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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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PAPER IN LUO YANG BECOMES EXPENSIVE

The Chinese idiom 洛阳纸贵(luò yáng zhǐ guì,luo4 yang2 zhi3 gui4)literally means one’s works, especially literary works are so widespread that even the paper used to record the works is in short supply. This idiom is related to a famous Chinese writer,左思(zuo3 si1) and his masterpiece, “Ode to the Three Capitals” Continue reading

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

The Mountain and Flowing Water

The Chinese idiom 高山流水(gāo shān liú shuǐ, gao1 shan1 liu2 shui3)literally has a double meaning. The first meaning is: ”It is very hard to find bosom friends”. The second is:“the music is very splendid to hear”. It is based on a tale from the Spring and Autumn Period (770- 476 B.C.) and was first recorded in“Liezi Tangwen”by Lie Yukou. Continue reading

Retreating As A Condition For Peace

The Chinese idiom 退避三舍(tuì bì sān shè,tui4 bi4 san1 she3)is used to describe a person who makes a compromise on the important issues to avoid a confrontation on issues that matter more. There is a famous story behind it. 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

Using Chinese character Flashcards To Learn Chinese language

Are you looking to learn Chinese? There are plenty of Chinese character flashcards online that are available. Most people are of the opinion that flashcards are by far one of the best ways of learning a new language because you can get the right grasp of the meaning, pronunciation and the word usage. Continue reading

Get The Casket and Return The Pearl

The Chinese idiom 买椟还珠(mǎidúhuánzhū,mai3 du2 huan2 zhu1)is used to satirize the behaviors of those who do not focus their attention on the main issues but get bogged down in minor details. It is derived from the story narrated in “外储说左上”(wai4 chu3 shuo1 zuo3 shang4) from 韩非子(han2 fei1 zi3). Continue reading

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