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Food-Related Chinese Idioms

Chinese idioms infographics have been the most popular category in VividChinese.com. So here is another one filled with useful Chinese idioms, “Food-Related Chinese Idioms” infographic.

We have included 5 categories, 3 idioms each, for a total of 15 sayings.

It is our first time publishing an infographic with video (from Carol at Growmommy.com) together!

肉类  ròu lèi Meat

  • 挂羊头卖狗肉   guà yáng tóu mài gǒuròu
  • 肉包子打狗  – 有去无回 ròu bāozi dǎ gǒu – yǒu qù wú huí
  • 鸡毛蒜皮   jī máo suàn pí

 

淀粉类  diànfěn lèi Starch

  • 僧多粥少   sēng duō zhōu shǎo
  • 不为五斗米折腰  bú wéi wǔdǒu mǐ zhéyāo
  • 画饼充饥   huà bǐng chōng jī

 

植物类  zhíwù lèi Plants

  • 倒吃甘蔗   dào chī gānzhè
  • 哑巴吃黄连   yǎbā chī huánglián
  • 姜是老的辣   jiāng shì lǎo de là

 

流质类  liúzhì lèi Fluid

  • 分一杯羹   fēn yībēi gēng
  • 饮水思源   yǐn shuǐ sī yuán
  • 望梅止渴   wàng méi zhǐ kě

 

甜食类  tiánshí lèi Sweets

  • 同甘共苦   tóng gān gòng kǔ
  • 甘之如饴   gān zhī rú yí
  • 口蜜腹剑   kǒu mì fù jiàn

 

Simplified Chinese Version

 

Video Credit to Carol from Growmommy.com 

Voice Over: Carol

 

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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多 more and 少 less Related Chinese idioms

In this infographic, we introduce 10 useful Chinese idioms. 5 idioms are related to “多” (more) and 5 idioms are related to “少” (less).

5 idioms are related to “多”:

五花八门   wǔ huā bā mén

千变万化   qiān biàn wàn huà

座无虚席   zuò wú xū xí

滔滔不绝   tāo tāo bù jué

见多识广   jiàn duō shì guǎng

 

5 idioms are related to “少”

宁缺毋滥   nìng quē wú làn

空前绝后   kōng qián jué hòu

微乎其微   wēi hū qí wēi

不可多得   bù kě duō dé

百里挑一   bǎi lǐ tiāo yī

 

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Traditional Chinese Version

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Weather-Related Chinese Idioms

If you are a Chinese AP teacher or student, there are many ways to prepare for the test. Adding Chinese idioms appropriately into the writing section is a good way to show a deeper understanding of Chinese, and boost your test score. That’s why we’ve made a few infographics focused on Chinese idioms.

In this Weather-Related Chinese Idioms infographic, there are five types of weather, with three frequently-used idioms for each type, totalling 15 idioms. For each idiom, there is a Chinese character, pinyin, literally meaning, and actual meaning, along with an image as a memory aid. Teachers can use this infographic to teach and provide more practice for the students.

 

The idioms are listed below.

  • 晴朗 qínglǎng sunny, cloudless
    • 万里无云   wàn lǐ wú yún
    • 阳光普照   yáng guāng pǔ zhào
    • 风和日丽   fēng hé rì lì
  • 热 rè hot
    • 挥汗如雨   huī hàn rú yǔ
    • 绿树成荫  lǜ shù chéng yīn
    • 烈日当空   liè rì dāng kōng
  • 风 fēng wind
    • 狂风暴雨   kuáng fēng bào yǔ
    • 微风习习   wéi fēng xí xí
    • 寒风刺骨   hán fēng cì gǔ
  • 雨 yǔ rain
    • 阴雨绵绵   yīn yǔ mián mián
    • 淅淅沥沥   xī xī lì lì
    • 倾盆大雨   qīng pén dà yǔ
  • 冷 lěng cold
    • 大雪纷飞   dà xuě fēn fēi
    • 冰天雪地   bīng tiān xuě dì
    • 天寒地冻   tiān hán dì dòng

 

Simplified Chinese Version

Video Credit to Carol from Growmommy.com

Voice over: Carol

 

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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Emotion-Related Chinese Idioms

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If you are a Chinese AP teacher or student, there are many ways to prepare for the test. Adding Chinese idioms appropriately into the writing section is a good way to show a deeper understanding of Chinese. That’s why I made a few “Chinese idioms” infographics.

In this Emotion-Related Chinese Idioms infographic, there are five main emotions that we usually have. I chose three frequently-used idioms for each emotion. And for each idiom, I have included its Chinese character, pinyin, literally meaning, and actual meaning, along with an image as a memory aid. Teachers can use this infographic to teach and provide more practice for the students.

The idioms are listed below.

Joy and happy

满面春风   mǎn miàn chūn fēng

手舞足蹈   shǒu wǔ zú dǎo

眉飞色舞   méi fēi sè wǔ

Smile and laugh

破涕为笑   pò tì wéi xiào

眉开眼笑   méi kāi yǎn xiào

哄堂大笑   hōng táng dàxiào

Fear and dread

大惊失色   dà jīng shī sè

心有余悸   xīn yǒu yú jì

胆颤心惊   dǎn zhàn xīn jīng,

Cry and weep

嚎啕大哭   háo táo dà kū

泪如雨下   lèi rú yǔ xià

抱头痛哭   bào tóu tòng kū

Anger and rage

勃然大怒   bó rán dà nù

怒不可遏   nù bù kě’è

怒气冲天   nù qì chōng tiān

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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