Mandarin lesson in hong kong -Passing Oneself Off as a Member of the Orchestra

Mandarin Lesson

In the Warring States Period, King Xuan of the State ofQiloved to listen to the yu — an ancient wind instrument. He would order 300 musicians at a time to play the yu for him. Mr Nan Guo, who couldn’t play the instrument, passed himself off as one of the musicians. When King Xuan died, his son King Min succeeded to the throne. King Min also loved yu, but he preferred solo performances. Mr Nan Guo thereupon slipped away from the orchestra.

 

  This idiom is used to describe those who have no actual skills but pretend to be experts, or the passing off of inferior things as high quality ones.

 濫竽充數
戰國時代,齊宣王非常喜歡聽吹竽,而且每次總要三百人同時吹。有一個南郭先生,本來不會吹竽,也混在中間湊數。後來,齊宣王死了,他的兒子齊湣王繼位。湣王不喜歡聽很多人同時吹竽,而要聽一個人一個人地吹。南郭先生知道自己沒辦法再混下去了,就偷偷地溜走了。
“濫竽充數”這個成語比喻沒有本領而冒充有本領,或者拿次貨冒充好貨。