You’d be hard pressed to find two languages that are more different than English and Chinese, right? Many people hold a similar opinion, and in some aspects, they’d be right–  there are quite a few differences.

Even so, no matter what language you speak, there are some parts of being human that are universal.

For example, most everyone is familiar with the way it feels to sit down to a home cooked meal. Most people also know the way it feels to realize you've forgotten to do your homework. Some experiences are natural to being human. Many languages reflect these experiences in short, easy-to-remember phrases known as idioms.

If you’re a frequent English-speaker you’ve definitely heard some before.  

What you might not know is that Chinese itself has plenty of idioms, known as chengyu. These chengyu have a big place in everyday Chinese. There are many of them that have the same meaning as idioms we use in English every day. 

Without further ado, here are six Chinese idioms with a common English equal!



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