(ji1 ming2 jie4 dan4)
Cock crows, announcing dawn
在英語中也有類似的成語，即the early bird catches the worm。最初見於John Ray在一六七○年出版的《英語諺語集》，原文作the early bird catcheth the worm。該書的書名意味早在當時，這片語即已被當作諺語使用。
(He is going to get up when the cock crows every morning to prepare for his impending exams. He’s scared he won’t have enough time to finishFULL STORY
Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia all celebrate the new year in style. In addition to the usual dragon and lion dances, family meals and handing out of red envelopes, each local area has its own unique traditions for celebrating the new year.
In Taiwan thereFULL STORY
A: Have you bought a new rug? It goes really well with your dining table, and adds a sense of warmth to the dining room.
B: Yeah. I’d been looking for a rug with a color like this one, and finally found one last weekend.
A: DidFULL STORY
Until 1873, Japanese New Year, or shogatsu, followed the traditional lunar calendar. Since then, it starts on Jan. 1, in keeping with the Western Gregorian calendar, and lasts two weeks.
One important part is the thorough housecleaning, or oosoji, that must be done before New Year’sFULL STORY
A: This mood light isn’t working. Do you know what’s wrong?
B: If the light doesn’t work, the bulb is blown. Change the bulb, see if that works.
A: I’ve already changed the bulb. It still doesn’t work.
B: Ah, well. It’s just meant to be atmospheric. It’sFULL STORY
Malaysia, Australia and China issued a joint statement on Jan. 17, saying that the underwater search operation for the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that went missing almost three years ago is to be discontinued and will not resume until such time as new evidence isFULL STORY
A: Excuse me. How do I fill in this remittance form?
B: Here, fill in the amount you want to remit. Arabic numerals are fine. And here, fill in the recipient’s bank account number.
A: OK. And do I also need to fill in the branch name?
When it was first constructed, in the 1850s, in the Dadaocheng area in Taipei, Dihua Street was known as Center Street, presumably because of its central location within that part of town. The origin of some sections of the street stretch back further, to theFULL STORY
A: Do you have a favorite painter?
B: That’s a really difficult question to answer. There are a lot of painters I like, but the one I’m most into lately is Mondrian.
A: Mondrian? His paintings just look like colored-in Excel spreadsheets.
B: You only see the grid.FULL STORY
Benny Tseng, a 22-year-old Taiwanese violinist, won the silver medal in the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2015, the highest prize that year as first prize was not given to anybody. On Friday last week, Tseng released the instrumental album, “Reverie,” his first since joiningFULL STORY