上知天文,下知地理

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.
天文地理

EtymologyEdit

Literally: know the astronomy above, and know the geography below

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin shàng zhī tiānwén, xià zhī dìlǐ
Zhuyin ㄕㄤˋ ㄓ ㄊㄧㄢ ㄨㄣˊ , ㄒㄧㄚˋ ㄓ ㄉㄧˋ ㄌㄧˇ
IPA (key) /ʂɑŋ⁵¹ ʈ͡ʂʐ̩⁵⁵ tʰi̯ɛn⁵⁵ u̯ən³⁵ ɕi̯a̠⁵¹ ʈ͡ʂʐ̩⁵⁵ ti⁵¹ li²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

IdiomEdit

上知天文,下知地理 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin shàng zhī tiānwén, xià zhī dìlǐ)

  1. describes someone who is very learned; a polymath
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