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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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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

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