This is part 1 of a 10 part series in which you'll learn a total of 60 Chinese idioms!
成语 Chéngyǔ are a type of traditional Chinese idioms typically made up of four characters.
There’s over 5000 (!) such idioms in the Chinese language. But most of them aren’t fit for use in everyday speech…
In this video, we take a look at some of the more common ones and see how they can be used in context.
Common Chinese Idioms [1-6]
爱 ài: to love / to be fond of / to like
不 bù: (negative prefix) / not / no
释 shì: to release / to let go
手 shǒu: hand
tā duì zì jǐ de xīn zhào xiàng jī ài bù shì shǒu.
He loves his new camera so much that he can’t bear to part with it.
安 ān: stable / settled / stabilized / calm and orderly
居 jū: to reside / to live in a place
乐 lè: happy / merry
业 yè: occupation / profession / vocation
wǒ men zài xiāng gǎng ān jū lè yè.
We have settled down in Hong Kong and enjoy working and living here.
跋山 bá shān: to climb mountains
涉水 shè shuǐ: to cross a river on foot
wǒ men bá shān shè shuǐ lái dào zhè lǐ.
We have been through a lot to get here.
白手 bái shǒu: empty-handed / with bare hands
起家 qǐ jiā: create a family business / make one's fortune
tā bái shǒu qǐ jiā kāi le zhè jiā fàn diàn.
He built his restaurant (business) from scratch.
平 píng: flat / calm / peaceful
易 yì: easy / likely
近 jìn: to approach / to get close to
人 rén: person / people
zhāng jīng lǐ píng yì jìn rén.
Manager Zhang is amiable and easy to approach.
半途 bàn tú: halfway / midway
而废 ér fèi: to abandon / to stop
bù yào bàn tú ér fèi，jì xù nǐ de jì huà.
Don’t give up. Stick with your plan.
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