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Liwei Jiao

University of Pennsylvania

Liwei Jiao is Lecturer in Foreign Languages at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Chinese Linguistics in 2003 from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. He has been teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language since 1998 at Renmin University of China, Durham University in England, and now at the University of Pennsylvania. He has three coauthored books published by Routledge. His research interests include Chinese phraseology and teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Subjects: Language Learning

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

Personal Interests

    I grew up in rural China, thus cultivated deep feelings with domestic animals. Now I am working on a book (not yet contracted) on pigs in Chinese popular culture.


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The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Chinese Language

Chinese Idioms

Published: Sep 06, 2015 by The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Chinese Language
Authors: Liwei Jiao

Most Chinese idioms (chengyu) consist of four characters, and typically their meaning is more than the sum of the parts. Idioms are essentially a figure of speech. Based on idiomatic salience, Chinese idioms can be divided into five categories and fifteen types. After Written Vernacular Chinese replaced Classical Chinese in 1910s, idioms has become an elite part of the Chinese language and since then received tremendous attention from many walks of life.