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Join Laszlo Montgomery for weekly episodes on Chinese sayings. These commonly used phrases are succinct yet conceal rich meaning and stories. Whether you speak Chinese or not, enjoy some stories and maybe pick up a phrase or two.
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S2E06-I Love You Man!-高山流水
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This is a nice musical Chinese Saying to describe a soulmate or someone who can be called your 知音 (zhīyīn)..a friend who is appreciative or understanding of a friend (and his talents). Like almost all of these Chengyu, it comes to us direct from the first half of the Eastern Zhou Period. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Chéngyǔ 成语 Chinese saying or idiomatic expression Gāo Shān Liú Shuǐ 高山流水 Lofty Mountains and flowing waters Lüshi Chūnqiú 吕氏春秋 The Discourses of Lü Buwei Lǚ Bùwéi 吕不韦 291-235 BCE Early Qin high up official, regent to young Qin Shuhuang Tān Xiaǒ Shī Dà 贪小失大 To covet the small and lose the big, pennywise and pound foolish (from previous CSP Episode S1E02) Sìchuān 四川 Province in southwest China, in ancient days, the Kingdom of Shu Gāo 高 tall, high or lofty Shān 山 a mountain Gāo shān 高山 lofty mountains Liú 流 to flow Shuǐ 水 water Liú Shuǐ 流水 the flowing waters of a river Yú Bóyá 俞伯牙 Musical Jin official serving in Chu State Zhōng Zǐqī 钟子期 Music loving woodsman Jìn 晋国 Zhou Dynasty State, located mostly in Shanxi Chǔ 楚国 Another Zhou Dynasty State centered around Hubei. Qín 琴 the zither or lute Duì Niú Tán Qín 对牛弹琴 playing a zither to an ox (cast pearls before swine) Hanyang 汉阳 one of the tri-cities that makes up the mighty city of Wuhan Kǒngzǐ kū Yán Huí 孔子哭颜回 Confucius Crying over the death of Yan Hui, an ancient tune from the Zhou period Gǔzhēng 古筝 Ancient Chinese plucked instrument, over 2500 years old (not the same as a guqin 古琴) Pípa