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What is the correct meaning of "孩子帶財"?

種瓜得瓜,種豆得豆。 As one sows, so shall one reap. 依據佛法,我們前世都修了一些福,今生才能投胎做人。這些善行的果報會在一生當中不同的時段出現。年輕時期出現的這部分是要用來成長和受教育的。 On the basis of Buddhism, all of us have done some good deeds in our past lives so ...
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容我用《雜寶藏經》中的一個公案來解釋。 Let me explain with an instance in the 《Miscellaneous Treasure Sutra》. 昔,波斯匿王於臥眠中,聞二內官共諍道理; 一作是言:「我依王活。」 一人答言:「我無所依,自業力活。」 When King Pasenadi (6th century B.C.E.) ...
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What are five most useful or common Chengyu phrases in the workplace?

Two seniors 甲經理 老成持重 一絲不苟 實事求是 公正無私 看似 不苟言笑 態度嚴肅 其實 和藹可親 平易近人 對公司 忠心耿耿 鞠躬盡瘁 對部屬 寬大仁厚 一視同仁 做人 推心置腹 以誠相待 心口如一 古道熱腸 做事 一板一眼 有條有理 深思熟慮 以身作則 團隊 心悅誠服 五體投地 一團和氣 事半功倍 乙經理 老氣橫秋 倚老賣老 ...
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What are five most useful or common Chengyu phrases in the workplace?

a newbie 菜鳥應該自認 才疏學淺 孤陋寡聞 有如 井底之蛙 所知有限 對公司的文化習慣更是 一無所知 一竅不通 縱然是 三頭六臂 神通廣大 學富五車 才高八斗 也不可 恃才傲物 妄自尊大 目中無人 不可一世 更不可 自命不凡 自以為是 夜郎自大 剛愎自用 應當 虛懷若谷 謙卑自牧 移樽就教 不恥下問 同事 循循善誘 諄諄教誨 善意提醒 好心指點 自當 ...
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Which proverb / expression is original? -- 爱及屋乌, 爱乌及屋, 爱屋及乌

http://www.zdic.net/c/1/3/5022.htm 愛屋及烏 因愛一個人連帶的也愛護停留在他屋上的烏鴉。語本尚書大傳.卷三.牧誓.大戰篇:「愛人者,兼其屋上之烏。」後比喻愛一個人也連帶的關愛與他有關的人或物。明.許自昌.水滸記.第八齣:「他們都是你舅舅的相識,你何無愛屋及烏情?」隋唐演義.第八十七回:「楊妃平日愛這雪衣女,雖是那鸚鵡可愛可喜,然亦因是安祿山所獻,...
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Specially formatted Xiehouyu: What are they? What others are there?

It's called "缩脚语". There are 2 different definitions of xiehouyu: 《辞海》:歇后语是熟语的一种。多为群众熟识的诙谐而形象的语句,运用时可以隐去后文,以前文示意,如只说“围棋盘里下象棋”,以示不对路子;也可以前后文并列,如“芝麻开花--节节高”。 《中国语言文字大百科全书》 歇后语:...
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Selling it as soon as you've bought it — Chinese expression

The most common way you would say is 现学现卖 or 现炒现卖 However, the actual and original expression is 旋炒旋卖 if you read ancient Chinese novels. The character 旋 means right after. This expression is ...
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What are five most useful or common Chengyu phrases in the workplace?

A work place is also a social environment, almost all idioms can be incorporated into everyday conversations in the workplace. However, some idioms are more applicable in the work place. 公事公辦 - to ...
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人无千日好: Literal Translation Is Completely Different

It's an old Chinese proverb, that's why there are some words missing. In old times, as long as people can understand what you mean, you can omit as many as words you want. The whole sentence is ...
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What are five most useful or common Chengyu phrases in the workplace?

A boss 董事長 大公無私 一言九鼎 樂善好施 德高望重 雖逾 古稀之年 雞皮鶴髮 但仍 老當益壯 生龍活虎 老人家 滿腹經綸 出口成章 常能 開誠布公 高談闊論 滔滔不絕 侃侃而談 因其 言之有物 發人深省 苦口婆心 頭頭是道 時為 春風化雨 時乃 當頭棒喝 令人聽得 津津有味 興致勃勃 豁然貫通 茅塞頓開 對公司業務 來龍去脈 了如指掌 ...
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What is the original Mandarin translation for this proverb: "The wise man and the tortoise travel but never leave their home."

“The wise man and the tortoise travel but never leave their home There's no such proverb in Chinese. The only one remotely similar to this 'proverb' in Chinese is 秀才不出門,能知天下事 (A talented person can ...
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Can anyone tell me what this means please? I think it is a proverb

From Tao Te Ching ("Canon of morality") attributed to Laozi. These words are excerpted from various parts. Various translation exists, and here I am just being literal. 上善若水。水善利萬物而不爭。(part 8) The ...
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Is this [Ivanka Trump] Chinese proverb real? —“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it”

NPR did a pretty good article covering this. After Ivanka Trump Quotes 'Chinese Proverb,' A Hunt For The Proverbial Author : NPR Ivanka Trump's quote of a Chinese proverb — "Those who say ...
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Is this a proverb: "Food comes first for the people"?

