Kedou Learns Chinese Idiomsour little bear tries his paws at using the rich imagery of Chinese idioms to explain his quirky view of our world
What does moving a mountain have to do with eating helado? Will Kedou make it as a sharp-shooter? Let’s find out!
An elderly gentleman named Yu Gong, wanted to move two mountains in front of his home by digging slowly away at the rock and earth. Everyone laughed at Yu Gong, for how can one level mountains so easily? Yu Gong had a ready reply, “The mountains won’t grow higher and if my descendants continue my work, one day, the mountains will be gone.”.
This idiom is similar to the English saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”, and is used to say that if one perseveres, great achievements are possible.
Now that you know the story behind the idiom, see what our little bear makes of it in his tiny movie.
An archery competition was held in a village and everyone was most impressed by one competitor who hit three bull’s-eyes in a row. But Yang Youji wasn’t at all impressed and challenged his fellow archers to hit targets painted on the leaves of willow trees which were quite some distance away. Of course, no one dared to try such a near impossible feat, but Yang Youji not only hit the target once, but a hundred times in succession. This idiom is thus used to mean that something is a guaranteed success.
Now that you know the story behind the idiom, see how good our little bear makes is at being a sharp-shooter.