Daily Chinese| Do you know the origin of Jiayou ?

Hello everyone! Because of the NCP, everyone is cheering for Wuhan. Do you know the story behind the word Jiayou? Let's take a look today.

 What is ji yuji - add
yu - oil

201810"add oil"Jiayou literally means adding fuel oil or lubricating oil to machines or cars. A wider usage is an encouragement to oneself or others. It is the most common word in our daily life. Different countries have different sayings. How do you say it in your country?In October 2018, Chinese English "add oil" was also included in the Oxford Dictionary.

 The Origin of Jiayou 
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Do you know where the popular Chinese phrase, add oil, came from? During the reign of the Qing emperor Daoguang, Zhang Ying, the father of Zhang Zhidong, who was the father of Wuhan, was prefect of Guizhou. After taking up the post, he payed a little pocket money out of his own salary in order to develop the local education industry. He thought of a strategy to induce young students to study hard. Every evening, when he dispatched officers for the evening patrol, he asked them to take buckets of oil. If they discovered someone studying in the night, then they were to add a spoonful of oil to their lamp and say the words The prefect wishes to add some oil to your lamp. Now you know this is where add oil came from. So, when we say Wuhan Jiayou (add oil, Wuhan), we know that the phrase add oil was created by the father of Wuhan, Zhang Zhidongs father.
 Listening Practice of the above  Text(for HSK4-6)

We can practice listening through the following video. The explainer in the video is a well-known acting artist in China and a host of CCTV,  who is Ren Zhihong. Everyone may be familiar with his voice, because he has been a commentator in large Chinese documentary films for many years . If you are interested in Chinese documentaries and culture, please leave a message and tell us, we will share more with you in future articles or events.
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Actually the English content of the previous video is a translation homework of one of our students. She is a Chinese learner who likes Chinese and Chinese traditional culture very much. If you are also interested in Chinese culture, you can join us to make friends and learn from each other!

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