Meaning of the Idiom
han dan xue bu
During the Warring States Period (475 – 221 BC), a young man from the State of Yan heard that in Handan, the capital of the State of Zhao, people’s walking posture was graceful and elegant.
The young man wanted to make his walking posture look better, so he decided to learn from the Handanners without telling his family. Then, he traveled a long way to Handan, where first he saw a young man walking towards him. After allowing him pass, the young man from Yan soon followed behind him, imitating his strides. When the young man of Handan took a step with his left foot, he took a step with his left foot. He then saw a middle-aged man and thought his posture attractive, too, so he followed and imitated him as well. After that, he imitated a woman’s walking style. But however he tried, he just couldn’t walk the way the Handanners did.
After a few months of learning, the young man had spent all the money he had brought. To make things worse, when he decided to give up and went home, he found he had forgotten his own way of walking. In the end, the young man had no choice but to crawl all the way back home.
hán dān xué bù，比喻一味地模仿别人，不仅没学到本事，反而把原来的本事也丢了。
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