This is a nice musical Chinese Saying to describe a soulmate or someone who can be called your 知音 (zhīyīn)..a friend who is appreciative or understanding of a friend (and his talents). Like almost all of these Chengyu, it comes to us direct from the first half of the Eastern Zhou Period. Continue reading “S2E06-I Love You Man!-高山流水”
Everybody knows of someone who can be described by this Chinese Saying. In this week’s musical Chinese Saying we look at the lazy poser Mr. Nanguo and his brief career as a Yu player in an all-Yu Orchestra and the wonderful story that gave us a nice useful saying. Continue reading “S2E05-A Man of Great Inability-滥竽充数”
Hopefully none of us will ever face these circumstances…but when all is lost and you’re surrounded by enemies trying to take you down, remember the Songs of the ancient state of Chu.
Continue reading “S2E04-Surrounded! – 四面楚歌”
If you’ve ever explained yourself or something you’re quite expert in and all you get is a blank stare of complete non-comprehension, this one’s for you – to play a lute to an ox. Continue reading “S2E03-Stop Wasting Time – 对牛弹琴”
Have you ever experienced something, the impact of which lasted well beyond when you saw it or heard it? That’s what today’s particularly useful Chinese Saying is all about. Continue reading “S2E02 – I Can’t Get it out of My Head”
We’re back with the Season Two opener. This time Laszlo digs deep into the Eastern Zhou Dynasty to introduce a Chinese Saying with a story that tells why some music just isn’t for everybody. Continue reading “S2E01-Too Rich For My Blood”
In this last episode of the first season of the Chinese Sayings Podcast, Laszlo explains the scuttlebutt behind the loyal official who wagered a dynasty in one single bet – Gū Zhù Yī Zhì.
Laszlo serves up yet another good one…Gǎn Ēn Tú Bào….. An ancient story teaches us when someone does ya a solid…don’t forget to show your gratitude by paying them back one day. Continue reading “S1E09-Payback!”
Back to the Warring States period once again to a story that brings us a story that many of us are all too familiar with. Continue reading “S1E08-The Hu and the Hu”
A noble lord accepts an ill-fated job offer and relies on his entourage to extricate him from his situation.
TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Continue reading “S1E07-The Entourage”
This week Laszlo digs up another doozie, starring some Tang Dynasty inquisitors in the employ of China’s one and only Empress to rule as the head of state.
TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE: Continue reading “S1E06-Welcome to the Jar”
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Laszlo digs up another oldie but goodie from 1,800 years ago. Everyone has nibbled on chicken ribs at one time or another. Bon appétit mesdames et messieurs!
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This week’s Chengyu phrase features no less a personage than the great philosopher Mencius himself, Mengzi to the cognoscenti. In this chengyu Mengzi preaches a lesson of peace to the King of Qi State in Shandong province. Continue reading “S1E04-A lousy place to fish”
The next time someone looks down on your gift because its value isn’t much, now you have the perfect rejoinder. (Click “continue reading” for terms used in this episode.) Continue reading “S1E03-A Sincere Gift of a Mere Trifle”
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In this new episode (weekly, as advertised), Laszlo introduces a story from the early 4th Century BCE, the Warring States period that preceded unification of China under Qin Shihuang. It concerns the ruler down in the southwest kingdom of Shu, centered around Chengdu. Thanks to his greediness for a small gift, he ended up losing big later on. He was so busy counting his pennies earned in a quick score that he lost sight of the pounds he’d lose down the road. This ruler’s moment of weakness was immortalized by Lü Buwei in his highly respected Lü Shi Chunqiu who called him out as one who Tan Xiao Shi Da.