Learning Chinese has a lot of ups and downs. What always helps is having friends who are experiencing the same things as you, ie. friends with whom you 同甘共苦 (tóng gān gòng kǔ). 同甘共苦 (tóng gān gòng kǔ) basically means to go through thick and thin together, and literally means “to enjoy sweetness together, and undergo [...]
Archive | October, 2011
There are enough moments of terror while learning Chinese. So here’s a chengyu to help you celebrate the moments of joy: 心花怒放 (xīn huā nù fàng). 心花怒放 (xīn huā nù fàng) basically means to “be bursting with joy,” and literally means that your heart is like a flower in full bloom. It’s a very positive word. Arguably it’s an [...]
For you moguls out there, our post today covers business Chinese vocabulary list covers job titles and positions. Enjoy! Corporate Chairman of the Board —— dǒngshìhuìzhǔxí —— 董事会主席 President of the Board —— dǒngshìzhǎng —— 董事长 Vice President of the Board —— fù dǒng shì zhǎng —— 副董事长 Board Director —— dǒngshì —— 董事 [...]
It’s always worth learning another great way to compliment someone. And it’s always satisfying (at least for me) to encounter a new chengyu (Chinese idiom) that’s vivid and usable in many situations. Our chengyu today fits the bill: 蒸蒸日上(zhēng zhēng rì shàng). 蒸蒸日上(zhēngzhēngrìshàng) generally means to be rising or improving each day, and its characters evoke the [...]
Do you know anyone who went to China and came back speaking fluent Chinese, making you look at them in a whole new light? Or are you in China right now and want to wow everyone when you go back home? Here’s one step in that direction: 刮目相看 (guā mù xiāng kàn). 刮目相看 (guā mù xiāng [...]
Do you know anyone who’s really careless? Perhaps they’re always spilling something, forgetting dates, or bumping into things? Perhaps that person is you (I know it’s me)? Here’s a chengyu to describe that person: 粗心大意(cū xīn dà yì). 粗心大意(cū xīn dà yì) simply means negligent or careless. Some might say it’s little stronger in tone than [...]
Do you ever have those moments when you know your Chinese is on? When you almost feel like you were born to speak Chinese? When you feel like a fish in water? If so, or if you’re aspiring to reach that point, you’ve got to learn this chengyu: 如鱼得水(rú yú dé shuǐ). 如鱼得水 (rú yú [...]
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