English Vocabulary - Common Expressions



  1. Hiccup 打嗝

    a loud noise that you make in the throat without wanting to, caused by a sudden tightening of a muscle just below the chest and usually happening repeatedly

    • I’ve got the hiccups.
  2. belch 打嗝

    to allow air from the stomach to come out noisily through the mouth:

    • He belched noisily.
  3. Snore 打鼾

    to breathe in a very noisy way while you are sleeping:

    • Sometimes my husband snores so loudly, it keeps me awake at night.

    • Do you know any cures for snoring?

  4. pick one’s nose 挖鼻孔

    • Don’t pick your nose on public transportation.

    ’’’ booger 鼻屎

     ear wax 耳屎
     sleep / dry stuff / dry crap / crusty stuff 眼屎
     saliva / drool / water 口水  '''
  5. floss one’s teeth / pick one’s teeth 剔牙

    • I often floss my teeth after dinner.

    • It is considered rude to pick your teeth in front of other people.

    • He picked his teeth with a toothpick.

  6. braise 挠痒痒

    With braises, where you’re adding the least amount of liquid required to cook the meat or vegetables, stews require full submersion, and usually call for the meat or vegetables to be cut into unifiorm pieces for even cooking.

    • red braised pork belly 红烧肉

    • Bring the water to a boil, turn down to medium low heat, and let it simmer for 40 minutes.

    Because it preserves all the nutrients in your food.

  7. tickle 胳肢

    • The bigger girls used to chase me and tickle me.
  8. comb 梳头 / 梳子 / 鸡冠

    • Your hair needs a good comb.

    • She bent to retrieve her comb from the floor.

    • Your hair is so tangled that I cannot comb it.

  9. bend / stoop (down) / bow 弯腰

    • He bent to a squat and gathered the puppies on his lap.

    • She reached down, touching her toes with opposite hands.

    • I wanted to duck down and slip past but they saw me.

  10. roast 踮脚

    • roasted chicken 烤鸭

    • grilled chicken 烤鸡

  11. fart / break wind 放屁

    • Don’t fart in my room!

    • The fox broke wind in order to escape those hunting dogs.

  12. cross one’s legs / sit cross-legged 盘腿

    • We sat cross-legged on the blanket.
  13. squat 蹲下

  14. breathe 呼吸

  15. cry 哭

  16. to hiccup 打嗝

  17. sneeze 打喷嚏

  18. sweat / perspire 出汗

  19. urinate 排尿

  20. yawn 打哈欠