三月不知肉味

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.
不知

EtymologyEdit

A quote from the Analects of Confucius. When Confucius was in Qi, he heard the Shao music, and for three months he did not know the taste of meat. He said, "I never knew music could reach this level of excellence!"

Literally: Did not know the taste of meat for three months.

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin sān yuè bùzhī ròu wèi
Zhuyin ㄙㄢ ㄩㄝˋ ㄅㄨˋ ㄓ ㄖㄡˋ ㄨㄟˋ
IPA (key) /sa̠n⁵⁵ ɥ̯œ⁵¹⁻⁵³ pu⁵¹ ʈ͡ʂʐ̩⁵⁵ ʐoʊ̯⁵¹⁻⁵³ u̯eɪ̯⁵¹/

IdiomEdit

三月不知肉味 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin sān yuè bùzhī ròu wèi)

  1. Describes a situation in which one is totally captivated by whatever activity is taking place; totally enraptured
Last modified on 8 April 2014, at 04:16