Learn Chinese Idiom Handanxuebu 邯郸学步

Chinese Idiom Handanxuebu

Learn Chinese idiom Handanxuebu

This idiom means that if you just imitate others mechanically, you will not only fail to learn the strengths of others, but will also lose your own strengths.

成语邯郸学步是说如果只是机械地模仿别人,不但学不到别人的长处,反而会把自己的优点也丢掉。

 

 

邯郸 [hán dān ] :the capital of the State of Zhao; 战国时期赵国都城;

学步 [ xué ] :to learn;

步 [ bù] : walk ;

 

 

Learn Chinese Idiom Handanxuebu  <Video>

During the Warring States Period, there was a young man in the State of Yan. He heard that the people in Handan, the capital of the State of Zhao, walked very gracefully, so he decided to go to study. He came to Handan in a turbulent manner. Sure enough, he saw the people on the street walking very elegantly, walking with great manners, and showing a graceful demeanor in every gesture.

战国时期,燕国有个少年,听说赵国都城邯郸的人走路姿势非常优美,就决定前去学习。他风尘仆仆地来到邯郸,果然见到大街上的人走路姿势十分优雅,走起路来仪态万千,举手投足间都流露出翩翩风度。

 

The young man hurriedly followed the pedestrians on the road to imitate. When others stepped on their left feet, he followed with their left feet; when others stepped on their right feet, he followed with their right feet. But after a few days of learning, he couldn’t learn it at all, and the more he walked, the more awkward his posture was.

少年赶紧跟着路上的行人模仿起来,人家迈左脚,他跟着迈左脚;人家迈右脚,他也跟着迈右脚。可是学了几天,他却怎么也学不会,而且越走越别扭,姿势比以前更难看了。

 

For three months, he practiced diligently every day, but he never learned the walking posture of the Handan people. Instead, he forgot his original way of walking. In the end, the young man didn’t know how to walk at all, so he had to crawl back to the state of Yan.

三个月,他每天刻苦练习,却始终没有学会邯郸人的走路姿势,反而把自己原来的走路方式也忘得精光。最后,少年彻底不知道该怎么走路了,只好爬着回到了燕国。

 

 

 

 

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