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Chinese Idioms-Battle Between Mussel and Snipe (Bilingual)

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Chinese Idioms-Battle Between Mussel and Snipe (Bilingual)

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Chengyu, translated as Chinese idioms, are expressions that usually contain four Chinese characters. They mostly derive from ancient Chinese literature, and are related to legends, myths, and ancient stories. Chengyu express meaning that are compact and to the point. They are sometimes hard to understand because one needs to know the context and background. However, once mastered, they can be used to tell complex meanings and the Chinese learner will feel like a real native speaker.

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It is believed that this chengyu comes from a story told by an adviser in the state of Zhao during the Waring States period. The story goes that a snipe (a type of bird) and a mussel got into a fight because the snipe wants to eat the mussel. The battle went on till a fisherman came along and took both home for dinner. The adviser told this story so the state of Zhao would not attack another state, while the biggest state Qin was sitting on the sideline, waiting to take over both states.

This book contains beautiful and humorous illustrations, with bright, eye catching colors that children love. The story is simple but contains complex meanings. It's great way to learn an important part of Chinese literature, the chengyu.

Paperback, 34 pages, 12" x 8.5", Simplified Chinese and English

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Includes English

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