Author: William Dolby
Title: Chinese Idioms, Proverbs and Sayings With over 2000 Explanations (Chinese Culture Series Book 32)
Print Length: 410 pages
Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch
Format: PDF, ePub, mobi, azw, kf8, txt, ibook, Kindle
A great abundance of vivid idioms flourishes in the Chinese language.The principal and most typical form of them is the Ready-made Sayings (ch’eng-y), mainly four-syllable set expressions, including both proverbial and descriptive ones. The idioms derive from a vast variety of sources, including literature, historiography and folk traditions. Higher level Chinese writing typically makes copious use of them, with a considerable amount of recycling of ancient idioms in recent decades: the widespread assumption in modern Chinese, is that vividness and pithy ingenuity contribute favourably to meaningful expression and stimulation of ideas, and that the concise encapsulation of such things as conditional wisdom and memorable description has an indispensable contribution to dense, lucid and striking language, often aiding the memory by the combination of vivacity and brevity.This comprehensive dictionary of defined and connected idioms, proverbs and sayings contains well over 2000 in-depth translations spanning more than 1000-year Chinese language journey to modern times.