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Chengyu for Playing Hot Potato with Explosives

Want to improve your hand-eye coordination, teamwork, and mental strength?

You could play basketball.

You could also join the People’s Liberation Army in Hong Kong.

During an exhibition for Chief Executive Sir Donald Tsang, soldiers tossed a bag of explosives around, and then threw it down a hole right before it exploded.

You could say the soldiers were 镇定自若(zhèn dìng zì ruò).

 镇定自若 (zhèn dìng zì ruò) means to remain calm, even in emergency circumstances.  镇定自若(zhèn dìng zì ruò) is actually composed of two words, both of which mean to be calm and composed:

镇定 (zhèn dìng): calm and composed

自若 (zì ruò): calm and at ease

 


 
Here are examples of how 镇定自若 (zhèn dìng zì ruò) is used by real live Chinese people.

Usage 1) 镇定自若+地+Verb.

Example 1 A)

镇定自若地表示我渴望进入微软迎接挑战

“wǒ zhèn dìng zì ruò de biǎo shì wǒ kě wàng jìn rù wēi ruǎn yíng jiē tiǎo zhàn”

“I calmly expressed that I am eager to enter Microsoft and welcome challenges”

Example 1 B)

“…在面试场上必能镇定自若地表达自己的想法和观点

“… zài miàn shì chǎng shàng bì néng zhèn dìng zì ruò de biǎo dá zì jǐ de xiǎng fǎ hé guān diǎn “

“… during interviews, you need to be able to calmly express your thoughts and point of view”

Usage 2) 镇定自若+的+Noun.

Example 2 A)

地震发生时,至关重要的是要有清醒的头脑,镇定自若的态度 “

“dì zhèn fā shēng shí, zhì guān zhòng yào de shì yào yǒu qīng xǐng de tóu nǎo, zhèn dìng zì ruò de tài dù”

“During earthquakes, it’s vital to keep a cool head and a calm attitude”

Usage 3) Verb+得+镇定自若.

Example 3 A)

作为1989年出生的小将,李雯在场上踢得镇定自若 “

“zuò wéi 1989 nián chū shēng de xiǎo jiàng, lǐ wén zài chǎng shàng tī de zhèn dìng zì ruò

“For a young talent born in 1989, Li Wen plays very calmly on the field”

Example 3 B)

旁人质疑她的年龄,王铁链答得镇定自若 “

“páng rén zhì yí tā de nián líng, wáng tiě liàn dá de zhèn dìng zì ruò

“Other people questioned her age, and one after another Wang Tie replied calmly

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