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Essential Chengyu: Bursting with Joy – 心花怒放

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 even more intense state of joy than 兴高采烈, which we covered earlier.

A breakdown of the characters in 心花怒放 (xīn huā nù fàng):

心 (xīn): heart

花 (huā): flower (eg. 鲜花 – fresh flowers – xiān huā)

怒放 (nù fàng): to be in full bloom (used for flowers, eg. 鲜花怒放 – xiān huā nù fàng – “fresh flowers are in full bloom”)

Observing 心花怒放 (xīn huā nù fàng) in the wild reveals that it has 2 main usages. 

Usage 1) As a Verb.

Example 1 A)

他是我新的约会对象,令我心花怒放,希望可以维持下去 

“tā shì wǒ xīn de yuēhuì duìxiàng, lìng wǒ xīnhuānùfàng, xīwàng kěyǐ wéichí xiàqù”

“He is the new person I’m dating, and he makes me really happy – (I) hope that it lasts”

Example 1 B)

小红听了,马上心花怒放,和李某交换了联系方式

“xiǎohóng tīng le, mǎ shàng xīnhuānùfàng, hé lǐ mǒu jiāohuàn le liánxì fāngshì”

“After hearing that, Little Hong was immediately elated, and exchanged contact info with Li Mou”

Example 1 C)

消费者买得开心,经营者更是心花怒放

“xiāofèizhě mǎi de kāixīn, jīngyíngzhě ɡènɡ shì xīnhuānùfàng

“(When) consumers buy happily, operators are even more joyful

Usage 2) 心花怒放 + Noun

Example 2 A)

心花怒放的陈女士一回家,立即将此事向丈夫汇报

xīnhuānùfàng de chén nǚshì yīhuíjiā, lìjí jiānɡ cǐshì xiàng zhàngfu huìbào”

“Mrs. Chen was elated, and as soon as she returned home, she immediately reported to her husband about the matter.”

Example 2 B)

“…让原本心花怒放的心情更是锦上添花

“…ràng yuánběn xīnhuānùfàng de xīnqíng ɡènɡshì jǐnshàngtiānhuā”

“…to take a great mood and make it even better”

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