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Idioms are an integral part of every language. Learning Chinese idioms is as crucial as learning any other aspect of a language. To gain perfect mastery of the language, acquiring a complete understanding of idioms is a must. After all, idioms contain the cultural semantics of the native people that speaks that language. Not only that, but learning idioms will also help you to express yourself more creatively. Learning idiom is a strenuous task, but it is fun.
Chinese idioms成语 (Chéngyǔ) in English is “already made words” or “formed words.”
Chinese idioms are proof of the longevity and vitality of the Chinese language. Tracing back its origin will take you to over thousands of years from ancient myths, fairy tales, philosophical musings, poetry, and folktales. To better understand what Chinese Idioms are, let us dissect one. Hence today, our assignment is to examine a Chinese idiomatic expression 蒸蒸日上 (zhēngzhēngrìshàng).
For us to fully grasp and master this Chinese idiom, dissecting its syntactic composition is a must. For that reason, let us examine its character one by one. In this way, you can understand the structure of the idiomatic expression. 蒸蒸(Zhēngzhēng) the first tone, means developing upwards day by day, it refers to describing fast development here.
日(rì) the fourth tone, means day and daytime here.
上(shàng) is the fourth tone. It means going up and sending up.
蒸蒸日上 (Zhēngzhēngrìshàng) is a heart-warming Chinese idiom that means becoming more prosperous every day. It deems to describe something that is increasingly flourishing. If someone continues to improve every day, then they are 蒸蒸日上 (Zhēngzhēngrìshàng) or flourishing. It is imperative to understand that this idiom only describes situations.
When learning a language, misusing an idiom is the last thing you should do. That is because you run the risk of offending someone. It is so crucial to fully understand an idiomatic expression before using it in a casual conversation. With that said, let us now delve into the contexts where we use the Chinese idiom 蒸蒸日上 (zhēngzhēngrìshàng).
The usage of this idiom can be in multiple scenarios with one main context. One example is when a friend made significant progress in one aspect of their life. The Chéngyǔ can also be used to describe something that has taken into something better. The last example is when a family member is finally making progress in things they are passionate about. Remember, As long as the situation is thriving or continually flourishing, then you can use the Chinese idiom 蒸蒸日上(Zhēngzhēngrìshàng) to describe the phenomenon.
To gain more insights regarding the use of this idiom, let us look into the examples below.
Xīnnián zhī jì, zhù nǐ de shēnghuó zhēngzhēngrìshàng.
新年 之 际，祝 你 的 生活 蒸蒸日上。
I would like to wish you a prosperous New Year.
Liú Lì de yǎnchàng shìyè zhēngzhēngrìshàng, dé yì yú tā de xúnhuí yǎnchū.
刘 莉 的 演唱 事业 蒸蒸日上， 得 益 于 她 的 巡回 演出。
Liu Li’s reputation as a singer rapidly grew, based on her tours.
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