azhong wrote: Huge mirror on the opposite wall showed that it was my velvety, striped dressing gown sparkling.
velvety soft, like velvet絨
strip vs stripe
gown: a long, loose piece of clothing
sparkle: to shine brightly
(a person or performance) be energetic, interesting, and exciting:
- Alice is shy and quiet at parties, but her sister really sparkles!
From Zwielicht "twilight". they both mean literally "half-light". (The element zwie-/twi- is related to zwei/two.)
azhong wrote:It was not so much the shows as the glamorous idols who provided the attraction for postcard buyers.
glamourous: attractive in an exciting and special way [from Scots蘇格蘭語 glamer, “magic, enchantment, spell”.]
It's not so much X as Y that...
Q: How about if I say in this construction, which I might say instinctively:
It's mainly not the shows that attract the buyers, but the idols.
zwielichtig dubious, dodgy
1. The combination "seither nie" requires the perfect.
c.f. Der Rat meines Vaters geht mir nicht mehr aus dem Kopf.
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