Idiom of the Month: 鸡同鸭讲(jī tóng yā jiǎng)


How was everyone's big Thanksgiving break? I hope you're all well rested and ready for Christmas. 鸡同鸭讲 (jī tóng yā jiǎng) means "like a chicken talking to a duck.". Just like the literal meaning, it is impossible for a chicken and a duck to have an understandable conversation. It is often used in reference to individuals who are having difficulty communicating with each other. It's as if they were speaking in two different languages. You can say that talking to the opposite sex is sometimes like 鸡同鸭讲. Or you can also use it as this: I want to learn Chinese before traveling to China, otherwise the tour guide will be 鸡同鸭讲 to me. - – - – - – - – - - The 2013 Better Chinese Calendar features all the Chinese and Western holidays rolled into one vividly, illustrated calendar. This year, each month features a Chinese idiom. The calendar contains both Simplified Chinese and English to help the beginner Chinese learner start talking about the days and months of the year. The 2014 Better Chinese Calendar features 12 colorful pictures that describe various Chinese festivals like Chinese New Year, the Qixi Festival and the mid-Autumn Festival. The calendar also includes some Chinese idioms and highlights regarding the Chinese culture.

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