By Laszlo Montgomery
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Join Laszlo Montgomery for weekly episodes that introduce commonly used Chinese Sayings and the stories and rich meanings behind each phrase. Whether you speak Chinese or not, enjoy a few stories and pick up a phrase or two from China’s ancient times.
||CleanS3E02-So Sorry!-Fù Jīng Qǐng Zuì-负荆请罪||We continue on with another story featuring the great statesman from the Warring States period, Lin Xiangru. After becoming a hero last episode for returning the He Shi Bi Jade back to Zhao, Lin rose high in the government. But the mighty...||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E01 - True to His Word - 完璧归赵||Season 3 is off and running with an episode featuring the Western Han statesman and hero Sima Xiangru. In this Season 3 series all episodes will feature heroes and brave soldiers from Chinese history. The season opener sees Sima Xiangru...||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E10-You Smell That?-不知肉味||In the CSP Season 2 finale Laszlo picks out a good one featuring China's most famous person from ancient times. Today with our smartphone-obsessed lifestyles you can say we too sometimes don't notice the smell of meat. 不知肉味 TERMS FROM...||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E09-Whole Lotta Love-琴瑟和鸣||Laszlo tells a story of true love between two literary famosas from the Song Dynasty. Theirs was the perfect love that contained all the ingredients of marital bliss except length of years together. 琴瑟和鸣 Northern Sòng 北宋 The first...||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E08-Give it All You Got! - 一鼓作气||Back to Shandong Province and the Spring and Autumn Period to the epic Battle of Chang Shao 684 BCE to learn how underdog Lu State, by the beat of a drum, out-strategized their bigger and more powerful neighbor to the north. Chéngyǔ 成语 A...||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E07-Double Sorrow-人琴俱亡||Here's another musical chengyu with an injection of sadness. It's a theme that has inspired movies, plays, and every kind of literature. When your eye catches an object that reminds you of someone important in your life who had passed away. It also...||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E06-I Love You Man!-高山流水||This is a nice musical Chinese Saying to describe a soulmate or someone who can be called your 知音 (zhīyīn)..a friend who is appreciative or understanding of a friend (and his talents). Like almost all of these Chengyu, it comes to us direct from..||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E05-A Man of Great Inability-滥竽充数||Everybody knows of someone who can be described by this Chinese Saying. In this week's musical Chinese Saying we look at the lazy poser Mr. Nanguo and his brief career as a Yu player in an all-Yu Orchestra and the wonderful story that gave us a nice...||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E04-Surrounded! - 四面楚歌||Hopefully none of us will ever face these circumstances...but when all is lost and you're surrounded by enemies trying to take you down, remember the Songs of the ancient state of Chu. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Shǐ Jì 史记 The Records of the Grand...||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E03-Stop Wasting Time - 对牛弹琴||If you've ever explained yourself or something you're quite expert in and all you get is a blank stare of complete non-comprehension, this one's for you. Duì Niú Tán Qín 对牛弹琴 To play a lute to an ox chéngyǔ 成语 Chinese saying...||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E02-I Can't Get it out of My Head-余音绕梁||Have you ever experienced something, the impact of which lasted well beyond when you saw it or heard it? That's what today's particularly useful Chinese Saying is all about. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE: Chéngyǔ 成语 Chinese...||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E01-Too Rich For My Blood||We're back with the Season Two opener. This time Laszlo digs deep into the Eastern Zhou Dynasty to introduce a Chinese Saying with a story that tells why some music just isn't for everybody. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE: Qǔ Gāo Hè...||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E10 - Betting the Bank||In this last episode of the first season of the Chinese Sayings Podcast, Laszlo explains the scuttlebutt behind the loyal official who wagered a dynasty in one single bet. Gū Zhù Yī Zhì TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE: Zhōu...||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E09-Payback!||Laszlo serves up yet another good one...Gǎn Ēn Tú Bào..... An ancient story teaches us when someone does ya a solid...don't forget to show your gratitude by paying them back one day. Terms from this Episode Gǎn Ēn Tú Bào...||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E08-The Hu and the Hu||Back to the Warring States period once again to a story that brings us a story that many of us are all too familiar with. Chengyu 成语 Chinese Saying or Proverb Eastern Zhou Dynasty 东周 The entire Zhou Dynasty ran from 1046-256 BCE. This...||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E07-The Entourage||A noble lord accepts an ill-fated job offer and relies on his entourage to extricate him from his situation. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE Shǐ Jì 史记 the Records of the Grand Historian Sīmǎ Qiān 司马迁 China's most famous...||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E06-Welcome to the Jar||This week Laszlo digs up another doozie, starring some Tang Dynasty inquisitors in the employ of China's one and only Empress to rule as the head of state. TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE: Tang Dynasty 唐朝 Chinese dynasty that ran 618-907...||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E05-Should I save or should I throw?||Laszlo digs up another oldie but goodie from 1,800 years ago. Everyone has nibbled on chicken ribs at one time or another. Bon appétit mesdames et messieurs! TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE: Eastern Hàn 东汉 The The second half of the Han Dynasty, CE...||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E04-A lousy place to fish||缘木求鱼||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E03-A Sincere Gift of a Mere Trifle||千里送鹅毛||12/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E02-Fen-wise and Yuan-foolish||贪小失大||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E01-Take care in that melon field!!||瓜田李下||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep0-Welcome to the Chinese Sayings Podcast||A warm welcome to the Chinese Sayings Podcast, new from Teacup Media. Each episode Laszlo introduces a new "chengyu" or Chinese idiomatic expression or saying. You'll get the backstory behind these ancient sayings and from this you can unlock...||11/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Laszlo Montgomery of the inimitable China History Podcasts brings us amuse bouche episodes in this new podcast. Each short episode focuses on a single chengyu. Best translated as sayings or idioms, chengyu are so much more. Usually only 4 characters long, the literal translation leaves the student of Chinese befuddled. However, the rich historical story behind each one packs a wealth of meaning that is common knowledge to Chinese people. Laszlo helps us navigate these tidbits of Chinese language and culture. For those of us who have been ardent fans of his China History Podcast, Laszlo's understated style is the perfect delivery vehicle for learning more about China.
Amazing for those learning Chinese
This podcast does a fantastic job of giving you bite sized explanations of common Chinese phrases. It gives you a greater understanding of the language and the culture through the window of common idioms.
Really fun chunks of Chinese language and culture
Laszlo Montgomery, host of The China History Podcast, brings that same wonderful style to 成语, the 4-character idioms that make Chinese so colorful. In each episode, Laszlo gives you the story -- often from ancient China -- behind one of these short phrases. They're rich, colorful and give you a new window onto Chinese culture and history. And for Chinese learners/speakers, these phrases win you mad brownie points in conversation with native speakers. I highly recommend the show, as well as Laszlo's China History Podcast and China Vintage Hour.