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By Liwei Jiao

ISBN-10: 0415776821

ISBN-13: 9780415776820

500 universal chinese language Idioms is the suitable instrument for all intermediate to complicated newcomers of chinese language. in response to huge corpora of real language info, it provides the five hundred most ordinarily used chinese language idioms or chengyu, besides quite a few synonyms, antonyms and the most typical buildings, allowing the reader to make proficient guesses in regards to the meanings of 1000's of surprising idioms.

Key beneficial properties include:

  • the idiom in either simplified and standard characters
  • a literal English translation and English equivalents
  • two appropriate instance sentences, plus motives and utilization notes
  • a Pinyin index and stroke order index.

This functional dictionary is appropriate either for sophistication use and self sufficient research and should be of curiosity to scholars and academics of chinese language alike.

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15. , the bristle-like fiber in the wheat). This refers to the fibers that often stick through a sack of wheat. ' Example 1: , . Jĭnguăn hěn duō rén pīpíng gāokăo, dànshì gāokăo díquè néng shĭ hěn duō yōuxiù de réncái tuōyĭng-érchū. ' Example 2: , , . Dìyī cì shìjiè dàzhàn yĭhòu, Fàn Gāo de zuòpĭn tuōyĭng-érchū, shòudào rénmen de zhòngshì. ' Usage: Functions as predicate. Note: Complimentary in meaning. ' 16. ”' Example 2: , , . Xīnpŭsēn àn pànjué yĭhòu, suīán bù shăo rén dōu găndào bùmiăn, dànshì wúkěnàihé.

Allusion: A Northern Dynasties folk song, MulanCi, sang the praises of the young woman Mulan, who joined the military on behalf of her father. Mulan had been in the military for twelve years and involved in many military exploits when she was finally recognized by her comrades as being a woman. Her explanation then was this: “The male rabbit's foot moves all over, the female rabbit's eyes are dim. ” The meaning of this is that when rabbits are grabbed by their ears so they can't move, the male rabbit's feet will keep moving wildly, while the female rabbit's eyes will half close, which makes it easy to distinguisǐ males from females.

Since idioms are frequently used in formal speech and higher-level written materials, such as newspaper editorials and commentaries, they serve as a useful medium for helping learners move up on the proficiency ladder. Familiarity with idioms can also be helpful for the non-native in gaining credibility in Chinese society. Indeed, almost nothing impresses a Chinese person more than an aptly used idiom coming from the mouth of a foreigner. There is a great number of idioms in Chinese, with certain dictionaries of idioms including well over 20,000 entries.

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