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Chinese Idiom Stories (中国成语故事)

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Chinese idiom (Zhōng guó chéng yǔ 中国成语) is one of the priceless legacies deeply rooted in traditional culture, making Chinese language more powerful, more functional and thus, more fascinating. Since each of the idioms is the precious fruit of repeating hammer-harden through history, they all bear extremely profound implications in them.

The list below contains all the Chinese idioms you will find in Chinese daily language. They are arranged alphabetically. Each idiom here consists of pronunciation, interpretation, source, sentence example and some of them with related flash attached for your better understanding.  Have fun!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 14:44
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郑人买履(zhèng rén mǎi lǚ)

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A man of the state of Zheng (zhèng guó 郑国) wanted to buy a pair of shoes. He measured his foot and put the measurement on a chair. When he set out for the market he forgot to bring it along.

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只要工夫深,铁杵磨成针(zhǐ yào gōng fū shēn,tiě chǔ mó chéng zhēn)

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This legend is about Li Bai (lǐ baí 李白), a great poet in Tang Dynasty (táng cháo 唐代). Li Bai was naughty and disliked study when he was a child. One day he saw an old woman grinding an iron rod on a big stone when he was playing by a river.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2009 22:52
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三令五申 (sān lìng wǔ shēn)

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In the Spring and Autumn Period (chūn qiū 春秋时期,770-476 BC), the famous strategist Sun Wu (sūn wǔ 孙武) known as Sun Zi (sūn zǐ 孙子) came to see the King of the State of Wu (wǔ guǒ 吴国) , bringing along his great work The Art of War (sūn zǐ bīng fǎ 孙子兵法).

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2009 10:48
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一言为重 (yī yán wéi zhòng)

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In ancient times, there was a prime minister named Shang Yang (shāng yāng 商鞅) in the State of Qin (qín guó 秦国). He was held in high regard by the King. In the year 359 BC, he prepared for a political reform to promote the economic development.

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