In this episode of “Bite the word”, we are going to learn a new word which is related to an animal – 牛. 吹牛 (chuī niú)。“吹”，the first tone, blow； “牛”，the second tone, cattle. “Blow a cow”? Can you blow a cow and let it move? Definitely NO! So, don’t brag! 不要吹牛！
吹牛 (chuī niú)
You may ask: Horses or sheep are heavy too. Why don’t you say ‘blow a horse or a sheep’? Well. Actually，“吹牛” is the abbreviation of “吹牛皮”. “牛皮”means cowhide. In ancient China, people thought cowhide cannot be blown into a round shape, because cowhide is too firm and too big. So if someone say: I can blow a cowhide, he must be bragging. In Chinese, we use “吹牛” or “吹牛皮” to describe a man who always talks big regardless of reality.
wǒ yǒu shì jiè shànɡ zuì hǎo de qì chē.
I have the best car in the world.
bié chuī niú le ， kuài qù xiū chē bɑ ！
Don’t brag. Your car is waiting for you to repair!
Linda shuō tā de nán pénɡ you hěn shuài
Linda said her boyfriend is very handsome.
tā jiù ài chuī niú ， tā ɡēn běn méi yǒu nán pénɡ you ！
She is very good at bragging. She doesn’t even have a boyfriend!
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