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Questions tagged [idioms]
Questions related to idioms, maxims, sayings, and other expressions consisting of a combination of words that has an indirect, figurative meaning. Use also the tag [chengyu] for questions about chengyu's.
For today, I will listen(obey) to your arrangement(s). I'll do whatever what you let me do.
The above English translation was made by me.
I've been stuggling to understand the ...
What is the best Chinese proverb or translation that would best capture the meaning of the English idiom "Keeping up with the Joneses"?
I was discussing a linguistics paper about chengyu in one of my YouTube videos and wondered what is the most common chengyu. It's the kind of question someone like me would like to know off the top ...
I think it is a misspelling, which should have been 风光不在.
不再 is no more, or not any more
不在 is absent, unavailable
Comparing the two, I think only the latter makes sense, for the former there has to ...
Is there an equivalent to something being called a "hidden gem" in Mandarin, particularly referring to a travel destination, restaurant or an experience?
For example: "This trail is a ...
I recently learned of the idiom "天生我才必有用," which if you translate it directly in google translate, is "everybody is good for something." However, I am curious about the origin of ...
Nov 4, 2022 at 1:09
What is Chinese for "Set the priority straight" ?
Or is there any Chinese fable or ancient story that relates to the idea of setting the priority straight?
Sep 14, 2022 at 15:20
I've often read about 给 XXX 落实政策。This thing seems to be very flexible.
For example, 落实疫情防控政策 and 给烈士子女落实政策。
How to contextually translate this phrase into English?
Sep 14, 2022 at 13:29
There is a chinese idiom called 想入非非:
to indulge in fantasy
Is there is an english idiom that is similar to this?
Searching gave me this strange "idiom":
allow one's fancy to run wild
Jul 3, 2022 at 23:33
Most people know the famous english idiom:
beat around the bush
How should I write this in Chinese?
Cambridge dictionary gives:
Don't beat around the bush - get to the point! 别兜圈子了——有话直说！
But I ...
Jul 1, 2022 at 1:45
What is the chinese version of the common idiom:
Action speaks louder than words
Google translate gives this:
Is this correct? And what other alternatives are there?
Jun 29, 2022 at 23:28
I've heard someone saying 小祖宗 to a little kid (literally: little ancestor).
I assumed it was some sort of general exclamation or lament, like 我的天呢！as the mood was of slight annoyance. However after ...
Feb 19, 2022 at 15:41
I'm loving learning some of these wise sayings, but I'm having a little trouble getting the deeper meaning.
It seems like it basically is "don't eat the hungry, don't read the stupid".
Feb 19, 2022 at 14:16
Credit Reference: http://blog.tutorming.com/mandarin-chinese-learning-tips/why-do-chinese-people-ask-have-you-eaten
"吃了吗 (Chī le ma)?" (also "吃饭了吗 (chī fàn le ma)"
Dec 20, 2021 at 20:07
I thought the classifier of "心" is always "颗" or "个"?
But why here is more common to use "条"?
Nov 22, 2021 at 12:51
各行各业 was from of Google Translate.
Nov 20, 2021 at 8:47
According to https://www.easyatm.com.tw/wiki/%E4%B8%89%E5%88%86%E9%A1%8F%E8%89%B2%E4%B8%8A%E5%A4%A7%E7%B4%85 it is stated as:
Sep 28, 2021 at 10:19
The best I can think of are the combination of:
讽刺意味 (to have the "smell" of irony on you) and
很偏激 (very extreme or biased)。
Everything you say or do is viewed as ignorant（...
Aug 28, 2021 at 17:39
So I just happened to watch a youtube video that has displayed in the background an artwork with horses and the phrase 马到成功.
Google Translate offered these: It's a success. Gain an immediate victory....
Jul 19, 2021 at 10:27
One of Confucius sayings contains the construction 言不及义. It carries the meaning "unable to talk on serious topics", from what a dictionary gave me. However, I was interested in the per-...
Jul 15, 2021 at 10:33
A new puzzle for July 2021
The hunter doesn't know he is being hunted
If you want to deliberately frame others, you can always find excuses
Jul 1, 2021 at 6:26
Puzzle for June 2021
Lengthy article (or speech)
Asking a tiger for its skin (Make deal with dangerous people)
Busily run around or move around for a certain purpose
Bragging without ...
Jun 1, 2021 at 20:22
The correct meaning of 無奇不有 would be: full of extraordinary/bizarre things. But why don't the individual characters not add up to the intended meaning?
This is not the only idiom that I found ...
May 13, 2021 at 16:29
Another puzzle for May-2021
One of the three dynasties in the Three Kingdoms period ruled by the 曹 family
A poem that was written by Cao Zhi (曹植). Fictionalized the author's encounter with a goddess ...
