Meaning of the Idiom
dui niu tan qin（to play the lute for a bull）
Gong Mingyi was a famous musician in ancient times, who played the lute very well.
One day, while playing the lute indoors, Gong Mingyi saw a cow eating grass leisurely outside the window. He had a sudden whim to play some melodies for the cow. He first played the “Exercise of Qing Jiao”, but the cow still kept on eating grass with head lowered. He seemed to realize that the melody was too highbrow for the cow to understand.
So he played several other melodies, imitating the buzzing sounds of swarms of flying mosquitoes, and the bleats of a calf looking for its companions. At this, to his surprise, the cow stopped eating grass, but raised its head, pricked up its ears, wagged its tail and, pacing up and down in small steps, began to listen attentively.
[duì niú tán qín]，比喻对不讲道理的人讲道理，对不懂得美的人讲风雅，也用来讥讽人讲话时不看对象。
Reading The Paragraphs!
Meaning of Words
|pleasant to the ears|
|There is no response|
|a plaintive whine|