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Chengyu Series - Say One Not Two

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ID: 4276 Elementary
Chengyu are Chinese idioms that consist of four characters. Although they originate from classical Chinese, Chengyu remain as an important aspect in both spoken and written language. They may seem erratic and confusing to you at first since they don’t follow the usual sentence order and their meanings depend heavily on context. But don’t worry, in this Chengyu series, we will introduce simple Chengyu made up with all the characters that you already knew, and you can infer the actual meaning by looking at the separate characters! In this lesson, let’s take a look at three Chengyu with numbers 一 (one) and 二 (two) in them!
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SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH  
放心 fàngxīn to feel relieved
数一数二 shǔyīshǔèr reckoned to be first or second best (idiom)
画家 huàjiā painter
美女 měinǚ beautiful woman
说一不二
shuō yī bù èr
A man of his word.
我的老板是个说一不二的人。
wǒ de lǎobǎn shì ge shuōyībùèr de rén 。
My boss is a man of his word.
我说一不二,你放心。
wǒ shuōyībùèr ,nǐ fàngxīn 。
I stand by my word. Don’t worry.
说一不二
shuō yī bù èr
One’s word is law.
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