Mandarin class HK- Spoken Mandarin-Amazing the World with a Single Feat

Mandarin Lesson

In the Warring States Period, Duke Wei of Qi neglected state affairs, for the first three years of his reign, giving himself over to dissipation. One of his ministers, Chun Yukun who had a good sense of humour, said to him: ‘There is a big bird which has neither taken wing nor sung for three years.’ The duke answered, ‘Once that bird starts to fly and sing, it will astonish the world.’ The duke thereupon devoted himself to his duties and built his state up into a powerful one.

This idiom is used to indicate that a person may rise from obscurity and achieve greatness.

一鳴驚人
戰國時代,齊威王即位後做了三年國君,只顧享樂,不理政事。有個善於說笑話的人叫淳于髡,一天對齊威王說:“城裡有一隻大鳥,三年不飛也不叫,你知道這是什麼道理?”齊威王說:“這鳥不飛則罷,一飛就沖天;不鳴則罷,一鳴就驚人。”在淳于髡的激發下,齊威王開始治理國家,取得很大成績,齊國的聲威一直保持了幾十年。 
“一鳴驚人”用來表示平時默默無聞,一旦行動起來,卻做出驚人的成績。

   

 


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