#134 ‘Face’ is so important in Chinese! 脸面大过天

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脸在中文里也有“名声”的意思,也就是“脸面”,或者“面子”。如果一个人说:“人活着,脸面是很重要的! ”也就是说,他觉得一个人的名声很重要,别人怎么看自己很重要。中文里有一个词叫“丢脸”。比如,我今天穿反了衣服,别人都看见了,太丢脸了!又比如,我在很多人面前摔了一觉,太丢脸了。“丢脸”,意思是在很多人面前做了很傻的事情,觉得很尴尬。

我们都知道,一些中国的父母特别严格。如果他们的孩子做了错事,他们会觉得很丢脸。我听过一些父母对孩子说:“你让我的脸往哪儿放! ”或者“我的脸都被你丢光了! ”我想,这是因为在中国的文化里,别人的看法是很重要的,所以如果孩子做了不好的事情,父母也会觉得很丢脸。

如果一个人一点儿都不在意别人的看法,也不在意自己是不是做了傻事,人们会说这个人“脸皮厚”,或者“不要脸”。但是,“脸皮厚”或者“不要脸”有时候也是很好的词,因为这两个词也有勇敢的意思。比如,人们会说:“想要学好外语,脸皮一定要厚,这样才能多和别人用外语聊天! ”我也非常赞同。想要学好中文,一定不要怕丢脸,脸皮一定要厚,这样才能多说,中文才会更好!


Hello everyone! Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese!

The face is perhaps the most important thing for many people. "看重" means see something important. When we see a person, the first thing we notice is their face. In Chinese culture, people also attach great importance to the face. In Chinese, the word for face also means "reputation," and there are many expressions related to "face." Today, let's talk about "face" in the Chinese language together!

When we look at a person, we always pay attention to their face. If a person looks good, we often have a good impression of them and like them more. In Chinese, there's a saying: "In today's society, it's a society that judges people by their appearance." Nowadays, many people place a strong emphasis on looks, meaning whether a person is good-looking or not is considered the most important. Some people value appearance the most, and they might say, "I'm someone who judges by appearances." If someone is looking for a boyfriend or girlfriend, they might say, "I will look at the face first," meaning they want to find a good-looking boyfriend or girlfriend.

In Chinese, the word for face also has the meaning of "reputation," which is called "面子" (miànzi). If someone says, "In life, face/reputation is very important!" it means they believe a person's reputation is crucial, and how others perceive them is important. There's a phrase in Chinese, "丢脸" (diūliǎn), which means to lose face or feel embarrassed. For example, if I wore my clothes inside out today, and everyone saw it, it would be very embarrassing! Or if I tripped in front of many people, it would be so embarrassing. "丢脸" means doing something silly or embarrassing in front of many people and feeling awkward about it.

We all know that some Chinese parents can be very strict. If their children do something wrong, they may feel embarrassed. I've heard some parents say to their children, "Where should I put my face because of you?" or "You've made me lose all face!" I think this is because in Chinese culture, other people's opinions are very important. So, if a child does something wrong, parents may also feel embarrassed.

If a person doesn't care at all about what others think and isn't concerned about doing silly things, people may say this person has "脸皮厚" (liǎnpí hòu), which means thick-skinned, or "不要脸" (bùyàoliǎn), which means shameless. However, "脸皮厚" or "不要脸" can sometimes be positive words because they also imply bravery. For example, people might say, "To learn a foreign language well, you must have thick skin so you can chat with others in that language!" I totally agree. To learn Chinese well, you must not be afraid to lose face, and you must have thick skin so you can speak more. That's how your Chinese will get better!

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4 thoughts on “#134 ‘Face’ is so important in Chinese! 脸面大过天”

  1. 我爱你的节目!我想确认一下,“摔了一觉” 本来“摔了一跤”,对吧?我以为有一个一觉的量词,但是好像只被用跟睡眠的意思时的。

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