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Mandarin Lesson

In the Spring and Autumn Period, the State ofWudefeated the State ofYue, and took the king of Yue, Gou Jian, and his wife prisoner. For several years, Gou Jian laboured as a slave in Wu. When he was released and returned to Yue, Gou Jian was determined to take revenge for losing his state. So that he would never forget his humiliation, he slept on a pile of brushwood and tasted gall before every meal. After ten years of careful preparations, he attacked and finally conquered the State ofWu.

 

  This idiom is used to describe inspiring oneself and working hard to accomplish an ambition.

 

  臥薪嘗膽
春秋時代,越國被吳國打敗了。越王勾踐和他的妻子都被帶到吳國做苦工。後來勾踐被放回越國,他立志要報亡國之仇。從此,他每天夜裡睡在柴草上面,不用被褥。在他住的地方,懸掛著一個苦膽,吃飯前,都要嚐一嘗苦膽的味道,以提醒自己不忘過去的恥辱。經過十年的艱苦奮鬥,越國終於戰勝了吳國。
“臥薪嘗膽”這個成語用來形容刻苦自勵,奮發圖強。

 


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