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The Chinese Sayings Podcast

Laszlo Montgomery

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The Chinese Sayings Podcast
The Chinese Sayings Podcast

The Chinese Sayings Podcast

Laszlo Montgomery

48
Followers
257
Plays
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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.

Latest Episodes

S3E10 - Always Expect the Unexpected - Wànshì Jùbèi Zhi Qiàn Dōngfēng-万事俱备, 只欠东风

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 like you expected.

10 MIN2018 JAN 21
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S3E10 - Always Expect the Unexpected - Wànshì Jùbèi Zhi Qiàn Dōngfēng-万事俱备, 只欠东风

S3E09 - I gotta get to the gym! - Bì Ròu Fù Shēng - 髀肉复生

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.

7 MIN2018 JAN 13
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S3E09 - I gotta get to the gym! - Bì Ròu Fù Shēng - 髀肉复生

S3E08 - Create your destiny - Chéng Fēng Pò Làng-乘风破浪

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.

6 MIN2018 JAN 4
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S3E08 - Create your destiny - Chéng Fēng Pò Làng-乘风破浪

S3E07-There's always a way-Yǒu Zhì Jìng Chéng-有志竟成

This week's Chinese Saying comes from a story direct from the Eastern Han Dynasty. It features the Guangwu Emperor who gave us this useful idiom when he praised the star of our episode.

9 MIN2017 DEC 28
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S3E07-There's always a way-Yǒu Zhì Jìng Chéng-有志竟成

S3E06 - Seeing is believing! - Bǎi Wén Bùrú Yī Jiàn - 百闻不如一见

When the Han Emperor Xuan had a headache out in west China he called on Old Reliable, General Zhao Chongguo, to deal with it. From this, we get one of the most useful Chinese Sayings ever!

7 MIN2017 DEC 20
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S3E06 - Seeing is believing! - Bǎi Wén Bùrú Yī Jiàn - 百闻不如一见

S3E05 - He sure had a lot of gall - Wò Xīn Cháng Dǎn - 卧薪尝胆

We're midway through the halfway point in Season 3. China History Podcast fans will all know this story from which our Chengyu was derived. This is the early years of the Warring States period. Kings Goujian of Yue State and Fuchai of Wu were slugging it out down in Central China. From this epic struggle between these two neighboring rivals came one of the great stories from ancient Chinese history that has been told and re-told throughout the centuries. Let's hear it one more time in this episode and learn what's up with "lying on brushwood and tasting bile."

10 MIN2017 DEC 14
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S3E05 - He sure had a lot of gall - Wò Xīn Cháng Dǎn - 卧薪尝胆

S3E04 - A Man of Great Ambition - Hóng Hú Zhī Zhì - 鸿鹄之志

We're in the dying days of the Qin Dynasty with this week's Chinese Saying. The Dazexiang Uprising marked a turning point in the fortunes of the Qin empire. In this episode we meet Chen Sheng, a.k.a. Chen She, whose origins couldn't have been more humble. Hear his story and how he aspired to be to become the Hong Hu Zhi Zhi concealed away in his heart.

7 MIN2017 NOV 30
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S3E04 - A Man of Great Ambition - Hóng Hú Zhī Zhì - 鸿鹄之志

S3E03 - Go For Broke! - Pò Fǔ Chén Zhōu - 破釜沉舟

For this weekly's offering we hear the well-known legend of Xiang Yu, Zhang Han and Liu Bang. As the Qin Dynasty starts to crumble Xiang Yu heads to the defense of Zhao State to face off against the ever-victorious Qin general Zhang Han and ultimately the kingship of Guanzhong. Before he engaged Zhang Han in battle, Xiang Yu shouted a four syllable order to his troops. And we look at these famous words in this episode.

9 MIN2017 NOV 23
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S3E03 - Go For Broke! - Pò Fǔ Chén Zhōu - 破釜沉舟

S3E02-So Sorry!-Fù Jīng Qǐng Zuì-负荆请罪

We continue on with another story featuring the great statesman from the Warring States period, Lin Xiangru. After becoming a hero last episode for returning the He Shi Bi Jade back to Zhao, Lin rose high in the government. But the mighty general Lian Po wasn't satisfied to play second fiddle and was determined to put Lin Xiangru in his place. He should have known better and learned a great lesson.

9 MIN2017 NOV 15
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S3E02-So Sorry!-Fù Jīng Qǐng Zuì-负荆请罪

S3E01 - True to his word - Wán Bì Guī Zhào - 完璧归赵

Season 3 is off and running with an episode featuring the Western Han statesman and hero Sima Xiangru. In this Season 3 series all episodes will feature heroes and brave soldiers from Chinese history. In this episode Sima Xiangru promises his king if the precious He Shi Bi jade ornament should get stolen or lost, he will find it and return it safely to his home state of Zhao all in one piece.

