1.寻 成语故事英文翻译







寻 成语故事英文翻译

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

        不眠之夜white night

        不遗余力spare no effort; go all out; do one"s best

        不打不成交"No discord, no concord.

        拆东墙补西墙rob Peter to pay Paul

        大开眼界open one"s eyes; broaden one"s horizon; be an eye-opener

        国泰民安The country flourishes and people live in peace

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

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

        和气生财Harmony brings wealth

        活到老,学到老One is never too old to learn.

        既往不咎let bygones be bygones

        金无足赤,人无完人Gold can"t be pure and man can"t be perfect.

        金玉满堂Treasures fill the home

        脚踏实地be down-to-earth

        脚踩两只船sit on the fence

        老生常谈,陈词滥调cut and dried, cliché

        礼尚往来Courtesy calls for reciprocity.

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

        马到成功achieve immediate victory; win instant success

        名利双收gain in both fame and wealth

        茅塞顿开be suddenly enlightened

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


        赔了夫人又折兵throw good money after bad

        抢得先机take the preemptive opportunities

        强强联手win-win co-operation

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

        人之初,性本善Man"s nature at birth is good.

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

        人海战术huge-crowd strategy

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

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

        死而后已until my heart stops beating

        岁岁平安Peace all year round

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

        升级换代updating and upgrading (of products)

        四十不惑Life begins at forty.

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

        时不我待Time and tide wait for no man.

        杀鸡用牛刀break a butterfly on the wheel

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

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

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

        糖衣炮弹sugar-coated bullets

        天有不测风云Anything unexpected may happen. a bolt from the blue

        团结就是力量Unity is strength.

        歪风邪气unhealthy practices and evil phenomena

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

        望子成龙hold high hopes for one"s child

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

        文韬武略military expertise; military strategy

        唯利是图draw water to one"s mill

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

        无中生有make/create something out of nothing

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

        新官上任三把火a new broom sweeps clean

        蓄势而发accumulate strength for a take-off

        心想事成May all your wish come true

        先入为主First impressions are firmly entrenched.

        先下手为强catch the ball before the bound

        像热锅上的蚂蚁like an ant on a hot pan

        现身说法warn people by taking oneself as an example

        息事宁人pour oil on troubled waters

        喜忧参半mingled hope and fear

        循序渐进step by step

        鱼米之乡a land of milk and honey

        有情人终成眷属"Jack shall have Jill, all shall be well."

        有钱能使鬼推磨Money makes the mare go. Money talks.

        有识之士people of vision

        有勇无谋use brawn rather than brain

        与时俱进advance with times

        以人为本people oriented; people foremost

        因材施教teach students according to their aptitude

        欲速则不达Haste does not bring success.

        优胜劣汰survival of the fittest

        英雄所见略同Great minds think alike.

        冤家宜解不宜结Better make friends than make enemies.

        一言既出,驷马难追A real man never goes back on his words.

        招财进宝Money and treasures will be plentiful

        债台高筑become debt-ridden

        致命要害Achilles" heel

        众矢之的target of public criticism

        纸上谈兵be an armchair strategist

        纸包不住火Truth will come to light sooner or later.


       According to legend is in the warring states period (475-221 B.C., a farmer, with the lamb, and the lark. Meet a good year, also just eat satisfied wear warm; In a famine, or will be starved. He wants to improve life, but he is too lazy, the courage and especially small, do are lazy and afraid, total want to encounter send the door to windfall. Miracle is finally happening. Autumn day, he was in the field in hunting someone nearby farmland,. The sound of Shouting around the small beast rise and fall, frightened 11-minute run. Suddenly, there was a rabbit, unbiased, a bump dead in his tanabe of roots. That day, he enjoyed a big feast. From then on, he ceases to sow the land. Day and night, observing the miraculous stump, waiting for the miracle. Idiom "waiting", the analogy, paranoia no pain or narrow experience, but not adaptations.



       So Angry That One' s Hair Lifts Up One' s Hat


       In the Warring States Period, Lin Xiangru, chief min-ister of the State of Zhao, was sent as an envoy to the State of Qin to ask the ruler of Qin to return a fine piece of jade to Zhao. But the ruler of Qin was rude and unreasonable. Lin was angry, and his hair stood up



        Southern Dynasties of Jiang Yan, word Wen-tung, when he was young, became a Dingdingyouming writer, his poems and articles at the time received high acclaims. However, when he is getting older, he has not previously written an article good, but a lot of setbacks. His poems written in prosaic; and pick up a pen-yin grip for a long time, still can not write a word, the occasional inspiration came; poem written, but the textual Kuse, content, plain were completely useless. So some people to legend, once a boat parked in Chan Jiang Yan-Ling Monastery river and dream of a self-named Zhang Jingyang person; to his followers repay a silk, he would arrest a few feet from her, he is also silk. Thus, his article there will be no wonderful. It was also legend; once the rule of Jiang Yan in the booth sleeping too; dreamed that a person claiming to Guo Pu, walked over to his side, his claim to the pen, said to him: "Man Michie, I have a pen in your place has been a long time, and now should be able to give it to me the bar! "Jiang Yan heard, they dig out from his arms, he is also a five-color pen. Reportedly Since then, Jiang Yan on Evans exhausted and could not write the article in any good.

