Saturday, 16 July 2011

Word of the Day: 磨合期 or Probationary Period

Today's word of the day or shall I say phrase of the day is something I learned recently on Chinese Pod. The hosts of the podcast talked about the culture of driving in China, more particularly the accessories one finds in Chinese cars.
One of them was a bumper sticker that said "new driver" or 实习 (shíxí). Another says 磨合期 (móhéqī) or "on probation".
The phrase can be used in a number of ways:

A newly married couple can be on 磨合期 or "on probation" or in an introductory period for the first six months to a year;
A newly hired employee can be on 磨合期;
And a couple that has just started going out can be on 磨合期.




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