Happy Chinese New Year to you, listener friend, Welcome, once again, to English World. I am Mark.
And I am Guo Wenjie.
Wenjie, I heard that in the Chinese Lunar year, this is the year of the Horse.
That's right. 今年是马年
Well then, Wishing all of my Chinese friends a great and happy horse year.
When I think of horses, I think of strength and power.
Before automobiles, we relied on horses for transportation.
And in the past, horses were used in battles to win wars.
Today, horses still can be useful on the farm.
We also use horses for horseback riding and horse racing competitions.
So we can say that the horse is a symbol of travel, competition and victory.
马代表旅行，竞争和胜利That's why in China, when we think of speedy success, we think of the horse.马到成功
Well, in today's program Wenjie, we will teach phrases and idioms that have to do with the horse.
So dear listeners, stay tuned and let's learn English together.
OK Wen-jie,now is your turn.
My turn to do what?
Tell me some of the popular Chinese proverbs that have to do with horses.
Sure. 我也来介绍给马可几个成语。 The first one is: Ma Ma Hu Hu.
马马虎虎 is to describe someone/something as careless or sloppy.
Ok, If I say: This restaurant’s food is just so-so.
Or, I say, He did an OK job.
他做事马马虎虎 But the most common way of using this term is : When someone says: How are you （你好吗?） And you say: Doing so-so. 还行
That's the time you say: Ma ma Hu hu.
You've got it.
Tell me some more.
Here's another one: 露出马脚，Showing the leg of the horse. The meaning is: to accidentally reveal a secret.
We probably would say: To let the cat out of the bag.
就像，让魔术袋里的猫不小心跳出来 One more: 拍马屁, To pat a horse’s butt. That means to flatter someone
I can think of another: 指鹿为马 Point to a deer and call it a horse.
That seems completely wrong.
Yes. So, that means the deliberate misrepresentation of truth/lies, right/wrong. 歪曲事实
Wow! And all these have to do with horses.
There are a lot more.
I think we have enough for now.
Ok Mark, now is your turn to teach us some idioms that have to do with a horse.现在我请马可教我们几个和马有关的谚语
All right. Let me first introduce this one. If you feel very hungry, you can say: I could eat a horse.
Interesting. 如果你很饿，你会说：I could eat a horse.
For example, I had nothing but a sandwich all day - I could eat a horse right now.
We also like to describe common sense or practical thinking as: horse sense
For example. He is no scholar but he has a lot of horse sense.
If some information comes from someone who is directly involved,
We say: It comes straight from the horse's mouth.
Here's an example. I know it's true! I heard it straight from the horse's mouth!
If you waste time on something that you know is not going to happen,
You say: I'm beating a dead horse.
可以说，我在打一匹死马 （没作用） For example. Do you think it's worth sending my letter of complaint or I am just beating a dead horse?
How about this one: hold your horses. This refers to telling someone to wait before doing something.
另一句；hold your horses. 这是告诉人做事之先，先等等
Of course, you can say: hold on, hang on, just wait.
你也可以说，hold on, hang on, just wait. 先等等
Here's one more: Get off your high horse.
另一个，Get off your high horse.高马下车
This means to stop acting in a way as if you know more or are better than others.
It's very much like flatter yourself, or get ahead of yourself.
也就是拍自己马屁，自认出人头地 get ahead of yourself.
Have you heard of: A charlie horse? This phrase is used for muscle cramps in the legs.
A Charlie horse 就是 脚（腿）抽筋
Don't hike too far or you'll get a charley horse.
And you must have heard of this: a dark horse（a dark horse黑马）
A dark horse is someone who is unknown to people but emerges to a place of importance in a competition.
As in this example, He is a dark horse candidate in this political race.
There you have it. I could eat a horse. horse sense，straight from the horse's mouth, beating a dead horse，hold your horses，get off your high horse，Charlie horse，a dark horse
Words To Live By 圣经良言
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm”
Psalm 20:7-8 诗篇
Many of us are facing different struggles today.
Maybe it's personal difficulties, or concerns about our world. Things like peace and social justice.
And it's during times like these, that it's important for us to remember where we find our hope.
During the Bible times, the Israelites were to sing Psalm 20 before battle,
so that they would be steadfast in the true hope.
Today, Verses 7 & 8 give us a light of that same hope.
We trust in the name of the Lord our God. This means we trust in the character of God.
God is good. He is faithful and full of mercy.
He cares for the needy. He does not abandon his children.
Those who put their trust in worldly power and in the ways of man will fall and stumble.
But those who trust in the Lord will rise and stand firm.
It is in this trust and hope that we live each day.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm” (Psalm 20:7-8)
Well, our time is up once again. We hope you have enjoyed learning English with us.
On today's lesson, we talked about: Idioms about Horses.
You can review this lesson and learn more from our English World website.
We welcome your comments and questions, and we will be happy to reply to you.
Until next time in English World, I am Mark.
Wishing you much progress and success in this year. Zai-Jian and God Bless you.
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