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Cathy521 Cathy521, Posted: 2010-08-22 23:41:04
“叶公好龙 (yègōng hào lóng)” is a chinese idiom meaning that someone loves a certain thing outwardly, but not sincerely.

key learning points (preview):
好 (hào) v. to love/to like

cóngqián yǒu gè rén jiào yègōng, tā hěn xǐhuan lóng.
从前有个人叫叶公,他很喜欢龙。
once upon a time, there was a man named lord ye who claimed to love dragons very much.

tā de yīfu shàng xiù zhe lóng, jiǔbēi shàng kè zhe lóng, qiáng shàng huà zhe lóng.
他的衣服上绣着龙,酒杯上刻着龙,墙上画着龙。
pictures of dragons were embroidered on his clothes, carved on his cup and painted on his walls.

tiānshang de zhēn lóng zhìdào le yègōng zhème xǐhuan lóng, biàn xiàjiàng dào tā jiā.
天上的真龙知道了叶公这么喜欢龙,便下降到他家。
an actual dragon in heaven knew that lord ye loved dragons very much, so it descended to his house.

lóng zài chuāngkǒu zhāngwàng, bǎ wěiba shēn jìn le dàtīng.
龙在窗口张望,把尾巴伸进了大厅。
the dragon looked through the window and pushed its tail into the hall.

dànshì yègōng què bèi zhēn lóng xià de liǎnsè cāngbái, zhuǎnshēn jiù pǎo.
但是叶公却被真龙吓得脸色苍白,转身就跑。
but lord ye’s face turned pale out of fear for the real dragon. he fled away.

kànlái, yègōng bìng bú shì zhēnde xǐhuan lóng ya!
看来,叶公并不是真的喜欢龙呀!
apparently lord ye didn’t actually love dragons with sincerity. tā suǒ xǐhuan de zhǐshì nàxie xiàng lóng de dōngxi.
他所喜欢的只是那些像龙的东西。
what he loved were just things that looked like dragons.

if you have any questions about chinese learning, just feel free to contact me: jennifer.zhu@echineselearning.com

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