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Chinese slangs

吃不消
Can’t bear.

【发音】chī bù xiāo

【释义】经不住,难以承受,忍耐不了。
            Be unable to stand (exertion, fatigue, etc.)

【例1】全天工作她恐怕吃不消。
           A full-time job may be too much for her.

【例2】痛得我吃不消。
           The pain is more than I can stand.

 
One-Month-Old Birthday and One-Year-Old Catch
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    One-Year-Old Catch
One-Month-Old Birthday

The One-Month-Old Birthday (mǎn yuè 满月) is a universal custom practiced by all ethnic groups of China. In a family where a baby is born, they will prepare several tables of feast on the baby's One-Month-Old Birthday and invite their friends and relatives to a ceremony to celebrate the occasion. In a traditional one-month-old ceremony, there will be a rejoicing and festive atmosphere in the family and the feast is supposed to be lively and joyful. Normally those joining the feast will bring some gift or a red envelope to show their regard.

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The Four Books and Five Classics
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ConfucianismThe Four Books (sì shū 四书) refer to The Analects of Confucius (lún yǔ 论语), The Mencius (mèng zǐ 孟子), The Great Learning (dà xué 大学) and The Doctrine of the Golden Mean (zhōng yōng 中庸). The former two are collections of sayings and teachings of Confucius (kǒng zǐ 孔子) and Mencius (mèng zǐ 孟子) as well as sayings of their disciples while the latter two are chapters in The Classic of Rites (lǐ jì 礼记). Chu His (zhū xī 朱熹), a famous scholar of the Southern Song Dynasty (nán sòng 南宋), held that The Four Books together outlined the basic system of Confucian thoughts (rú jiā sī xiǎng 儒家思想) and constituted a better introduction to the complicated materials in the Classics (jīng diǎn 经典), thus selecting these four texts from Classics and put them together as the Four Books.

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Local Operas
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   Warriors of the Yang Clan aka
Chinese opera is an art with a long history and unique characteristics. Due to the vast land and various nationalities of China, there are various local operas besides Beijing Opera (jīng jù 京剧). Local opera (dì fāng xì 地方戏) in China is the opera which is popular in a certain region and with local characteristics. There are more than 300 types of local operas in China, among which Yuju Opera (yù jù 豫剧), Pingju Opera (píng jù 评剧), Yue Opera (yuè jù 越剧), Huangmei Opera (huáng méi xì 黄梅戏), Guangdong Opera (yuè jù 粤剧), Chaoju Opera (cháo jù 潮剧) are enjoyed great popularity.

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The Five Constant Virtues of China
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the five constant virtues

Owning over thousands of years of history, the Chinese have created a brilliant history and culture, and at the same time have formed their own moral code that has played an important role in social development and progress. This is what we call Traditional Virtues (chuán tǒng měi dé 传统美德), which still have great significance today and whose value to the development of human civilization is now widely recognized.

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Daily Figurative Slangs (67)
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Chinese slangs

吃不了兜着走
Get more than one bargained for.

【发音】chī bù liǎo dōu zhe zǒu

【释义】比喻受不了或担当不起。
            This phrase means that one would land himself in serious trouble if he enrages someone else.

【例1】这件事你如果说出去,我叫你吃不了兜着走。
           If you let this leak out, I'll make you sorry for it!

【例2】捅了这么大的娄子,这一下可叫他吃不了,兜着走了。
           Since he has made such a big trouble, he will certainly bear all the consequence.

 
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