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One of my favorite things about learning Chinese is encountering colorful 谚语 and 成语. Here is a thread to share amusing proverbs.




to chew when passing the butcher shop; to feed on illusions

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又要当婊子,又想立牌坊 is a long-time favourite for its forthrightness and culturally specific architectural reference; wanting to be a prostitute and have a monumental arch erected to their chastity; expecting to be treated like a good person while doing all the bad things.

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人多嘴雜 / 人多嘴杂

Technically not a 成语, according to the ABC Dictionary.  Also exists in the form with 口 instead of 嘴.

Relatively transparent, and cannon fodder for intercultural studies, I'm sure. 

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like a toad that lusts after swan flesh; trying to punch above one's weight


On 10/17/2020 at 1:22 PM, 大块头 said:



My Chinese friends thought this proverb was amusing, but they had never heard it before...

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