塞翁失马 – Sai Weng Shi Ma – A Blessing in Disguise

塞翁失马 – Sai Weng Shi Ma – The old man lost his horse. This Chengyu means a blessing in disguise. Read the wise story, watch the video and get example phrases.

危如累卵 – Wei Ru Lei Luan – A Shaky Pile of Eggs

危如累卵 – Wei Ru Lei Luan – Dangerous like piling up eggs. This Chengyu describes an unstable or shaky situation. Get example phrases and read the story.

鹏程万里 – Peng Cheng Wan Li – A Bright Future

鹏程万里 – Peng Cheng Wan Li – A roc’s thousand mile journey. This Chengyu is used to wish others success in their endeavours. Read the Chengyu story and get example phrases.

一毛不拔 – Yi Mao Bu Ba – Stingy Scrooge

一毛不拔 – Yi Mao Bu Ba – Not even pulling one hair out. This Chengyu means being stingy. Read example phraes, see where the story’s from and what an iron rooster has to do with it!

杞人忧天 – Qi Ren You Tian – Don’t worry!

杞人忧天 – Qi Ren You Tian – To worry that the sky falls down. Read the funny story behind this Chengyu and get example phrases.

偷工减料 – Tou Gong Jian Liao – Botch-up

偷工减料 – Tou Gong Jian Liao – Less work, inferior material. This Chengyu means to do a poor job when building or producing something. Get example pharses and find out where it’s from.

比肩继踵 – Bi Jian Ji Zhong – Crowded

比肩继踵 – Bi Jian Ji Zhong – Shoulder by shoulder. This Chengyu means a place is very crowded. Read the great story behind it and get example phrases!

刻舟求剑 – Ke Zhou Qiu Jian – Foolishly Stubborn

刻舟求剑 – Ke Zhou Qiu Jian – Mark the boat to find the sword. This Chengyu symbolizes doing something without considering a change of circumstances. Read the story and get example phrases!

拔苗助长 – Ba Miao Zhu Zhang – Trying Too Hard

拔苗助长 – Ba Miao Zhu Zhang – Helping the shoots grow by pulling them up. Read the story behind this Chengyu, see what it means and how to use it in a phrase.

马到成功 – Ma Dao Cheng Gong – Immediate Success

马到成功 – Ma Dao Cheng Gong. This Chinese Chengyu idiom expresses having immediate success. Read how to use it in spoken Chinese and help solving the mystery of it’s origin.