经典俗语中英对照

1. 本性难移。 Old habits die hard. / A leopard cannot change its spots.

2. 青出于蓝而胜于蓝。 The master is surpassed by the apprentice.

3. 不入虎穴焉得虎子。 Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

4. 不要逼人太甚。 Don’t chase a dog into a blind ally.

5. 不要强人所难。 You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

6. 不做亏心事,不怕鬼敲门。 A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.

7. 常在河边站,哪有不湿鞋。 The fish which nibbles at every bait will be caught. / When you go up to the mountain too often, you will eventually encounter the tiger.

8. 大丈夫能屈能伸。 A man must learn to sail in all winds.

9. 当局者迷。 You can’t see the forest for the trees, but onlookers see the whole game.

10. 狗嘴吐不出象牙。 Nice things won’t come from a bad source.

11. 好事多磨。 The course of true love never runs smooth.

12. 虎父无犬子。 Tiger father begets tiger son. / A chip off the old block.

13. 虎落平阳被犬欺。 Like a fish out of water.

14. 花开堪折直须折。 Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.

15. 祸不单行。 Misery loves company.

16. 家家有本难念的经。 Each family has its own kind of hell.

17. 骄兵必败。 Pride goes before a fall.

18. 狡兔三窟。 Do not put all your eggs in one basket.

19. 将军难免阵上亡。 A hunting dog will eventually lose its life on the mountain. / Those who lived by the sword died by the sword.

20. 金玉其外,败絮其中。 All that glitters is not gold and beware of the skeleton in the closet.

21. 井蛙之见,不过洞天。 The view of a frog residing at the bottom of a well.

22. 老婆是别人的靓。 The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

23. 龙生九子,子子不同。 Ten fingers are all of different lengths.

24. 龙游浅水遭虾戏。 In shallow waters, shrimps make fool of dragons.

25. 萝卜白菜各有所爱。 Different flowers look good to different people. / Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

26. 猛龙斗不过地头蛇。 The fierce tiger is inferior to the local worm.

27. 女人心海底针。 A woman’s heart is as deep as the ocean.

28. 巧妇难为无米之炊。 Even the most resourceful housewife cannot create miracles from a rice pantry.

29. 人怕出名猪怕壮。 Fat pigs are headed for the dinning table.

30. 入乡随俗。 In Rome do as the Romans do.

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