This thread will be for me to ask grammar and vocabulary questions in English.
Question 1, English
What is the proper, everyday noun or adjective to describe a mentally retarded person? One of my childhood friends is about 10 years older than me, but has appeared like a 4 year old ever since I can remember. So, he can eat by himself but he can't wash his own hair, can't read and can't be left alone. How do I say, for example, "I grew up with a childhood friend who is mentally retarded so I know..."?
Cantonese: 弱智 [adjective]
That's the proper word though we use it to insult people as well.
Question 2, English
Let's say today is the 1st, and the "Best before" date on my bread says the 5th, but I know that it will actually go mouldy by the 3rd. How do I say, "It can't actually last for 5 days; it will go mouldy in 3 days"? I don't think "last" is the right word, and the whole sentence doesn't sound natural either.
Cantonese: 擺 [verb] = put, place
"擺唔倒五日" = can't put for five days
Similary, "吃不到五日" = can't eat for five days, "用唔倒十年" can't use for ten years