Chinese Idioms

  • 开天辟地

    开天辟地

    Before the existence of our world, there was nothing but chaos. In this Chinese mythology, we will explore the creation of the world, also known as The Legend of Pangu.

  • 东施效颦

    东施效颦

    If it is not already baffling that the act of frowning is beautiful, it becomes even more so when someone tries to copy the very gesture.

  • 愚公移山

    愚公移山

    At 90 years old, Yugong convinced his family to move the mountain that had made it difficult to reach the city. How did he do it?

  • 门当户对

    门当户对

    What if you could tell a household’s social and economic status based on the decoration placed in front of the house? This “what if” existed in ancient China.

  • 拔苗助长

    拔苗助长

    When you see your seedlings grow so slowly, why not give it a pull? Or should you? Read this Chinese idiom story to see what the farmer did.

  • 世外桃源

    世外桃源

    If there is a paradise on earth, what would it look like to you?

  • 塞翁失马

    塞翁失马

    A series of misfortunes were happening to an old man, how he reacted surprised his neighbors.

  • 天和地

    天和地

    The sky and the earth have always been a fascinating topic, even in language learning. What are some Chinese idioms that you know that involve the sky and the earth?

  • 画蛇添足

    画蛇添足

    Circa 200 B.C., a wealthy family hired helpers to help out with a big ceremony to worship their ancestors, the helpers ran into a problem.