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Chengyu are Chinese idioms that consist of four characters. Although they originate from classical Chinese, Chengyu remain as an important aspect in both spoken and written language. They may seem erratic and confusing to you at first since they don’t follow the usual sentence order and their meanings depend heavily on context. But don’t worry, in this Chengyu series, we will introduce simple Chengyu made up with all the characters that you already knew, and you can infer the actual meaning by looking at the separate characters!
Today, let’s talk about a Chengyu about Mountains And The Sea in them!.
開門見山 – kāiménjiànshān – to be straightforward
人山人海 – rénshānrénhǎi – crowded
城市 – chéngshì – city; town
上山下海 – shàngshānxiàhǎi – up the mountain down the sea
願意 – yuànyì – willing (to do sth)
為了 – wèile – in order to; for the purpose of; so as to
山珍海味 – shānzhēnhǎiwèi – exotic delicacies
NOTE: This video features TRADITIONAL characters, which are used in Hong Kong and Taiwan. For viewers studying the form of written Chinese used in Mainland China (simplified), the simplified-character version of this video is available at https://vimeo.com/650952268 .
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