speak chinese like a native


Posted by xiaophil August 18, 2009 in the Group General Discussion .

Tags: idioms, 成语

Chinese idioms and sayings often make my head swirl.  There are so many so I almost always forget all of them.  I went online looking for the most common ones and found the following list.  Who knows if they are the most common, but they do seem mostly useful.  Anyway, I thought some of you might find them interesting.

天道酬勤      God helps those who help themselves. 
熟能生巧      Practices make perfect. / Skill comes from practice.
不眠之夜      white night 
爱屋及乌      Love me, love my dog.
不遗余力      spare no effort; go all out; do one's best
笨鸟先飞      A slow sparrow should make an early start.
辞旧迎新      bid farewell to the old and usher in the new; 
                   ring out the old year and ring in the new
大开眼界      open one's eyes; broaden one's horizon; be an eye-opener
国泰民安      The country flourishes and people live in peace
过犹不及      going too far is as bad as not going far enough; 
                   beyond is as wrong as falling short; too much is as bad as too little
和气生财      Harmony brings wealth
既往不咎      let bygones be bygones 
金玉满堂      Treasures fill the home
脚踏实地      be down-to-earth
茅塞顿开      be suddenly enlightened
马到成功      achieve immediate victory; win instant success
名利双收      gain in both fame and wealth
弄巧成拙      be too smart by half; Cunning outwits itself.
拿手好戏      masterpiece
礼尚往来      Courtesy calls for reciprocity.

脚踩两只船            sit on the fence
不打不成交            "No discord, no concord.
百闻不如一见         Seeing is believing.
拆东墙补西墙         rob Peter to pay Paul
活到老,学到老      One is never too old to learn.
有志者,事竟成      Where there is a will, there is a way.
功夫不负有心人      Everything comes to him who waits.
好了伤疤忘了疼      once on shore, one prays no more
赔了夫人又折兵      throw good money after bad
君子之交淡如水      the friendship between gentlemen is as pure as crystal; a hedge between keeps friendship green
每逢佳节倍思亲    On festive occasions more than ever one thinks of one's dear ones far away. It is on the festival occasions when one misses his dear most.

没有规矩不成方圆         Nothing can be accomplished without norms or standards.
不以物喜,不以己悲      not pleased by external gains, not saddened by personnal losses
金无足赤,人无完人      Gold can't be pure and man can't be perfect.
老生常谈,陈词滥调      cut and dried, cliché
比上不足,比下有余      "worse off than some, better off than many; to fall short of the best, but be better than the worst
谋事在人,成事在天      "The planning lies with man, the outcome with Heaven. Man proposes, God disposes. "
大事化小,小事化了      try first to make their mistake sound less serious and then to reduce it to nothing at all
好事不出门,恶事传千里   Good news never goes beyond the gate, while bad news spread far and wide.
留得青山在,不怕没柴烧   "Where there is life, there is hope."

My source is here.

By the way, if anyone has a better list, please share.

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