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    安得广厦千万间,大庇天下寒士俱欢颜 How I wish there were tens of millions of spacious mansions, to protect all the poor scholars of the world. The phrase comes fr…
  • Words, communication
    八字还没一撇 Not even the first stroke of the character is in sight. This proverb is used in a similar context to “Don’t count your chickens before th…
  • Etiquette, virtue
    礼多人不怪 An excess of courtesy can offend no one. The proverb indicates that etiquette is an indispensable part of social life. 礼失则昏,名失则愆 Loss of…
  • Grassland
    草萤有耀终非火,荷露虽团岂是珠 The firefly in the grasses glows but never produces fire. Dew forms in pellets on the lotus, but are they real pearls? The proverb…
  • Colors
    青出于蓝而胜于蓝 Blue comes from the indigo plant but is bluer than the plant itself. The proverb indicates that younger generations can outdo older ones. 青…
  • Harbor, seas
    每一艘船都有个港湾 Every boat belongs to a harbor The proverb emphasizes the significance of belonging to a person. 船多不碍港,车多不碍路 The sea is not wo…
  • Flavor, taste
    Salt is salt, and vinegar is vinegar all the world over.
  • Ingenuity, needlework
    聪者听于无声,明者见于未形 A person with good hearing can hear what others do not; a person with good sight can see what others do not. The proverb means that a s…
  • Culture, nature
    Shadows of curving things cannot become straight, and echoes of cacophony cannot become euphonious.