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Do you know the different tastes in Chinese? The five most common tastes in Chinese are sour, sweet, bitter, spicy, and salty. Today, I would like to talk about some expressions related to these five tastes. They are all very useful and authentic. Are you ready? Let's get started!
The first taste is sour. We can say that food is sour, for example: lemons are sour. We can also say that a person feels sour. What does it mean to say that a person feels sour? It means "jealous, envious." For example, we can say, "He earns ten thousand yuan a month, and I only earn two thousand. I'm really jealous." We can also say, "Why does she only need to work for two hours a day? I'm so jealous, I want a job like that too!" Regarding sourness, we can also say "heart-wrenching," which means very sad and heartbreaking. Sometimes we see homeless people, and we feel very heartbroken. We can also say that these homeless people have experiences that are heart-wrenching.
The second taste is sweet. There are many expressions related to sweetness. For example, "sweetness," which means as sweet as honey. We can say, "His romantic relationship is very sweet." We can also say that a person is sweet, for example, "This child is very sweet because he smiles a lot." If we want to say that a girl is sweet and lovely, we can call her "Sweetie." We can also say that something is sweet, for example, "Her smile is very sweet."
The third taste is bitter. In addition to saying that the taste is bitter, we can also say that we feel bitter. For example, "My life is so bitter, I have to work, do housework, and take care of my children every day." We just mentioned that we can use "sweet" to describe love. We can also use "bitter" to describe love. For example, we can say, "My friend is in a bitter love affair. Everyone says her boyfriend is terrible, but she doesn't want to break up."
The fourth taste is spicy. Do you like spicy food? There are many delicious spicy dishes in Chinese cuisine. In addition to saying that the food is spicy, we can also say that a person is spicy. For example, if a person has a good figure, we can say that he/she is spicy. We just mentioned "Sweetie," but we can also say "Spicy girl." There is an idiom called "heartless and cruel," which means a person is very ruthless and cruel. For example, we can say, "He is a heartless and cruel businessman who only wants to make money and doesn't consider anything else."
The fifth taste, salty. In the southern part of China, there is a type of food called "salted fish," which is fish that has been preserved with a lot of salt and can last for a long time without spoiling. There is an idiom in Chinese called "a salted fish flipping over," which means that although a salted fish is already dead, if it flips over, it appears alive again. The meaning of this idiom is that a person or situation has reached rock bottom and cannot get any worse, but suddenly because of an opportunity, it gets better again. For example, we can say, "His company was really struggling recently, and we thought it was going to close down, but he started selling things online and made a lot of money recently. His salted fish has flipped over." There is another idiom related to "salty" called "neither salty nor plain," which means a nonchalant attitude. For example, if you are talking to your child and asking them to spend less time playing computer games, but they only say, "Okay, okay, I know," we can say that the child is speaking with a neither salty nor plain attitude.
Do you have any expressions about taste in your language? Feel free to comment and share with us!