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Energy Saving Mode: ON

I saw this on a person’s shirt:

I’m not lazy, I’m just on energy saving mode.

For the last few days, I have been on energy saving mode. Other than not writing any posts, my life continues. I actually have done more reading and resting for the past week. 

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There is a Chinese idiom that can be used for this situation: 休息是为了走更长的路。

休息 = rest

是 = is (verb-to-be)

为了 = in order to

走 = walk / travel

更长的路 = a longer way

人总是要休息的。一天里,我们在晚上休息。一年里,我们在冬天休息。如果一个人只顾着向前冲,总有一天,他会累垮的。

休息是为了走更长的路 means people should take a break to travel a longer journey. If you keep walking or travelling without a break, you may get exhausted. In learning or working, we need to take a break once in a while, so that we can make a review of what we have achieved, what we could have done better and what is our next course of action. Even Sleeping Beauty sleeps to wait for the love of her life. 

The equivalent English idiom is “After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile.” There are also other equivalent Chinese idioms, for example: 休息是为了走更远的路 (to travel further) and 休息是为了走更长远的路 (to travel longer and further).

造句:

1。俗话说,休息是为了走更长的路。你不要一天从早工作到晚,要有适当的休息。

2。休息是为了走更长的路,我不是机器人,我也需要偶尔去度假,放松心情。

Have you had enough rest? Yes, rest does not mean you are lazy, it just means you are on energy saving mode. The energy saved will be used for more productive applications.

早起的鸟儿有虫吃

早起的鸟儿 = A bird which wakes up early

有虫吃 = has worm to eat

鸟儿的食物是虫儿。早起的鸟儿比迟起的鸟儿更容易找到虫儿吃。这句谚语鼓励大家要早早起床,就可以比别人快一步完成一天内要完成的事情。

早起的鸟儿有虫吃 literally means the early bird gets to eat the worm. It means we must rise early to have a better chance of success. In other words, if you wake up late, the worms (the food) will have been eaten by the early birds, you will have little or no food to eat.

造句:

1。虽然现在是学校假期,但是我们还是应该早起,开始新的一天,因为早起的鸟儿有虫吃

2。古人常说,早起的鸟儿有虫吃,无论做什么事情,我们都应该比别人快一步,这样才更有成功的机会。

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Today (17 March 2014) is National Breakfast Day. 早起的鸟儿有虫吃, I woke up early to queue for a free Egg McMuffin.

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早起的人儿有早餐吃

动物成语 Animal Idioms

今年是马年,你会听到马到功成、龙马精神等等的成语。除此之外,还有很多和动物有关的成语。

  1. 鼠 — 蛇鼠一窝
  2. 牛 — 对牛弹琴
  3. 虎 — 如虎添翼、虎头蛇尾
  4. 兔 — 守株待兔
  5. 龙 — 生龙活虎
  6. 蛇 — 画蛇添足、杯弓蛇影、打草惊蛇
  7. 马 — 一马当先
  8. 羊 — 顺手牵羊
  9. 猴 — 杀鸡儆猴
  10. 鸡 — 鹤立鸡群
  11. 狗 — 狼心狗肺
  12. 猪 — 猪朋狗友

你还知道哪些和动物有关的成语呢?

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马到功成

Note: You hear both 马到功成 and 马到成功, both are correct. Both have been used by many people.

 

马到 =  the horse arrives,

功成 = the work is accomplished,

成功 = success

Both are used to wish people to accomplish their tasks successfully. Personally, I like 马到功成 better because it is written in a consistent way: 马到功成 (noun-verb-noun-verb).

花开富贵

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花开富贵

花开 = the flower blooms

富贵 = wealth, prosperity, fortune

It is Chinese New Year and people are wishing each other health and wealth. Yes, who would not like health and wealth? From 花开富贵, we know that when the flower blooms, the wealth comes. Let’s decorate today’s post with beautiful flowers from Gardens by the Bay, wishing you 花开富贵,事事如意。

There are a total of 18 (十八) photos, 八 rhythms with 发 (prosperity) and that’s why Chinese people like the number eight a lot.

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一枝独秀

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事事如意

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花红柳绿

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百花齐放

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春暖花开

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大红花

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大红花

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大红花

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日本花

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开花结果

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如花似锦

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心花朵朵开

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秋月春花

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锦上添花

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花容月貌

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闭月羞花

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花花世界

三人行,必有我师

三人行 = three people walking together

必有我师 = there must be a person who can become my teacher

三个人走在一起,其中一定有一个人可以作为我的老师。这个谚语是指应该不耻下问,虚心向别人学习。无论是谁,他 / 她一定有优点。人本来就不一样,三个人走在一起,你会发现别人的优点,进而向别人学习。这个谚语也教我们,不要看不起别人。

三人行,必有我师 literally means three people walking together, there must be a person who can become my teacher. It also means we must be humble and learn from other people. Everyone is different and has something that we can learn from him / her. This idiom also teaches us not to look down on someone.

In love relationship, a good lover teaches you the sweetness of love while a bad lover teaches you the bitterness of love. We need to learn both aspects. If you only know the good things in life, you may not appreciate what you have. Open your eyes and heart to learn, even though the relationship does not end happily.

In in-laws relationship, instead of disliking your in-laws, find the virtue in them. One day, you may find out that they are actually better people than what you thought they were.

造句:

1。三人行,必有我师,在学习的道路上,我们应该虚心向别人学习。

2。古人常说,三人行,必有我师,虽然他的成绩不好,但是他又勤劳又有艺术细胞,我们应该多多向他学习。

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三人行,必有我师

三长两短

三长 = three long

两短 = two short

If you have just learnt Chinese language, you may be wondering, is 三长两短 an idiom? Three long and two short do not make any sense.

Furthermore, 三长两短 means death in Chinese language. What?! Why does 三长两短 mean death?

This has to go back to China history; Chinese people think that a dead person is to be put into the coffin. The components of the coffin are made of two short planks at the front and back, and three long planks at the two sides and the bottom before the coffin is covered up. Thus, the five planks make 三长两短 and are logically linked to death.

In addition, 三长两短 also means an unexpected misfortune, accident or disaster that causes death.

Now that you know the meaning of 三长两短, please do not simply use it to make fun of people. On the other hand, Chinese people use 三长两短 as a subtle alternative to 死亡 (death). By the way, as a Chinese who has grown up in a traditional Chinese family, I do not celebrate my 32nd birthday. Do you know why?

这个成语是指意外的灾祸,通常导致死亡。

 

造句:

1。如果我有什么三长两短,请把我的财产都捐给孤儿院。

2。万一陈妈妈有什么三长两短,小明应该怎么办?

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三长两短

礼尚往来

礼 = 礼物,礼数,礼貌,courtesy, etiquette

尚 = 注重,demand, require

往来 = 来来往往,to and fro

这个成语是指在礼节上要注重有来有往。现在也指你对我怎么样;我就对你怎么样。礼尚往来是华人不成文的传统。从小,父母亲就教我们,别人对我们好,我们也要对别人好。

礼尚往来 literally means courtesy or etiquette demands reciprocity. If you are polite to me, I will be polite to you too. Nowadays, 礼尚往来 also means deal with someone as he deals with you. If someone treats you bad, you can use 礼尚往来 to treat him bad too. From the point of view of 礼尚往来, it is okay to “revenge”.

造句:

1。从礼尚往来的角度来说,他对你好,你却处处刁难他,真是不应该。

2。我过生日时,小明唱了一首生日歌;礼尚往来,他过生日时,我也唱了一首生日歌!

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小朋友在教师节送老师礼物,老师也会礼尚往来,在儿童节回送小朋友礼物。