I've never been the awesomest student when it comes to Mandarin. And somehow I suck in Chinese if it were to be compared with my English and Bahasa Malaysia. But there is something that attracts me about Chinese. It is the idioms and proverbs. Unlike many English idioms and Peribahasa (Malay proverbs), many of the Chinese proverbs are accounted for, in terms of who uttered it and the source of document it came from.
And Chinese proverbs can be so artfully describe, as ancient China emphasizes a lot in the beauty of their language. Whether if it is about love, scenery, words of advice, or even artful swipes, there IS always a suitable idiom to be used.
But sad to say that Chinese language itself is under threat. The only majority speaking Mandarin countries are just China, Taiwan and Malaysia (if I'm not mistaken, and judging by the articulate Chinese they use).
I know there are quite a number of Chinese who had never received proper education in Mandarin. So since I'm quite free, I basically translated the idioms that are introduced in the secondary syllables.
As to help those with an insight to Chinese proverbs, and also for myself to refresh the idioms I've learned, and also to be taught again on the values it has.
Here we go~! (THIS IS JUST PRE-FORM ONE aka PERALIHAN STANDARD!)
Literal meaning: Even when a gentleman dislikes someone, he doesn’t talk bad about him or her
Literal meaning: The root of all problems is because human’s greed
Literal meaning: If you never experience something, you’ll never learn something
Literal meaning: Even among three people, there is always something an individual have that can be taught to the other two.
Literal meaning: Do not disturb the birds in their nests. They are eagerly waiting for their mum to be back.
Literal meaning: If it is something that you don't want, then don't expect others to want it by giving it to them
Literal meaning: It’s not too late to mend a broken pen keeping goats when one goat is missing from the pen
Literal meaning: Studies are improve because of hard work, neglected because of slacking
Literal meaning: The time of going through a day without you is like spending an unbearable three years.
Literal meaning: For showing gratitude of the peaches, I’ll give you pears
Literal meaning: A kid may be smart, but that doesn’t promise him a bright future.
Literal meaning: A word or a promise, is heavier or more precious than a hundred gold bars
Literal meaning: You’ll turn red when you touch red dye; you’ll turn black when you touch black ink
Literal meaning: Remember the good deeds people have done, forget and forgive the sins that they’ve commit
Literal meaning: If one really does intend to learn, it is no sin for him or her to ask someone who is from the lower status
Literal meaning: The secret of mastering something is to keep on repeating doing it
Literal meaning: We come from the same roots, why must be kill or harm each other?
Literal meaning: If you’re not a good example, don’t expect others to follow or listen
Literal meaning: Promising someone verbally but in the end not doing or achieving it practically
Literal meaning: If you’ve accomplished something big, your happiness is definitely “bigger” than those who accomplished something smaller
Literal meaning: Hot for a day, cold for ten days. Meaning no discipline or determination
Literal meaning: During a joyous occasion, people tend to have happier mood, during moon cake festival, the moon will be rounder than other times
Literal meaning: If you want to see more of the view, then you’ll have to climb a higher level of the tower
Literal meaning: Each strand of thread or yarn that a mother knits is to make a sweater for her outgoing children
Literal meaning: There is no secret ways to be wealthy or accomplished rather than to be hard working
Literal meaning: I’ll attack your shield with your spear. Meaning one’s word are contradicting.
Literal meaning: Who knows the rice taken during meals, each and every grain is the fruit of a farmer’s hard work
Literal meaning: During Chengbeng it drizzles, the people walking all look so sullen and sad. Used to describe Chengbeng occasions
Literal meaning: Only a long journey may we know whether a horse is strong; only going through days and years we know what’s inside a person’s heart
Literal meaning: Keep on delaying tasks for tomorrow, how much tomorrow you have? Every day you keep on delaying for the other tomorrow, you’ll end up with everything undone.
There you go. 30 of'em. =)