-10- Huijijiyi (讳疾忌医)

Standard

Idiom. From Mandarin.

“To avoid the advice given by a doctor, for fear of being identified as having a certain illness or ailment.”

Huijijiyi

This is a tricky one to pronounce, especially for those where tones don’t play a huge part in their language (which is a lot of languages). The characters can be transcribed as huì jí jì yī, so it follows a falling-rising-falling-high tonal pattern…

Still finding it tricky? It sounds a little like ‘hway-tsi-gee-ee’ when spoken…

(…or, you could just visit this website and listen to how a native speaker says it!)

Huijijiyi can also be translated into broader verbs, such as “to conceal one’s shortcomings,” “to hide a fault to avoid criticism,” or just simply “to refuse to listen to advice.” I prefer the idiomatic phrase as it gives a greater emphasis, and it gave me the opportunity to put up a picture of Hilary Clinton pointing and laughing.

Or maybe she’s terrified of something.

Hard to tell.

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