Common mistakes

Chinese Style – It’s seven twenty o’clock.
American Style – It’s seven twenty.

Chinese Style – Your coat is broken.
American Style – Your coat is torn.

Chinese Style – Susan didn’t make a fault anyway.
American Style – Susan didn’t make a mistake anyway.

Chinese Style – Would you mind posting this letter for me? Yes, certainly.
American Style – Would you mind mailing this letter for me? Of course not. OR( Not at all )

Chinese Style – He becomes better.
American Style – He got better.

Chinese Style – We’ll have a hearing test tomorrow.
American Style – We’ll have a listening test tomorow.

Chinese Style – I recommend you to take a long vacation.
American Style – I recommend that you take a long vacation.

Chinese Style – The last bus leaves at eleven o’clock. It’s

about eleven now, Hurry up!
American Style – The last bus leaves at eleven o’clock. It’s nearly ( almost ) eleven now, Hurry up!

Chinese Style – It was still bright outside.
American Style – It was still light outside.

Chinese Style – Come to here.
American Style – Come here.

Chinese Style – Common students in US don’t wear a uniform.
American Style – The average students in US don’t wear a uniform.

Chinese Style – Who cooked this salad?
American Style – Who made this salad?

Chinese Style – Different from me, she is proficient in English.
American Style – Unlike me, she is proficient in English.

Chinese Style – Little children are difficult to understand that.
American Style – It is difficult for children to understand that.

Chinese Style – Don’t step on the grass.
American Style – Keep off the grass.

Chinese Style – I get my salary twice a month.
American Style – I get paid twice a month..

Chinese Style – Would you like a drink?
American Style – Would you like something to drink?

Chinese Style – Let me examine your pulse.
American Style – Let me feel your pulse.

Chinese Style – I have no exercise talent.
American Style – I am not athletic.

Chinese Style – Don’t expect me too much.
American Style – Don’t expect too much from (of ) me.

Chinese Style – I forget my hat in the house.
American Style – I left my hat in the house.

Chinese Style – Lend me some money, for instance 500 dollars, Lin
American Style – Lend me some money, say 500 dollars, Lin

Chinese Style – I have a free time.
American Style – I am free.

Chinese Style – The sun rises from the East.
American Style – The sun rises in the East.

Chinese Style – The thief got in from the window.
American Style – The thief got in through the window.

Chinese Style – Let’s begin from page 10.
American Style – Let’s begin at ( on ) page 10.

Chinese Style – Did you attend college?
American Style – Did you go to college?

Chinese Style – I wanted to go to Europe last summer, but it was too expensive so I gave up to go.
American Style – I wanted to go to Europe last summer, but it was too expensive so I gave up the idea.

Chinese Style – I am going back my home.
American Style – I am going home.

Chinese Style – His temperature went down.
American Style – His temperature came down.

Chinese Style – I like green color.
American Style – I like green.

Chinese Style – Today’s newspapers has his articles on Taiwan.
American Style – Today’s newspapers carries his articles on Taiwan.

Chinese Style – Give me money, if you have.
American Style – Give me money, if you have any.

Chinese Style – You’ll have a cold if you sleep with your window open.



Common mistakes