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Animal Proverbs: Shoot the Bird That Pokes Its Head Out
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ID: 4323 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 mice. They can be directly translated to "The shot hits the bird that pokes its head out", "Dumb birds can go into the forest earlier if they fly first", and "A bird in hand is worth hundreds in the bush." Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!
Mon May 25 2020 | Joy, Joshua
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|枪打出头鸟||qiāngdǎchūtóuniǎo||lit. The shot hits the bird that pokes its head out (idiom); fig. Ostentatious people tend to become easy targets.|
|出风头||chūfēngtou||to push oneself forward; to seek fame|
|笨鸟先飞早入林||bènniǎoxiānfēizǎorùlín||lit. Dumb birds can go into the forest earlier if they fly first (idiom); fig. Diligence can make up for the deficiency.|
Ostentatious people tend to become easy targets.
zài Zhōngguó wénhuà lǐ qiángdiào de shì “yào hé dàjiā dōu yīyàng ”，bùyào tài tèbié 。
In Chinese culture, we believe everyone should be the same. Do not stand out too much.
qiāngdǎchūtóuniǎo ，nǐ bié tài chūfēngtou ，dīdiào yìdiǎn bǐjiào hǎo 。
Ostentatious people tend to become easy targets. Stay low-key.
yǐqián wǒ dúshū de shíhou ，dàjiā dōu bù xǐhuan jǔshǒu wèn wèntí ，yīnwèi tāmen juéde wèn wèntí de rén shì zài chūfēngtou 。
When I was a student, people didn't like to raise their hands to ask questions during the class because they would think the person asking questions is showing off.
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