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You have probably heard these news terms being discussed in the papers or on TV. Here is how to use them in English:

1. 公投 - referendum

Separatists in Spain's Catalonia won regional elections on Sunday. Their leader Artur Mas promised a referendum on independence, adding more economic and political stress to the country.

2. 派糖 - give a cash handout

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah has hinted in his blog that the government will not give a cash handout in February.

3. 人道毀滅 - animal euthanasia

A stray cat was tortured by two young people in Sau Mau Ping recently. The animal suffered from internal bleeding and spinal rupture. It was later euthanised.

4. 測量師 - surveyor

Surveyors confirmed a report that housing minister Duncan Warren Pescod has two illegal structures in his Clear Water Bay residence, making him the 11th government official involved in the row.

5. 凍結 - freeze

Greenpeace is calling for electricity bills to be frozen for small businesses and residential users who consume less energy.