Thursday, January 24, 2013

You get what you pay for

I flew Ryanair recently and thought of the expression ‘you get what you pay for’. For those who don’t know, Ryanair is a budget Irish airline which is notorious for its service.  Out of curiosity I looked up how to say ‘you get what you pay for’ in Chinese language and this is what I found.

Yī fēn qián, yī fēn huò
One cent money, one cent goods

(qián): money

As you might already know 人民币 (Rénmínbì) is the official currency of China. 人民币 (Rénmínbì) translates to ‘people’s currency’. (Yuán) is the primary unit of 人民币 (Rénmínbì).

1 (yuán) = 10 (jiǎo)
1 (jiǎo) = 10 (fēn)

In everyday Chinese, money is referred as (kuài) instead of (Yuán). So, 100would be called 一百块 (Yī bǎi kuài). (kuài) is also a measure word for money.

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