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33 Proverbs that Translate Well Between English and Mandarin

Following on from 23 Actually Useful Proverbs (谚语), I have come up with a list of proverbs that have some kind of equivalence between Chinese and English. I look forward to reading your comments, additions and criticisms! 1. There’s no use crying over spilt milk. 覆水难收 fù shuǐ nán shōu (“Spilt water is hard to […]

23 Actually Useful Proverbs (谚语)

Here’s a list of proverbs I’ve come across over the years that I think are actually interesting and useful in both conversation and writing. A translation for each is provided, along with an equivalent English expression where possible. 熟能生巧 shúnéngshēngqiǎo – Skill comes from practice; practice makes perfect. 百闻不如一见 bǎiwén bùrú yījiàn – Hearing something […]