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language
language lan∙guage noun ›› OF A COUNTRY 国家 1. the system of communication in speech and writing that is used by people of a particular country or area • 语言:
»the Japanese language
日语
»It takes a long time to learn to speak a language well.
学会说好一种语言需要花很长的时间。
»Italian is my first language.
意大利语是我的母语。
»All the children must learn a foreign language.
所有的儿童必须学一门外语。
»She has a good command of the Spanish language.
她精通西班牙语。
»a qualification in language teaching
语言教学的资格
»They fell in love in spite of the language barrier (= the difficulty of communicating when people speak different languages).
尽管有语言障碍,他们还是相爱了。
»Why study Latin? Itˈs a dead language (= no longer spoken by anyone).
为什么学拉丁语?它已经不再通用了。
»Is English an official language in your country?
英语在你们国家是官方语言吗?
--› see also modern language ›› COMMUNICATION 交际 2. the use by humans of a system of sounds and words to communicate • 言语;说话;语言:
»theories about the origins of language
有关语言起源的理论
»a study of language acquisition in two-year-olds
对两岁儿童语言习得的研究
›› STYLE OF SPEAKING / WRITING 口语/书面语的风格 3. [U] a particular style of speaking or writing • 某种类型的言语(或语言):
»bad / foul / strong language (= words that people may consider offensive)
脏/粗 / 骂人话
»literary / poetic language
文学/诗歌语言
»the language of the legal profession
法律专业用语
»Give your instructions in everyday language.
用通俗的语言发布指令。
--› see also [u]bad language
›› MOVEMENTS / SYMBOLS / SOUND 动作;符号;声音 4. [C, U] a way of expressing ideas and feelings using movements, symbols and sound • (用动作、符号和语音来表达思想感情的)表达方式,交际方式:
»the language of mime
哑剧的手势语
»the language of dolphins / bees
海豚/蜜蜂的交流方式
--› see also body language , sign language ›› COMPUTING 计算机技术 5. [C, U] a system of symbols and rules that is used to operate a computer • 计算机语言:
»a programming language
程序设计语言
【IDIOMS】 mind / watch your ˈlanguage • to be careful about what you say in order not to upset or offend sb • 谨慎措辞;留神言辞:
»Watch your language, young man!
年轻人,注意你的言谈!
speak / talk the same ˈlanguage • to be able to communicate easily with another person because you share similar opinions and experience • (因意见和经历相似)能容易地沟通,说得来,有共同语言
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['læŋgwidʒ]
n. 語言, 語言文學, 術語, 語言表達能力, (運用語言的)方式﹑能力﹑風格, [自](機器)代碼

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