sè colour



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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 色
Stroke order for character 色, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

和颜悦色 hé yán yuè sè Amiable appearance
秀色可餐 xiù sè kě cān A beautiful woman

Phrases

颜色 yán sè color

Also

sè color
Chinese proverb

Proverb

Mǎ mǎ hǔ hǔ [ma ma hu hu]
horse horse tiger tiger
Some people say it comes from an old story in which a horse and a tiger get into a fight. Neither animal could defeat the other. In time, mentioning the two animals together came to mean a fight with no definite winner - and ma ma hu hu came to mean 'so so.'. There is also a story that, a long time ago, an artist drew an animal. He asked other people what the animal he drew was. Some said it looked like a horse while others said it was a tiger. They said, 'ma ma hu hu' because the drawing was just 'so-so'.
So so; average; careless

Fawning Sychophants

It was Dowager Empress Cixi who called the Imperial eunuchs 'rats and foxes'; 'fawning sycophants' and 'artful minions'. The power of the eunuchs in the last years of Imperial China blocked any reform that threatened their own position. For centuries you needed to bribe a eunuch in order to get an audience with the Emperor.
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