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I've come across a few, very poor, literal translations for the English, “there's more than one way to skin a cat”:

给猫剥皮不止有一种方法


(谚)达到目的的方法不止一种


到达目标的设施多得很。

  • What colloquial equivalents exist for this phrase? (which basically means: there's more than one way to do something)
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    "All roads lead to Rome", 条条大路通罗马, seems more common. – Stan Apr 16 '15 at 8:14
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    Well, it's not necessarily every way that will get the job done, though. – user3306356 Apr 16 '15 at 8:40
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各施各法

Each person does (it) his own way. It comes from a longer phrase:

八仙過海,各施各法

Which is about eight fairies in Chinese mythology. When they needed to cross the ocean, each did it his/her own way.

  • sounds very Sinatra-esque. – user3306356 Apr 19 '15 at 7:25
  • Actually it was Paul Anka who wrote the lyrics, but sure, since Sinatra popularized it :) – monalisa Apr 19 '15 at 13:42
  • It should be "八仙過海, 各顯神通" – Henry HO Apr 20 '15 at 12:35
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    八仙過海, 各顯神通 is also correct as is 八仙過海,各施各法. What an apt way to illustrate "There is more than one way to skin a cat." – monalisa Apr 20 '15 at 16:32
  • Can it also be 八仙過海,各施其法? That's the version I am familiar with. – Thomas Hsieh Apr 21 '15 at 16:42
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条条大路通罗马

I don't know if there is something as bloody as "skin a cat" in Chinese.

  • To "skin" a cat is to remove its fur. To "skin" a catfish (鯰魚) is to remove its skin as preparation for dish. – Henry HO Apr 20 '15 at 13:09
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别在一颗树上吊死

You do not have to hang on just this one tree.

  • 请比较 iciba: macabre; 可怕的; 以死亡为主题的; 令人毛骨悚然的 He takes a macabre interest in graveyards. 他那么留意墓地,令人毛骨悚然.4. Police have made a macabre discovery. 警方有一个令人毛骨悚然的发现。 – user6065 Apr 17 '15 at 12:39
  • @S.Rhee ????????????? – user3306356 Apr 17 '15 at 15:20
  • some users might view using "hanging oneself from a tree" as a somewhat macabre way of rendering the expression into Chinese,很可能有一些使用者觉得用"在一颗树上吊死"来翻译讨论中的英文说法有点太可怕。Chinese speakers,however may not feel that way,in particular since iciba translates 不要在一棵树上吊死 as "don't put all your eggs in one basket" sample sentence:1.The key word here is diversify; don't put all your eggs in one basket. 这里的关键词是多样性;不要在一棵树上吊死。 另外从新闻报道来看吊死/缢死/自缢/缢颈在中国好像很受欢迎。 – user6065 Apr 17 '15 at 17:46
  • @S.Rhee 另外从新闻报道来看吊死/缢死/自缢/缢颈在中国好像很受欢迎。[来源请求] – Fan Zheng Apr 18 '15 at 1:17
  • 这可能有点夸张,只是看起来而已。不过似乎是自杀最流行的形式。 – user6065 Apr 18 '15 at 3:05
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I believe the simplest way to say it, colloquially and informally, is "辦法多得是" "總有辦法的"

If you are speaking in Cantonese, then these two phrases mean exactly what you intend to say: "實有計既" or "唔止一條路"

A less direct yet more formal translation is: 辦法總比困難多

Or a logical inversion could be: 不可能解決不了

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How about this I found: 不要因为不能马上成为某事物的专家而失望.

Or this: 有多于一种的方式

Or this: 达到目的的办法多得很。

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    Don't be disappointed if you can't immediately be an expert of something..... – user3306356 Apr 16 '15 at 9:39
  • Er, that's what the saying means, if at first you don't succeed ... – Pedroski Apr 16 '15 at 9:56
  • I'm not sure where you learned your English, but it doesn't mean that. idioms.thefreedictionary.com/… "You can always find more than one way to do something." | "something that you say which means that there are several possible ways of achieving something" – user3306356 Apr 16 '15 at 9:58
  • Not sure whether you understand English, this is said when one way of doing something does not come to fruition for whatever reason. "Do not worry, there is .. – Pedroski Apr 16 '15 at 10:03

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