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Posted on Sat, Sep 28, 2013 21:02 PM 0665





 Learning Chinese seems to be a hard work to achieve, but there are so many interesting Chinese idioms and stories in Chinese history, here is one:

Mark Boat Seek Sword:

In the period of zhanguo period, (Warring States period 475 B.C. to 221 B.C.), a man of chu kingdom was crossing the river. The boat was shaking and he lost his sword in the river, inspite of finding his sword immediately, he took out a knife and marked at the side of the boat. Everyone feel strange and ask him why did he do that. He smiled and said:” My sword fell off from this place, when the boat get to shore, I just need to jump into the river to find it. and that’s why I made the mark.”

after a while, the boat went to shore, the man of chu kingdom jumped from the boat to find his sword. Certainly nothing could be found, the onlookers watched his efforts and began to laugh.

The meaning of this idiom is: foolishly taking measures without regard to changing circumstances.

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