About this website

This website is a result of my own travails in learning chengyu, or Chinese idioms. I'm a Chinese-American gal who loves languages and traveling, and who has been studying Mandarin for quite a few years. Chengyu have always been tough for me, personally, because you often have to understand the story to understand the meaning of the saying. I've found there aren't too many good chengyu websites, so I'm sharing the ones I learn here.

The problem for many students is that it is hard to figure out exactly how to use these ancient phrases in everyday conversation. For each chengyu, I've tried to find real-life examples of how it is used in modern-day newspaper articles, essays and websites. The goal is not to provide a comprehensive dictionary of Chinese idioms, but to improve comprehension of some commonly used ones.

If you have any suggestions or comments about the website, please feel free to leave a comment below, or email me at chinesechengyu {at} yahoo {dot} com. Thanks for visiting!

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