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What Does Tigers in Autumn Mean in Chinese?

Sep. 1, 2011

秋老虎 (qiū lǎohǔ) The Hottest Days in Autumn

Key Learning Points (Preview):

热 (): adj. hot

害怕 (hàipà): v. to be afraid of

Why do people call it “秋老虎 (qiū lǎohǔ)?" It is a short hot period (7-15 days)  occurring in the latter part of August and the beginning of September after "立秋 (lìqiū)," one of the twenty-four solar terms in the Chinese lunar calendar meaning the "beginning of autumn."The scorching heat and high humidity combine to make many people extremely uncomfortable. It is always called “桑拿天 (sāngná tiān) sauna days”by people in China. The weather is sultry and the sweat pours down people’s back, which is just like being in a sauna.

Key Learning Points:

热 (): adj. hot

         Tiān tài rè le, wǒmen qù yóuyǒng ba.
Mike: 天    太  热了,我 们    去  游   泳   吧。

               Hǎo zhǔyi.
Wang Li: 好 主 意。

害怕 (hàipà): v. to be afraid of

        Wǒmen míngtiān qù guàngjiē ba.
Lucy: 我   们     明   天   去    逛    街  吧。

          Let’s go shopping.
 

                  Tiān tài rè le, wǒ hàipà tàiyáng shài.
Zhang Ying: 天  太 热 了,我 害 怕  太 阳     晒。

                     It's very hot and I am afraid of the sun.

 

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