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Animal Proverbs: The weasel wishes the chicken a good year

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ID: 4232 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 chickens. They can be directly translated to "The weasel wishes the chicken a good year", "Fail to steal the chicken and lose a handful of rice", and "When one person achieves the ascension, his chickens and dogs fly up to heaven together". Do you know what they actually mean? Check out these proverbs and learn how to apply them to daily life!
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黄鼠狼给鸡拜年。 huángshǔlánggěijībàinián When the fox preaches, take care of your geese.
偷鸡不着蚀把米。 tōujībùzháoshíbǎmǐ Go for wool and come back shorn.
一人得道,鸡犬升天。 yīréndédàojīquǎnshēngtiān Everybody can gain from one person's success.
黄鼠狼 huángshǔláng weasel
黄鼠狼给鸡拜年。
huángshǔláng gěi jī bàinián 。
When the fox preaches, take care of your geese.
黄鼠狼想吃鸡,却要跟它拜年。
huángshǔláng xiǎng chī jī ,què yào gēn tā bàinián 。
Weasels want to eat chicken, but they wish them a good year.
这是黄鼠狼给鸡拜年,你真的要小心啊!
zhè shì huángshǔlánggěijībàinián ,nǐ zhēnde yào xiǎoxīn a !
When the fox preaches, take care of your geese. You really should be careful.
在职场上面,对手的公司想跟我们合作。他们可能是黄鼠狼给鸡拜年,要小心。
zài zhíchǎng shàngmiàn ,duìshǒu de gōngsī xiǎng gēn wǒmen hézuò 。tāmen kěnéng shì huángshǔlánggěijībàinián ,yào xiǎoxīn 。
In the work field, the competitive company wants to collaborate with us. When the fox preaches, take care of your geese.
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