usage data, data plan, stream, mbps, traffic, etc)

Q2:

Does SAT stand for "scholastic assessment test" or "scholastic aptitude test"? How does it work? Does it cause great pressure on high school students in the US?



Q3:

Why there are all sorts of posters featuring slogans starting with "Keep Calm and…"? Why is it so popular?



Q4:

What does "camp" mean when it is used as an adjective? Is it a commonly used word in spoken English?



Q5:

Could you explain the words "voucher", "token" and "coupon"? What's their specific function in shopping?


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Post time 2014-9-2 22:15:29 |Display all floors
This post was edited by werwolf at 2014-9-2 22:50

I'll tackle some of them, out of order.  You can also look these up on on-line dictionaries.

Q4.  Camp as adj.  Not an important word.  It means something a few decades old and sort of silly.

Q5.  Voucher is a paper you might be issued by an employer that you can use to exchange for certain goods as if it was money.  A coupon is something that merchants print as a means of advertising.  You can find them in newspapers and flyers that are very commonly cluttering up peoples' mail boxes.  You can cut out the appropriate coupon and when you go to the store you present it at the check-out and get a discount on whatever merchandise it applies to.  I have not heard of a token being used for shopping.  

Q3.  "Keep calm".  Just ignore it.  By the way, I'm no English teacher, but I have been in law enforcement and thus dealt with many dangerous criminals, and when one of them is excited I've found that just about the worst thing you can say to him is, "Calm down".  Uh, it doesn't work.  :)

I'll leave it at that for now.

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Post time 2014-9-2 22:33:30 |Display all floors
This post was edited by werwolf at 2014-9-3 03:11

I just noticed some coupons on the front page of ChinaDaily.  Yes, you can find them online and then print them and bring them to the store, or you can simply show the check-out person the coupon on your tablet - at least in some stores (in the USA), or you could use coupons online too.

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Post time 2014-9-3 09:24:13 |Display all floors
Q4:
What does "camp" mean when it is used as an adjective?

Used as an adjective, "camp' means:
1. particularly of a man or his manners —— ostentatiously and extravagantly effeminate (挺娘的意思)
2. used to describe movies or plays —— deliberately exaggerated and theatrical in style

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Post time 2014-9-3 12:19:43 |Display all floors
LA - There seems to be varying explanations for the meaning of that word if you search "camp adjective" (I don't know what English language search engines are available in China).  I didn't know that it means "effeminate", but personally I never use that word nor have I been around people who are in the habit of doing so, so what do I know? Perhaps it has different meanings in different places.  I thought it meant old fashioned in a quaint or silly way.

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Post time 2014-9-3 12:24:16 |Display all floors
This post was edited by werwolf at 2014-9-3 13:13

Q1  I think I'll leave that one alone.  It's too complex for little old me.  Search engine should be good for that!

Q2 I think it means Scholastic Aptitude Test, but I've been out of school for a very long time.  I'm sure it causes great pressure on serious students and not great pressure on non serious students, of which there are a great many in the USA.

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Post time 2014-9-3 14:49:45 |Display all floors
Note:

"It's too complex for little old me."

"Little old me" is a figure of speech and not meant to be taken literally.  It is a self-deprecating expression used to imply modesty.

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