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爱屋及乌 (Àiwūjíwū) Love Me, Love My Dog

Jul. 28, 2010

爱屋及乌 (Àiwūjíwū) Love Me, Love My Dog

 

In this Chinese idiom "爱屋及乌 (àiwūjíwū) Love me, love my dog," "爱" means "like" or "love;" "屋" refers to "house;" "及" is a conjunction which means "and;" "乌" refers to "乌鸦 (wūyā)," which is "crow." "爱屋及乌" is a Chinese idiom originally from a story in history a long time ago:

Shāngcháo mò nián, Zhōu Wǔwáng zài Jiāng Shàng (Tàigōng) děng rén de bāngzhù xià,
商朝             末   年,    周      武王    在    姜    尚     (太公)    等     人 的    帮助     下,

chūbīng tǎofá Zhòuwáng bìng qǔ dé shènglì.
出兵       讨伐     纣王       并     取 得   胜利。

 

At the end of the Shang dynasty, assisted by his counselor Jiangshang (taigong) and other capable men, King Zhou Wuwang successfully attacked and killed Zhouwang, anotherKing.

Zhòuwáng sǐhòu, Wǔwáng gǎn dào tiānxià bìng méiyǒu āndìng.
纣王           死后, 武王      感   到      天下   并     没有    安定。

 

After Zhouwang died, Wuwang still felt anxious since the country was still unstable.

Tā wèn Jiāng Tàigōng: "Jìnle Yīndū, yīnggāi rúhé ānpái  jiù wángcháo de guānyuán ne?"
他   问     姜    太公:“ 进了 殷都,应该     如何   安排 旧     王朝      的    官员       呢”?

 

He asked Jiang Taigong: "After we enter the capital Yin, how should we deal with Yin's officers?"

Jiāng Tàigōng shuō:  "Wǒ tīngshuō guò zhèyàng de huà—rúguǒ xǐhuān nà gè rén,
姜      太公        说:“我     听说      过    这样     的  话—— 如果   喜欢   那 个 人,

jiù lián tā wūdǐng shàng de wūyā yě xǐhuān;
就 连 他   屋顶       上    的 乌鸦 也 喜欢;

rúguǒ bù xǐhuān nà gè rén, jiù lián tā jiā  de qiángbì hé  líba  yě tǎoyàn.
如果    不 喜欢   那 个 人,就 连 他 家 的   墙壁     和  篱笆 也 讨厌。

 

Jiang Taigong said, "I've heard of a saying–if you love a person, you should also love the crows on his roof; if you hate somebody, you should hate the walls and bamboo fences of his house as well.

Jiù shì shuō, shā jìn quánbù de dírén, yí gè yě bù liúxià. Dàwáng nǐ kàn zěnmeyàng?"
就 是    说, 杀   尽    全部  的  敌人,一个 也 不 留下。大王    你  看     怎么样”?

 

That is to say: eliminate all the hostile elements. How is that, your Majesty?"

Wǔwáng rènwéi bù néng zhèyàng.
武王         认为   不    能      这样。

 

Wuwang didn't think it was a good idea.

Zhè shí Zhōugōng shuō dào: " Wǒ rènwéi yīngdāng ràng tāmen dōu huí dào  zìjǐ   jiā  lǐ,
这     时     周公        说    道:“我   认为      应当      让    他们    都    回 到   自己  家 里,

gèzì gēngzhòng  zìjǐ   de tiándì."
各自       耕种     自己 的  田地”。

 

Zhougong then said, "In my opinion, we should ask them to go back home and farm on their own land."

Wǔwáng tīngle fēicháng gāoxìng, xīn zhōng huòránkāilǎng,  juéde tiānxià kěyǐ āndìng le.
武王         听了    非常        高兴, 心 中          豁然 开朗,   觉得    天下  可以  安定   了。

 

Wuwang was enlightened and delighted to hear the suggestion. He was confident about the future and the stability of the country. 

术语 (Shùyǔ) Glossary:

 

商朝 (Shāngcháo) Shang dynasty (1600B.C. ~ 1046B.C.): It was the second dynasty in Chinese history after the Xia dynasty.

 

纣王 (Zhòuwáng) Zhouwang: As the last king of the Shang dynasty, he was a talented king in Chinese history but became a tyrant later on.

 

西周 (Xīzhōu) Xizhou dynasty (1046B.C. ~ 771B.C.): After the downfall of the Shang dynasty, the Xizhou dynasty was established, which was followed by the Dongzhou dynasty.

 

武王 (Wǔwáng) Wuwang: The first king of the Xizhou dynasty who led his army to defeat Zhouwan.

 

姜尚 (Jiāng Shàng) Jiang Shang: A famous statesman and military strategist in Chinese history, who helped Wuwang defeat Zhouwang. He was also known as 姜太公 (Jiāng Tàigōng) Jiang Taigong.

 

召公 (Zhāogōng) Zhaogong: As Wuwang's second younger brother, he played an important role in founding the Xizhou dynasty.

 

周公 (Zhōugōng) Zhougong: An outstanding statesman, military strategist and thinker at the beginning of theXizhou dynasty.

 

生词 (shēngcí) Vocabulary:

 

王朝 (wángcháo): n. dynasty

 

屋顶 (wūdǐng): n. roof

 

墙壁 (qiángbì): n. wall

 

篱笆 (líba): n. fence

 

豁然开朗 (huòránkāilǎng): to be suddenly enlightened

 

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Very enlightening and beneficial to someone whose been out of the circuit for a long time.

- Kris

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- Murk

good lesson

Through out both English and Chinese history, crow has never been regarded as a kind of good-sign animals, why do Chinese people love crows?

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