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Post by tieulongnuthoi@ on Sun May 17, 2009 8:48 pm

Xanh lá cây là màu khá quan trọng trong tự nhiên. Đó chính là màu của cỏ và lá còn non trên cành. Nó cũng là màu của đa số thực vật đang phát triển.
Đôi khi, từ green có nghĩa là trẻ, tươi tắn và đang phát triển. Có khi nó lại diễn tả điều gì đó chưa chín muồi hoặc chưa hoàn thiện.
Ex. Một greenhorn là người không có kinh nghiệm, người mới đối với một hoàn cảnh nào đó. Vào thế kỷ XV, một greenhorn là một con bê có sừng chưa phát triển. Một thế kỷ sau hay lâu hơn, một greenhorn lại mang nghĩa là một tên lính chưa có kinh nghiệm chiến trường. Đến thế kỷ XVIII, greenhorn mới mang nghĩa như bây giờ - một người mới vào nghề. Khoảng một trăm năm trước, greenhorn là một ngữ thông dụng ở miền Tây nước Mỹ. Người xưa thường dùng nó để diễn tả một người đàn ông đến từ một thành phố lớn về miền đông, người này thiếu nhũng kỹ năng cần có để sống ở miền đất khó khăn gian khổ.

Ai đó có khả năng trồng cây tốt được gọi là green thumb, còn gọi là người có tay trồng cây. Người này dường như có bàn tay kỳ diệu có thể làm cây phát triển nhanh chóng và tốt tươi.

Xanh lá cây cũng là màu được sử dụng để diễn tả một cảm xúc dữ dội, đó là sự đố kỵ. Green-eyed monster không phải là một con quái vật đáng sợ ngoài hành tinh. Nó diễn tả cảm giác khó chịu mà ai đó phải nhận lấy khi ai đó có được thứ anh ta muốn. Một chàng trai sẽ có green-eyed monster khi bạn gái anh ta bắt đầu đi chơi với người khác, hoặc khi bạn bè anh ta được tăng lương còn anh ta thì không.

Hầu hết ở các nước trên thế gới, green light là một tín hiệu để tiếp tục lưu thông. Green light bật sáng ở biển giao thông nghĩa là xe bạn có thể tiếp tục đi. Trong câu nói thường ngày, green light nghĩa là tán thành việc tiếp tục một hoạch định.

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Re: Green Expression

Post by hanyeseul on Wed May 20, 2009 4:38 pm

It's really necessary for us when reading & writing. Thank you, TieuLogNu. Besides, sometimes I also see American use "red" to show their feelings or something opposite with "green" above.

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Re: Green Expression

Post by Admin on Wed May 20, 2009 5:05 pm

Red Expression

Three idiomatic expressions which use the colour red:
1.Paint the town red
2.Catch someone red-handed
3.Like a red rag to a bull

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Sentences talk about these idioms :
Leyla, Russia
two years ago my friend had a fantastic party at her house. she invited a lot of friends and i myself was invited too. they drank too much that night, they really painted the town red! but in the morning i realised that somebody wanted to steal a bottle of wisky that belonged to my friend's father and i caught him red handed. this situation was for my friend like a red rag to a bull!
Amy, Canada
The latest time I pained the town red is in a reunion party of my old high school classmates. We have not seen each other for many years, so I stay up whole night long. Unfortunatily, I felt sleep in a class and was caught red-handed by the professor who was famous by his bad temper. Smile It was like a red rag to a bull. Yes, I guess I was the rad rag at that moment.
Toan, Vietnam
A couple of months ago, I painted the town red at my friend's party. That was a very embarrassed time for me cos there were a lot of people catching my red-handed. I did so many bad things. Unfortunately, my girlfriend was there too, it was like a red rag to a bull!
Sherry,China
Hello, i am a girl from China. i love English very much. One summer vacation my friend and i went to Hong kong. i had a bad cold in that time, so my mom said to me that i can not eat iceream. But my friend and i bought two icecream when my mom was sleeping when i turned back and ready to live, my mom was there!!!! So, i have been caught red-handed.
Sayeed, Afghanistan
In 1998 i celebrated my graduation in ceremony with great pomp and show ,so i painted the town red.