Here's the prargraph from the book: “Food comes first for the people,” says an ancient Chinese proverb, and foodie culture has blossomed in China as hedonism has grown less stigmatized. The average ...
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Quenching thirst by thinking about plums

望梅止渴 wàng méi zhǐ kě lit. to quench one"s thirst by thinking of plums (idiom), fig. to console oneself with illusions The expression is a chengyu (成语, cheng2yu3). There's a story behind it: in the ...
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are there any free bilingual sources of chinese proverb?

the internet archive is your friend. unfortunately, it's blocked in "that area" :( the first one: a handbook of the chinese language, by james summers, printed in 1863 in page 95 & page 97, ...
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Is this a real Chinese Proverb? (Pumpkins and Time Management)

It's a real proverb and means what your quote says it means. 按下葫芦浮起瓢 (àn xià hú lú fú qǐ piáo) variant: 按下葫芦又起瓢 (... yòu qǐ piáo) 葫芦 and 瓢 are two different words for gourd, similar to a ...
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Origin of Chinese Parable: Devils and Righteous Man

claiming this parable has chinese origin is doubtful. several themes in the text are very un-chinese, against the customs & culture: 1 "travelling through the country" 2 such travelling with a ...
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成语 versus 俗语 versus 谚语, what is the difference?

成語 and 諺語 are well established common expressions , well known by the whole population. 俗語 is more often, limited to regional use. 成語 mostly refer to Chinese idiom. 諺語 can be from different countries....
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Which proverb / expression is original? -- 爱及屋乌, 爱乌及屋, 爱屋及乌

The provenance of "爱屋及乌" is from Han FuSheng the commentary of the book of documents Wars “爱人者,兼其屋上之乌。” This sentence means love me,love my dog. The completed explain means that: The love for the ...
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How to say 破釜沉舟 in english?

破釜沉舟 describe an action of "destroy one's own mean to retreat/escape" ; the underline reasons are 1. "to show determination" 2. "force oneself to continue" You can ...
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Is there a proverb that means "the squeaky wheel gets the grease"?

ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs 哭夜的孩子多吃奶 Lit Babies [who] cry [at] night get more milk. Fig Those who speak out or complain get more help. "The squeaky wheel gets the oil." The ...
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What is the Chinese original version of the proverb "Craftsman, know your tools"?

I think the original proverb is "工欲善其事 必先利其器" 工 = 工匠 (craftsman) 欲善其事 (want to do his job well) 必先 (must first) 利其器 (make his tools sharp, meaning in good condition) This saying is using &...
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Do it while you can or "Strike while the iron is hot" in Chinese

“Strike while the iron is hot” in Chinese is 打鐵趁熱 鍛造鐵器必須在加熱鎔燒時進行。比喻做事必須把握時機、不要拖延。 Forging ironware must be done while the iron is hot. It is a metaphor that you must seize the opportunity to do ...
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What is the correct meaning of "孩子帶財"?

I have never heard of the phrase 孩子帶財,but judging from the wording, it sounded like a logical fallacy of "correlation imply causation " The fallacy: "Couples who have money tend to have children, ...
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Quenching thirst by thinking about plums

望梅止渴 A Chinese English Dictionary quench one's thirst by thinking of plums-console oneself with false hopes; feed on fancies and some Chinese: 多功能成语词典 解释 口渴时想到吃到梅子,流出口水,就不渴了。比喻用空想或空话来安慰自己或别人。...
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人无千日好: Literal Translation Is Completely Different

According to this: “人无千日好,花无百日红”比喻好景不长或友情难以持久。现指人生不是一帆风顺的,会遭受大大小小的挫折与磨难,英雄自古多磨难。同时会有许多落魄的凤凰不如鸡,更会有虎落平阳被犬欺的人生之路。 It seems that the proverb connotes more meanings: it expresses friendship could ...
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How to say 破釜沉舟 in english?

Crossing the Rubicon: Julius Caesar's crossing the Rubicon river was an event in 49 BC that precipitated the Roman Civil War, which ultimately led to Caesar becoming dictator for life and the rise ...
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Is there a proverb that means "the squeaky wheel gets the grease"?

My understanding of "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" is "If you don't complain, your situation will not change for the better". In this sense, you can say 「不平則鳴」(express your opinion when ...
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What's the meaning of "刀不长眼"? Is it proverb or something like that?

It means the knife doesn't have eyes, it could hurt people easily. In the sentence, it means if things lose control, some people will get hurt, so better it's better to calm down.
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