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Numerical Chinese Idioms
   2014-08-27 13:36:54    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Qin Mei

In the profundity of Chinese culture, numbers are not just numbers. They can convey many other meanings when used in Chinese idioms. Here are some idioms which include the numbers from one to ten. Let’s check them out.

一穷二白(yī qióng èr bái)
一(yī ) means one and 二(èr)means two. However, when we say “一穷二白”( yī qióng èr bái),it means “poverty and blankness”, or “economically poor and culturally blank”. For example:
改变这个国家一穷二白的面貌。
gǎi biàn zhè gè guó jiā yī qióng èr bái de miàn mào
Lift this country from the state of “poverty and blankness”.

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