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Re: Green Expression

Post by Admin on Wed May 20, 2009 5:27 pm

Black
black and white
MEANING: think of everything or judge everything as either good or bad
EXAMPLE:
” He tries to see everything in black and white although he knows this is impossible.”

black out
MEANING: 1. to darken by putting out or dimming electric lights
2. to lose consciousness
EXAMPLE:
1. During the war people in the cities were forced to black out their windows so that the enemy aircraft could not see them.
2. Suddenly the man blacked out during the parade and had to be helped to a quiet place.
black sheep (of the family)
MEANING: a person who is a disgrace or embarrassment to a family or group

EXAMPLE:
The man is the black sheep in his family and is the only member who has not had a successful career and life.

in the black
MEANING: successful or profitable
EXAMPLE:
The company has been in the black since they began to adopt many new ideas to cut costs.

Blue

to appear/happen out of the blue


MEANING:
1. to arrive unexpectedly, usually after a long absence.
2. to happen very suddenly and unexpectedly

EXAMPLE:

1. "My brother suddenly appeared out of the blue yesterday. We hadn't seen him for years.”
2. “I was driving home when out of the blue a deer jumped out in front of my car. I braked just in time to avoid it. We were both very lucky not to be hurt.”

to blue pencil something

MEANING: to censor something.


EXAMPLE:

”Reports on the mistreatment of the political prisoners were blue pencilled by the authorities”

a blue-eyed boy


MEANING: critical description of a boy/young man who has been singled out for special favours by someone in authority.

EXAMPLE:

”John is a real blue-eyed boy. The team manager always gives him special treatment. It isn’t fair to the rest of us.”
a bolt from the blue

MEANING: some unexpected bad news.


EXAMPLE:

"It came like a bolt from the blue that they are getting divorced.”

to look / feel blue


MEANING: - to look / feel depressed or discontented.

EXAMPLE:

"Things are looking blue for Tom these days. His wife has left him."

blue in the face

MEANING: to make a huge but vain effort to win a person's agreement.

EXAMPLE:

“I told him he was making a mistake until I was blue in the face but he wouldn’t listen.”

once in a blue moon

MEANING: to occur extremely rarely or only once in a life-time.

EXAMPLE:

”My brother only rings home once in a blue moon. I wish he would ring our parents more often"

men/boys in blue

MEANING: the police because of the colour of their uniforms.

EXAMPLE:
"Let’s get out of here! The boys in blue are coming."

Brown

to be browned off


MEANING: to be bored, annoyed at something

EXAMPLE:

I’m browned off with this place. There is nothing to do here.

Colourless

to be colourless


MEANING: to lack personality, to be boring.

EXAMPLE:

“Nothing he said stands out in my memory. I'm afraid he's a dull, colourless man.'

to be off colour

MEANING: to be not quite at one's best, to feel queasy or slightly ill.
EXAMPLE:

"She's a little off colour today because she was up very late last night and had too much to drink!."

to give/lend colour to

MEANING: to make (an account, story, explanation, etc.) more credible or more believable.

EXAMPLE:

" The broken window on the ground floor lent colour to her story that
her house had been burgled"

a highly coloured report

MEANING: a report that is exaggerated or biased.
EXAMPLE:

"I read the government’s highly coloured report on the great state of the health services."

to see someone in his true colours


MEANING: to understand someone's true character, often for the first time.

EXAMPLE:

”'As soon as he made a fuss about returning her money, I saw him in his true colours."

to show oneself in one's true colours


MEANING: to reveal one's true nature.

EXAMPLE:

"'When he lost his temper at the party, he showed himself in his true colours"

with flying colours


MEANING: with great success, with distinction.

EXAMPLE:

“We were all expecting him to fail, but he passed with flying colours.”


to paint in bright/dark colours


MEANING: to describe something in a flattering or unflattering way.

EXAMPLE:

“My brother pretended he was doing well financially and painted his life there in the brightest colours.”
Green

to be green


MEANING: inexperienced, immature

EXAMPLE:

He is rather green and doesn’t have enough experience to drive the large piece of machinery yet.

green with envy


MEANING: full of envy, very jealous

EXAMPLE:

I was green with envy when I heard that she would be going to London for a month while I had to stay and work.

give someone the green light

MEANING: give permission to go ahead with a project

EXAMPLE:

We were finally given the green light to begin setting up the new project.

get the green light

MEANING: receive permission to go ahead with a project

EXAMPLE:

We got the green light to go ahead with the new advertising campaign.

grass is always greener on the other side

MEANING: a place that is far away or different seems better than where we are now

EXAMPLE:

He realized that the grass is always greener on the other side when he saw that his new job wasn’t perfect and had its own problems too.

green belt

MEANING: an area of fields and trees around a town

EXAMPLE:

The city has a policy of increasing the green belt around the city.

green thumb


MEANING: a talent for gardening, ability to make things grow

EXAMPLE:

She has a green thumb and is able to grow one of the best gardens in our neighbourhood.

