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Chengyu are Chinese idioms that consist of four characters. Although they originate from classical Chinese, Chengyu remain as an important aspect in both spoken and written language. They may seem erratic and confusing to you at first since they don’t follow the usual sentence order and their meanings depend heavily on context. But don’t worry, in this Chengyu series, we will introduce simple Chengyu made up with all the characters that you already knew, and you can infer the actual meaning by looking at the separate characters!
Today, let’s talk about a Chengyu that uses One and No.
說一不二 – shuōyībùèr – to say one and mean just that; a man of his word (idiom)
數一數二 – shǔyīshǔèr – reckoned to be first or second best (idiom); one of the very best; to list one by one
獨一無二 – dúyīwúèr – unique and unmatched (idiom); unrivalled; nothing compares with it
NOTE: This video features TRADITIONAL characters, which are used in Hong Kong and Taiwan. For viewers studying the form of written Chinese used in Mainland China (simplified), the simplified-character version of this video is available at https://vimeo.com/566853049
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