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Animal Proverbs: No ivory will come out of a dog's mouth
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ID: 4226 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 dogs. They can be directly translated to "A dog sees people as short as itself", "No ivory will come out of a dog's mouth", and "The gold nest and the silver nest are not better than my dog house". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!
Sun Sep 15 2019 | Joshua, Joy
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|狗眼看人低||gǒuyǎnkànréndī||To behave like a snob.|
|大小声||dàxiǎoshēng||raise one's voice at people|
|高材生||gāocáishēng||student of great ability|
|竟然||jìngrán||to one's surprise|
gǒu yǎn kàn rén dī
To behave like a snob.
gǒu huì bǎ dà de dōngxi kànchéng xiǎo de ，bǎ gāo de dōngxi kànchéng ǎi de 。
Dogs look at big things and think they are small. They look at tall things and consider them short.
zài yǐqián de gōngsī ，yǒu yīgè tóngshì ，tā gāng jìn gōngsī de shíhou ，jiù duì wǒmen dàxiǎoshēng 。
I had a colleague in my previous company. Though he just joined the company, he raised his voice at us.
tā shì gāocáishēng ，yě jiùshì cóng hǎo de xuéxiào bìyè de xuésheng 。
He is a "top student", which means he graduated from a good college.
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