雷声大,雨点小léi shēng dà, yǔ diǎn xiǎo Overly portentous. Reality did not match expectation 麻雀虽小,五脏俱全má què suī xiǎo, wǔ zàng jù quán A person is a person regardless of size. Complete in every detail 小洞不补,大洞吃苦xiǎo dòng bù bǔ, dà dòng chī kǔ Do not put off taking action to put things right 小题大作xiaǒ tí dà zuò Procrastination and exaggeration
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“I found this a really clear explanation of Classical Chinese poetry. The examples are excellent. Xiexie ni. (Chinese poetry)
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Simplified and Traditional
With thousands of characters (200,000 is the full set) that have been gradually added to over thousands of years it is sometimes necessary to undertake reform. Characters come out of use and new ones are needed. One of the first actions of the Peoples Republic was a reform of the written language, to make it easier to read and write. Chinese books and web sites almost all use the new simplified set of characters that were published in 1956 and 1964. Read More
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