In the CSP Season 2 finale Laszlo picks out a good one featuring China’s most famous person from ancient times. Today with our smartphone-obsessed lifestyles you can say we too sometimes don’t notice the smell of meat.
Laszlo tells a story of true love between two literary famosas from the Song Dynasty. Theirs was the perfect love that contained all the ingredients of marital bliss except length of years together.
Back to Shandong Province and the Spring and Autumn Period to the epic Battle of Chang Shao 684 BCE to learn how underdog Lu State, by the beat of a drum, out-strategized their bigger and more powerful neighbor to the north.
Here’s another musical chengyu with an injection of sadness. It’s a theme that has inspired movies, plays, and every kind of literature. When your eye catches an object that reminds you of someone important in your life who had passed away. It also features some literati megastars from Chinese cultural history. Continue reading “S2E07-Double Sorrow-人琴俱亡”
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”