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英语写作中常用的100个中国成语翻译

2010/8/19 2294 ibs
英语写作中常用的100个中国成语翻译

英语写作中常用的100个中国成语翻译

  1.爱屋及乌 Love me, love my dog.

  2.百闻不如一见 Seeing is believing.

  3.比上不足比下有余 worse off than some, better off than many; to fall short of the best, but be better than the worst.

  4.笨鸟先飞 A slow sparrow should make an early start.

  5.不眠之夜 white night

  6.不以物喜不以己悲 not pleased by external gains, not saddened by personnal losses

  7.不遗余力 spare no effort; go all out; do one's best

  8.不打不成交 No discord, no concord.

  9.拆东墙补西墙 rob Peter to pay Paul

  10.辞旧迎新 bid farewell to the old and usher in the new; ring out the old year and ring in the new

  11.大事化小小事化了 try first to make their mistake sound less serious and then to reduce it to nothing at all

  12.大开眼界 open one's eyes; broaden one's horizon; be an eye-opener

  13.国泰民安 The country flourishes and people live in peace

  14.过犹不及 going too far is as bad as not going far enough; beyond is as wrong as falling short; too much is as bad as too little

  15.功夫不负有心人 Everything comes to him who waits.

  16.好了伤疤忘了疼 once on shore, one prays no more

  17.好事不出门恶事传千里 Good news never goes beyond the gate, while bad news spread far and wide.

  18.和气生财 Harmony brings wealth.

  19.活到老学到老 One is never too old to learn.

  20.既往不咎 let bygones be bygones

  21.金无足赤人无完人 Gold can't be pure and man can't be perfect.

  22.金玉满堂 Treasures fill the home.

  23.脚踏实地 be down-to-earth

  24.脚踩两只船 sit on the fence

  25.君子之交淡如水 the friendship between gentlemen is as pure as crystal; a hedge between keeps friendship green

  26.老生常谈,陈词滥调 cut and dried, cliché

  27.礼尚往来 Courtesy calls for reciprocity.

  28.留得青山在不怕没柴烧 Where there is life, there is hope.

  29.马到成功 achieve immediate victory; win instant success

  30.名利双收 gain in both fame and wealth

  31.茅塞顿开 be suddenly enlightened

  32.没有规矩不成方圆 Nothing can be accomplished without norms or standards.

  33.每逢佳节倍思亲 On festive occasions more than ever one thinks of one's dear ones far away. It is on the festival occasions when one misses his dear most.

  34.谋事在人成事在天 The planning lies with man, the outcome with Heaven. Man proposes, God disposes.

  35.弄巧成拙 be too smart by half; Cunning outwits itself

  36.拿手好戏 masterpiece

  37.赔了夫人又折兵 throw good money after bad

  38.抛砖引玉 a modest spur to induce others to come forward with valuable contributions; throw a sprat to catch a whale

  39.破釜沉舟 cut off all means of retreat;burn one's own way of retreat and be determined to fight to the end

  40.抢得先机 take the preemptive opportunities

  41.巧妇难为无米之炊 If you have no hand you can't make a fist. One can't make bricks without straw.

  42.千里之行始于足下 a thousand-li journey begins with the first step--the highest eminence is to be gained step by step

  43.前事不忘后事之师 Past experience, if not forgotten, is a guide for the future.

  44.前人栽树后人乘凉 One generation plants the trees in whose shade another generation rests. One sows and another reaps.

  45.前怕狼后怕虎 fear the wolf in front and the tiger behind hesitate in doing something

  46.强龙难压地头蛇 Even a dragon (from the outside) finds it hard to control a snake in its old haunt - Powerful outsiders can hardly afford to neglect local bullies.

  47.强强联手 win-win co-operation

  48.瑞雪兆丰年 A timely snow promises a good harvest.

  49.人之初性本善 Man's nature at birth is good.

  50.人逢喜事精神爽 Joy puts heart into a man.

  51.人海战术 huge-crowd strategy

  52.世上无难事只要肯攀登 Where there is a will, there is a way.

  53.世外桃源 a fictitious land of peace away from the turmoil of the world;

  54.死而后已 until my heart stops beating

  55.岁岁平安 Peace all year round.

  56.上有天堂下有苏杭 Just as there is paradise in heaven, ther are Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth.

  57.塞翁失马焉知非福 Misfortune may be an actual blessing.

  58.三十而立 A man should be independent at the age of thirty; At thirty, a man should be able to think for himself.

  59.升级换代 updating and upgrading (of products)

  60.四十不惑 Life begins at forty.

  61.谁言寸草心报得三春晖 Such kindness of warm sun, can't be repaid by grass.

  62.水涨船高 When the river rises, the boat floats high.

  63.时不我待 Time and tide wait for no man.

  64.杀鸡用牛刀 break a butterfly on the wheel

  65.实事求是 seek truth from facts; be practical and realistic; be true to facts

  66.说曹操,曹操到 Talk of the devil and he comes.

  67.实话实说 speak the plain truth; call a spade a spade; tell it as it is

  68.实践是检验真理的唯一标准 Practice is the sole criterion for testing truth.

  69.山不在高,有仙则名 No matter how high the mountain is, its name will spread far and wide if there is a fairy.

  70.韬光养晦 hide one's capacities and bide one's time

  71.糖衣炮弹 sugar-coated bullets

  72.天有不测风云 Anything unexpected may happen.

  73.团结就是力量 Unity is strength.

  74.跳进黄河洗不清 even if one jumped into the Yellow River, one can not wash oneself clean; there's nothing one can do to clear one's name

  75.歪风邪气 unhealthy practices and evil phenomena

  76.物以类聚,人以群分 Birds of a feather flock together.

  77.往事如风 The past has vanished (from memory) like wind; What in past, is past.

  78.望子成龙 hold high hopes for one's child

  79.屋漏又逢连阴雨 Misfortunes never come singly. When it rains it pours.

  80.文韬武略 military expertise; military strategy

  81.唯利是图 draw water to one's mill

  82.无源之水,无本之木 water without a source, and a tree wiithout roots

  83.无中生有 make create something out of nothing

  84.无风不起浪 There are no waves without wind. There's no smoke without fire.

  85.徇私枉法 bend the law for the benefit of relatives or friends

  86.新官上任三把火 a new broom sweeps clean

  87.虚心使人进步,骄傲使人落后 Modesty helps one go forward, whereas conceit makes one lag behind.

  88.蓄势而发 accumulate strength for a take-off

  89.心想事成 May all your wish come true.

  90.心照不宣 have a tacit understanding; give tacit consent; tacit understanding

  91.先入为主 First impressions are firmly entrenched.

  92.先下手为强 catch the ball before the bound

  93.像热锅上的蚂蚁 like an ant on a hot pan

  94.现身说法 warn people by taking oneself as an example

  95.息事宁人 pour oil on troubled waters

  96.喜忧参半 mingled hope and fear

  97.循序渐进 step by step

  98.一路平安,一路顺风 speed somebody on their way; speed the parting guest

  99.严以律己,宽以待人 be strict with oneself and lenient towards others

  100.鱼米之乡 a land of milk and honey; a land flowing with milk and honey
 

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