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Join Laszlo Montgomery for weekly episodes that introduce commonly used Chinese Sayings and the stories and rich meanings behind each phrase. Whether you speak Chinese or not, enjoy a few stories and pick up a phrase or two from China’s ancient times.

The Chinese Sayings Podcast Laszlo Montgomery

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Join Laszlo Montgomery for weekly episodes that introduce commonly used Chinese Sayings and the stories and rich meanings behind each phrase. Whether you speak Chinese or not, enjoy a few stories and pick up a phrase or two from China’s ancient times.

    S4E03 | Waiting in Vain

    S4E03 | Waiting in Vain

    Another classic from the long list of great Chinese Sayings. 守株待兔 Shǒu Zhū Dài Tù.  Thank Han Feizi for this one.  He teaches us not to sit around and wait for good luck to find us.  Just because you got lucky once doesn't mean lightning will strike twice.  In this quick story about the farmer in Song State, we learn sometimes it's better to go out and seek what you want rather than waiting for it to fall in your lap.

    • 7 min
    S4E02 | They Smilin' in Your Face

    S4E02 | They Smilin' in Your Face

    Remember that O'Jay's tune from 1972, "Backstabbers"?  They must have had Tang Dynasty chancellor Li Linfu in mind.  The story behind our Chinese Saying for this time 口蜜腹剑 tells the story of this 8th-century politician/official who served the great Emperor Xuanxong (玄宗). All the time, they want to take your place, the backstabbers (backstabbers). Beware of those with a honey mouth and a dagger in their belly. Kǒu Mì Fù Jiàn.

    • 8 min
    S4E01 | The Four-Legged Snake

    S4E01 | The Four-Legged Snake

    Welcome back to the fourth season of the Chinese Sayings Podcast...after three years and seven months, we continue on where we left off with another story behind one of the great Chinese Sayings, or chengyu.
    This time around we harken back to the "Strategies of the Warring States" to look at the tale of drawing legs on a snake. Don't forget, all the characters and Chinese terms from all the CSP episodes are all listed for you at the website.

    • 9 min
    S3E10 | Always Expect the Unexpected

    S3E10 | Always Expect the Unexpected

    For the final episode of Season 3 Laszlo closes with one of the classics from the Three Kingdoms era. Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang star in this drama played against the backdrop of the Battle of Red Cliff.
    Who hasn't fallen victim to something big or small that resulted when your best-laid plans didn't quite work out as you expected.
    For a full list of the terms used in this episode, please visit the website at teacup.media
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    • 10 min
    S3E09 | I Gotta Get to the Gym!

    S3E09 | I Gotta Get to the Gym!

    Another classic from the Eastern Han that features the future King of Shu, the great Liu Bei of Three Kingdoms period renown. In this episode we find Liu Bei catching a breather after suffering a defeat in the service of Yuan Shao at the hands of Cao Cao's forces. During his period of laying low, Liu Bei starts to regret the situation he finds himself in.
    For a full list of the terms used in this episode, please visit the website at teacup.media
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    • 7 min
    S3E08 | Create Your Destiny

    S3E08 | Create Your Destiny

    Laszlo introduces another nobody from Chinese history named Zong Que who had his own great aspirations. He swore he would make something of himself one day. Furthermore, if he did, he was determined to do it as a soldier.
    Although Zong Que's achievements on the battlefield weren't written about in most history books, the old Book of Song included his story and how we got this episode's featured Chinese Saying.
    For a full list of the terms used in this episode, please visit the website at teacup.media
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    • 6 min

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