Chinese Idioms Station #Week 5#



一字千金 [yī zì qiān jīn]

一 [yī] one
字 [zì] letter, word
千 [qiān] thousand
金 [jīn] gold

General meaning: even just one letter in the literature worth thousands of gold. It is used to describe an outstanding literature work.

Example:
这篇文章写的真好,真可说是一字千金。
[zhè piān wén zhāng xiě de zhēn hǎo, zhēn kě shuō shì yī zì qiān jīn]
This literature work is so brilliant, it is一字千金.

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异想天开 [yì xiǎng tiān kāi]

异 [yì]: bizarre
想 [xiǎng]: thoughts
天开 [tiān kāi]: divine revelation

General meaning: to describe unrealistic thoughts that cannot be fulfilled.

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Example:
他从不学习却还想得高分,真是异想天开。
[tā cóng bù xué xí què hái xiǎng dé gāo fēn, zhēn shì yì xiǎng tiān kāi]
He never studies and yet he wants to get a high score, it is really 异想天开.

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