angela627 Post time 2011-12-9 16:41:02

Chengyu of the day:东施效颦 dōng shī xiào pín

A long time ago, there lived a beautiful maiden, Xishi. Her beauty was peerless. But she was stuck by heart trouble, which caused her great pain. So much so that she held her hand to her chest and furrowed her brow when she walked.

Now there was an ugly woman who lived in the neighborhood. One day, she saw Xishi walking in the village street, with her hand on her chest and furrowed brow.

She was so in awe of Xishi that she decided to imitate Xishi’s walk, not realizing that this only made her even more ugly.

She looked so hideous that people shut their doors as she walked by, and pulled their children away from her.

Dà jīng xiăo guài

【 大 惊 小 怪 】

To be alarmed at something apparently normal; to make a fuss about nothing

Dà  shā  fēng  jĭng

【 大 煞 风 景 】

To spoil the fun, mar the pleasure

Xiăo niăo yī rén

【 小 鸟 依 人 】

A term of endearment typically used on a loveable child.

Xiăo  dù jī cháng

【 小 肚 鸡 肠 】

Small or narrow-minded

Huŏ shàng jiāo yóu

【 火 上 浇 油 】

To pour oil on the fire; to make matters worse

Huŏ hăi dāo shān

【 火 海 刀 山 】

A sea of flames and mountain of swords – describes severe trials and tribulations

angela627 Post time 2011-12-9 16:43:39

成语出处
  ①《庄子·天运》里说:西施病心而颦其里,其里之丑,见之而美之,归亦捧心而颦其里,其里富人见之,坚闭门而不出;贫人见之,挈妻子而去之走。彼知颦美而不知颦之所以美。 
②《红楼梦》第三十回:“若真也葬花,可谓东施效颦了”   
典故出处见下。   
【典故】   春秋时代,越国有一位美女名叫西施,无论举手投足,还是言谈微笑,样样都惹人喜爱。西施稍用淡妆,身着衣服朴素,但是不管走到哪里,都有很多人向她行“注目礼”,她实在太美了,没有人不惊叹她的美貌。   
西施患有心口疼的毛病。有一天,她的病又犯了,只见她手捂胸口,双眉皱起,流露出一种娇媚柔弱的女性美。当她从乡间走过的时候,乡里人无不睁大眼睛注视着她。  
 乡下有一个丑女人,动作粗俗、说话大声大气,却一天到晚做着当美女的梦。今天穿这样的衣服,明天梳那样的发式,却没有一个人说她漂亮。   
这一天,她看到西施捂着胸口、皱着双眉的样子竟博得这么多人的青睐,因此回去以后,她也学着西施的样子,手捂胸口的矫揉造作使她样子更难看了,可用扭捏作态一词形容。结果,富人看见丑女的怪模样,马上把门紧紧关上;穷人看见丑女走过来,马上拉着妻子和孩子远远地躲开。人们见了这个怪模怪样模仿西施心口疼,在村里走来走去的丑女人,简直像见了瘟神一般。   
这个丑女人只知道西施皱眉的样子很美,却不知道她为什么很美,而去简单模仿她的样子,结果反被人讥笑。

xilaren Post time 2011-12-9 20:51:07

we must pay you for the lessons.They are so useful at least for me:hug:

leonhong Post time 2011-12-10 12:50:24

interesting story.
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