Tom's TEFL - Idioms

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Designed for Hong Kong primary children. Subject: Cross-cultural Idioms

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Idioms in Chinese and English

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An idiom is a funny expression or phrase. Sometimes, an idiom has the same message in different languages. What is an idiom?

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Idioms in Chinese & English 天下無不散之筵席 There is no never ending banquet under the sun. All good things must come to an end! In Chinese we say… In English we say…

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Idioms in Chinese & English 好事多磨 Good must go through many trials and tribulations The course of true love never runs smooth. In Chinese we say… In English we say…

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Idioms in Chinese & English 大丈夫能屈能伸 A great (or successful) man can bend and stretch. A man must learn to sail in all winds. In Chinese we say… In English we say…

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Idioms in Chinese & English 不入虎穴,焉得虎子 If you don't go into the cave of the tiger, how are you going to get its cub? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. In Chinese we say… In English we say…

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Idioms in Chinese & English 牛不飲水,不能按牛頭低 You cannot push a cow's head down unless it is drinking water by it's own will. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. In Chinese we say… In English we say…

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Idioms in Chinese & English 一箭雙雕 Shoot two birds with one single arrow. Kill two birds with one stone. In Chinese we say… In English we say…

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Idioms in Chinese & English 虎父虎子 Tiger father begets tiger son. A chip off the old block. In Chinese we say… In English we say…

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Idioms in Chinese & English 講就天下無敵, 做就無能為力 You say you can do it with no problem, but when it comes to actually doing it you're useless! All talk no action. In Chinese we say… In English we say…

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Idioms in Chinese & English 百密一疏 100 tight, 1 lose. Even the most careful can make mistakes. In Chinese we say… In English we say…

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Idioms in Chinese & English 打鐵趁熱 Strike while the iron is hot. Strike while the iron is hot. In Chinese we say… In English we say…

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