Golden

a golden opportunity

MEANING: a great opportunity that might never come again
EXAMPLE:

This is a golden opportunity to make a business deal with that big company.


a golden handshake

MEANING: a large sum of money paid to a retiring manager or director, or to a redundant worker.

EXAMPLE:

The company chairman received a huge golden handshake on retiring.

a golden boy


MEANING: a young man idolized for a great skill, usually in sport.

EXAMPLE:

"David Beckham is the golden boy of English soccer”


Pink


tickled pink

MEANING: be very pleased, thrilled, delighted

EXAMPLE:

She was tickled pink that you made the effort to go and visit her when you were in town.

Red

to be shown the red card


MEANING: to be dismissed from your job.

EXAMPLE:

"The accountant was shown the red card for hiding company money.”

to be in the red

MEANING: to have an overdraft, to be in debt.

EXAMPLE:

”I am overdrawn again. I hate being in the red.”

to catch someone red-handed

MEANING: to catch someone in the act of committing a crime, usually a theft.

EXAMPLE:

" The manager caught the new employee red-handed taking money out of the box."

to look through rose-coloured/tinted spectacles

MEANING: to see things in a flattering or over-optimistic light.

EXAMPLE:

"It annoys me that she sees everything through rose-coloured spectacles, but
she would feel differently if she had to live there."

to see red


MEANING: to react with uncontrollable rage against someone or something.

EXAMPLE:

"John saw red when he saw his girlfriend laughing with another guy."

red tape

MEANING: bureaucratic delay, excessive attention to rules and regulations, often resulting in injustice to the ordinary citizen.

EXAMPLE:

"I want to start a new business but the red tape involved is very frustrating."

to see the red light

MEANING: to recognize approaching danger, the red light being a danger signal.

EXAMPLE:

"When the doctor warned his patient that further drinking would damage his liver, the man saw the red light and quit."

paint the town red
MEANING: go out and party and have a good time

EXAMPLE:

” When my cousin came to visit us we decided to go out and paint the town red.”

roll out the red carpet


MEANING: greet a person with great respect, give a big welcome

EXAMPLE:

When Nelson Mandela visited Washington, they rolled out the red carpet and gave him a great welcome.

a redneck

MEANING: an ignorant, insensitive person.
EXAMPLE:

"Our new co-worker is a real redneck. He doesn’t seem to know anything about life."

Silver

the silver screen

MEANING: the cinema

EXAMPLE:

Valentino was one of the earliest stars of the silver screen.


White

as white as a sheet
MEANING: in a state of great fear

EXAMPLE:

You look like you’ve just seen a ghost. Your face is as white as a sheet.


white elephant

MEANING: a useless possession

EXAMPLE:

The new stereo that he bought is a white elephant and he doesn’t need it at all.


white as a ghost


MEANING: very pale because of fear, shock, illness etc.

EXAMPLE:

My sister became white as a ghost when she saw the man at the window.

a white lie

MEANING: a harmless lie (told to be polite or to do something not seriously wrong)

EXAMPLE:

I told my boss a white lie and said that I was sick yesterday when actually I wasn’t.

a white-collar worker


MEANING: a professional or office worker who wear a shirt with a white collar.

EXAMPLE:

"The recession has hit factory workers (blue-collar workers) much harder than white-collar workers."

Yellow


yellow-bellied


MEANING: extremely timid, cowardly

EXAMPLE:

He is a yellow-bellied coward and never is willing to fight for what is right.

a yellow streak


MEANING: cowardice in character

EXAMPLE:

He has a yellow streak running down his back and is not a good person to expect to support you when things become difficult.

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Re: Green Expression

Post by spring_phan on Wed May 20, 2009 8:31 pm

I'm lost in this colorful world Surprised ! It is true that our world will be dull without colours. Do you think so?

WHITE means Pure - Honesty holds true

BLUE brings Solitude - Time to look within

YELLOW brings me Warmth to care

ORANGE holds Sorrows, old and new

TEAL gives me Laughter and Joy to share

RED beats with the Heart of friends

GREEN keeps Jealousy and Envy all in check

PURPLE holds Loyalties that know not time



My heart beats of many colors

Strengthened by friends

that share the memories

YOU have helped color my world

Vocabulary in the message above:

Solitude :tình trạng cô đơn
to live in solitude:sống trong cảnh cô đơn; nơi vắng vẻ, nơi tĩnh mịch.
Loyalty : lòng trung thành, lòng trung nghĩa, lòng trung kiên


How many colors do you have now? How much of each color?

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