Chinese Idioms and Chinese Calligraphy


Highbrow Songs Find Few Singers
The higher the level a song is, the fewer the people that will join in the chorus.

Song Yu of Chu was a man of letters who lived during the Warring States period. One day, king Xiangwang hearing that Song Yu was too careless in his conduct, summoned him to his presence and said, gSir, is there anything in your conduct which is not censurable? Donft you know people are gossiping about you?h
gYes,h rejoined Song Yu, gWhat your majesty has said might be true. But I beg your majesty to hear me out before criticizing me. A few days ago, I saw a person singing in the street. He first sang a folksong named eSong of the Rustic Poor,f which was joined by several thousand others. Then he sang a highbrow song called eSong of the Spring Snow,f which only a few score of others could follow. Towards the end, he changed to a more elite song, which only half a dozen people could sing. This shows that the more select a song, the fewer the people who know it. So, how can the average person understand what I do?h

The Post Office

In honor of our 1st year anniversary,
we would like to teach our monthly Chinese
lesson readers going to the post office.

Useful Phrases

ni qu na¡¯r le? ji tian shang wu mei kan jian ni.
Where have you been(did you go)? I did not see you this morning.

wo qu you ju le, qu le yi ge bao guo.
I have been to (I went to) the post office to get a parcel.

ni ma ma you gei ni ji hao chi de lai le?
Your mother sent you something good to eat again?

shi de. you shi wo zui ai chi de jia xiang wei de xiang chang.
Yes. It¡¯s my best loved sausage with the special taste made in my home town.

邮局(you ju): post office
寄(ji): post, mail
最; (zui): most, best
好吃的;(hao chi de): delicious food
家乡; (jia xiang): home town
香肠; (xiang chang): sausage

Initials and Finals
Each character usually consists of an initial, a consonant that begins the syllable, and a final, which ends the syllable with a vowel(s). For example, in the syllable “ping", “p” is the initial and “ing” is the final.