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By Yvonne Li Walls, Jan W. Walls

This 2009 booklet is a consultant to chinese language utilization for college students who've already obtained the fundamentals of the language and want to increase their wisdom. not like traditional grammars, it addresses many features of chinese utilization, equivalent to letter writing, idioms, proverbs, and riddles. It additionally offers new and up to date phrases, together with web vocabulary, which allows scholars to appreciate and correctly use the main up to date expressions along daily language. priceless sections on universal social interactions are integrated, besides a useful advisor to the finer nuances of physique language. transparent, readable, and straightforward to refer to, this can be a necessary reference for novices looking entry to at least one of the world's most crucial languages.

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Educated Chinese, like learned English speakers, derive pleasure from using classical allusions to crystallize the essence of a current situation both in speech and in writing. The difference is that Chinese speakers have such a huge collection of classical works from which to draw their allusions when a comparable parallel is noticed in contemporary situations. Not only is it not deemed pretentious, it is widely admired and appreciated when one idiom, drawn from a rich reservoir of classical citations, is recollected and aptly applied to a contemporary scenario.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. To deceive by juggling the figures. Be an armchair quarterback. Make selfcontradictory statements. To know one’s own strengths and weaknesses. 10 Four-character set phrases Four-character set phrases are structurally the same as idioms, since they also consist of four characters.

Feeling utterly (ᑘᄤ Zhuāngzˇî ) helpless and powerless. 10 Four-character set phrases ‫ܜ‬থࠊҎ xiānf āzhìrén ᥽㘇ⲫ䪗 yān’ěrdàolíng 㿔䖛݊ᅲ ᦴ㢫ࡽ䭓ˋ ᢨ㢫ࡽ䭓 yánguòqíshí yàmiáozhùzhaˇ ng bámiáozhùzhaˇ ng ϔ䋹⍖ഄ yíbàitúdì ϔᄫग䞥 yízìqiānjīn ಴ᇣ༅໻ˋ 䋾ᇣ༅໻ yīnxiaˇ oshīdà tānxiaˇ oshīdà ᳝໛᮴ᙷ yoˇ ubèiwúhuàn ᛮ݀⿏ቅ yúgōngyíshān ᳱϝᲂಯ zhāosānmùsì 㒌Ϟ䇜݉ zhîˇshàngtánbīng 㞾Ⳍ⶯Ⳓ zìxiāngmáodùn 㞾ⶹПᯢ zìzhīzhīmíng The one who makes (৆䆄 Shˇî jì) the first move has the advantage. To use “ostrich head” (⏂फᄤ Huáinánzˇî ) tactics. To bury one’s head in the sand.

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