       Jiang Yan's talent has not really run out, but he was an officer after the one hand, as the Chief busy, on the other hand also because of career proud of, without their own write, to sweat, they did not write the. Over time, the article will bring out less, lacking in talent. (Excerpt from "Practical Writing" 1995 No. 8 "I hope," Jiang "was not exactly")

        南朝的江淹,字文通,他年轻的时候,就成为一个鼎鼎有名的文学家,他的诗和文章在当时获得极高的评价。 可是,当他年纪渐渐大了以后,他的文章不但没有以前写得好了,而且退步不少。他的诗写出来平淡无奇;而且提笔吟握好久,依旧写不出一个字来,偶尔灵感来了;诗写出来了,但文句枯涩,内容 平淡得一无可取。于是就有人传说,有一次江淹乘船停在禅灵寺的河边,梦见一 个自称叫张景阳的人;向他讨还一匹绸缎,他就从怀中拘出几尺绸缎还他。因此,他的文章以后便不精彩了。又有人传说;有一次江淹在冶亭中睡午觉;梦见一个自称郭璞 的人,走到他的身边,向他索笔,对他说:“文通兄,我有一支笔在你那儿已经很久了,现在应该可以还给我了吧!” 江淹听了,就顺手从怀里取出一支五色笔来还他。据说从此以后,江淹就文思枯竭,再也写不出什么好的文章了。



       刻舟求剑 Making His Mark (Ke Zhou Qiu Jian)

        A man from the state of Chu was crossing a river. In the boat, his sword fell into the water. Immediately he made a mark on the boat."This is where my sword fell off," he said.When the boat stopped moving, he went into the water to look for his sword at the place where he had marked the boat.The boat had moved but the sword had not. Is this not a very foolish way to look for a sword?

       井底之蛙 The Frog in the Shallow Well (Jing Di Zhi Wa)

        Have you not heard of the frog that lived in a shallow well? It said to a turtle that lived in the East Sea, "I am so happy! When I go out, I jump about on the railing beside the mouth of the well. When I come home, I rest in the holes on the broken wall of the well. If I jump into the water, it comes up to my armpits and holds up my cheeks. If I walk in the mud, it covers up my feet. I look around at the wriggly worms, crabs and tadpoles, and none of them can compare with me. Moreover, I am lord of this trough of water and I stand up tall in this shallow well. My happiness is full. My dear sir, why don't you come often and look around my place?"Before the turtle from the East Sea could get its left foot in the well, its right knee got stuck. It hesitated and retreated. The turtle told the frog about the East Sea."Even a distance of a thousand li cannot give you an idea of the sea's width; even a height of a thousand ren cannot give you an idea of its depth. In the time of King Yu of the Xia dynasty, there were floods nine years out of ten, but the waters in the sea did not increase. ln the time of King Tang of the Shang dynasty there were droughts seven years out of eight, but the waters in the sea did not decrease. The sea does not change along with the passage of time and its level does not rise or fall according to the amount of rain that falls. The greatest happiness is to live in the East Sea."After listening to these words, the frog of the shallow well was shocked into realization of his own insignificance and became very ill at ease.


       During the Spring and Autumn period (770-476BC), the State of Wu launched an attack against the State of Yue. The King of Wu was seriously wounded and soon died. His son Fu Chai became the new King. Fu was determined to get revenge. He drilled his army rigidly until it was a perfect fighting force. Three years later, he led his army against the State of Yue and caught its king Gou Jian. Fu took him to the State of Wu.


        In order to avenge his father's death, Fu let him live in a shabby stone house by his father's tomb and ordered him to raise horses for him. Gou pretended to be loyal to Fu but he never forgot his humiliation. Many years later, he was set free. Gou secretly accumulated a military force after he went back to his own state. In order to make himself tougher he slept on firewood and ate a gall-bladder before having dinner and going to bed every night. At the same time he administered his state carefully, developing agriculture and educating the people. After a few years, his country became strong. Then Gou seized a favorable opportunity to wipe out the State of Wu.


        Later, people use it to describe one who endures self-imposed hardships to strengthen one's resolve to realize one's ambition.


       Adding Feet to a Snake 故事 画蛇添足

        One day, Mr. Lion holds a party. Many animals come and drink a lot of wine. At last there is a pot of wine. Who can drink it? They drink out an idea and decide to have a match-Draw a snake. If you finish first, you can get it.

        Soon Mr.Wolf finishes drawing. “Yeah, I’ve finished. I’m No.1,” he says. But he draws again and says, “Oh, let me add feet and my snake.” At the time, Mr. Gorilla also finishes. He takes away the pot of wine and drinks, then he says, “That isn’t a snake. Snakes have no feet. I get the wine.”

       Covering One’s Ears While Stealing a Bell 故事 掩耳盗铃

        Mr. Wang thinks he is clever, but he always does foolish things.

        One day he sees a beautiful bell at the top of a door. “Oh! How nice! I will take it home.” He thinks, “What can I do?” After a while he has a “good” idea. “Aha! I have an idea now. I can plug my ears. Then I will not hear the ring when I take off the bell.”

        Then he does so. But as soon as he takes off the bell, the owner opens the door. “What ate you doing?” the owner says angrily.