angela627 Post time 2011-12-14 16:44:56

Chengyu of the day: 掩耳盗铃 yǎn ěr dào líng

Once upon a time, a thief stole a bell and tried to carry it away on his back. But the bell was too big and heavy. So, he decided

to break it into pieces with a hammer to make it easier to carry. When he hit the bell, it made a loud noise. Afraid that someone

might hear him breaking the bell, and try to steal it from him, he decided to plug his ears. If he couldn’t hear anything, nobody

else could either. A decision as foolish as this is sometimes compared with burying one’s head in the sand.

Shuǐ zhōng lāo yuè

【 水 中 捞 月 】

To try to fish the moon’s reflection in the water — describes an impractical or vain effort

Shuǐ zhăng chuán gāo

【 水 涨 船 高 】

(Old Chinese saying) Literal translation: When the river rises, the boat goes up. Describes a natural reaction to something or a natural progression

Shùn shuǐ tuī zhōu

【 顺 水 推 舟 】

To push the boat along with current — to go with the flow

Shùn fēng shǐ duò

【 顺 风 使 舵 】

To trim one’s sails to the wind — to take one’s cue from changing conditions



xilaren Post time 2011-12-14 21:22:10

you are a good teacher for me.Thank you so much{:soso_e178:}

xilaren Post time 2011-12-14 21:24:11

:what is the meaning of chengyu?

xilaren Post time 2011-12-14 21:24:54

chengyu shenme yisi:o

angela627 Post time 2011-12-15 11:23:44

xilaren Post time: 2011-12-14 21:24 static/image/common/back.gif
:what is the meaning of chengyu?

Chengyu( pinyin: chéngyǔ, lit. "set phrases") are a type of traditional Chinese idiomatic expressions, most of which consist of four characters. Chengyu were widely used in Classical Chinese and are still common in vernacular Chinese writing and in the spoken language today. According to the most stringent definition, there are about 5,000 chengyu in the Chinese language, though some dictionaries list over 20,000.

They are often referred to as Chinese idioms or four-character idioms; however, they are not the only idioms in Chinese.

xilaren Post time 2011-12-15 16:33:49

Thank you very much.I know two of them .Can you tell me if we can call them chengyu?
li qing qing youyu zhong
ru xiang sui su
I hope I remember them correctly

laowaihanyu Post time 2011-12-15 16:48:25

Excellent story!

But this chengyu stuff is a trifle difficult for me.
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