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Chinese proverbs 1

Chinese proverbs 1

 

d脛芦)忙掳麓(sh脟鈥漣)盲鹿鈥?zh脛芦)忙聛漏(脛鈥渘)莽鈥⒙?d脛聛ng)盲禄楼(y脟聬)忙鹿搂(y脟鈥檔g)忙鲁鈥?qu脙隆n)莽鈥郝?xi脛聛ng)氓聽卤(b脙聽o)
Literally: A drop of water shall be returned with a burst of spring.
Meaning: Even if it was just a little help from others, you should return the favor with all you can when others are in need.

莽娄聫(f脙潞)莽鈥灺?w脙潞)茅鈥÷?ch脙鲁ng)猫鈥÷?zh脙卢), 莽娄聧(hu脙虏)盲赂聧(b脙潞)氓鈥撀?d脛聛n)猫隆艗(x脙颅ng)
Literally: Fortune does not come twice. Misfortune does not come alone.
Meaning: The emphasis is on "misfortune doesn"t come alone". It"s often used as an opener or exclamation, when people talk about coincidental events of misfortune.

 

氓鈥犅?b脛芦ng)氓鈥÷?d脙虏ng)盲赂鈥?s脛聛n)氓掳潞(ch脟聬)茂录艗茅聺啪(f脛鈥渋)盲赂鈧?y脛芦)忙鈥斅?r脙卢)盲鹿鈥?zh脛芦)氓炉鈥?h脙隆n)(ice+freeze+three+units(~feet),not+one+day"s(7th and 8th)+chill)
Literally: A single day of sub-zero temperature is not enough to create three feet of ice.
Moral: Great things cannot be accomplished in a short period of time.
Compare: Rome was not built in a day (Roma non fu fatta in un giorno, Italian proverb).

 

莽漏潞(k脜聧ng)莽漏麓(xu脙漏)盲戮鈥?l脙隆i)茅垄篓(f脛鈥渘g)忙艙陋(w脙篓i)氓驴鈥?b脙卢)莽鈥灺?w脙潞)氓鈥郝?y脛芦n)(empty+cave+come+wind+not+surely+not+cause)
Literally: If the wind comes from an empty cave, it"s not without a reason.
Meaning: Things don"t happen for no reason; everything has a cause.
Compare: Where there"s smoke, there"s fire.

 

猫鈧?l脟沤o)茅漏楼(j脙卢)盲录聫(f脙潞)忙啪楼(l脙卢), 氓驴鈥?zh脙卢)氓艙篓(z脙聽i)氓聧茠(qi脛聛n)茅鈥∨?l脟聬)(old+thoroughbred+hidden+stable,determined+be+thousand+distance (unit))
Literally: The old horse in the stable still yearns to run 1000 miles 1.
Moral: Everybody, no matter the inexperience, yearns to achieve great deeds. Another one is "The older the ginger the hotter the spice".
Note: "stable" and "li" rhyme in Mandarin
1 li: a Chinese unit of linear measure, corresponds to about 500 meters.


 

 
   
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