Zhang Wenzhuo's Blog (18)

Chinese chéngyǔ explained - 梁上君子 - How to say a thief, a burglar, or a person who divorced from reality

Dear all:

Today I am going to tell a story behind the Chinese idiom 梁上君子 liáng shàng jūn zǐ, hope you enjoy it. (成语 chéngyǔ)


In the…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on May 20, 2012 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Chinese idiom - Putting the Finishing Touch to the Picture of a Dragon -- 画龙点睛 huà lóng diǎn jīng

In the Southern and Northern Dynasties Period (420-589), there was a painter named Zhāng Sēngyáo (张僧繇).

Once he visited a temple and painted on the wall four dragons, but gave none of them eyes. The onlookers felt…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 6, 2012 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments

The story behind the idiom "A loss, no bad thing" in Chinese "塞翁失马,焉知非福"

In ancient times, there was an old man lived in 塞北. One day, one of his horses run over the Great Wall to their enemies Hu (胡人).


The folks came and comforted him, he said "Well, this is not necessarily a…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 1, 2012 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

The story behind "马虎 mǎ hu", how to say careless, slovenly, casual, slack, perfunctory

      It is said that there was a confused painter in ancient times. One day, he just finished drawing the head of a tiger when his friend came by. His friend asked him to draw a horse. The painter was too lazy to start a new one, so he drew a body of a horse right under the tiger head. His friend asked…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on February 27, 2012 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

Daily Expression Ⅴ - Business Chinese

Hello,everyone! Today I'll post some sentences about business, hope it helps!


Here we go!

1. If you have any questions on the details, feel free to ask.



Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on December 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

How To Buy Insect Repellent Products In China!

I commented this on the Daily Chinese Sentences for 蚊 wén and 林 lín the other day.  You can find some additional sentence examples there.  

I just thought that you might be curious…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on November 9, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Story Behind "矛盾 máo dùn" - how to say conflict - contradict - contradiction

Long long ago, there was a man from Chu selling a 矛 máo (spear/lance/ pike) and a 盾 dùn (shield). He boasts of his 盾 dùn (shield) that it is the hardest one in this world and that it can't be broken by any sharp things! He then also boasts that his 矛 máo (spear/lance/ pike)…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on October 5, 2011 at 9:00pm — 11 Comments

Daily Expression Ⅳ (& some 东北话 dōng běi huà phrases)

Today I want to add some more daily expressions, hope they would help you with your Chinese learning! :)


Here we go:

1. Nancy will retire next year.



Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on September 18, 2011 at 5:30pm — 11 Comments

Some Movie Names with Crazy Chinese Translations

I found a very interesting phenomenon that some movie's names Chinese translations are very different from their English names. Today I will show you some, hope you enjoy them!


1. <Up>    …


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on August 31, 2011 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Daily Expressions Ⅲ

Today's post is pretty easy to understand and remember, but the phrases I will post are used so much in movies, even in our real life. I really hope this helps! :)


Here we go!…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on August 21, 2011 at 6:00pm — 15 Comments

Daily Expressions Ⅱ (Chinese & English)

I found these daily expressions on my renren page and I really hope this helps!


1. I beg your pardon?

  请再说一遍 qǐng zài shuō yī biàn. (or我没有听清wǒ méi yǒu…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on July 20, 2011 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

Several new groups of people in China with interesting names

In China there are several new words to call some new groups of people. 啃老族,闪婚族,月光族,丁克族,毕婚族!Now I'm gonna explain them one by one!




Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on July 17, 2011 at 8:30pm — 11 Comments

English Slang Translated to Chinese

   I've been watching a special column named "希望英语--Outlook" on CCTV-10. This column teaches English learners about the fashionable English of life and authentic expression of western culture.  In my opinion, this column is good for both English learners and Chinese learners, because it uses a bilingual method of teaching.…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

How to say old in Chinese & several ways to use the word 老 lǎo

“你怎么老喝饮料?” Nǐ zěn me lǎo hē yǐn liào?

This sentence reminds me that some of the Chinese learners here may be interested in the usage of " 老 lǎo".



Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Tomb-Sweeping Day is 清明节 qīng míng jié

    Tomb-Sweeping Day is coming, it is our Traditional Festival and the most important day of sacrifice.




Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 1, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

过年 guò nián

One month later, it's our traditional festival----Spring Festival(春节)! It is the most important festival to us!During Spring Festival,we get together, children wear new clothes,old people paste red couplets on the doors,we set off firecrackers,eat dumplings.......It's amazing!There is another way to say Spring Festival, 过年 guó nián,of course there is a story behind it, let me tell you.In this story you will know why we…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on January 5, 2011 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

Daily Expressions

I'm learning English now,so I've shared many useful daily expressions on my renren page(renren.com just like myspace.com or facebook.com), I think it may help you if I translate them into Chinese! :)


Here we go:…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on January 4, 2011 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

How to say 'rookie' or 'newbie' in Chinese - 菜鸟 cài niǎo

“菜鸟 cài niǎo” is a popular word. Interally, it seems like some kind of bird we can eat. However it means something like rookie or newbie.


Now I'm gonna tell the story behind "菜鸟":…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on January 1, 2011 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

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