House of Rong (Seen Vocab)

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Finally

流落在臺北
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Stuck in Taipei

總得有點打算
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Having to form a little plan

區公所的辦事
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District office staff

Dry and shriveled, Empty [wallets]

點來點去
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To order a bit of this and a bit of that

這靠年來
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In the past few years

Financial support, Help

才把這爿店面撑了起來
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Without whom I wouldn’t be able to keep the store afloat

Especially

三五門子親戚
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Several [distant] family connections, [Forging] a network of distant relatives

老光桿子
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Old bachelors

一包三年五載
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Some of them have been coming here for three or five years

Old man Li

Liuzhou

Half City Li

開雜貨舗
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To open a general store

甩在臺北
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Left [him] in Taipei

滙一張支票
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To send a cheque

To break, To shatter

捧起碗來便打顫
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Couldn't pick up anything without trembling

The old codger

"Thunderbolt";"Retribution by Thunderbolt" (name of song)

His nose would run

A tableful of food

吃的精光
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To eat it all

七十大壽
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70th birthday

Who would have known? (哪曉得) [that he would hang himself]

在我們巷子口那個小公園裏
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In the small park in our alley

一棵大枯樹
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Big withered tree

一雙破棉鞋
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A pair of cotton shoes

一頂黑氈帽
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A black felt cap

滾跌在旁邊
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Rolled off to one side

遭那個挨刀的狠狠搶白了一頓
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Got a vicious scolding from that nasty piece of work

Relief centre

七拖八欠
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To drag their tabs, To freeload [off us]

也算我倒猩楣
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"You could say I was down on my luck", It's just my luck

Crazy Qin

To eat for free

To harass, To molest, To "get fresh with"

給開除了
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Was laid off

瘋了起來
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Ended up going mad

我看八成是花痴!
probably]
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"I thought he was probably a sex addict!", Woman-crazy if you ask me! [八成

廣西容縣當縣長
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County head in Rong County, Guangxi

Concubines

毛手毛腳
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Light-handed, To grope

我才把他攆了出去
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I kicked him out

歪着頭,斜着眼
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Head cocked to one side, eyes askew

亂抓亂撈
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Grabbing around, Waving his arms wildly

Yelling, Shouting

滾開!滾開!縣太爺來了
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"Scram! His excellency the county magistrate is coming!"

To feel, To touch

拿起根扁檐
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Picked up her shoulder pole

罩頭一棍
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Struck him on the head

他額頭開了花
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His head burst open

長春路一帶淹大水
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The area around the Changchun Road was completely flooded

昌出一窩窩的死雞死貓來
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Out came heaps of dead hens and cats

有的爛得生了蛆
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Some rotten with maggots

Smelled awful, Stank to high heaven

To decontaminate

他裏得一身的污泥
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Covered head to toe in filthy sludge

硬幫幫的
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Stiff as a board

To fall in

講句老實話
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To tell the truth, To be honest

山明水秀
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Picturesque scenery

Wuning [County]

齜牙咧嘴
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Bad mannered and rough-looking

Nook, Cranny, Corner, Bad place

誰個不沾着幾分山水的靈氣?
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"Who hasn't had some of the power of those mountains and waters rubbed off on them?"

In the prime of my life

Shopkeeper

桂林行營的軍爺們
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The men from Guilin field headquarters

蒼蝿見了血
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A horsefly looking for blood

趕也趕不走
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You couldn't get rid of them

To bag (a wife)

No wonder

Even if... still

這些風雨的折磨
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The torment of these winds and rains, The battering of this weather

規矩的讀書人
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A well-behaved, well-read man

Scholar[ly]

You shouldn't have

Head lowered

背有點佝
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A slightly crooked back [from hunching over books]

Outline

體面的長相
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Elegant appearance, Decent-looking

Wrinkle

有點血氣不足似的
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He seemed a bit lackluster

蹦蹦跳跳
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Scampering

張開雙臂
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To stretch/spread out both arms

To stop, To bar the way

極有耐心的樣子
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[That] extremely patient manner/way

從前養的那隻性情溫馴的大公雞
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The big tame/gentle rooster I used to keep

Chick

Lu Xing Chang

盧老太爺
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Old Mr. Lu/Venerable Grandfather Lu

Governor

培道中學就是他辯的
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He founded Pei Dao middle school

原湯米粉
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Undiluted stock rice noodles

你們府上
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Your home

好體面的
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What a grand...

After a while

大陸撤退
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[When] we withdrew from the Mainland

What a waste

滿了有紅是白的芍藥花
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Filled with read and white peonies in bloom

能源我偏向人家盧先生嗎?
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Can I be blamed for favouring Mr Lu?

一樣也落了難
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Fell on hard times all the same

Self-restraint

安安分分
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Well-behaved

Gossip

摔碗砸筷
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Smashing bowls and breaking chopsticks

雞貓鬼叫
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Screeching like chickens and cats

一肚子發生不完的牢騷
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Full of bottled up complaints


我就不由得光火
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I couldn't help but flare up

保得佳命就是造化
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You were lucky to be alive

不將將就就的
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They wouldn't accept it

還要刁嘴呢!
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They had to be argumentative! (Come off it!)

他們眼紅
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They were green eyed (with jealousy)

Shank cut

To go down to the kitchen

Braised beef liver

Tripe

香菜麻油一澆
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Coriander and a drop of sesame oil

酒一把油炸花生米
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Then a handful of fried peanuts

熱騰騰的端出來
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Served piping hot

雲南過橋米線
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Yunnan Passing Bridge noodles [could live up to this]

Something special to eat

To suck up to

Xiu Hua

Niece (brother's daughter)

Platoon leader

To drop the idea, To let him go

左等右等
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Waited and waited

麻包工廠裏替人織痲線
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Got a job in a factory weaving hemp sacks

Callus

淨淨扮扮
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Neat and fresh faced

端端正正
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Proper, Upright

To grab hold of

"Make her see the light"

A Wei

守一輩子
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To wait your whole live


Example, Model

Uncle

早知如此
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"If I'd known it would be like this"

Dear child

只怕白用了
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"I'm afraid it's no use"

Broke down crying

To meddle

Match predestined by fate

To get together

Family property/Wealth

Landlady

Sharp tongue

省吃省用
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Didn't eat much and didn't spend much

Vice, Addiction

To take after-school lessons

To look after

Famous

By the side of the Flower Bridge

Copper coins

Cannot close [her mouth]

Little girl

Grand mansion

To be tactful


Stylishness

Soldier

Brigadier

七拼八凑
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To scrape together

Bosslady

寅吃卯糧
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Always in debt

Civil servants

Wallet

Squeeze some more money out of [them]

廣西同鄉
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Natives of Guangxi

More or less the same

To lay claim to it

Parkinson's disease

滿口夾七夾八
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Jabbering dialect

To hang oneself

Day dreaming woman

Pushing rice from the bowl into one's mouth

蔥的鼻子
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Long nose


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