There are many meaningful idioms and proverbs in Chinese. However, if we want to translate them into English, we cannot do it word by word.

Therefore, we will now study the English version of the following 8 idioms, so that you can use them in your composition next time!



1) More haste, less speed

You make better progress with a task if you do not try to do it too quickly


I had to send the email twice because I forgot to add the attachment. More haste, less speed!



2) Every flow must have its ebb

Life has its ups and downs, neither good fortune nor ill fortune lasts forever


I would not worry too much because we always lose money this quarter and then earn back later in the year. Every flow must have its ebb.



3) Great minds think alike

Said to someone just after you have discovered that they have had the same idea as you


The two of us had the same idea at the same time. Well, great minds think alike!



4) It is never too late to mend

There is always the opportunity to reconcile after a conflict


I know you haven’t talked to Jenny in years, but it is never too late to mend. Why don’t you try calling her?



5) Seeing is believing

You need to see something before you can accept that it really exists or occurs


I never thought Mark would get out of bed before lunchtime on a Saturday, but seeing is believing!



6) New brooms sweep clean

When someone new takes control of an organization and makes many changes


The new president replaced most of the people in our team. New brooms sweep clean!



7) Keep something for a rainy day

To reserve something for use in a time or period of unforeseen difficulty, trouble, or need


I save a portion of my wages every month for a future rainy day.



8) Let bygones be bygones

Forget past offenses or causes of conflict and be reconciled


They decided to let bygones be bygones and made peace with each other.



We’re sure these idioms can be very useful for you to showcase great English skills! Make sure to remember them.