May 13, 2021 at 12:21
The word 鬻 (yù) appears to originate as a joint pictogram from:
粥 depicting the rice and two whirls of steam on the sides
鬲 (pronounced lì?) a cooking vessel
Later 粥 alone came in use to express the ...
May 8, 2021 at 22:42
A new puzzle for May-2021
All or nothing
A modern metaphor for a person’s life with extreme luxury and indulgence, without restraint (有關紂王的典故)
Everyone wants to get to a higher position
May 2, 2021 at 23:30
The idiom 出人头地 chūréntóudì means “stand out among one’s fellows”. How to mix the above four words and arrive at the above meaning?
Apr 17, 2021 at 7:12
I have checked the dictionary, the following are the meanings for Idiom and its components. could not get how ‘keep conventional ways’ was the meaning derived. can share more light on this? thanks
Apr 10, 2021 at 11:27
Idioms Quiz of 23Q for Idiom lovers
Q4. 这个电视剧向人们提出一个 _____的问题：中学生应该追求什么？
Apr 10, 2021 at 1:02
A New puzzle for April 2021
Launch a direct attack on the enemy’s headquarters
Makes people happy and satisfied (especially when someone gets the deserved punishment)
Mar 31, 2021 at 13:54
I am looking for something similar to the english 'having big balls' as an indication of bravery.
Mar 22, 2021 at 12:43
I would like to know what chinese 成语 or 俗语 can be used to emphasize the need of people or generations to adapt to the given situation or environment.
Mar 19, 2021 at 11:51
"No way" in English has a couple of meanings.
Like, it can be used to express surprise. Does 没有办法 also carry some idiomatic meanings?
Mar 15, 2021 at 0:49
Going through this sentence.
我看得目瞪口呆。I was stunned/dumbfounded.
看 means see, why see in this sentence?
Mar 7, 2021 at 7:07
A new puzzle for March 2021
Steal the bell while covering your ears (deceiving yourself that you are deceiving the others)
Revenge one's personal vengeance in the name of official business
Mar 1, 2021 at 9:24
I am interested in finding some examples of four-character idioms that contain exactly a pair of allusions, different in source but similar in nature, that were often compiled by a specific literary ...
Feb 25, 2021 at 12:44
A new puzzle for Feb 2021
It’s better to see it with your own eyes than hear it hundreds of times.
It often takes many twists and turns to get what you want
Good for others and oneself
Feb 21, 2021 at 19:35
How do you express something similar to “up close and personal”?
Like this sentence: She likes to get up close and personal.
Feb 21, 2021 at 5:07
Could you please let me know which of these sound right and why the other ones sound wrong? I'm not sure about the difference between 不 and 无.
Feb 16, 2021 at 4:53
Please solve the following puzzle
Untidy (of one's appearance)
Too poor that there is no place to insert an awl. Describes as poor as nothing
It is the collective name of the three most prominent ...
Dec 25, 2020 at 23:42
I heard this from native speakers but am confused about its meaning. I understand every word but this phrase itself does not make much sense to me.
Dec 23, 2020 at 3:11
I'm being very nitpicky with a coworker (20s, first language is mandarin) and I'm trying to tease myself playfully by saying something along the lines of "tomato tomahto" in mandarin.
Dec 21, 2020 at 22:07
Please solve the following puzzle
A grain of rice in the sea. A metaphor for something small and insignificant
Disappear without a trace, no news, or nothing to follow
Dec 19, 2020 at 4:41
Please solve the puzzle below
sharp tongue (edit: the first character was replaced by a Homophone)
A match made in heaven
Come back to life by borrowing a corpse (a metaphor for things that have ...
Dec 13, 2020 at 8:57
This chengyu puzzle is on page 66 of a grade-3 语文 textbook (上册).
I'm fairly sure I can get the top-left one, and the middle-right one, but not the others.
I present this as a chengyu puzzle (a ...
Nov 28, 2020 at 1:27
李白名詩: 「舉頭望明月, ?????」
Hate the social status quo and the state of the world
The peach blossom is the same but the missed person is nowhere to be seen
Go between and put things ...
Nov 27, 2020 at 22:40
Please solve the puzzle below
People use their collective wisdom and abilities to work together
(something good) Happens twice
Give no quarter
Miles of waves
Overly militaristic; ...
Nov 20, 2020 at 3:27
With regards to the idiom:
jiě líng hái xū xì líng rén
CC-CEDICT: lit. whoever hung the bell on the tiger's neck must untie it (idiom) / fig. whoever started the trouble should end it
Nov 20, 2020 at 0:26
Please solve the puzzle below
Use the power of others to dominate
Like bathing in the spring breeze
Rock breaking shock the sky
It's like disappearing all at once
A very long distance
Nov 16, 2020 at 4:55
I have this only via oral tradition, but wanted to ask about it here b/c I assume this is where the Chinese scholars are.
Where does this phrase appear in the Chinese literary tradition, what are the ...
Nov 12, 2020 at 0:40
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