Chinese proverbs about learning and studying
A selection of proverbs about the importance of learning and studying hard to do well in examinations.
step step tall ascend
Step by step promotion
Congratulation on promotion or a new job
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grant child thousand cash not like teach child one skill
Better to teach a child a skill than give money
Gaining a skill has great value for the future
read 10000 roll up book no like walk 10000 mile road
Reading ten thousand books is not the same as walking a thousand miles
Learn from practical experience not from books
abandon sleep forget eat
To forget to sleep and eat
To be absorbed in work and study
whole all swallow date
Swallow a date along with its stone
To read without fully understanding
difficult achieve bewildered
Too hard to understand
Where ignorance is bliss, it is folly to be wise
study study not neglect
Do not neglect your studies. Bear in mind constantly
Study hard. Keep thinking about a problem
Where there's a will there's a way
indigo blue comes out foremost blue but excel foremost blue
Indigo is obtained from the indigo plant, but such color is bluer than the plant itself
Wise schooling has produced excellence beyond the teacher. The follower has surpassed the master.
ten year establish timber, hundred year establish person
It takes ten years for a tree to grow up, but it takes a hundred years for talents to be nurtured
Studying may be slow and arduous but is worth it
award person use fish one explain once quick, award person use fishing standard separate one produce must
Give a fish and be fed for only a day. Teach how to fish and be free from hunger forever
It is important to learn a skill that will last for life
thin die camel compare horse big
The body of a starved camel is bigger than the body of a living horse.
Respect ancient wisdom rather than the new. Size is more important than age
It is somewhat surprising that there are people who have seen so much change in China. Zhou Youguang was born in 1906 - and so lived through the last five years of Imperial China. After spending time in the U.S. he moved back to China when the People's Republic was founded in 1949. He was put in charge of developing the alphabetic phonetic spelling for the Chinese language - pinyin. This helped bring hundreds of millions of people into literacy. At one time pinyin was expected to replace the characters, but this has not happened - technology has knocked down the barriers for typing characters quickly and easily. Zhou went on to become an outspoken critic of the Communist Party particularly over Tiananmen Square and a promoter of people's democracy in China.
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mature can produce skill
Learning a skill from long experience
With practice one can learn the skill
Practice makes perfect
revise ancient but know new
Study the past and yet know the present
Studying the past helps to understand the present
I catch sight of I forget, I hear I remember, I do explained
When I see, I forget; when I hear, I remember but when I do, I understand.
You learn only by trying it, not by just observing or talking about it
study but no think rule deceive, think but no study rule dangerous
Learning without thinking means wasted work; thinking without learning is dangerous
Studying hard is important and gives rewards
study well three year, study bad three days
It takes three years to learn well; it takes only three days to degrade
Falling into bad ways is far easier than keeping to the good
The road to hell is paved with good intentions
learn nothing stop border
There is no limit to learning
Knowledge is infinite
strict teacher produce high student
Strict teachers produce successful students
Strict discipline is needed to teach effectively
Spare the rod and spoil the child
one part cultivation, one part harvest
Half growing the crop; half harvesting it. Can't expect a harvest without cultivating the crop
Hard work is needed to achieve a good result
Hard work never did anyone any harm
jade not polished not accomplish gem
Jade requires fashioning to turn into a gem
Training and discipline are needed to build character
child no teach father's past
A father is responsible for his son's conduct
Parents are responsible for their children's education
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are followed by the proverb in pinyin
. Next, there is a crude character by character transliteration into English, followed by a more accurate English translation. If this is a Chinese proverb alluding to history the meaning may still not be clear in English, so the general meaning follows. Finally some proverbs have fairly direct English equivalents, if so the English proverb is included at the end.
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