2019-01-21advanced

Exposing the Horse's Foot – HSK 5 Reading Practice

This HSK 5 reading is about a common Chinese idiom that you may not have heard before. Try to read the sentences below without pinyin or assistance if possible. If you run into trouble you can hover the word to reveal it's meaning. You'll soon find out what it means to "expose the horses foot."

When practicing your reading you should be reading content that you can understand 95% of it without assistance. When you are at an HSK 5 reading level we recommend focusing on our upper and lower intermediate readings to practice your Chinese. Read as much as you can and you will find yourself improving daily.

Reading Practice

[insert more content and re-write this post later]

Hover over any word to show translation
zài
(located) at, (to be) in
zhōng guó
中国
中國
China
 
rén men
人们
人們
people
jīng cháng
经常
經常
frequently, often
yòng
to use
 
lòu mǎ jiǎo
露马脚
露馬腳
to reveal the cloven foot (idiom), to unmask one's true nature
 
lái
to come round
xíng róng
形容
形容
to describe
mǒu rén
某人
某人
someone, a certain person
shuō huǎng
说谎
說謊
to lie, to tell an untruth
bèi
by, (indicates passive-voice clauses)
fā xiàn
发现
發現
to find, to discover
 
bào lù
暴露
暴露
to expose, to reveal
zhēn xiàng
真相
真相
the truth about sth, the actual facts

In China, people often use the phrase “expose the horse's foot” to describe that someone’s lie was exposed.

Character set
Pinyin
Hover over any word to show translation
mā ma
妈妈
媽媽
mother (informal)
de
~'s (possessive particle)
shēng rì
生日
生日
birthday
 
běn lái
本来
本來
original, originally, at first
xiǎng
to want, to wish
gěi
to give
mā ma
妈妈
媽媽
mother (informal)
one
ge
classifier for people or objects in general
jīng xǐ
惊喜
驚喜
to be pleasantly surprised
 
kě shì
可是
可是
but, however
mèi mei
妹妹
妹妹
younger sister, young woman
què
yet, however
lòu
to show, to reveal, to expose
le
(completed action marker)
mǎ jiǎo
马脚
馬腳
sth one wishes to conceal, lit. horse hoof
 

It was mom’s birthday and I wanted to give her a surprise, but my sister ruined the surprise.

Character set
Pinyin
Hover over any word to show translation
shuō huǎng
说谎
說謊
to lie, to tell an untruth
zǒng
always
yǒu
to have, there is
lòu mǎ jiǎo
露马脚
露馬腳
to reveal the cloven foot (idiom), to unmask one's true nature
de
(used after an attribute)
shí hou
时候
時候
time
 

All lies will eventually come to light.

Character set
Pinyin

To read the entire lesson you can click here

If you'd like another HSK 5 level reading practice try this lesson