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Talking about Idioms (15)

Viewed 410 times 2017-12-5 10:36 |System category:Life

 People often praise those who are diligent. The Chinese idiom “勤能补拙qín néng bǔ zhuō” is  used to indicate such persons.

The idiom “勤能补拙”comes from the ancient poem entitled Chanting Pen (弄笔吟),written by Sao Yiong (邵雍),a philosopher in the Song Dynasty. We read in the poem: “弄假像真终是假,将勤补拙总轮勤” ( Pretending to be true is eventually not true; a clumsy person with diligence will finally win.) People later use the words “ 勤能补拙” as an idiom to mean diligence makes perfect, similar to the idiom practice makes perfect.

The eminent Chinese mathematician, Hua Luogeng (华罗庚)(1901-1985),once wrote a poem about this idiom: “埋头苦干是第一,孰能生出百巧来。勤能补拙是良训,一分辛劳一分才。”(translation : Bury oneself in work, and practice makes perfect; so does diligence, and by hard working one becomes talent.)

The poem tell us that one can develop his talent by learning hard and practicing often even he is clumsy person. Professor Hua Luogeng(华罗庚) himself has set up an such example. After having graduated from a junior middle school in 1925, he went to vocational school. later, he had to drop out of school because he was not able to pay tuition. He returned home to help his father managing the grocery store. However, he determined to study mathematics by self-taught and spent five years finishing all the courses of maths from senior middle school to college. In 1937, he became a professor of Qinhua University. Professor Hua had made great achievements in maths . today, he has been listed among the world's 88 great mathematicians by the World Museum of Science and Technology in Chicago.

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  • Talking about Idioms (19) 2018-1-9 12:55

    I like this idom especially in winter, as there are a lot of wheat planting in my hometown, western Shandong Province. Auspicious snow can bring a good harvest to the farmers. :)

  • Talking about Idioms (17) 2017-12-29 21:34

    Good luck would become after your failure!

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