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  • 水管工

    shuǐguǎngōng - plumber

    Today the plumbers were in to fit a shower screen and generally make a mess of my bath room.

    他是水管工
    He is a plumber.

  • 见合

    jiànhé - miai (having two options for the same result in go)

    Another go term today because I started to read Yoshiaki Nagahara's Strategic Concepts of Go.

    我有见合
    I have miai.

  • 手筋

    shǒujīn - tesuji ( a skillful move / special tactic in go)

    Victoria was obsessed with this word in our game our pair go. We also downloaded several Go guides, including at least one about tesuji. Not a very useful word unless you play go.

    那个手筋非常好
    That's a great tesuji.

  • 真菌

    zhēnjūn - fungus

    I picked this word because today I worked on a simulation of fungal hyphae. It's a handy biological word too.

    霉和蘑菇都是真菌。
    Mildew and mushrooms are fungi.

  • 变异

    biànyì - variation

    Today I worked on getting my SGF parser to understand move variations. I'm slowly getting there. I like the character 异 - I think I have come across in a couple of scientific word, though I can't remember which. The sentence below seems perfect for me.

    放射线引起植物变异已在实验中被证实。
    The mutations in plants caused by radiation have been found in experiments.

  • 标签

    biāoqiān - label, tag

    Today I played with a load of EST (expressed sequence tag) data, to see how accurate the intron predictions are more my gene. And so here is the word for tag.

    他往行李上贴了一个标签。
    He attached a label to his baggage.

  • 微笑

    wēixiào - smile

    I picked this today because I found it on nciku and I thought I should know it. I smiled a lot while watching Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk

    她的微笑很迷人。
    Her smile was enchanting.

  • 鸵鸟

    tuóniǎo - ostrich

    Today I went into town, where the Christmas stalls have been set up, and I had a tasty ostrich burger. I always remember the Chinese word for ostrich, because it sounds like 'tawny owl'.

    鸵鸟是一种跑得很快的大鸟。
    Ostrich is a type of large bird that can run very fast.

  • 海胆

    hǎidǎn - sea urchin

    Today a guy from Oxford came to talk about calcium signalling in sea urchins. This is one animal that I didn't learn when I went through my animal-learning stage. It's probably quite useful - I'm sure it's on the menu in China.

    针状物精细尖锐的突出物,如海胆的脊椎骨或水晶球
    A fine, sharp projection, as a spine of a sea urchin or a crystal.

  • lòu - leak

    This morning, my shower was interrupted by my neighbour as water was leaking through his roof. Hopefully it will be fixed soon, so I can use my shower again.

    屋顶有一个漏洞。
    There is a leak in the roof.