Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The usage of 地道

Literally 地道 means tunnel, subway, or underpass. There was a classic movie called 地道战 (the War in the Tunnel) , which was about the story of Chinese soldiers and farmers dug tunnels underground to fight the Japanese invaders in the 1940s. 
But in our daily conversation, 地道 has quite a few different interesting usages. Let's see some examples:

她的普通话说得真地道。
She speaks perfect mandarin.
他干的活儿真地道。
His work is really well-done.
In above sentences, 地道 means perfect, or skill up to standard. 
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那家中餐馆的饭菜很地道。
The food in that Chinese restaurant is really authentic. 
In this sentence, 地道 means authentic.
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这是地道的龙井茶。
This is genuine Longjing tea.
Here, 地道 means from the place well-known for a certain product;
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那人很不地道。
That person is not an honest one. He cheated. 
In this sentence, 地道 means honest, obey the common moral rules.
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