10 MIN2017 NOV 6
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S3E01 - True to his word - Wán Bì Guī Zhào - 完璧归赵

Latest Episodes

S3E10 - Always Expect the Unexpected - Wànshì Jùbèi Zhi Qiàn Dōngfēng-万事俱备, 只欠东风

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 like you expected.

10 MIN2018 JAN 21
Comments
S3E10 - Always Expect the Unexpected - Wànshì Jùbèi Zhi Qiàn Dōngfēng-万事俱备, 只欠东风

S3E09 - I gotta get to the gym! - Bì Ròu Fù Shēng - 髀肉复生

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.

7 MIN2018 JAN 13
Comments
S3E09 - I gotta get to the gym! - Bì Ròu Fù Shēng - 髀肉复生

S3E08 - Create your destiny - Chéng Fēng Pò Làng-乘风破浪

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.

6 MIN2018 JAN 4
Comments
S3E08 - Create your destiny - Chéng Fēng Pò Làng-乘风破浪

S3E07-There's always a way-Yǒu Zhì Jìng Chéng-有志竟成

This week's Chinese Saying comes from a story direct from the Eastern Han Dynasty. It features the Guangwu Emperor who gave us this useful idiom when he praised the star of our episode.

9 MIN2017 DEC 28
Comments
S3E07-There's always a way-Yǒu Zhì Jìng Chéng-有志竟成

S3E06 - Seeing is believing! - Bǎi Wén Bùrú Yī Jiàn - 百闻不如一见

When the Han Emperor Xuan had a headache out in west China he called on Old Reliable, General Zhao Chongguo, to deal with it. From this, we get one of the most useful Chinese Sayings ever!

7 MIN2017 DEC 20
Comments
S3E06 - Seeing is believing! - Bǎi Wén Bùrú Yī Jiàn - 百闻不如一见

S3E05 - He sure had a lot of gall - Wò Xīn Cháng Dǎn - 卧薪尝胆

We're midway through the halfway point in Season 3. China History Podcast fans will all know this story from which our Chengyu was derived. This is the early years of the Warring States period. Kings Goujian of Yue State and Fuchai of Wu were slugging it out down in Central China. From this epic struggle between these two neighboring rivals came one of the great stories from ancient Chinese history that has been told and re-told throughout the centuries. Let's hear it one more time in this episode and learn what's up with "lying on brushwood and tasting bile."

10 MIN2017 DEC 14
Comments
S3E05 - He sure had a lot of gall - Wò Xīn Cháng Dǎn - 卧薪尝胆

S3E04 - A Man of Great Ambition - Hóng Hú Zhī Zhì - 鸿鹄之志

We're in the dying days of the Qin Dynasty with this week's Chinese Saying. The Dazexiang Uprising marked a turning point in the fortunes of the Qin empire. In this episode we meet Chen Sheng, a.k.a. Chen She, whose origins couldn't have been more humble. Hear his story and how he aspired to be to become the Hong Hu Zhi Zhi concealed away in his heart.

7 MIN2017 NOV 30
Comments
S3E04 - A Man of Great Ambition - Hóng Hú Zhī Zhì - 鸿鹄之志

S3E03 - Go For Broke! - Pò Fǔ Chén Zhōu - 破釜沉舟

For this weekly's offering we hear the well-known legend of Xiang Yu, Zhang Han and Liu Bang. As the Qin Dynasty starts to crumble Xiang Yu heads to the defense of Zhao State to face off against the ever-victorious Qin general Zhang Han and ultimately the kingship of Guanzhong. Before he engaged Zhang Han in battle, Xiang Yu shouted a four syllable order to his troops. And we look at these famous words in this episode.

9 MIN2017 NOV 23
Comments
S3E03 - Go For Broke! - Pò Fǔ Chén Zhōu - 破釜沉舟

S3E02-So Sorry!-Fù Jīng Qǐng Zuì-负荆请罪

We continue on with another story featuring the great statesman from the Warring States period, Lin Xiangru. After becoming a hero last episode for returning the He Shi Bi Jade back to Zhao, Lin rose high in the government. But the mighty general Lian Po wasn't satisfied to play second fiddle and was determined to put Lin Xiangru in his place. He should have known better and learned a great lesson.

9 MIN2017 NOV 15
Comments
S3E02-So Sorry!-Fù Jīng Qǐng Zuì-负荆请罪

S3E01 - True to his word - Wán Bì Guī Zhào - 完璧归赵

Season 3 is off and running with an episode featuring the Western Han statesman and hero Sima Xiangru. In this Season 3 series all episodes will feature heroes and brave soldiers from Chinese history. In this episode Sima Xiangru promises his king if the precious He Shi Bi jade ornament should get stolen or lost, he will find it and return it safely to his home state of Zhao all in one piece.

10 MIN2017 NOV 6
Comments
S3E01 - True to his word - Wán Bì Guī Zhào - 完璧归赵
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