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Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
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.
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.