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Proverbs & Idioms
Proverbs Guide
Tradition Chinese
人心齊,泰山移
Simplified Chinese
人心齐,泰山移
Transliteration
rén xīn qí, tài shān yí
Literally
When people are of one mind and heart, they can move Mount Tai.
Meaning
As long as we unite as one, we will be strong enough to do anything and overcome any difficulties.
Tradition Chinese
逢人只說三分話,未可全拋一片心
Simplified Chinese
逢人只说三分话,未可全抛一片心
Transliteration
féng rén zhǐ shuō sān fēn huà, weì kě quán pāo yī piàn xīn
Literally
When talking to a stranger, it is wise to be somewhat reserved.
Meaning
To be careful not to reveal our inner thoughts to a person before we know him or her properly. Being incautious, one is liable to be cheared.
Tradition Chinese
樹倒猢猻散
Simplified Chinese
树倒猢狲散
Transliteration
shù dǎo hú sūn sàn
Literally
When the tree falls, the monkeys scatter.
Meaning
When a leader loses power, his followers become disorganized. This proverb is often used to describe fair-weather friends.
Tradition Chinese
兩虎相鬥,必有一傷
Simplified Chinese
两虎相斗,必有一伤
Transliteration
liǎng hǔ xiāng dòu , bì yǒu yī shāng
Literally
When two tigers fight, one is sure to lose.
Meaning
Conflict between two sides results in one of them getting hurt. So it is best to avoid fighting as much as possible.
Tradition Chinese
秀才不出門,能知天下事
Simplified Chinese
秀才不出门,能知天下事
Transliteration
xiù caí bù chū mén, néng zhī tiān xià shì
Literally
Without even stepping outside his gate the scholar knows all the wide world's affairs.
Meaning
Books are treasure-houses of knowledge. If one reads a lot, he can learn a great deal of useful knowledge without bothering to seek it in the wide world.
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