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Animal Proverbs: A dead duck’s mouth is hard

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ID: 4300 Intermediate
In this lesson, we're showing you three common proverbs related to ducks. They can be directly translated to "To herd the ducks onto a porch", "A cooked duck flies away", and "A dead duck's month is still hard". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs with Joy and Joshua and learn how to apply them to daily life!
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死鸭子嘴硬 sǐyāzizuǐyìng lit. a dead duck’s mouth is hard (idiom); fig. as stubborn as a mule
浪费 làngfèi to waste
赶鸭子上架 gǎnyāzishàngjià lit. to drive a duck onto a perch (idiom); fig. to force someone to do what’s beyond one’s power
能力 nénglì ability
死鸭子嘴硬
sǐ yāzi zuǐ yìng
As stubborn as a mule.
死鸭子嘴硬”表示一个人很固执。大家都觉得他是错的,他却不承认自己是错的。
sǐyāzizuǐyìng ”biǎoshì yī ge rén hěn gùzhí 。dàjiā dōu juéde tā shì cuò de ,tā què bù chéngrèn zìjǐ shì cuò de 。
“A dead duck’s mouth is hard.” means the person is stubborn to a fault. Everyone thinks he is wrong, but he doesn’t admit it.
他这个人死鸭子嘴硬,你别浪费口水跟他吵了。
tā zhè ge rén sǐyāzizuǐyìng ,nǐ bié làngfèi kǒushuǐ gēn tā chǎo le 。
He is as stubborn as a mule. Stop wasting your breath arguing with him.
你不要死鸭子嘴硬了,说谎了还不承认。
nǐ bùyào sǐyāzizuǐyìng le ,shuōhuǎng le hái bù chéngrèn 。
Stop being as stubborn as a mule. You lied and denied your mistake.
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