Chinese is full of 成語 and you are sure to come across many of them when reading at an HSK 6 level. One Chengyu dictionary contains over 48,000 of them. In this reading practice we will look at one 成語 and how to use it. You can practice vocabulary, listening and reading with the interactive sentences below. If you want to try out the full lesson, there are links at the end.
“Lord Ye’s passion for Dragons” is a proverb. It is mostly used in a negative sense.
People use “Lord Ye’s Passion for Dragons” to express liking something superficially or in words only. But in reality not liking it, or not understanding it, or even fearing it.
Da Qiang says he likes roller coasters, but when we went there he didn’t dare to try it. Turns out he was only pretending to like them, and doesn’t really like roller coasters.”
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