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Welcome to “What’s Up with Chengyu” where we explore the fascinating world of Chinese idioms! In each episode, we delve into the origins and meaning behind a Chinese idiom “chengyu”. Whether you're a language enthusiast, a history buff, or simply curious about the world around you, What’s Up with Chengyu has something for you. Join us as we unlock the secrets of chengyu, culture and more, one idiom at a time! Follow along for your weekly dose of language and culture 🎙Subscribe 📱Instagram: wh ...
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萬籟俱寂 How do you describe silence? You might be able to pick up some idea from the poet 常建 cháng jiàn, who's known for his crafted words in portrait the mountain scenery and temples. Join me in this episode as we delve into the beauty of nature through the eyes of the ancient Chinese poet, and get to know a little more about what mot…
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Are you a music enthusiast? Music has the power to trigger our emotions, evoke memories, and transport us to different states of being. But there is a type of music that can be described as "music of dissipation", according to the philosopher Hán Fēi Zǐ (韓非子). In this episode, we'll explore the origin of 靡靡之音 mǐ mǐ zhī yīn, and discover what this p…
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We all experienced this frustration. Spend a lot time and energy talking to others and only realize they didn't get it or not evening listening. Here is the advice from 牟子/móuzi/, an ancient Chinese scholar, don't play music to cows 對牛彈琴 More about 琴 ✅琴瑟和鳴 from S2E04. Relationship goal. More about this episode on …
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The relationship has always been an essential element toward happiness in life. A poetry published in 700 BC tells us what a perfect relationship looks like or sounds like in the case of this weeks idiom And when communication fails, is what you are about to experience. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone 😺 M…
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🐰Lunar New Year 🧧 is just around the corner! Before I head to Japan for a long waiting (3 years!) holiday, here are the idioms commonly used to describe the new year celebrations. If you are the FOMO type, is the perfect description for the places you should not miss. And if you spot a place that’s …
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Is there a track that keeps playing in your head even when the music stops? And who’s voice is euphoric that you just can’t have enough? is the idiom to describe that music or voice brings euphoria to you and lasting in the air as if you can still hear it. Not a spooky story at all, let’s find out! More about this episode on…
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Have you ever worked with someone you admire and heard so much about before you actually meet them? If so, this is the idiom to describe your reaction, like you hear thunder⚡️ Make sure you use it next time when you want to impress someone you first meet and express how exciting you are! ✅久仰大名 如雷貫耳, jiǔ yǎn…
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How long do you usually spend on writing an essay or a piece of article? 2 hours? A day? a couple of weeks? Meet Zuǒsī 左思, the man spent a decade to compose ONE piece but initial feedback was rather underwhelming. Find out what he did to make his work went viral causing a paper shortage in the capital city Luoyang.
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Shout out to the audience from Richardson Taxes. Thank you for your support! Sometimes silence is golden. Sometimes, you don't want to have people 噤若寒蟬 jìn ruò hán chán. Find out the origin in today's podcast! More about this episode on Instagram 📱Whatsupwithchengyu Any feedback, inquiries, ideas ✉️ amofutbol@gmail.com ⭐️Rate, review and follow thi…
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Back from my family trip and something else so I had to take another week off from it. First, if you are looking for a catchy name for your clinic, our first idiom is something to consider. 十全十美 shí quán shí měi. Find out why in today's episode! 樂極生悲, lè jí shēng bēi. Means happiness to the extreme and turns into unfortunate. 宥卮, yòu zhī. A…
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Fight doesn't always involved guns and knifes. Morden day competition at office and politics have more conspiracy plots and intrigue. You don't need to participate in any but definitely would be useful to spot the 勾心鬥角 at workplace. Let's find out the story behind the idiom. ✅ 杜牧, dù mù, poet from Tang Dynasty. The author of ē fá…
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A student's achievement is the teacher's too. And the only reason we made progress is the younger generation outdo the pervious. And 青出於藍 qīng chū yú lán is the best way you express your gratitude to those who helped you accomplished your challenges. ✅ 荀子 xún zǐ ✅ 靛青 diàn qīng, indigo blue ✅ 蓼藍 liǎo lán, indigo plant or the diffi…
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It's Mid Autumn Festival 中秋節 zhōng qiū jié this Saturday! People celebrate differently throughout the time but it's always about the moon 🌕 and mooncake 🥮 Find out why when 光風霽月 guāng fēng jì yuè is the perfect time to take a walk in this episode. More info about Mid Autumn Festival https://youtu.be/NtipfuWE5Vc Poem in the episode 天垂六幕水浮空,霽月光…
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It's September! For some, it's the end of summer. How would you summarize your summer? 汗流浹背hàn liú jiá bèi is something we all shared I believe. Listen now and tell me if you are one of us! More about this episode on Instagram 📱Whatsupwithchengyu Any feedback, inquiries, ideas ✉️ amofutbol@gmail.com ⭐️Rate, follow and share this podcast ⭐️ Music by…
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Do you agree it's all fair in love and war? Especially at war, is deception part of the strategy? Hán Fēi Zǐ (韓非子), the icon from Legalism gave his thought in one idom bīng bú yàn zhà 兵不厭詐 and an intriguing story. Let hear it. ☑戰國時代 Jhànguó Shíhdài, Warring States Period ☑法家 Fǎjiā, Legalism ☑儒家 Jújiā, Confucianism More about this…
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A different arrangement was made this week, tell me how do you think about it? Today’s idiom is guǐ guǐ suì suì A ghostly idiom for the Ghost Month! What to find out what’s the Ghost Month and more spooky facts? Hit the play button! *雷公 léigōng, the God of Thunder *普渡 pǔdù, or 中元普渡 zhōng yuán pǔdù, Ghost Festival in Taiwa…
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Welcome to the second episode of show! The idiom of the week is chē shuǐ mǎ lóng Car, Water, Horse and dragon. Is this about wildlife? Quite the opposite, it’s mostly used to describe living in the city. Find out why in today’s episode. More about this episode on Instagram 📱Whatsupwithchengyu Any feedback, inquiries, ideas ✉️ amofutbol@gmail…
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Welcome to the FIRST episode of show! Our very first idiom is suǒ xiàng pī mǐ 所向披靡 It's from one of the most well-known stories between Liu Bang and Xiang Yu. So let's find out what happened between them. More about this episode on Instagram 📱Whatsupwithchengyu Any feedback, inquiries, ideas ✉️ amofutbol@gmail.com ⭐️Rate, review and follow this pod…
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Welcome to what’s up with Chengyu! What’s Chengyu? Chengyu is idiom in Mandarin Chinese. Fascinating history in a 4 characters term, well mostly 4. It’s not difficult to learn if you know the context. Join me to tackle it with stories of its origin and examples. Get more on Instagram 📱 whatsupwithchengyu Any feedback, corrections, inquiries ✉️amofu…
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