Mon, May 22, 2017

Taipei hopes allies defy China ‘threats’

Taiwan hopes its allies stand up to China’s “coercion and threats” that have shut it out of the UN’s annual World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) told reporters on Saturday. Thousands of delegates from the WHO’s 194 members are ...FULL STORY

Chinese Practice

得不償失 the losses outweigh the gains (de2 bu4 chang2 shi1) 成語「得不償失」原作「得不酬失」,出自《後漢書》「故得不酬失,功不半勞」,意為:「因此所得到的抵償不了所失去的,所成就的不及所付出的一半」。這是描述漢代朝廷花了很多功夫鎮壓境內西羌人的抗爭,但卻效果有限。雖然漢人在數量上比西羌明顯更具優勢,且多次成功鎮壓西羌叛亂,但其所耗費之人力與金錢太過巨大,終而導致漢代國勢的衰敗。 宋代詩文大家蘇軾在回覆其弟的〈和子由除日見寄〉一詩中用到這成語,並把它寫作「得不償失」。 這句話的意思為失去的比得到的更多,英文常譯為the losses outweigh the gains。我們在四月十七日的「活用成語」單元所介紹的英文片語Pyrrhic...FULL STORY

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