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Animal Proverbs: Newborn calves are not afraid of tigers

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ID: 4218 Intermediate
Animal metaphors are prevalent in almost every language, but people from different cultures may regard the same animal differently. In Chinese proverbs, you will see a lot of animal metaphors to symbolize human actions. In this lesson, we're showing you three common proverbs related to tigers. They can be directly translated to "A tiger father doesn't have a dog son", "Knowing that there are tigers in the mountain, but still insisting going to the mountain", and "Newborn calves are not afraid of tigers". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!
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虎父无犬子 hǔfùwúquǎnzǐ the apple doesn't fall far from the tree; With a distinguished father such as you, the son is sure to do well.; like father, like son
明知山有虎,偏向虎山行 míngzhīshānyǒuhǔ,piānxiànghǔshānxíng lit. take the bull by the horns
初生之犊不畏虎 chūshēngzhīdúbùwèihǔ lit. a new-born calf has no fear of the tiger (idiom)
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虎父无犬子。
hǔ fù wú quǎn zǐ 。
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
在中国文化里,如果爸爸很成功,儿子就有很大的压力,因为他也要很成功,才不会丢全家人的脸。
zài Zhōngguó wénhuà lǐ ,rúguǒ bàba hěn chénggōng ,érzi jiù yǒu hěn dà de yālì ,yīnwèi tā yě yào hěn chénggōng ,cái bùhuì diū quán jiārén de liǎn 。
In Chinese culture, if the father is successful, the son would have a lot of pressure. Because he needs to be very successful as well, or he would lose the face of the whole family.
老布什和小布什都当过总统,果然是虎父无犬子啊。
lǎobùshí hé xiǎobùshí dōu dāng guò zǒngtǒng ,guǒrán shì hǔfùwúquǎnzǐ a 。
Both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have been president. No wonder they say "the apple fall doesn't fall far fro the tree.
明知山有虎,偏向虎山行。
Míng zhī shān yǒu hǔ ,piān xiàng hǔ shān xíng 。
Take the bull by the horns.
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