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Chinese-English idioms dictionary

A bilingual Chinese-English idioms dictionary is important for those who want to converse like a native-speaker. Some online idiom dictionaries – such as the one provided for free by Purple Panda

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Mandarin flashcards online

Historically, flash cards have been used in every-day situations to memorize certain things of importance. The Purple Panda applications take this idea much further.

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Sleep on the Brushwood and Taste The Gall

The Chinese idiom 卧薪尝胆(wò xīn cháng dǎn, wo4 xin1 chang2 dan3)literally describes a man who encounters failures, but responds with great vigor and constant self-motivation. The idiom was first used in 史记 (shi3 ji4) in the chronicles of State 越 (yue4). Continue reading

Calling The Deer A Horse

Calling The Deer A Horse

The Chinese idiom 指鹿为马(zhǐ lù wéi mǎ,zhi3 lu4 wei2 ma3)literally means deliberately give a false account of the true facts to reach one’s own immoral purposes. Behind this idiom lies a very well-known political confrontation that happened about 2,200 years ago and was re-narrated by the great historian司马迁(si1 ma3 qian1) in the master piece 史记(shi3 ji4). Continue reading

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