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

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 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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洞燭先機//////未雨綢繆//////防微杜漸//////防患未然
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Does Chinese have a saying about Cantonese people eating almost anything?

The saying I heard was: 「有四隻腳嘅除咗檯,有對翼嘅除咗飛機,廣東人都會食。」 It is quite wordy and very likely a direct translation from English. There's however, an elegant saying about Chinese wide range of food choice. ...
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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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Trouble understanding 天下无难事,只怕有心人

天下无难事 - There's no difficult thing in the world 只怕有心人 - (difficult things) just overcome by determined people When we say A 怕 B, it usually means A is afraid of B. But it can also be interpreted as ...
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Care yields fine products

I believe 慢工出细货 is good enough. Although it doesn't mention about care explicitly, it is strongly implied as much care have to be given to produce a delicate product (as 细 means 细緻 here), and it ...
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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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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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About the origin of the quote 所爱隔山海,山海亦可平

This question has been discussed on Chinese forums: https://www.zhihu.com/question/27487905 It's a modern composition made in 2005, by an Internet user called littlesen. According to the linked page, ...
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关于一句鲁道夫·卡斯纳格言的中文翻译

"伟大的人" can be shortened to "伟人" and this is common usage. Weg can be either 路 or 道. 道 has a more classic feeling as it is used in idioms like 孔孟之道. So what is Innigkeit and Opfer? ...
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Two etymologies of "天上有地下无"?

Actually, "天上有,地下无" can not be called as a Chinese saying because there is no origin. It is just an expression that shares the same meaning with "天上少有,地下无双". "天上少有,地下无双" ...
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Trouble understanding 天下无难事,只怕有心人

天下无"难事", 只怕有心人. Direct translation - In the world, there are no difficult things, only afraid of someone with determination. In the translation above, who or what is afraid of the person ...
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What is the correct meaning of "孩子帶財"?

However, there is a Chinese saying, 兒孫自有兒孫福 (the descendants have their own fortune). It shows not only that children have their own fortune, but also the correctness of 孩子帶財. i would interpret "福" ...
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Where can the phrase 给点面子 be used? I was wondering if it has a cultural element that I’m missing

When can 给点面子 be used? When somebody is arrogant and disrespectful. (I have not grasped the concept of 'face', yet.) Let's face it: 给点面子: show some respect, be deferential baidu 中国人最爱面子, Chinese ...
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Where can the phrase 给点面子 be used? I was wondering if it has a cultural element that I’m missing

给点面子(give me a little respect) literally means 'give me some face' It implies the other is being too harsh to the point of being disrespectful. It can be a plea on emotional and/or transactional ...
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Where can the phrase 给点面子 be used? I was wondering if it has a cultural element that I’m missing

给点面子 and Cut me some slack are very similar. But I think 给点面子 is slightly more harsh, and implies that the person isn't being respectful enough. that vs. cut me some lack, which is a plea for others ...
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the leaf always falls down on its root

"the leaf always falls down on its root" 落(fallen) 葉(leaves) 歸 (go back to) 根 (the root) 落葉歸根 means "fallen leaves always go back to the root" It is a metaphor for "a person come back to his ...
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Does Chinese have a saying about Cantonese people eating almost anything?

There is also the following aphorism: 北京人什么都敢说,广东人什么都敢吃,上海人什么都敢穿。 Běijīng rén shénme dōu gǎn shuō, Guǎngdōng rén shénme dōu gǎn chī, Shànghǎi rén shénme dōu gǎn chuān. Beijing people dare ...
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Does Chinese have a saying about Cantonese people eating almost anything?

Cantonese also eat Fujianese. Although it's a Chinese joke. But any creature should be scare when it's arrive Guangdong. Yes, they eat almost everything.
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Does Chinese have a saying about Cantonese people eating almost anything?

Yes. In China, such joke has many versions, and most young have hear about one or more version of them. "广东人有三不吃:天上飞的不吃飞机;水里游的不吃潜艇;陆上跑的不吃汽车! Cantonese people eat much more kinds of things that ...
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What is the correct meaning of "孩子帶財"?

Not sure where you've got this statement."孩子帶財" can be interpreted as either the child will bring wealth to the family (literally), or the child will bring their own money (that is, the money needed ...
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袖手旁观 generalizations

So I am looking for a saying imploring to think about a possible calamity when everyone else did not think it was obvious or coming. These things have all happened in history, unaccounted for, until ...
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袖手旁观 generalizations

The Chinese meaning of 袖手旁观 is 把手藏在袖子里,站在旁边看;比喻置身事外,不过问或不参与(含贬义)。 The translation is: Put your hands in your sleeves, stood by and watched; metaphor out of it, don't ask or not to participate (...
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精益求精, how to properly interpret this classical Chinese chengyu?

精益求精 Try this link: http://baike.baidu.com/link?url=O3VNmx4OycxEKxV6GQ6uqpaNw8ldIR9W4wmebs46jTG3Q_GrZ-DqJBmEMzX8x_qh1cYEjUFcTbhzyr_esEFtqsmZBCoWSVaiW2Qom_QqRXcvvI4d55sVR8miWs68jcOF 精:完美; jing: ...
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精益求精, how to properly interpret this classical Chinese chengyu?

精 http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/dictionary/characters/565/ [4] [adj] skilled; versed; proficient ~ 益 http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/dictionary/characters/1217/ [1] [v] increase; add to; augment ...
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Meaning of characters in 休戚相关, 患难与共

I get this answer from my Trusty translator. (Had to make her a coffee first!) 休:喜悦,吉利 happiness, luck 戚:忧愁悲哀 worry sadness 相关:related, connected 与共: have in common, we share Edit: Found this ...
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Alternatives to 自圆其说, but for self-justification

My suggestion is: 砌詞狡辯 (use twisted logic or make up stories to defend oneself) I do not recommend 自相矛盾 自相矛盾 (contradict oneself) This idiom came from a story about a weapon merchant claimed ...
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