hè lì jī qún
鹤 hè crane (bird)
立 lì stand at
鸡 jī rooster
群 qún group
Literal meaning: A crane standing among a group of roosters.
Connotation: To describe a person who is outstanding.
He is so smart. He totally stands out in his class.
shān méng hǎi shì
海 hǎi: sea
盟méng、誓shì: oath, promise
Meaning: The promise and oath made to a lover, for example: “I will love you forever.”
Use: It is only used for couples, regarding to love.
All the promises that he made are lying.
海枯石烂 [hǎi kū shí làn]
General meaning: (even if) the sea run dry and the rock crumble. To describe a long period of time, or to describe the eternal love.
即使海枯石烂，我的爱也不会改变。[jí shǐ hǎi kū shí làn, wǒ de ài yě bú huì gǎi biàn]
My love will not change even if the sea runs dry and the rock crumbles.
Synonym: 天荒地老 [tiān huāng dì lǎo]
难以置信 [nán yǐ zhì xìn]
General meaning: hard to believe
他没有复习就通过了考试，真是难以置信。[tā méi yǒu fù xí jiù tōng guò le kǎo shì, zhēn shì nán yǐ zhì xìn]
It’s hard to believe that he passed the exam without reviewing the knowledge.
Synonym: 出乎意料 [chū hū yì liào]
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虎头蛇尾 [hǔ tóu shé wěi]
General meaning: to do things with a fine start but a poor finish.
他的一个缺点是做事虎头蛇尾。[tā de yí gè quē diǎn shì zuò shì hǔ tóu shé wěi]
One of his shortcomings is that he does things with a fine start but a poor finish.
Synonym: 有始无终 [yǒu shǐ wú zhōng]
翻天覆地 [fān tiān fù dì]
General meaning: to describe an earth-shaking change.
学校发生了翻天覆地的变化。[xué xiào fā shēng le fān tiān fù dì de biàn huà]
School has changed dramatically.
Synonym: 沧海桑田 [cāng hǎi sāng tián]
TC@Penn has just held its biggest event of this semester! “Passing Through Chinese Dynasties”! It was really fantastic! See the photos here!!
Traditional Chinese Costumes
Penn Chinese Dance Club
Yummy Chinese Food
Interesting Chinese Games
Next time, join TC@Penn and have a amazing trip together!
Interested in Chinese history or Chinese traditional customs?
Want to challenge yourself by doing Chinese calligraphy and Chinese knot?
Or just get relaxed by trying traditional games from China?
Stop by our “Passing Through Chinese Dynasties” event and enjoy free Chinese food and tea!
P.S. You are more than welcome to dress in traditional costumes from your own culture!
To register, please click on the link. https://docs.google.com/a/gse.upenn.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6ciCKZto3rtSpytgWLMtGnUgQM93LQBVOt6e3cUFawuTFTQ/viewform
TC@Penn now has our own #Chinese Idioms Station#!
We are going to share two Cheng Yu or Popular Words every week. Interested in Chinese? Don’t miss our special word food! #Chinese Idioms Station# Week 1