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Chinese Idioms & Slangs Derived from Animals (Part 1)

Animals have always been an indispensable part of the Chinese people’s daily lives. Naturally, many Chinese words reflect the close relationship between animals and the Chinese people. For example, in the Year of the Dragon, people will say “生龙活虎”(shēng lóng…

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Cracking the Wisdom of Chinese Idioms

Here are two facts about Chinese idioms:  there are lots and lots of them, and for the most part they are not particularly useful. I’ve been a student of Mandarin Chinese for 20 years. It’s one of the languages my…

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6 Common Chinese Chengyu For Life and Success

Chinese Chengyu (成语, Chéngyǔ) plays an important role in Chinese culture. They are the collected wisdom from ancient Chinese people; and they contain deep insights into human life. Behind the four-character Chengyu, there are always definitions, stories, and also rich…

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Chinese Idioms or Chéngyǔ About Animals

What is a Chinese idiom/Chéngyǔ? Briefly speaking, Chengyu (成语, Chéngyǔ) are Chinese idioms that are normally made up of four Chinese characters. Chengyu are usually handed down from way back in Chinese history, and thus, over this long periodof time,…

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