2013 is the year of the Snake (蛇 – shé)!
Contrary to western belief, the snake in Chinese culture doesn’t represent trickery, deceit or evil.
Instead, astrologically speaking, the snake is the yin to the dragon’s yang, the PB to the dragon’s J. The snake represents elegance, grace, wisdom and beauty. It is a lucky sign that carries good fortune in China.
The year of the snake is supposed to bring financial improvement (I like the sound of that!). It’s a great year for aesthetics, so expect more artistic expression and refinement.
Since the snake is the sixth sign in the Chinese zodiac, let’s start off the New Year with 6 snake phrases & idioms!
6 Snake Phrases for the Year of the Snake
1. 人蛇 (rén shé): illegal immigrant
kǎ chē zhuī zhú dào rén shé
The truck caught the illegal immigrants.
2. 蛇形 (shé xíng) snake shaped; S figured
xǔ duō guó jì pǐn pái dōu tuī chū le shé nián tè bié kuǎn de shé wén huò zhě shé xíng xīn pǐn
A lot of international brands have all launched special Year of the Snake serpent shaped products.
3. 水蛇腰 (shuǐ shé yāo): slender waist
què shǐ zhōng wú fǎ bǎo chí xiān xì de shuǐ shé yāo
There is no way to maintain the delicate slender waist.
4. 打草惊蛇 (dǎ cǎo jīng shé): act rashly and alert the enemy; literally to beat the grass and startle the snake
wèi le bù dǎ cǎo jīng shé, tā bǎ chē tíng le xià lái
In order to not act rashly and alert the enemy, he parked his car first.
5. 画蛇添足 (huà shé tiān zú): unnecessarily adding something superfluous; gild the lily
wǒ jué de bàn le zhè zhǒng kǎ zhǐ huì zēng jiā gè ge huán jié de gōng zuò liàng, huà shé tiān zú
I feel that getting this kind of card will only add a bigger workload to every aspect, gild the lily.
6. 虎头蛇尾 (hǔ tóu shé wěi): strong start but weak finish; anti-climatic
zhuā zuò fēng jiàn shè yào fáng zhǐ hǔ tóu shé wěi
Take advantage of this style of construction and prevent a strong start but weak finish.
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