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Chengyu Series - Say three speak four

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ID: 4283 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 三 (three) and 四 (four) in them!
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SIMPLIFIED PINYIN ENGLISH  
不三不四 bùsānbùsì dubious; shady
交朋友 jiāopéngyou to make friends
常常 chángcháng frequently
礼貌 lǐmào polite
不三不四
bù sān bù sì
dubious or frivolous
他这个人不三不四,你小心点。
tā zhè ge rén bùsānbùsì ,nǐ xiǎoxīn diǎn 。
He is very dubious. Be careful.
他是个不三不四的人。
tā shì ge bùsānbùsì de rén 。
He is a dubious man.
不要交不三不四的朋友。
bùyào jiāo bùsānbùsì de péngyou 。
Do not make bad friends.
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