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‘Like a chicken talking to a duck’

鸡同鸭讲 – jī tóng yā jiǎng – ‘like a chicken talking to a duck’

Sometimes there really is something fishy with learning a language. You make a monkey out of yourself with reckless statements and then try to get the cow off the ice. Or you stand there like a dying duck in a thunderstorm during a conversation and wonder if all your hard work has been for nothing. But hold your horses, that is where you are wrong! Because you venture into territory where your own native language differs greatly from the foreign language. This not only yields aha-experiences, but occasionally also entertaining ones. It is worth taking a little safari through the linguistic zoo of animalistic Chinese expressions.

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