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Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 29

2014-02-26 16:08 ChineseTime

Chinese Two Part Allegorical Sayings 29

chí táng lǐ de fēng bō – dà bù liǎo
池塘里的风波 – 大不了

Waves in a pond are not big. – It's not a big deal.

tán xīn bù diǎn dēng – shuō hēi huà
谈心不点灯 – 说黑话
Have a heart-to-heart talk without turning on a light – speak malicious, obscure words; doubletalk

chàng gē bú kàn qǔ běn  –  lí pǔ
唱歌不看曲本 – 离谱
Don't read the music score when singing a song – go beyond what is proper; be out of place; go too far

tài shān dǐng shang guān rì chū – gāo zhān yuǎn zhǔ
泰山顶上观日出 – 高瞻远瞩
View sunrise on the top of Mount Tai – stand high and see far; take a broad and long-term view; show great foresight; be farsighted

jiè le yī jiǎo huán shí fēn – fēn wén bù chà
借了一角还十分 – 分文不差
Borrow one jiao and pay back ten fen – pay back every cent one owes the other [jiao and fen are units of currency in China. 1 yuan = 10 jiao, 1 jiao = 10 fen.]

èr shí yī tiān bù chū jī – huài dàn
二十一天不出鸡 – 坏蛋
For twenty-one days, no chicks have been hatched. – bad egg; bastard; rascal; scoundrel

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