S2E03-Stop Wasting Time – 对牛弹琴

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.


Duì Niú Tán Qín 对牛弹琴 To play a lute to an ox

chéngyǔ 成语 Chinese saying or idiom

Eastern Han 东汉 The Eastern Han Dynasty – 25 to 220 CE

Móu Lǐhuòlùn 眸子   Master Mou’s Treatise on Settling Doubts

The Móuzǐ 眸子 An abbreviation for the Móuzǐ Lǐhuòlùn

Móu Róng 牟融 Master Móu, Móuzǐ

Móu Róng   牟融 Confucian poet-scholar from the Tang Dynasty

Duì  对  to face or towards

Niú 牛  a cow or an ox

Tán 弹    to play a stringed musical instrument (a guitar, zither, piano)

Qín 琴  a zither-like instrument of China that has seven strings

Duìniú. 对牛   facing the ox

tán qín 弹琴 to play a zither or play a lute

Shī Jīng  诗经 The Book of Odes or Book of Songs, China’s oldest collection of poetry

Shàng Shū   Classic of Documents, one of the Five Classics

Zhou Dynasty 周朝 Ancient dynasty of China – 1046-256 BCE

Gōngmíng Yí 公明仪 (Surname Gōngmíng) Famous zheng player from the Warring States period

Zhēng    a 21 or 25 stringed instrument, also called a guzhēng

Qīng Jiáo (or Qīng Jué) 淸角 An elegant tune from the most ancient days of China  (topped the Billboard charts for 18 weeks)

Qǔ Gāo Hè Guǎ   曲高和寡   If the song is too highbrow, few will appreciate it

Chábèi Chéngyǔ Yánjiū Zhōngxīn  茶杯成语研究中心 The Teacup Media Chengyu Research Center



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