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"Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings is for everyday readers looking for pithy sayings, deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and a unique look at the Chinese language." - The Rapidian "Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings opens a diverting and useful window on Chinese language and culture." - Asian Review of Books This treasury of Chinese wisdom presents over five hu "Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings is for everyday readers looking for pithy sayings, deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and a unique look at the Chinese language." - The Rapidian "Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings opens a diverting and useful window on Chinese language and culture." - Asian Review of Books This treasury of Chinese wisdom presents over five hundred proverbs while offering keys to culture and language. Here are both the familiar, earnest sayings of Confucius and Lao Zi ("The longest journey begins with a single step") and the homespun truths of every day ("Teachers open the door; you enter by yourself"). Designed both for inspirational browsing and for students of language and culture, the text is organized by subject (Learning, Patience, Money, Family, Food, etc.) and provides commentary plus Chinese characters and pinyin romanization for each entry. Includes an index. Qin Xue Herzberg and Larry Herzberg teach Chinese at Calvin College. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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"Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings is for everyday readers looking for pithy sayings, deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and a unique look at the Chinese language." - The Rapidian "Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings opens a diverting and useful window on Chinese language and culture." - Asian Review of Books This treasury of Chinese wisdom presents over five hu "Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings is for everyday readers looking for pithy sayings, deeper understanding of the Chinese culture and a unique look at the Chinese language." - The Rapidian "Chinese Proverbs and Popular Sayings opens a diverting and useful window on Chinese language and culture." - Asian Review of Books This treasury of Chinese wisdom presents over five hundred proverbs while offering keys to culture and language. Here are both the familiar, earnest sayings of Confucius and Lao Zi ("The longest journey begins with a single step") and the homespun truths of every day ("Teachers open the door; you enter by yourself"). Designed both for inspirational browsing and for students of language and culture, the text is organized by subject (Learning, Patience, Money, Family, Food, etc.) and provides commentary plus Chinese characters and pinyin romanization for each entry. Includes an index. Qin Xue Herzberg and Larry Herzberg teach Chinese at Calvin College. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    Chinese is great for aphorism, because it’s so concise and full of rhymes. But the content of this disappointed me; I was looking for wit, something I’d want to use, and mostly got hectoring maxims in a parental or lordly mode. Lots of comparing people to work animals or resources (lumber). A lot of the advice, like the whole section about shutting your mouth, is overfit to China, or ancient China. Either way, revealing. But nothing here is as crystallised as the admonition to a loud or whirling Chinese is great for aphorism, because it’s so concise and full of rhymes. But the content of this disappointed me; I was looking for wit, something I’d want to use, and mostly got hectoring maxims in a parental or lordly mode. Lots of comparing people to work animals or resources (lumber). A lot of the advice, like the whole section about shutting your mouth, is overfit to China, or ancient China. Either way, revealing. But nothing here is as crystallised as the admonition to a loud or whirling child: “[have a] small heart!” Very good beginner’s Mandarin practice. The originals are sometimes pithy, the translations are mostly trite (two or three times as long), and easily improvable (see below). The hanzi are very simple, HSK3 would do. A few old chestnuts turn out to be Chinese (“A picture is worth a thousand words”, “give a man a fish”) Notable: “Beyond the sky another sky; beyond the mountain another mountain.” [always a bigger fish] 天外有天,山外有山。 “A tongue weighs little, but can crush a man.” 舌头底下压死人。 “A monk can flee, but his temple can’t.” [the authorities catch you through your family and workplace.] 跑了和尚跑不了庙。 “A poor man can stand right there, no one will ask how he is; a rich man can hide in the hills, but distant relatives will come visit.” 穷在路边无人问,富在深山有远亲。” “A friend who understands you feels close even in the farthest corners of the earth.” 海内存知己,天涯若比邻。 “Tall trees catch the wind [and get knocked down].” 树大招风。 “Pure water won’t support fish” 水清不养鱼。 “A child never thinks their mother ugly, a dog never thinks their master poor.” 儿不嫌母丑,狗不嫌贫。 “Of the 10,000 sins, pervertedness is worst; of the hundred virtues, filial piety is first.” 万恶淫为首,百善孝为先。 “A married daughter is like spilt water.” 嫁出去的女儿,泼出去的水 “Like a bug blocking a chariot” 螳臂挡车. (“You can’t fight City Hall”) “The tigers of the east devour men, as do the tigers of the west.” 东山的老虎吃人,西山的老虎也吃人。 “Don’t strike a dog before you see its master’s face.” 打狗看主面” “Governing a nation is like cooking a small fish [too much handling will spoil it]” 治大国如烹小鱼 “People must climb; let water flow downwards.” 人往高处走,水往低处流

  2. 5 out of 5

    Genni

    This book is quite small and brief, but useful. It is written for a general audience interested in cultural notes and sayings of wisdom, from wherever they may come. For the sake of brevity, the cultural notes present the ideals of the Chinese rather than the reality maybe, but are still essential to understanding the differences between Eastern and Western thought. There are over 500 sayings that include characters (simplified) and pinyin so that the student of Chinese can increase their vocabu This book is quite small and brief, but useful. It is written for a general audience interested in cultural notes and sayings of wisdom, from wherever they may come. For the sake of brevity, the cultural notes present the ideals of the Chinese rather than the reality maybe, but are still essential to understanding the differences between Eastern and Western thought. There are over 500 sayings that include characters (simplified) and pinyin so that the student of Chinese can increase their vocabulary as well. It includes an index for easy searching and lastly, a list of proverbs incorrectly (or perhaps correctly) attributed to the Chinese, but the sources have never been found.

  3. 5 out of 5

    SHRESTHA CHOWDHURY

    The introductory passages were riveting. But somehow I could not connect myself to the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cristian Marrero

    A very good collection of proverbs with their intended English meaning. All separated by history in 18 different chapters.

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    Gerard Braad

    too little content...

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